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The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson.


Title: The Amityville Horror: A True Story.
Author: Jay Anson.
Genre: Non-fiction, occult, journalism, supernatural.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1977.
Summary: In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their dream home, the same home where Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers and sisters just one year earlier. The psychic phenomena that followed created the most terrifying experience the Lutz family had ever encountered, forcing them to flee the house in 28 days, convinced that it was possessed by evil spirits.

My rating: 8/10
My review: This book chilled me, which was a big surprise for me, because, based on my exposure to the occult during my upbringing, I find things like this amusing at best. But there was something different about this book.

♥ Because of the uncertainties connected with the paranormal, I, as a believer in science and in religion, would be remiss not to warn readers against the dangers both of an arrogance that professes a grasp of the unknown and of a bravado that boasts of a control of the transcendent. The wise man knows that he does not know—and the prudent man respects what he does not control.

~~from Preface by Reverend John Nicola.


♥ It was nice and warm under the covers. Sleepily he heard his mother stirring in the kitchen and suddenly he was ten years old, waiting for her to call him to get up for school. The recent pains, aches, and humiliations fled from his mind and body. Father Mancuso was sleeping safely in his old bed in his mother's house.


♥ But the rest of us are left with a dilemma: The more "rational" the explanation, the less tenable it becomes. And what I have called The Amityville Horror remains one of those dark mysteries that challenges our conventional accounting of what this world contains.

~~from Afterword.
Tags: 1970s - non-fiction, 20th century - non-fiction, 3rd-person narrative non-fiction, american - non-fiction, haunted house, non-fiction, occult, religion, religion - christianity, supernatural

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