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About the Author

The late Constance Westbie won the 1977 National Writers Club Award for Nonfiction for her collaboration with the late Harold Cameron in writing Night Stalks the Mansion. Harold Cameron and his family lived in the house on Plum Tree Lane for almost two years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (April 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811732088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811732086
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The events are told matter of factly and sound very plausible.
pjf
I also liked the follow-up at the end of the book to tell what happened in the lives of the people in the story.
kitnkatn
Recommended for anyone who loves a good spook, ghost story, haunted house tale, or good old-fashioned scare.
Kelly Truelove

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By pjf on January 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book about 20 years ago, and have reread it a few times over the years, each time thinking it just as good. The events are told matter of factly and sound very plausible. But it also reads like a novel, meaning that the writing is good. Most "true haunting" stories today are very poorly written and edited, and/or they go into demonistic extremes. This is just a classic haunted house, fascinating, a bit spooky, something you'd like to read about on a windy night but not necessarily live with. I didn't even know this was back in print and came across it on Amazon looking up another ghost story, and thought I'd give it the "Recommended" that is its due. Well written, well edited, and a good haunting story. Wish there were more like it around to buy.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Graf on October 23, 2005
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At Halloween, I like to venture from my normal reading and choose something a little more in season. I am no aficionado of the "horror" genre, but allegedly-true tales of the paranormal are more my style. I chose "Night Stalks the Mansion" by Constance Westbie and Harold Cameron for this year's Halloween Book because it was a well-known classic and because the story took place in the western suburbs of Philadelphia -- the neighborhood that I call home. I bought it yesterday morning, started reading it after lunch, and I didn't put it down until it was finished. Of course, it is not a particularly hefty volume, but y'all will just have to take my word for it that my focusing on a single endeavor for a whole afternoon is a rare event.

What was particularly compelling to me about the house on Plum Lane was how completely believable the story was. These ghosts (or whatever) turn out to be annoying to the Cameron family more than malevolent, although their very presence freaks out uninitiated visitors. Cameron tells the story -- with Westbie -- of trying to understand their cohabitants rather than trying to necessarily get rid of them. It was not a particularly scary story, except early on when one doesn't quite know where it all is going to lead, but as the details become clearer, one begins to have some pity on the disembodied walkers of the grounds.

An interesting note accompanies the 2005 reprinting of "Night Stalks the Mansion." Apparently the project has been picked up by a grandnephew of Cameron's, and he is trying to get a movie financed. There is a web page (...) with some details, and from what is available, it does not look promising. The Harold Cameron of of the nephew's endnote and movie synopsis seems to be different than in the book. I am not sure which treatment is more accurate, the latter seems far more interesting to me.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Auten on March 28, 2006
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This is one of my all time favourite books. It's one of those books that you can't put down until the end. I find most 'true' ghost stories seem to be almost over written, to the point that they become cheesey and unbelievable. This one is done matter of factly and is about day to day life in a historic and very haunted old house. I am looking forward to the movie!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Danny Matthews on November 26, 2006
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I thought this book was very good. The part that was the most creepy was the woman that knocked on the door after midnight to use the phone.

No one knew who she was. she acted very strange and left the mansion in a cab but there was no record of a cab picking anyone up that night at the mansion. I thought that part of the story was very strange. this book does explain why the mansion is haunted and who is haunting it. I do not want to give away to much of the story you just have to read it. Anyone who likes Ghost stories will like this one. It is a fast easy read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol on September 24, 2011
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This is an excellent true account of a real haunted house. I am the niece of the author, Harold Cameron, and the daughter of Arthur and Rita Cameron. Both of whom spent many weekends and countless sleepless nights at the Mansion ! I recall sitting around the dinner table when I was young and listening to the stories, being scared to death every time but always wanting to know more! This book provides pictures and detailed accounts of the going ons when my Uncle and his family lived there. The book is currently being made into a movie, and you can get more information on both the book and movie project by visiting nightstalksthemansion.com . It is a fascinating tale and if you do not believe in ghosts, you will after reading this easy read book! The history alone with this Mansion, dating back to the 1800's is interesting and spell-binding. The mansion burned down in the 80's and even the local police did not want to go there!!! Highly recommend this read :)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By NewGrad 2010 on October 30, 2005
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I read this back in high school more than 20 years ago and still remember it because it scared me. So it is definitely a good read as far as a ghost story.

The original printing (don't know about this one) claimed that in 1864, a 14 year old Pennsylvania slave girl was raped and murdered near her home. She and her murderer are believed to be the source of the hauntings in this home.

However, historical accuracy is key to any story purporting itself to be a true account, and history tells us that this story was not even possible.

Even the least observant high school student remembers Pennsylvania was a Northern state which had outlawed slavery in a sort of "grandfathering" agreement in 1780. Which means that there were no slaves in 1864 unless they were very, very old.

Their theory was inaccurate on the basis of the hauntings, but I don't doubt that they experienced some paranormal activity. The account of what they saw, etc. seemed very believable, and I still very much enjoyed reading the story very much.
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