The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

by Jay Anson
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The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining...

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price had been too good to pass up. Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror...

This is the spellbinding, bestselling true story that gripped the nation - the story of a house possessed by spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena too terrible to describe.

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ISBN-13: 9780553226348
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication date: 07/01/1979

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The Amityville Horror (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a teenager who saw the movie and became interested in the story. So I bought the book. The writing style is poor, which irritated me at times as I was reading. However, don't let this stop you from buying the book. I couldn't stop reading throughout most of the book, and I got pretty freaked out at times. The book is much different from the film as it adds to the story of the priest who came to bless the house. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the story and anyone who is eager to read a good horror novel. It is an easy read and you won't regret your decision to buy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True story or not, this book was very intriguing. The writing style is kind of slow, but I could not put the book down. Don't be put off by other critiques saying "this story is a fake" or "nothing ever happened." In my opinion, I really like the story and it's one of my favorite horror/thriller stories.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the Lutz family and the paranormal activity they experienced in a house they bought after a former resident, Ronald DeFeo, Jr., brutally murdered six of his family members. Is the Lutzes' story a horror or a hoax? Read this book and decide for yourself. Readers of this book would also enjoy "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about Satanism, demonic possession, and paranormal activity with a DeFeo/Amityville Horror subplot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best and scariest book i have ever read i my life the best horror ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Awesome Horror
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
TITLE: The Amityville Horror AUTHOR: Jay Anson GENRE: Horror/True Story PAGES: 256 We all have a book that sticks with us, for better or worse, it sticks with us. One of those books for me is Jay Anson’s THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. There are reasons it stuck with me. 1) I was born and raised on Long Island. 2) I went to the house with friends of mine. We did not go inside, but I will say it was chilly at the house on the summer day we went there. 3) The book was excellent! Growing up on Long Island, we heard the tales of the house. It could not be avoided. So, when I started to read the book, I thought I knew all I had to know. I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong. George and Kathy Lutz bought the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, NY. For all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful house. The kind of house you want to bring a family into and get comfortable. But this house also has history. A family was murdered here (I do not remember if the Lutz’ were ever told about this) and it was built on an indian burial ground. After moving into the house, weird things begin to happen. It starts with flies in the sewing room. Then a delivery man accidentally discovers the “red room” in the basement and has nightmares. The horrors keep mounting and one of the final freak outs is when the walls start to bleed. This book is not to be read in a dimly lit room. The lights will go out around you and all you can focus on is the pages. And if your sister barges into your room to tell you dinner is ready, they will need a spatula to peel you off the ceiling. This is the perfect Halloween read.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Everything in this book is supposed to be what actually happened. Most parts were verified by several people. That makes it creepy AF. I don't know what I believe, but if I was ever in a position to witness any of this, you would only see my dust trail! I was continually shocked that they kept staying after each event.
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_CrackerJill_ More than 1 year ago
i saw the movie so i looked it up on google images. i regret that day. i still think about the pictures and gag. traumatized at 13
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
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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sassypickle More than 1 year ago
The Amityville Horror was an easy and fast read, but to market it as a true story? Come on! I would have enjoyed this book as fiction, maybe it would even creep me out a bit. Instead, I found myself reading chapter after chapter filled with evil spirits, ghosts, a pig roaming the house and green slime oozing from the walls, all the while thinking how on earth would anyone believe that these things actually happened. The green slime made me think of Nickelodeon :o)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book, I've read other scary books but this one is by far the most scariest. It has great descriptions about the events that happened inside and outside the house. It makes you anxious to read the next chapter right away. I read one chapter and I honestly couldn't put the book down. The book is so terrifying I was too scared to read it at night or alone! Every second I read this book I felt as if someone were watching me and the scene's with Jody were the most frightening. I saw both versions of the movie and I found them scary but when I read the book I was almost traumatized. The book is scarier than the movie. If you would like to get a good scare and thrill and you are not prone to nightmares than this is the book for you! I recommend reading this book. It will definitely give you a good scare!
