Book Review: The Seance in Apartment 10 by Ambrose Ibsen

Genre: Horror/Paranormal

I am old enough to remember when commercials selling ouija boards would air on the television.

I was young. I had to be maybe 4 or 5 . The girls in the commercial all seemed to be having fun in the darkened room, chanting words, the planchette ominously moving but me??? I was BORED by it. Sleepovers at that time for me meant Barbie doll wars and endless brownies in my easy bake oven. Who wanted to waste their time in the dark playing with who knows what? I didn’t know what ouijia boards were at the time and thinking about a toy company selling them is hilarious to me now. I could just imagine the outrage and rightly so.

Some things shouldn’t be trifled with. For that way madness lies.

Tori is doing big things this year. She is determined to finally finish her nursing degree and she’s taking summer classes to speed up the process. She decides what;s best for her is to move into a studio apartment close to her school. It’s not perfect. It’s run down and just a tiny bit creepy but that doesn’t phase Tori. It’s just for a few months and she’s a big girl. She can handle it, right??


The apartment has its usual issues of course. The faucet leaks, the water heater sucks, there is NO AC (that’s a deal breaker for my ass), and oh yeah it’s fucking haunted.

One night Tori and her friends decide to dig out a Ouija board and hold a seance and that’s when they unleash something. Something cruel,something angry, something that longs to spill fresh blood.

Maybe Tori should have taken the summer off after all…

This was an interesting, short novella. I watch a lot of horror movies and a lot of them are mediocre and this basically reads like an average horror movie. It follows all of the rules of horror movies as well.

Rule number one is:

Never fucking hold a seance in a creepy fucking apartment building when it’s fucking storming outside.

LIKE ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW? I had to put my kindle down and go for a walk when the girl was like, HEY. LET’S DO A SEANCE ARE YOU KIDDING ME CAT?! I also felt that the girl who suggested that they do the seance was pushy and completely rude. Minor spoilers:

Cat: Hey, Tori!! Let’s contact your dead MOTHER.

Tori: Um, I don’t really feel comfortable with that.


Tori: No, but…


LISTEN, BITCH. HER MOTHER DIED ONLY TWO YEARS AGO. THE GIRL IS MOURNING AND CLEARLY MISSES HER MOTHER DEARLY. SHE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK TO HER. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT?! Honestly, they should have thrown Cat out of the window and summoned her ass through the goddamn board if she wanted to hold a seance so badly. She was being a moody little shit the entire time anyway. Chuck the deuces and be done with her.

I feel that the plot of this book could have been a bit more cohesive. It was very generic and easy to guess what was going to happen. It’s a very quick read. I read this in about half an hour and felt that it followed a formulaic girl lets demon out of its portal-we have to get it back in-oh no we can’t- song and dance. It’s just not very memorable. The characters blend together and with the exception of Tori and her father they’re all very bland. Cat is completely unlikable and should have been punted. Creepy wannabe psychic.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Seance in Apartment 10 by Ambrose Ibsen

  1. LOLOLOL I’M DONE 🤣🤣🤣 HAHAHAHA your reviews are the freaking best Amanda! They never fail to make me laugh because your reactions are fucking SPOT ON. Like. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT. Hosting a seance in a creepy haunted as shit apartment is just like asking for ALL THE BAD TINGS to happen. ROFLMAO this line: “Honestly, they should have thrown Cat out of the window and summoned her ass through the goddamn board if she wanted to hold a seance so badly.” You’re the best. That’s all. Amazing review!

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      the entire time cat was just sitting there brooding and then was like okay now is my time to shine *slaps down ouija board*

      LMAOOO thank you so much dini

      i’m a mess honestly lmfaooo


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