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Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then ...

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Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then dispersing into the ether. The house is a portal to the past and a passage to the future. This is a sacred story of spiritual enlightenment, told some thirty years hence. The family is now somewhat less reticent to divulge a closely-guarded experience. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers. During a séance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy hostess; the spirit called Bathsheba . . . a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. Carolyn had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire . . . a mother's greatest fear. It transformed the woman in unimaginable ways. After nearly a decade the family left a once beloved home behind though it will never leave them, as each remains haunted by a memory. This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456747619
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 31,520
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Let me begin my diatribe, if you'll indulge me, fair reader, wit

    Let me begin my diatribe, if you'll indulge me, fair reader, with a disturbing trend I've noticed in the reviews on this book. Almost all of the people who gave it a 5 star rating, or even a slightly positive review, are from or around the town the book is written in, Harrisville, Rhode Island. Apparently these people are desperate for some vicarious fame by association with the town this dreadfully written book takes place in. Read them with a grain of salt. If you're looking for an honest review from someone who is not skeptical of the supernatural, just critical of this, and I use the term loosely, "author's" work, then please read on for a detailed, unbiased review.

    I think the reason it took Andrea 30 years to write this book was that she needed to read "The Amityville Horror", "The Devil in Connecticut" and "In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting" a few times so she could steal as much of their stories as possible for her own. She also needed time to wait for Poltergeist, Burnt Offerings and the Exorcist to come out on DVD so she could watch them all a few times (and their special features!) for some new ideas. This book is nothing but a derivative retelling of better, scarier ghost stories. All she did was put her own family into the roles of other, more interesting characters; your basic "fanfic," if you will. The funny part is, I could have lived with that if not for the horrible writing. A good story is a good story, even if the general theme has told before. But even a great story loses its gravitas and poignancy when told by a seven year old, which is about Andrea's level of writing. Well, to be fair, it's more like a seven year old who knows how to press Shift+F7 in Word and come up with bigger words to use from the list of synonyms, but who then overlooks the green squiggles of the Grammar Check function. She also entertained the infamous nutbags, Ed and Lorraine Warren. All you have to do is a quick Google search on them and you will find out how untrustworthy these two are. Being they also worked on the Amityville case and the two Connecticut cases, I can see why this story features all of their greatest hits: who could forget the classic, "It must be a DEMON," or "The spirit is mocking the Holy Trinity," and the ever delightful, "Of course we have no proof of ANYTHING, you're supposed to just believe whatever we say!" Could it be mere coincidence that Harrisville reeks of the same pseudo-religious, quasi-supernatural hokum featured in Amityville and Connecticut? I think not!

    Let's start with Andrea's grammar and punctuation. She loves to put about 3 bold words on each page as she thinks the reader is too dumb to get the meaning of what she is trying to tell us. You know when an airheaded teenage girl gets upset and overemphasizes a word to show she's really upset? That's what I feel like she's doing. "But `Moooooooom' there's like `totally' a ghost and it's really `scary.'" There's no good reason to emphasize words like that. If you put the word there, trust us, as the readers, to be able to know how that word is supposed to work with the rest of them to convey the idea your describing in that sentence. She constantly insults our collective intelligence. For example, she feels she has to emphasize the fact that during an argument over money that someone is feeling "angry."

    She also likes to tell us what everyone was "feeling" for 3 or more pages without describing the actual event that caused the upset. If you are lucky, she will tell you a few chapters later and then she rehashes the 3 pages again of what everyone was "feeling." It reminded me of when your teacher wants you to write a 500 word essay. Like an underachieving, lazy student, most of the book is just filling space. At one point she describes in painfully overblown details of her Mother's meltdown in the kitchen over her husband killing flies, ala Amityville Horror. She then copied and pasted the same story later on in the book hoping the reader would not remember she already told this story. She did this a few times. Maybe she never went back and read over what she wrote. It was painful enough for me to read once, so I can't imagine what torture she was facing having to re-read it as the author.

    Apparently desperate to show that she has some grasp of what colons and semi-colons are Andrea doesn't hesitate to use them at every possible turn. Ironically, she doesn't use them correctly. She loves to do stuff like this: "The mother had a bad feeling; a dread she felt." A little redundant, am I right? Half the time those little add-on's are just terrible, as in, "...; an angelic angel." Keep your sanity and just skip over anything immediately to the right of any colon or semicolon. What this book really needs is a, "colonoscopy." (Cue rimshot) You thought that was a terrible pun? Just you wait; Andrea's got a metric ton of them waiting for you! Like, "They did not stand a ghost of a chance with the ghosts in the house!" Also, I think Andrea suffers from multiple personality disorder. I mean, what else could possibly explain her tendency to switch back and forth from the third person narrative to the second person and back to the third every few pages?

    In all honesty, I would have never finished this book if I had not paid money for it. You will find that skipping long monologues of pure, unadulterated "feeling" will help you to read the book faster. I think she fancies herself the next Steven King and thinks that if she puts as many words on a page as he does, she'll be just as critically acclaimed.