CheesyPrincess More than 1 year ago
The Amityville Horror written by Jay Anson tells the probable true story of the Lutz family. Beforehand, it is explained there is a house on Ocean Avenue in Long Island where a homicide took place. Ronald DeFeo had just confessed to the killing of his family in the house while they were all asleep. DeFeo explained that he had heard a voice telling him to go kill his family and he had said that was his motive and reason for committing the gruesome and heartbreaking crime. Ever since then, nobody has moved in or rented the DeFeos' old house, for it was the place of a crime scene. However, the Lutzes were searching for a place to live in an affordable range of money. So far, they were coming up blank, finding no good homes. That is, until they stumbled upon the DeFeo house, which was practically a mansion not to mention a dream house and it was only selling for $80,000. Eagerly, the Lutzes decided to take the house, and didn't care when they heard of the murders that had recently occured there. They ignored the story of the crime, and focused on moving into the grand house and making a wonderful life there with their three children. At first, everything seems to be normal, except for a few things. George Lutz is grumpy and Kathy Lutz and the children can't figure out the reason. But soon, other strange things start happening, too, like the toilet blackening for no reason whatsoever. The clergyman who had come to bless the Lutzes' new home, is now suffering from an illness. Also, when reltaives or friends come over to visit the Lutzes, they say they feel uneasy aout the house, and ask to leave quickly. The Lutzes are also finding out secrets about the house they never knew about before, like that the house had a chamber in the basement, maybe for rituals of some sort and that it was painted with blood. Georger Lutz is also starting to notice he looks like Ronald DeFeo, and the children are sleeping the same way the DeFeo family had been sleeping when murdered. Many other starnge things happen, and it combines into a frightful mystery. This would probably best be presented as either a ghost story or an unsolved mystery. Athough the author claims there the story is not false, there are both doubters and believers. These events are also said to take place bak in 1975. I am not sure what I believe, I just know it was a scary but amazing story for me to read and I simply loved it. I give it five stars, and I would recommend this book for any ghost hunters, people who want a thrill, or people who just adore ghost stories. This book is just perfect for you. I hope you like te story as much as I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to start reading the books behind the scariest movies in cinema history and started with this one. Now, the book in and of itself is a good read, albeit a quick one (clocking in at just over 300 pages), with plenty of creepy imagry to go around, BUT the real creepiness starts when you are done with the book.
Ro10 More than 1 year ago
The Amityville Horror is a great book for people who are interested in reading something scary and really interesting. There are many twists and turns in this book and many times when you don't want to put the book down. You want to read what is coming next and how it will turn out. many different things occur in the book that cause you to think one thing is going to happen but instead it changes and the opposite happens. Through out the book you are waiting to read what will happen to George and his family and how they will escape from the house that has an unknown past. This book really gets you thinking and is definitely scary. Many weird things happen in the house such as Missy having an imaginary friend that may not be imaginary after all, it getting really cold in the house at random hours of the day, and people in the family levitating towards the windows and doors without them being able to control it. many people should read this book if they are looking for something interesting, scary, and something that will make them think.
RaeRaeDumas More than 1 year ago
This book, I believe, is only for a reading looking into this incident in history. If you are just simply looking for a scary thriller go with a different choice. This book allows you to understand what this family went through and their struggles! If you do not believe in the paranormal at all this book will start you on the path of believing and if you already do, this helps your belief to become stronger. I would read this book again!!!
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Sidney123 More than 1 year ago
The Amityville horror is quite possibly one of the best books i have ever read in my 12 years of living. It has a breakback pace that can't be beat! The storyline and the plot are just amazing. I am well aware that it is a true story. I reccomend this book to die-hard horror book fans! It is very VERY scary. I also Reccomend the movie AFTER the book. Just so it dosent spoil it for you. :) ??
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Wade1000 More than 1 year ago
Always love a tale about a haunted house. First read this book in the 8th grade and did a report on it [received an A+]. It is supposed to be an account of an actual event. Much like The Blair Witch Project was. I admit the novel wasn't scary; favorite character was the menacing ghost pig named Jodie. I believe Jodie now haunts Oscar Mayer! Anyway, the original movie version is much, much scarier! Had nightmares when I saw it back in highschool. The perfect book for a dark rainy night!
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