Review: The Haunted House Diaries

The Haunted House Diaries : The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (August 17, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1632650061
ISBN-13: 978-1632650061

Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5

Product description:

Nestled deep in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, a 1790 farmhouse sits near the epicenter of a paranormal commotion. The family that resides there regularly encounters its own ancestors and strangers–human and 
non-human–who seemingly occupy the same physical space in our world while remaining in their own, parallel worlds. When famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated, they dubbed it “Ghost Central.”

Here’s your chance to unlock and experience the private diary of farmhouse resident Donna Fillie. This amazing record spans five decades and recounts a parade of uncanny occurrences, including:
Notes from old friends who insist they didn’t deliver them
A grandson playing with an invisible–but very real–friend
Donna awakening to phenomena at precisely 12:42 a.m., an eerie correspondence to her house number, 1242

This compelling work includes many other unexplainable details of a wide variety of phenomena that frequently occur in this otherwise normal area of Connecticut, which may also be the site of a secret military base.

After reading The Haunted House Diaries, you will undoubtedly wonder: Are our assumptions about the paranormal all wrong?

My thoughts:

There is something about Hall that I really like. I suppose what I like the most is that I can see his enthusiasm for the paranormal bubbling out of his research. He has an easy to read and thought-provoking style of writing  …

Don’t be scared. After all, nothing in the paranormal can manifest pain as debilitating and devastating as lost love.

On the downside, I was disappointed in the diminutive Index and Bibliography. I did like the appendices, but some were not really helpful.

Having said that, Chapter 17 “I Don’t Know What Universe You Are Living In” and the Epilogue are priceless.  Hall certainly knows how to finish a book strong. The photos really added a nice touch and I returned to them several times.

While I may disagree with some of Hall’s statements with regard to Religion, I totally agree with his comment about Religion within an investigation. “To use Religion in the exploration and explanation of paranormal happenings is both dangerous and fruitless.” However, to suggest on page 199 that “Entities are not Bible readers” seems smug and somewhat arrogant.

All in all, I really enjoyed the advance reader ebook from Warwick Associates. I give  “The Haunted House Diaries : The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery” 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it for your paranormal home library.

The Author:

William J. Hall

William J. Hall was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut,where the events of this book took place. He watched the news coverage of the Lindley Street haunting on TV when he was 10 years old.

Hall is professionally equipped to recognize trickery. After more than 25 years as a performing magician, he knows how to create and recognize illusions.He is experienced in researching the unexplained, from folklore and urban legend to fortune telling, the pyramids, and other mysterious tales. His syndicated 1990’s column “Magic and the Unknown” ran for six years in multiple local papers in his home state.

Hall has two sons and resides in Plainville, Connecticut.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books and Warwick Associates. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. I’m sorry, but to Ed and Lorraine Warren every place was a ghost central. Lorraine especially must have made quite a bit of money on the Amityville house, which was never haunted but instead the scene of a horrific family murder.

    It is good to know that the author has a magician’s knowledge. I think magicians are among the best investigators, especially in cases involving poltergeist activity. They know all the tricks.

    Your review has made me want to read this book. There is enough there to interest me and it seems to not go over the top the way so many do. Will see if my library has it since budget is super low right now.

    Excellent job on the review.

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