Wednesday, October 31, 2018

True horrors within 1962's
"The New Guess Who"

The New Guess Who, which has nothing to do with Chad Allan's band, is a basic reader featuring early-education stalwarts Dick, Jane and Sally that was first published in 1962 by Scott Foresman and Company.1

It is seemingly a straightforward look at the children's everyday lives that incorporates important vocabulary-building words such as said, come, look, play, jump, funny, car and work.

But I believe there are dark undertones.

I believe there is a terrifying tale of supernatural possession hidden within the pages, beneath the cheery narrative of playtime and picnics.

Let's take a closer look...

It begins with happy days filled with
puppies, kittens and Dad reading the newspaper

But then, a dangerous grimoire...

...leads to a forbidden place.

The eldritch horrors cannot be unseen.
The wails cannot be unheard.

The possessions are complete.

And the next victim awaits.

1. Fun fact: Scott Foresman and Company's first title, in 1889, was Bellum Helveticum, which absolutely sounds like something you'd find in the library at Hogwarts.

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