All That Lives : A Novel of the Bell Witch
All That Lives A Novel of the Bell Witch Author:Melissa Sanders-Self In the tradition of Hawthorne's short stories and the work of Shirley Jackson comes an extraordinary first novel--based on the legend of the Bell Witch--about a Southern family battling a murderous poltergeist and an even more haunting family secret. Robertson County, Tennessee, early 1800s. The respectable Bell family is quietly working its rur... more »al farm, when something horrific suddenly unleashes a reign of terror upon them and their entire community. The haunting begins with knocking on the walls. Before long, disembodied voices are heard whispering in the night, and spectral creatures are seen floating in the field. Then, 13-year-old Betsy Bell is brutally assaulted, and her father, John Bell, is violently tortured by an unseen force. The desperate townspeople, frantic with fear, gather to cast the demon from their midst. But a far more insidious evil lurks in the Bell home--more damaging and disturbing than the Bell Witch could ever be....« less
I read this book a few years back but it's still one of my favorites. From the very first page to the last page, this book had me entirely hooked. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one day. A hauntingly scary book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I watched the movie (AN AMERICAN HAUNTING I believe is the title) before reading the book. I read a few chapters before growing bored of the narration and skipped ahead to where the story picks up. Even then after just a few pages the narration got to be boring. I don't think I'd try another book by this author anytime soon.