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Nov 9 2017 4:20pm

My Top 5 Scariest Moments Researching Devil in Ohio

One of the reasons that I write stories—whether they take the form of a novel, play, or TV show—is being drawn to investigate a topic. I became fascinated with exploring cults and what happens to people when they’ve spent time in isolated communities. I was particularly interested in how people manage to get out of these organizations and the ways that their experiences within cults affect their lives moving forward.

Needless to say, when I heard about the true events of a young woman who had escaped from a satanic cult and moved in with her psychiatrist’s family, I had to tell that story. This became the inspiration for Devil in Ohio, and the tale of Mae, Jules, and the Mathis family.

During my preparation to write the novel, I dove headfirst into studying the world of cults. Here are the top five scariest moments I had while researching Devil in Ohio:

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Nov 7 2017 10:00am

Daria Polatin Excerpt: Devil in Ohio

Daria Polatin

The Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin is a debut novel and a haunting thriller that explores the dark nature of cults and teen social dynamics.

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When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen, her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But soon Mae is wearing Jules’s clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules’s crush. And Mae has no intention of leaving.

Then things get weird.

Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, startled to see: a pentagram carved into Mae’s back. Jules pieces together clues and discovers that Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that’s embedded in a nearby town. And the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back.

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