ZoZo is the 21st Century’s most infamous demonic entity, a parasitic force that attaches itself to those foolish enough to play with Ouija Boards. Last September, Horror Freak News conducted our own investigation into this terrifying possessor where we struggled to find the supposedly ancient roots of ZoZo mythology. To recap:
The Ouija Demon is a staple of modern creepypasta, but this modern urban legend is rare in that it has its roots in the pre-internet age. The name ZoZo, as it relates to the supernatural, was first referenced in the Dictionnaire Infernal, a guide to demons and their hierarchies, written by French occultist Jacques Collin de Plancy, and first published in 1818. Therein, de Plancy describes a young woman from Picardy who was possessed by numerous demons, one of whom identified itself as ZoZo. This particular demon, however, is not described in any specific detail whatsoever.
ZoZo wasn’t seen or heard from again until the 1940’s when Ouija Boards became a common household item. Marketed as a game or a fun activity for curiosity seekers, mass produced Ouijas took the country by storm, enjoying a surge in popularity in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. From this point in time up until the present, ZoZo has allegedly revealed itself to Ouija users all over the world.
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The name most associated with the study of the Ouija Demon is self-proclaimed Zozologist Darren Evans, who coined the phrase The ZoZo Phenomenon. Evans claims that the malevolent spirit has origins with African mythology, although attempts to verify this claim came up empty. In fact, I was unable to substantiate any reference to ZoZo before its appearance in the Dictionnaire Infernal. The fact that ZoZo’s “ancient” roots cannot be verified casts doubt on the entire theory. Still, Evans is steadfast in his claims, even reporting some personal battles with the nefarious entity. He remains a staple of paranormal podcasts to this day.
The 15-minute video below by The Paranormal Scholar, however, gets to the bottom of The ZoZo Phenomenon, revealing indisputably that the Ouija Demon is a work of fiction. Once the phenomenon began gaining traction online, Evans joined forces with the producers of I Am ZoZo, a found footage horror movie that (like the best of them) sought to blur the line between fact and fiction [Trailer Above]. Ultimately, all roads lead back to Evans, meaning the jig is up!
Have a look for yourself; The Paranormal Scholar went to incredible length in searching for ZoZo’s ancient roots before proclaiming the phenomenon a hoax. Most interesting, perhaps, is the connection made between ZoZo and Evan’s personal obsession with the band Led Zeppelin.
Official Synopsis: ZoZo the demon is increasingly to blame when Ouija boards go wrong. Zozo has possessed people for centuries. Or, has he…?