    Now before you say, "Oh, he is a skeptic and a non-believer, which is why he is so mean about all this," that is just not true. I do believe in ghosts and have lived in 2 houses that had ghosts, one who made me uncomfortable enough to the point I did move out. I won't directly say that her book is full of lies, (libel laws and all that), but I think it is strange that all the Warren cases tell the same story: A family moves into a dream house, it turns out to be haunted, the father will not believe it until the very end, Lorraine Warren kicks open the front door and starts yelling about demons and then everyone gets a nice, lucrative movie deal out of it. By the way, "The Conjuring," based on The Warren Files concerning this case, is coming this summer to a theater near you! And even if it was real, what kind of mother would subject her 5 kids to this kind of thing for 10 year? Yes, 10 YEARS!!

    So to spare you the terror of trying to read this book, I'll summarize it for you: Estrogen soaked family pester their absentee salesman father to throw all of their money into a farm they don't really need and that the owner is super desperate to offload on them. After ignoring this first warning sign, the family can't get warm in a 200 year old house in Rhode Island during winter (umm... duh?) and keep smelling death in certain rooms. After ignoring this second warning sign, the mother is attacked by the ghost of Joan Crawford (think wire hangers), the kids start seeing creepy stuff and the doors very politely open themselves. Flies gather in the house where the kids keep sandwiches under the bed (shocking!) and then the mother has a nightmare and claws up her husband who is apparently a very sound sleeper. After trying to set herself on fire several times, the mother spirals into a generic supernatural obsession (cue the montage of Mom in the local library discovering the evil history of the house), and ropes everyone she possibly can into it, culminating with the arrival of the Warrens who proceed to add a few Mentos to the mom's glass

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Seriously?

    Like most people who saw the movie The Conjuring, I was curious to learn more about the 'true story'. Imagine my level of excitement when I found a book written by one of the daughters of this plagued family!

    Then I started reading the book. Dear. God.

    Can this woman ramble or what??? Ten pages about flies. Are you kidding me? The story had zero structure, she spoke in a 3rd person perspective when a 1st person perspective is necessary to thus type of story, and she was constantly jumping periods of time, confusing me absolutely! Ever heard of an editor??

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A Chilling Tale of a Haunted Farmhouse

    House of Darkness - House of Light The True Story, Volume 1 By Andrea Perron Published by Author House Copyright 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4567-4761-9 Having lived in a few haunted locations, it is not much of a stretch to imagine a house brimming with spirits - more particularly a colonial farmhouse built in 1736. Roger and Carolyn Perron, along with their five young daughters thought they discovered their own Garden of Eden when they moved from the Cumberland, Rhode Island suburbs to a remote and natural area in Harrisville. They were excited to live in a fascinating old farmhouse with plenty of room for everyone. The oldest child, Andrea Perron is the author of this book, which relates the family's entirely unexpected and truly frightening experiences in a house with a long history of agony and death. Two former residents hung themselves - one from the rafters of the old barn. The final fate of many others is unknown but their continued presence eventually becomes obvious. Andrea relates how the massive property provides an unbounded playground for the children within the woods and crystal clear ambling streams. However, what begins as a paradise for the Perron family quickly transforms into a house of horrors as specters of formerly living souls roam the old house causing havoc. There are benign acts, such as a ghost that smells of flowers and fruit kissing the children goodnight in their beds, and a phantom youngster playing with unattended toys. Items move about, including chairs pulled from beneath innocent and unsuspecting mortals, and a female ghost who constantly picks up a broom to sweep the kitchen floor - benign but frightening, nonetheless. Doors slam shut, whispers are heard, shadows are seen and something has a habit of slamming into the front door in the middle of the night shaking everyone from their beds. When the malevolent spirit of the former mistress of the house begins to assert her control over Carolyn the constant barrage of paranormal activity from the other side becomes too much to bear. This repugnant spirit seems bent and determined on frightening Carolyn to her very core, approaching her in the night - her face misshapen, neck broken and horrible to behold - along with a gut wrenching stench in the air and threats of impending doom - primarily that she and her family would succumb to a vicious and unrelenting fiery death. Carolyn is left in a perpetual state of fear and shock as to how she could possibly protect her brood from the wiles of a nasty ghost over which she has absolutely no control. This is truly a book to be read with the lights on. Add to that Andrea Perron's wonderfully expressive writing and you will find yourself turning one page after another while she takes you through time in a profound and thought provoking way.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Not what I was expecting

    I was expecting to read a scary book. Minimal scares, tends to go off on tangents unrelated to her experiences in this house.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Beware

    Rambles on and on.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Chilling, creepy and scary!

    This book is about paranormal events and activities that happened to this family during the time they lived in this farm house. Most of the things that happened are unexplainable and downright creepy. The author tells the story as she remembered events so it does jump around alot but for the most part it is easy to follow. After reading this book, it did make me wonder how many times a day we encounter the spiritual life and don't even realize it. Definitely worth readying! Except you might want to leave a light on during and long after you've finished the book!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Do I HAVE to finish?

