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A fascinating and frightening book. --Los Angeles Times

This book will scare the hell out of you. --Kansas City Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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JAY ANSON began as a copy boy on the New York Evening Journal in 1937 and later worked in advertising and publicity. With more than 500 documentary scripts for television to his credit, he was associated with Professional Films, Inc. He died in 1980. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416507698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416507697
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By sfmar on April 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was far too young to have gotten my hands on this book (maybe around 13 or 14), and believe me when I tell you that it still haunts me after some 30 years. When the story and this book first got out into the media, it caused a huge sensation. Before the horrible film adaptation came along, Jay Anson's book put the fear of God in everyone who read it.

The Amityville Horror is the kind of story that scares you as you read it, but continues to rachet the horror up the further along you go as the events in the book keep getting more and more intense. The final night in the house, as described by Anson and Lutzes, will have even the most skeptical readers turning every light on and checking ever creak and groan you hear!

Whether the events really happened or not is totally irrelevant. It's the fact that when you read it, you are thinking that this COULD have happened, and that puts the fear into your soul as the terrifying elements of the story unfold.

If you love horror, and you have never read the book, do it now! You'll be both glad, and yet not so glad you did when you can't go to sleep at night.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 16, 2006
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This particular book is not in the genre I usually read. When it first came out, my wife talked me into it. I must admit it frightened me. Perhaps part of it was due to the fact that we had just moved into a house build well before the Civil War on the coast, and the house had many of the characteristics the house in the book had. I sat up way, way into the night reading this book and was actually seeing "red pig eyes" through the window by the time I had finished. Much has been written as to whether or not the book is based on the truth. To be truthful myself, I just don't care. True or not, it is one scary story. I liked it. Highly recommend.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By scott belba on April 21, 2002
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After years of hearing about this case I read the book and found the book to be very entertaining, engrossing, interesting,scary, and compleat fiction. The so called true story is about the Lutz family who moved in the house into Amityville after the house sat for a year on the market unsold. The real "Horror" of the case happend a year befor when Ronnie DeFeo slaughtered his family with a high powered rifle and was later arrested and sentenced to more the 150 years in jail. He said that voices told him to kill. The jury didn't agree and found him guilty. The Lutz's George and Kathy would run screaming form the house less than a month after they moved in. The are some really good scary moments in the book but at the the end of it all you can't help but wounder how so many were duped for so long. People will say to this day it was a true story. The Warrens, two New England Pharonormalist's have defended the case with a real fever and the "Battle" between the Warrens and Dr Stephen Kaplan can at times be more entertaining. There were some strange things about the story, like how Defeo killed his family while they slept but none of them wake up when the shots are fired. This however can be explained that he drugged his family, Defeo himself a drug addict, and they were out when the murder's happened. However no one else heard the shots in the house's around the home. Countless stories have been so called 'True Stories' but it is hard to prove the validity of the story, on the flip side it's just as hard to say it never happened. The Amityville Horror spawned a movie and countless book and movie sequels that only make the original look more foolish. The book is a good one as a spooky ghost story but as a work of true literiture it seems to lose you very early.Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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This book is the best horror book I've ever read... It will scare you from head to toe... I was scared when it talked about "Jodie" and the hooded being at the top of the stairs... The movie is scary as well, but the book is more spellbinding and completely scary... To think and know that the Lutzes' story is true, that's just real horror...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Walker on May 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! Jay Anson writes about a haunted house on Long Island where the inhabitants are driven mad by the spirits that dwell within. Ronnie DeFeo brutally murders his family in the house a year before the Lutz's move in. The Lutz's don't even last a month in their new home even with the help of a local priest before they are driven out by the evil spirits living there. I personally love this book, I've read it 3 times now and get a more vivid picture of Josie (read the book and you'll know) every time. The kids in the family add a nice twist to the story as the youngest daughter can actually see one of the ghosts and communicate with it. I think the ending could be a little better, but I don't mind a disappointing ending when I was so thrilled with the rest of the book.
People said this book was too unbelievable, but how can anything with the supernatural be completely believable? You need to imagine a little bit! Once you get into this book you won't want to stop reading it because it moves so fast. You'll be wondering what will happen next and what will it finally take to get the Lutz's to move out of that haunted mansion.
I love to read mysteries and horror novels and this was by far one of the best ones I've ever read. This book is definitely one of my favorites of all time, even if it wasn't all that believable. ...I give it 5 out of 5 stars. If you want a good scare and a quick read, I completely recommend this book
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