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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: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,232 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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19 of 20 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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18 of 21 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lady Stormy on January 6, 2013
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I have a guilty pleasure for True ghost stories and have read many throughout my life. I will have have to say this is one of the worst. Starting out,the author was a bit long winded,but I let that pass...sometimes this happens in personal stories. I begin reading and was at first intrigued. I even overlooked the repeated parts of narration of the story. It wasn't until the end (really like the last 20 pages!) that I realized I had wasted hours of my life on pure written dribble. It was as if they simply got bored. Oh! It wasn't a spirit after all,but a demonic entity -the end. WTF? After all the 'careful' research they had done,after the investigations,it just seemed like there should have been more. I almost feel the need to drag the author back to the house,chain her there and allow whatever it was to eat her in exchange for the lost hours of my life! On another note...anyone sick enough to murder an animal,then blame it on 'demonic entities' needs more help than just book reviews!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ACMinus on February 4, 2013
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This book was terrible. What had the potential to be frightening ended up being almost laughable. On one hand, a woman sees and believes a ghost is interacting with her newborn child and scaring the bejesus out of her husband, and she adopts it like a foster child. I think she was trying to lay the foundation for her assertion at the VERY end of the book, that the spirit was in fact a demon, tricking her all the while into ignoring clear signs of its malevolence. Instead, she just seemed to schizophrenically jump from one position to the next: "I feel bad for it." "Bad ghost! You're going to burn my house down!" "I love you, weird child-spirit". "My husband is being terrorized and physically assaulted. What's on TV?" "Hey...are you really a demon??" The author struck me as a little too cuckoo to have a thread of validity. Sorry - if you're looking for a spine tingler, this isn't it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nickclau on June 22, 2011
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I was looking forward to reading this book, but it was a big disappointment. It feels like a big tease, where the author repeats herself over and over; her one-side "conversations" with Sallie are very tiresome, and the whole time the reader keeps waiting for some further developments. I agree with the reviewer who wished that her husband had written the story. Or at least given more input besides one short chapter titled "Tony's Perspective." At the very end she admits that the house has something evil about it, and that the little girl most probably is just a bait. That being said, the last two chapters are a little more interesting, but I definitely do not recommend this book.
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