    I wanted so badly for this to be a great book, afterall isn't the book usually better than the movie? I'm finding myself skipping over ramblings of nothingness. Could have been half the length. Disappointing is putting it nicely

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I don't typically like supernatural books, but I found this one

    I don't typically like supernatural books, but I found this one very enjoyable.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Over written

    It reads like some bright kids final report.....lots of words little meaning.......don't wast your time or money

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    This has been a truly enlightening story so far, and this is onl

    This has been a truly enlightening story so far, and this is only Volume 1. This is more than just a spooky nhaunted house story to read on a rainy night, it's a story about love, family and hope. When I first bought it, I admit it was out of love for scary true tories but I was happy to find more than that. Ms. Perron makes you think about your place in the universe, and how we all touch each other both on the physical side of things and when we pass over. This story is about strength, courage and the soul. .

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    House of Darkness a Chillingly True Tale

    Having lived in a few haunted locations, it is not much of a stretch to imagine a house brimming with spirits - more particularly a colonial farmhouse built in 1736.

    Roger and Carolyn Perron, along with their five young daughters thought they discovered their own Garden of Eden when they moved from the Cumberland, Rhode Island suburbs to a remote and natural area in Harrisville. They were excited to live in a fascinating old farmhouse with plenty of room for everyone.

    The oldest child, Andrea Perron is the author of this book, which relates the family's entirely unexpected and truly frightening experiences in a house with a long history of agony and death. Two former residents hung themselves - one from the rafters of the old barn. The final fate of many others is unknown but their continued presence eventually becomes obvious.

    Andrea relates how the massive property provides an unbounded playground for the children within the woods and crystal clear ambling streams. However, what begins as a paradise for the Perron family quickly transforms into a house of horrors as specters of formerly living souls roam the old house causing havoc.

    There are benign acts, such as a ghost that smells of flowers and fruit kissing the children goodnight in their beds, and a phantom youngster playing with unattended toys. Items move about, including chairs pulled from beneath innocent and unsuspecting mortals, and a female ghost who constantly picks up a broom to sweep the kitchen floor - benign but frightening, nonetheless. Doors slam shut, whispers are heard, shadows are seen and something has a habit of slamming into the front door in the middle of the night shaking everyone from their beds.

    When the malevolent spirit of the former mistress of the house begins to assert her control over Carolyn the constant barrage of paranormal activity from the other side becomes too much to bear. This repugnant spirit seems bent and determined on frightening Carolyn to her very core, approaching her in the night - her face misshapen, neck broken and horrible to behold - along with a gut wrenching stench in the air and threats of impending doom - primarily that she and her family would succumb to a vicious and unrelenting fiery death.

    Carolyn is left in a perpetual state of fear and shock as to how she could possibly protect her brood from the wiles of a nasty ghost over which she has absolutely no control.

    This is truly a book to be read with the lights on. Add to that Andrea Perron's wonderfully expressive writing and you will find yourself turning one page after another while she takes you through time in a profound and thought provoking way.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Worst book I have ever read

    It was obvious from the first page that this was a self-published book because there is no possible way that this book would get off an editor's desk in its current format. The book is FULL of grammatical errors, there is no established plot line and it reads more like a philosophical diatribe on the supernatural than a book. If it is a good, old-fashioned ghost story that you are hoping to read then this is NOT the book for you.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Enjoyed reading

    I liked this book. Look forward to seeing the movie.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    what is the difference between Part I and Part II. Both overview

    what is the difference between Part I and Part II. Both overviews are identical. I dont want to pay for the same book twice,

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Good story but buried in superflous crap

    It could have been a great one if the crsp was cut out of it.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Be afraid. Be very afraid of this mess.

    I love a good, well written ghost story with memorable characters and a believable plot.

    This isn't one of them.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Disapointed for sure!

    I did some research before going to see the movie, because I usually don't like scary movies! When I found out this was a true story and watched Andrea's 45 minute youtube interview at the house , I was intrigued, so I went ...then bought the book! I kept reading thinking it would get better, but it just got so confusing! The book jumped around to the point you didn't even know what year it was! I Kept waiting for her to introduce the Warrens, but they were just casually mentioned here and there. This is the rare occasion when the movie is much better than the book! It could have been a great book! In my opinion, the book never should of been published without it being organized into a "time" sequence "story", instead we got ramblings on and repeats! After reading all the other reviews, I decided against reading volume 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Poorly written

    This book was poorly written, it is very difficult to read, it's very hard to follow, boring and the story leads nowhere.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    When it comes to horror...

    All we want is the facts. There is no need to ramble and try to philosophize. This could have been a very good read, but sadly I found myself falling asleep with the book in my hand and skipping pages way too many times, because of the many tiresome explanations and unnecessary diatribes. The use of the third person is really annoying. I guess she needed to decide if she wanted to write a horror novel or some sort of romantic-dramatic-pompous thing. Very dissapointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    I bought both volumes and I had a difficult time getting through

    I bought both volumes and I had a difficult time getting through the first one....needless to say, I never got the Vol 2. Both books were donated to a nearby library.  Very boring read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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