Book Reviews of The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare

The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare
The Haunted The True Story of One Family's Nightmare
Author: Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren, Robert Curran
ISBN-13: 9780312914530
ISBN-10: 0312914539
Publication Date: 1/1989
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This frightening tale will be one of which you will not be able to forget. It is about an entire family being assaulted by an unknown force that is to powerful to be stopped. This is a book that is soley
based and supported by dozens of eyewitnesses including neighbors,the
police, priests, journalists and researchers.
This book is unlike any ghost story that you may have heard as a child or an adult for that matter.It will disturb you in some way. It is a story of a family who had no choice but to deal with slaughter house odors, deafening pounding, physical attacks and failed exorcisms.
"The Haunted" will make you stop and rethink what is real and what is the true definition of evil.The book includes 8 pages of startling photos and is based on testimony of 28 people. It will turn a non-believer in to a true believer.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was about a family who literally
lived in a house of Horror. It actually makes
non believers thnk again
reviewed The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
An entire family tormented by ghosts. Based on a true story. I believe that it will make a true believer out of a non believer
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Helpful Score: 1
Book blurb:
WARNING:The book you now hold in your hands may be the most frightful tale you'll ever try to forget. It's the story of an average American family assaulted by forces too awesome, too powerful, too dark, to be stopped. It's a true story, supported by dozens of eyewitnesses - neighbors, priests, police, journalists, researchers.
It will disturb you as no horror fiction can. The grim slaughterhouse odors. The deafening pounding. The hoofed half-man charging down the hall. The physical attacks, failed exorcisms, the succubus... and the final terror which torments the Smurl family to this day.

Be forewarned if you fear your dreams. Once you begin reading, you will be unable to stop - or forget. The Haunted will make you rethink what is real - and what real evil means.

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What a nice, catching blurb. Nevertheless after half of the book I put it down no longer eager to read it, asking myself why I wanted to read it in the first place.
As most supposedly real haunted stories begin, it always begins with a pounding, failing electric appliances and plumbing problems.
That the family put up with all that from 1977 to 1983, later followed by assaults and sightings seems to be a little odd.

I found it very irritating that the author constantly reminded the reader on how faithful the family ( Jack and Janet Smurl, their 4 children and father and mother-in law) was and how good each and every person in this household was.

Finally I had to put the book down when Ed Warren began to tell about his provoking the demons. His way of describing the whole situation is just too much for the normal thinking brain, even if open minded to the whole topic.

I found it utterly unbelievable and prefer to watch the 1991 TV movie version for entertainment.
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I'm not sure that I totally buy all of the stories told in this book, but regardless, these stories were pretty terrifying and disturbing. I read this book so quickly, since I just couldn't stop turning the page to find out what happened next. I highly recommend it if you're interested in the paranormal.