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Paranormal drama

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Genre/Form termParanormal drama
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Variant(s)Occult drama
Supernatural drama
Supernaturalist drama
See alsoDrama
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Scope notePlays that feature human characters that are often involved in the occult, witchcraft, spiritualism, psychic phenomena, vodou, etc., interacting with supernatural beings.
Found inWork cat.: Havard, L. Hide and seek, ©1980 (a paranormal play)
Dramatists Play Service web page for Hide and seek, viewed Mar. 7, 2017 (After 18 years of marriage Richard and Jennifer Crawford are finally about to become parents and have moved from the city to an old farmhouse, which they are trying to restore before the baby arrives. He still commutes each day, while she stays in the country supervising the shambling handyman and cook who work for them. At first it is mostly the slow pace of restoration that nags them, but a general sense of unease begins to build as the old house seems to be resisting their intrusion. The lights fail, the plumbing malfunctions, a fey neighbor stops by with an odd gift (a prayerbook for the burial of the dead), and her poet husband ominously warns Jennifer that she should go back to the city before it is too late. Further complications arise when they are joined by Richard's ne'er-do-well brother and his fiancee, but it is the silent little girl whom Jennifer claims she has seen swinging in the backyard who brings on the chilling climax of the play--in which the real and the supernatural clash with disturbing and breath-stopping results.)
Lima, R. Dark prisms : occultism in Hispanic drama, ©1995: p. x (The terms occultism and occult are used here principally to describe the many ways that human beings have sought to fathom a secret knowledge intuited to exist but held to be inaccessible through normal means; turning to other possibilities, humans have sought the aid of supernatural agencies through alchemy, angelology, asceticism, astrology, demonolatry, divination, ecstasy, magic, necromancy, possession, santeria, seances, voudoun, witchcraft, and so on) p. xi (plays in which occultism is central to the theme or is an important element therein) p. 137 (drama of the occult; drama through the twentieth century that focus on one or more of the numerous manifestations of what is termed occultism: alchemy, angelology, asceticism, astrology, demonolatry, magic, divination, ecstasy, magic, necromancy, possession, santeria, seances, voudoun, witchcraft, and the like, whether feigned or "real")
Minch, S. Lovecraftian ceremonies : seven occult dramas for the magickal performer, ©1979 (plays based on plots and characters of the works of H.P. Lovecraft)
Selfishness, or, The echo devil & the wizard's curse : a supernatural drama in 2 acts, 1856.
Gregory, Lady. The wonder and supernatural plays of Lady Gregory, 1970.
Van Poppel, E.W. Oleander : the writing of the contemporary supernatural drama, 2004.
The Ashgate research companion to paranormal cultures, 2013: p. 72 (In The Shawl by David Mamet (1985), the play follows encounters between a medium and their client) p. 186 (paranormal drama) p. 217 (paranormal dramas)