- Series: Ed & Lorraine Warren
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Graymalkin Media (December 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631680145
- ISBN-13: 978-1631680144
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a Dark Place (Ed & Lorraine Warren) Paperback – December 31, 2014
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This story of the most terrifying case of demonic possession in the United States became the basis for the hit film The Haunting in Connecticut starring Virginia Madsen. Shortly after moving into their new home, the Snedeker family is assaulted by a sinister presence that preys upon them one-by-one. Exhausting all other resources, they turn to world-renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren the paranormal investigators portrayed in the blockbuster films The Conjuring and Annabelle.
But even the Warrens have never encountered a case as frightening as this No one warned the Snedekers that their new house was once an old funeral home. And their battle with an inexplicable and savage phenomena has only just begun. What starts as a simple "poltergeist" soon escalates into a full-scale war between an average American family and the deepest, darkest forces of evil. A war this family can't afford to lose.
Don't miss the blockbuster films based on the Warrens' true experiences, The Conjuring and Annabelle.
About the Author
Ray Garton is the award-winning author of over sixty books. His work includes novels and novellas in the horror and suspense genres, collections of short stories, movie novelizations, and TV tie-ins.
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In past books, Ed Warren talked about the three stages of demonic activity: infestation, oppression, and possession. Or did that come from ‘The Conjuring’? Now, we find that there are actually five stages: encroachment, or permission, infestation, oppression, possession, and death. Happy endings are never guaranteed, I guess—even after an exorcism.
Although the book makes it clear that no one in that family was trying to invite anything in by way of Ouija boards or Tarot cards, Stephen, the teenage son, was very susceptible to suggestion due to his illness and eventually agreed to let the demon “show him things.” So, in essence, he granted permission. From there, everything proceeded as expected, except that what the demon did to individual family members is both chilling and repugnant—especially for the women. And what made things worse was the fact that both parents continued to deny what was happening.
Several months ago, I saw the film ‘The Haunting in Connecticut,’ which is loosely based on the book. In that story, the boy—now named Kyle—is a hero who frees tortured souls. Unfortunately, no such gloppy Hollywood ending happened to the Snedekers. I recommend reading In a Dark Place to anyone interested in better understanding the demonic. Then watch the movie as pure entertainment.
I gotta say, In a Dark Place is very well written; it's easily digestible though not too simplistic and it's a definite page-turner without being overly sensational and melodramatic. And most of all, the case portrayed is truly frightening with the house's history being sadistically one of a kind, hence the infamy of this case.
Now other reviews have stated how great this book is, and I agree with them to a large extent(I rated 5 stars after all) but it isn't perfect and considering the price tag, you should be aware of it's cons before buying. So here it is..
My biggest complaint is the book's lack of focus on Stephen, who also happens to be the person most affected by the house.
He's given due attention at first but when things pick up and he gets more and more haunted the book annoyingly pulls away from him and focuses more on his mother, who is subject to much less intense(at the time) hauntings and doesn't even believe Stephen's stories. What this means is we never truly get the full story what happened to Stephen in this house, which is a damn shame considering he was the one most affected by the house/demons.
My second complaint has to do with the marketing. First, this is certainly not the 'most terrifying true case of demonic possession ever', in fact, a true possession of Stephen is entirely debatable, I'd say demonic 'obsession'(pre-cursor to possession) is better fitting. Even if he was truly possessed other cases easily surpass this one in extremity, "Devil in Connecticut" and "Begone Satan" quickly come to mind. That's not to say this book isn't horrifying, it very much is in many ways, but don't buy into the overly sensational marketing like I did.
Also the book heavily promotes the Warren's being involved, but they don't even enter the equation until the last 1/4 of the book and even then, their grandson and nephew are far more heavily involved in the case then they are. Also at this point, the book feels a little rushed like the author is sprinting toward's the end. He could have easily put in 50+ more pages into the final act of the book/case.
Now all that said this is still a great book and it is most certainly paranormal history whether you like it or not. The history of the house and the related attacks make this haunting truly unique and while it doesn't line up to the marketing it is nonetheless a thoroughly chilling book. But the question remains...
Should you but this book despite the price tag?
I'll put it this way, if this book were standard price, I would urge each and every fan of the paranormal to pick this up. But it's not standard price so I guess you have to ask yourself, how bad do you want it?
These new editions are much better than the versions I had in the past, with cleaner print, easier on the eyes. Several have photos that are much more clear than some of the previous editions.
I am so glad these books are back in print, and in a pleasant, matching collection. Be sure to get all of them, and be ready for many chilling nights reading the spooky stories that will give you lots of restless sleep. :)