House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story Volume One

House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story Volume One

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by Andrea Perron

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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


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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House Of Darkness House Of Light 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 of crazy, which happens to taste a lot like diet soda. Add in some levitating beds, telepathic crows, self-sweeping brooms and other fun things, and you've got a recipe for a good kind of crazy that is seriously hampered by the author's grievous lack of an editor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting to read a scary book. Minimal scares, tends to go off on tangents unrelated to her experiences in this house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It reads like some bright kids final report.....lots of words little meaning.......don't wast your time or money
Beebs5150 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't typically like supernatural books, but I found this one very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was poorly written, it is very difficult to read, it's very hard to follow, boring and the story leads nowhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though there is the possibility of an interesting tale to be told, it's not found here. Poorly written & poorly edited; lacks focus throughout. Maybe Andrea would have benefitted from a *ghost* writer.
roamieboy More than 1 year ago
What I found so ludicrious was that here is a Literature Major and she is attempting to write the story about how she and her family grew up in a "Haunted House". Well, the thing that bothered me was, WHY is she talking about herself in the Third Person? Really? This is YOUR story, then it should have been written as you say and felt and lived it, not as an outsider. Instead of saying Carolyn and Roger, why not say, Mom and Dad? Why did it take so long to write a story that you lived for so long ago? The way it was written makes me feel that you never experienced anything and you are telling a fictional tale or a story about someone else and trying to put a few big words into the story from time to time just makes me think you are trying to sound smarter than what you are. Please, save your money. This book is too expensive to add to a collection of books that you probably will not finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rambles on and on.
Angelbegin More than 1 year ago
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. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overwritten... too bad because there is a good story back there somewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to force myself to finish this book only because I paid for it with a gift card my daughter gave me for mother's day. I didn't want to feel like I wasted the money. There's alot wrong with this book but to sum it up in a few words....... poorly written.... enough said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! This was by far the WORST book I've EVER read! Do NOT waste your money and especially not your time. i was planning on buying all 3 volumes, but am definitely NOT going to do that now. It's written so poorly and totally out of context. I think a 3rd grader could probably write a better book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What was said in 550 pages could have been wrapped up in 200. Repetetive and over philosophized, overwrought with cliches, and sad attempts at humor... The only reason it got two stars was because of the haunting content...but even that got old when events were repeated throughout the book. So disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story, however, it jumped around too much with the timeline of things. Left me with unanswered questions about the family. Would have liked to know more about the different investigators that came in and what their experiences were along with the outcomes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just terrible. Go see the movie, I guess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. Look forward to seeing the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what is the difference between Part I and Part II. Both overviews are identical. I dont want to pay for the same book twice,
Anonymous 20 days ago
Why oh dear sweet God WHY did I not read the reviews first??? Lesson learned... at least it wasn't an expensive lesson, less that $10. There's that much to be thankful for, anyway. I really wanted to know this story. I mean, I really, really did and I still do... but after slogging about 40 pages into it, I just don't think I can take anymore. It has everything wrong with it that a piece of writing can have. The punctuation is just... I mean, I can't even... articulate... hot mess. It's one long, sordid, awful hot mess. There are grammar mistakes as well, not to mention missing words, and blatantly misused words, as in this sentence: "The girls mulled around, anxious for some undivided attention." It's MILLED. The word you're looking for is milled, milled around. Mulled is a process that happens to cider, sweet weeping Jesus! I've seen Twilight fanfiction written by vampire-besotted middle-schoolers that is more sophisticated than this! Then there ARE the completely random, no RHYME or reason, words THAT are emphasized by PUTTING them in larger FONT, plus bold and italicized. WEEBLES!! (That's one of the large, bold, italicized words from the BOOK.) And there was this horrendous play on words: "Cathi felt her stomach twist... KNOT such a good sensation!" Are. You. Flipping. Kidding. Me. Now maybe I'm a book snob... if I am, so be it. But please excuse me while I go hit my head on the wall in contemplation of the fact that someone felt a cheap gag like that was appropriate in a work of (and I use the term very WEEBLES loosely) "literature". Okay, now let's move on to the use of incredibly unnecessary large and grand words and phrases, such as this phrase referring to the decision to purchase the home: "In time and space perhaps it would prove to be as brilliant as any gathering cluster of stars in the firmament." Um, no. Just no. Y'all bought a house. It was a haunted house, and led to some undeniably super-freaky experiences, but it in no way rivaled the gathering of stars in the firmament. There are tons of grandiose phrases like that in here, which I guess are meant to come across as being deep, philosophical, and in this case portentous - but what they really are is ponderous, completely ridiculous, and frankly embarrassing. When I was 14 and 15, I wrote a lot of "poetry" that employed those same tactics... I can hardly stand to look at it now! At least I have the excuse that I was 14 and 15! I'm honestly mourning the loss of the $8 I spent on this. Most times, when average citizens have an interesting story to tell that they want to mass-market, they hire someone to work with them on the project; someone that knows how to, you know, actually write. Would that this "author" had done the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously was going to a single star, but I gave it a second one in recognition for her effort... which is what it's going to take for me to get through Volume One. Not even sure I'll attempt Volumes Two and Three, even though I, unfortunately, have ready purchased them. Don't make the same mistake I did.