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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; First Edition edition (August 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738715050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738715056
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cecilia Back (Oklahoma) and her family have lived in the haunted McBride house for over twenty-five years. From an early age, she has witnessed paranormal events and has studied the subject throughout her life


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The author is rather dumb.
L. Ross
This is the true story about a family that lives in a truly haunted house.
hot cuchi
If you like scary stories that are "real" then this is the book for you.
Sandy Rhoad

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Cooper on September 8, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. It was unnerving at times the way the ghosts popped up and I have to say I wouldn't
have been so brave as they were. I can relate to some of the experiences because I also lived in a haunted house
and dealt with the crashing glass sounds, footfalls etc. I think one thing that makes the book so different is there have been so many apparition sightings there. That's unusual. This book is well written and Mrs. Back did a good job descibing the episodes that transpired. I also would have enjoyed seeing what the house actually looked like. I don't think the one on the cover is it. It's good to read a great story after so many duds. Great Job!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Christian on August 31, 2009
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Believable and well-written account of this 25+ year haunting. Some very scary and spine-tingling moments that I'm sure were fascinating to witness but doubt many of us would want to be the ones to do so! I admire this family for their tenacity to endure this for so many years rather than fleeing and for researching to find the answers to the many mysteries surrounding their home. The only thing lacking were pictures - I would have loved to have seen some of the actual rooms, etc. The author states they conduct site tours at Halloween, but unfortunately I don't live close!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reacher Creature on October 12, 2009
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This is such a fantastic paranormal read. For me, this is what a paranormal book should be. The family told of the ghosts, and how they effect their lives. Sometimes, it was pranks, and other times it was pretty spooky.

For me, what makes this such a great read is that the author didn't stretch the truth. She didn't say the house had demons, hooded figures, demon dogs, hell house, blood flowing from the walls. Nothing like that. She just told the facts on what went on in the house.

What I liked is that the ghosts had their own personalities. Mr. McBride, was good natured for the most part, but he didn't mind making things a bit scary, he had a strong personality. The woman ghost had a warm side to her, and made sure that the baby (the human one, not the a ghost one) was warm at night. That part was very interesting to read. The kid ghosts, acted like children do and played with the human children toys. I had to laugh at how Mr. McBride treated the author's mom. You know he got a kick out of it.

I can't say enough great things about this book. Was all of it scary? Nope, not even close. That being said, it didn't need to be all that scary to make it a good read.

I highly suggest this book for this time of the year. Great read and it did give me some goosebumps, but not to many. :O)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2009
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A quick, easy read. It's fun, but not particularly original or convincing. It's sort of like sitting next to a stranger on a plane, who is telling you about her haunted house. Interesting, but hard to say if she's telling the truth, exaggerating, or just plain nuts.

The book is competently written, but seems a little disjointed and disorganized. After a particularly scary event, you're left wondering, "Did they try find out if there might be a logical reason? Did they consider moving out? How could they leave their kids alone in the house when they were so scared?" But the book just skips to the next event. Also, it's hard to tell how old the kids are sometimes, especially since they speak like adults, even when they're toddlers...at least as Ms. Back recounts it. (I was curious, since some of the events may have been the kids playing pranks...if they were old enough. There's also the theory that poltergeist activity is linked to adolescents, so it would have been helpful to know the age of the kids.)

Not my favorite true ghost story, but you could do worse.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RJR on October 3, 2009
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Well written. Held my interest. Having experienced paranormal activities, I read all the books I can about ghosts, hauntings etc. Bravo to the author!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Jarvis on July 26, 2010
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As a huge fan of this style of book, I eagerly awaited reading first-time author Cecilia Back's "Ghosts of the McBride House: A True Haunting". Unfortunately, this is not one of the better examples of first-hand paranormal experience books. Back's writing style can most generously be described as 'flat'; at times the book was a chore to get through. It's not that the tale isn't intriguing, it's just that the style of writing is so flat and uninvolving. Events are describing in such a monochromatic way that not only does the reader find everything a bit unbelievable, but it's even hard to muster up the inclination to care that much. A shame, considering all of the elements are in place for a crackling good yarn, but Back seems to lack the true storyteller's skill to keep the reader engaged and riveted, which is practically what these style of books live or die by. Hopefully her next one will be a step up, but for me, after finishing this in a couple of weeks (it usually takes me a few days to get through a book of this nature), then picking up Annie Wilder's second book 'Spirits Out of Time'; suffice to say Wilder's fluid, engaging narrative makes clear just what's lacking in 'Ghosts of the McBride House' - a vivid, engaging storyteller's voice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Sherman on April 7, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and because of that the story came alive for me. The author gives you a bit of background information, throughout the story, not only about the house and the spirits, but themselves. At times I would laugh out loud to some of the crazy and hilarious goings on and sad at times which made me tear up. Each spirit has a distinct personality and a love for life and those still enjoying it. It is amazing how far a spirit will go to get your attention!
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