The Haunted House: A True Ghost Story Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1991 KB
- Publication Date : October 28, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 58 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (October 28, 2014)
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00O1E3XZ0
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,807 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In what I presume to be an earnest attempt to show just how normal a family this was prior to the haunting, Hubbell devotes the first section of the book to a highly mundane description of their typical, everyday lives. You just have to plow through this early section to get to the real story, and I can assure you it is a small price to pay given the extravagant nature of the haunting itself. The trouble begins in the wake of a tragic and shocking event in young Esther's life. When it does manifest itself, it clearly marks Esther as its target, causing her body to visibly and painfully swell up as her anxious family members look on. After the local doctor is called in, he soon witnesses a recurrence of the same physical phenomenon before his very eyes. In the days and weeks that followed, many a curious onlooker and spiritual enthusiast came to witness the phenomena for themselves - and were never disappointed by this most active and obliging of spirits. In fact, Hubbell and others come to identify at least six different spirits claiming to be there with them in the house.
The truth about the Amherst Mystery has always been a topic of great debate. The reports of what took place there truly are exceedingly difficult to believe, but Hubbell presents quite a compelling argument that these incredible paranormal events did indeed take place. Given his close observations of Esther, it is difficult to see how she could have possibly been perpetrating a hoax - especially when you take into account the physical suffering and attacks she was observed to endure on numerous occasions. We will never know for sure whether this haunting was real or not, but I do know one thing - Walter Hubbell's account of the story (which sold a whopping 55,000 copies upon its release in 1888) makes for fascinating reading.
The few things I did enjoy about this story were the author's writing style and voice. It was old fashioned but made boring every day activities sound attractive.
Fortunately, the fascinating and allegedly fact based supernatural occurrences documented in chapters three through six make the tediousness of the first part of this slim volume well worth the wait. Of course, one may be left wondering if the book might not have been better served if the those two initial chapters had been condensed into a relatively brief preface, but then much of the background information provided, along with an introduction to the many individuals living in the house when the haunting began, might render the rest of the story a bit confusing.
But probably not. And here's exactly why: You see, the title of the book itself is arguably more or less inaccurate, given that the house wherein the majority of the paranormal phenomena takes place, does not appear to have been the true source of the hauntings. Rather, it is the young Canadian girl who is tormented by no less than a half dozen unseen entities throughout the course of the narrative that seems to indeed be the one who is in fact "haunted."
Especially given the fact that the most powerful of the troublesome entities causing all the mayhem cites on numerous occasions, in a number of ways, that the unfortunate girl is the target of his scorn. Further, when Esther (the haunted girl), is temporarily relocated to other residences the paranormal activities at her home cease, only to resume (with rare exception) anywhere and wherever she attempts to find refuge.
For that reason, had this book been written in the 21st century, and not in the 19th, when the hauntings are alleged to have taken place, the paranormal activity documented by the author (who witnessed a great many of the unexplained occurrences himself) would almost certainly have been labelled "poltergeist" in nature.
Be that as it may, it goes without saying that far too many reviewers are far too apt to judge this fascinating account far too harshly. Maybe it doesn't deserve a full five stars on account of its brevity alone, but overall, the book is quite absorbing when it finally does get going. So skim the first two chapters, or skip them altogether, but for goodness sake, anyone who can't be bothered to read the entire book (or at least the last four, and certainly most important chapters), really doesn't deserve to rate it, much less write a review of it!
Therefore, one can only hope that anyone who is that impatient, shortsighted, opinionated, and perhaps, worst of all, just plain MEAN, should have to one day suffer even half of the torment that poor Esther Cox was forced to endure while being haunted by the six unruly entities profiled in this classic work. Nah! I wouldn't wish that on even the harshest of hateful little critics. But beware! "Bob," Esther's chief tormentor, might still be out there in "ghost land," still restless and full of supernaturally fueled wrath, just waiting to sink his spectral teeth into a new victim, or even two.
If that isn't a reason to play nice in the land of the living, I don't know what is. So think carefully about the invaluable lessons provided by the concept of karma, dear readers. You wouldn't want any hastily sewn ill will to come back to haunt you. Well, would you? So read the whole book, will ya! If such an unfortunate series of events could befall a nice girl like Esther, who knows what could happen in the afterlife to people who weren't always as kind and charitable as they really should have been. Or even, for all you non-believers out there, the here and now.
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Before reading this I hadn't really heard the story before so I am definitely going to have a look and learn more about the famous Nova Scotia haunting!
As you may have gathered, I do not believe in ghosts. I do. however, love a good ghost story. This publication is very short but is pretty detailed bout certain events. The writer, a Mr Hubbard, who was an actor went to stay with the family a while after the events started and this is his account of what happened before he arrived and a little about what happened when he was there (he stayed for 6 weeks).
I found it a little strange that the bulk of his account covers what happened before his arrival - things apparently happened for months before he came - yet his account of when he was actually there is approx the last 10% of the book. Surely recalling events that he apparently personally witnessed making up at least half of the book makes more sense?!
I shan't go into specifics of the story but it is well written, very informally for the time out was published and I came to really feel for Esther. It's an interesting account, albeit short, and I couldn't help wishing that we got to hear more of what the 'ghosts' communicated.
I would certainty recommend this to anyone interested in the paranormal, believer or not, as a short, easy and compelling read
I didn't `read` the book, I set it to `play` using the Kindle HD audio setting as I was busy but wanted to hear the story, the voice was monotonous but I still enjoyed the story - whether it's true or not? My instinct is it was a young woman wanting attention but I think people should read it and decide for themself :)