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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073872128X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738721286
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debra Pickman (Atchison, Kansas) lived in the Sallie House with her family over a year. In addition to attracting paranormal investigators and psychics, the home has been featured on television shows Sightings, Unexplained Mysteries, and A Haunting, and was the subject of a Showtime movie called Haunted Heartland. For more information, visit www.thesalliehouse.com.


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I gave it two stars because I think the author gave it her best and she obviously had to go it alone.
Boraborajen
The Sallie House is an incredible account written by Debra Pickman from her personal journals and photographs while living at the house.
Michael R Haberman
Starting out,the author was a bit long winded,but I let that pass...sometimes this happens in personal stories.
Lady Stormy

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Terry Johnson Weber on August 29, 2010
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I collect true ghost stories. This is a good one to add. Several years ago I had the TV program that featured the house and this book helps to add things that you just can't squeeze into a limited televsion show. It is a quick read and certainly held my attention. I applaud the family for staying in the house as long as they did. They are braver than I would be under the same circumstances, especially the actual physical attacks.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Boraborajen on October 3, 2010
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I was excited to pick up this book after having seen it on TV a while back. The book is not written by a famous author, so I was willing to concede several badly written lines, but I had to draw the line at the editing. I don't think anyone bothered to read it before they sent it out. It has so many typos it actually makes it hard to read. Some of the sentences are so poorly written I had to read them several times to try to figure out what she was saying. Trying to finish the book, but it has not kept my attention and every extra "the" that's not been edited out is another nail in its coffin.

Bottom line: I don't recommend reading this book. Sorry. Wish I could. I gave it two stars because I think the author gave it her best and she obviously had to go it alone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Brand on August 7, 2010
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I do, and I did. This book is a relatively well written and engrossing account of a haunting experienced by Tony and Debra Pickman and their baby son Taylor after moving into a very old rental house (I vaguely recalled seeing their story depicted on the old "Sightings" TV show).

Debra Pickman, whose first person account this is, has reconstructed in this book the events she and her family and friends experienced in "the Sallie House" from a journal she says she kept at the time. It certainly is a detailed account. Shortly after moving in, Mrs. Pickman began to suspect that the strange activity she'd begun noticing in her new home (which seemed to interact with her newborn son) was caused by a young child. Mrs. Pickman recounts many seemingly paranormal events -- some fairly typical and some truly eerie -- that occurred and grew in intensity, and how in response she began to bond with "Sallie," the supposed little girl spirit she (with some evidence provided by a psychic she consulted) came to suspect was behind them. Based on this activity and Sallie's own "response" to her, Mrs. Pickman developed maternal feelings for the spirit haunting her home, and began to provide it with growing attention and even gifts.

This dynamic wasn't as benign as it may sound, however. Mr. Pickman was not as comfortable with the idea of sharing his home with a spirit as Mrs. Pickman. And little Sallie had some potentially very dangerous ways of throwing tantrums and seeking attention, such as lighting candles and other household items not necessarily meant to be set on fire. Plus, there was a newborn baby in the house whose sleeping patterns were quite disturbed at first, apparently by the spirit. Although Mrs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kpatton on August 31, 2012
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I bought this book to add to my collection of true haunting's and I have to say this is one that I could put down easily. Most of the time I finish a book the same day I get it because I can't put it down. I found myself flipping through the pages and scanning for actual points in the book. The author has taken so much time in description it is ridiculous. I felt as though the author had to improvise to make the book able to sell by content, I can understand trying to set a mood and bring detail to a good story but I really don't care what the color of the walls were and how the furniture was arranged and where they bought it or what they had for dinner and how it was prepared. There are times when certain situations call for major detail so one can understand the circumstances and surroundings in which events occurred but this is way beyond that. The book has typos throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skimbole on July 2, 2012
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I bought this book to read on my holidays. I became so engrossed with the story that I had actually completed it in 2 days (well, it was raining so no point site-seeing - lol)

I liked the honest approach of the authors concerning 'Sallie', which was written in the first tense. There was no pretence that they knew what it was, only that they did not fear it rather embraced the idea of having a 'spirit child' amongst them.

The writing style was clear and simple, refraining from flowering up the plot, or sensationalism. Yes, there were a few editorial blunders such as confusion over which year they were talking about that had me scratching my head a bit. But by no means was this book the worst I've ever read in the spelling or grammatical error department. Any errors certainly did not detract from the story.

The story starts when the couple move into the house. Problems seemed to manifest itself with the birth of their son. Something in the house did not seem to like the idea of a baby around, and I don't believe it was `Sallie', rather it was more akin to another entity residing there, which was far more sinister.

The idea of being able to communicate with `Sallie' - or even wanting to for that matter - was certainly unusual. One side of me embraced that idea but I did find myself worrying for Debra because, despite her curiosity, she really did not appear to have any clue on how to protect herself from psychic attack. That is when this kind of thing becomes a dangerous game.

I would have liked to have seen more of the husbands experiences entwined within the story rather than just a short note at the end.
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