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A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House

A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House

by Mark Spencer


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When Mark Spencer and his family moved into the beautiful old Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas, they were aware of its notorious reputation for being haunted. According to local lore, the troubled spirit of society belle Ladell Allen, who had mysteriously committed suicide in the master bedroom in 1948, still roamed the grand historic mansion. Yet, Mark remained skeptical—until he and his family began encountering faceless phantoms, a doppelganger spirit, and other paranormal phenomena. Ensuing ghost investigations offered convincing evidence that six spirits, including Ladell, inhabited their home. But the most shocking event occurred the day Mark followed a strange urge to explore the attic and found, crammed under a floorboard, secret love letters that touchingly depict Ladell Allen's forbidden, heart-searing romance—and shed light on her tragic end.

This haunting true ghost story includes several photographs of the Allen House.

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ISBN-13: 9780738730738
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 512,307
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Spencer (Monticello, AR) is the award-winning author of three novels, two short story collections, and a history book. His numerous writing honors include the Faulkner Society Faulkner Award, the Omaha Prize for the Novel, the Patrick T. Bradshaw Book Award, and four Special Mentions in Pushcart Prize. He and his family have lived in the Allen House since 2007. Visit the author online at

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: “It’s Haunted, You Know”

Chapter 2: Marilyn Monroe at Sixty

Chapter 3: Dopplegangers

Chapter 4: The Party Place

Chapter 5: Trick or Treat

Chapter 6: Secrets

Chapter 7: The Scent of Lilacs Redux

Chapter 8: Nope, Not a Transformer

Chapter 9: “The Most Haunted House in America”

Chapter 10: “They Would Reveal Us”

Chapter 11: “The Tale of Ladell”

Chapter 12: The Owl Train

Chapter 13: The Love of Ladell’s Life

Chapter 14: Trying to Find a Little Happiness Along the Way

Chapter 15: The Happiest Days

Chapter 16: Mapping the Past—and the Future

Chapter 17: Ghost Walking

Chapter 18: Wrong Number

Chapter 19: Meant to Be?

A Chronology of Allen Family Facts

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