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“First of all... this is the only book that I have ever read that has literally scared me. It has great descriptions of all of the horrible events that happened in that house, and even away from the house (in the case of the preist.) I honestly had trouble sleeping while I was reading this book...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Read as a child, probably 4th grade. Scared me then, but from what I remember, I'd probably laugh at it now.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Read this on a bus trip to King's Island in '77 or '78....scared the hell out me then and scares the hell out of me now!!! Whenever I wake up at night I always look at the clock...it's amazing how many times it is 3:15....read it, if you dare!!!”steve wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great ghost book if you think there are ghost then this is for you. I have no idea if it is real or not that there were ghosts in that house. I do think a lot of those people were smoking some funny hippy lettuce back then so anything is possible. It was a fun read and kept me interested the whole way through. It must be good, they made a movie from the book.”TerryZ wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read as a child, probably 4th grade. Scared me then, but from what I remember, I'd probably laugh at it now.”tstan wrote this review Sunday, April 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I never spent more terror reading a book, this is one to shake your bones out!”Josue A. Giunta wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“classic horror”Shari wrote this review Sunday, December 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Portuguese version”Rosenvaldo Simões de Souza wrote this review Friday, December 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While this book is marketed as a true story, there are many doubts to it's authenticity. There are many that truly believe these events took place and others who claim the Lutzes manufactured the story of the Amityville house for monetary gain. When I started this story, I put it's truthfulness at the back of my mind and simply read the story as if it were pure fiction.
As a fiction work, I really enjoyed this book. The back story of the house is creepy enough with the DeFeo murders. Then you have this nice family that moves in and all kinds of craziness begins to happen in the house. You have everything you need for a good creepy haunted house story: history of murder, disembodied voices, music coming from nowhere, things moving, etc... This story is really compelling and it's very hard to put down.
On the nonfiction side, it's a little unbelievable. I can grasp the disembodied voices, things moving, etc., but I can't grasp the green slime coming from the walls or the levitation of Mr. and Mrs. Lutz. Whether any of it is true or not, I can't say. Which is why I would rather look at it from a fictional point-of-view.
If you are looking for a really creepy haunted house story, pick up a copy of The Amityville Horror. You won't be disappointed.
“Everyone has seen the movie but I was amazed at how few people have read the supposedly true account. ”Carol wrote this review Thursday, August 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Undoubtedly one of the lousiest, least convincing pieces in the English language, this narration is almost abusive to the tale's unfortunate survivors in its casual superstition and drama. Anyone can see through Anson's web of cheap lies as merely riding The Exorcist wave with equally cheap writing - I dunno what they've all done with that house, but I suggest gathering all copies of this "nonfiction" junk and hosting a big indoor powwow bonfire, just to see how his ghosts and demons react to toxic waste ;)”Ensam wrote this review Monday, July 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Amityville Horror
By Jay Anson
December 18th, 1975 the Lutz family moves into their dream home, purchased at a steal because there had been a gruesome murder in the house. The Lutzes believe a house is just a house and are not afraid to move in, they will not stay more than a month. This is a true account of what happened to the Lutz family the terror that will forever change their lives.
Some of this story I don’t quite believe, such as they thought it strange that the wife woke up in the middle of the night and the next day didn’t remember doing it at all. Well, for me this is something I do all the time since I was a child and people will tell me all sorts of weird things I did or said while I look completely aware and conscious at the time I am still fast asleep, I must be possessed then according to this book. There were other little things that I could easily dismiss as over reactive imagination or any number of things but when it came to floating off the bed, they had me there. Even if these events aren’t real or exaggerated it is a fun read with some truly spooky scenes.
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