Grave's End: A True Ghost Story

Grave's End: A True Ghost Story

by Elaine Mercado
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Grave's End: A True Ghost Story by Elaine Mercado

You leave us alone; we'll leave you alone.

When Elaine Mercado and her first husband bought their home in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1982, they had no idea that they and their two young daughters were embarking on a thirteen-year nightmare.

Within a few days of moving in, Elaine and her older daughter began to experience the sensation of being watched. Then came scratching noises and weird smells, followed by voices whispering, maniacal laughter, shadowy figures scurrying along baseboards, and small balls of light bouncing along the ceilings. From the beginning of the haunting, "suffocating dreams" were experienced by everyone except the younger daughter. These eventually accelerated to physical aggression directed at Elaine and both the girls.

This book is the true story of how one family tried to cope with living in a haunted house. It also describes how, with the help of parapsychologist Dr. Hans Holzer and medium Marisa Anderson, the family discovered the tragic and heartbreaking secrets buried in the house at Grave's End.

I struggle to open my eyes, but achieve nothing but frustration and failure. I am not asleep. I am fully conscious, in a state of panic unthinkable during the day intolerable in the dark of night, held prisoner by some tortured, invisible presence, insistent on abruptly invading my slumber. The more I struggle toward freedom, the more I am pushed into the mattress, perspiring, heart palpitating, a scream involuntarily silenced within my throat. Some nights I experience my skin being stroked while I fight to regain control of my body, my sight. Thank God, this was not one of those nights. Tonight it lets me open my eyes, shaken but unviolated, frightened, but not as frightened as I know I can become.

First Runner up for the 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for Best Biographical/Personal Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738700038
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 313,382
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Elaine Mercado is a wife and mother of two daughters, registered nurse, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and entrepreneur. She holds a license as an LPN and as a registered nurse. Mercado has worked in the health care field for over nine years as a medical-surgical registered nurse and registered nurse in Brooklyn, New York’s Coney Island hospital emergency room.

During her tenure as an emergency room nurse, Mercado developed an interest in the psychological aspects of patient care and thus, began studying the mind, body, and spirit connection. At the same time, Mercado began to focus on paranormal phenomena. For over fifteen years, she has studied and attended numerous lectures and workshops on types of hauntings and the current theories behind them. Mercado, a locally published writer, has also written for The Brooklyn Baron and The Nursing Spectrum.

She is an American Heart Association Certified CPR Instructor, and operates a business with her second husband called Learning For Life, offering CPR training to hospital and hotel personnel. Mercado still lives in Gravesend with her family.

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Grave's End: A True Ghost Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very chilling. One questions why the author subjected herself and her children to the terror in this house for so many years. The children were deprived of peaceful childhoods and the author is ultimately left with post-traumatic stress disorder. The most disturbing part is when the author is held down on the bed and sexually assaulted by an unseen force. She repeatedly experiences this type of attack and identifies the entity as first male and then female, and then she is uncertain. Very disturbing. An overall good read, however.
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snowbird922 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because it looked very interesting and had great reviews however I was very mislead. The writer never once captured my attention; I myself having had suffocating experiences she never made me feel what she was going through. In fact she came off as a very whiny person while her children acted more as adults. Also very disappointing was how she did not push on the history of the house and only started researching it so many years later. You would think for someone so smart that would have been one of the first things she did also the fact that she never removed her children from this environment. I know financially she could not afford to move but she could have allowed her children to stay in her parent's house. Being a parent who has experienced these things personally I would never wish or tolerate that for my children. Over all her writing was mundane and they way she told her story was not captivating at all. I don't know how one person said a movie should be made of this.
Katie_Pickett More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book to read if the paranormal is what you are into. I like that it is was written from a persons personal experience and the effects this experience had on a family. I found it to be a very easy read and have lent it out to a few who have shared my interest in it.
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eviltinuvial More than 1 year ago
I truly did not want this book to end as I became thouroughly invested in the writer's experiences. I have passed this book onto to numerous people who have enjoyed it just as much as I have. If you are interested in the paranormal from the perspective of those who have lived and breathed it, not thrill seekers with night vision cameras (although they do have their place in the paranormal society,) then you'll want to definitely read this book. It's well written, fast pased, and quite compelling.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the beginning of the book was a little slow (a full chapter explaining the house was a little too much for my liking). however the rest of the book was quick and spooky. the ending left a few questions unanswered. however that is how it happened and real life. she doesnt have all the answers to what occured to her so she couldnt give all the answers in the end of the book. i felt that what happened to her and her family really happened. and i would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good ghost story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see it in the big screen one day...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was anxious to read this book only to be very let down.The Author drove me nuts with her denial through two thirds of the book.Everything that happened seemed repetitive or reminiscent of happenings in so many other like stories.Slow moving and boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for people interested in the supernatural. For those that are just starting their interest it is a great way of saying that you are not alone in this interest. The author gives great detail and keeps herself sounding believable while telling the reader about very extraordinary events.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. I just couldent put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by a good friend of mine. Once I bought the book, I couldn't put it down, (I bought it in '03', I am just now revewing it on line!) This book is so fascinating. My father is a medium, so I really understand paranormal things. I wasn't disapointed with the ending. I think it fit perfectly! Elaine really put allot of thought and feelings into the book. I Love horror/mystery, so this one fit right into my category. This book Rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, very hard to put down. However, the ending was very disappointing. It just didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the story. I also bought this book for my friend and she felt the same way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really drew me in. Although I also felt that the author went into too much detail, it helped me understand her feelings as well. A good scare, read on a dark and rainy night...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I didn't get scared. Maybe that's because my family was very open about paranormal sightings when I was younger. This was really cool. I do however come from a very religous background and don't believe in 'Cleaners.' Anyone can 'clean' their house on their own. But really it was very fun. I liked reading about the sightings and the expeiriences. The scene with the family cat is amazing. I knew animals were perceptive but I had no idea they could be so intuitive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, except the writer lingers too much and goes on and on about their lives, it gets to be too much at times but the actual hunting story is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I couldnt put it down.It really got me a few times that i slept with the lights on lol I would have to say this is a MUST read if u like scary stories
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got through this book in about 3 hours. It's a terrific read, not easy to put down. I can certainly understand the hesitance, but at times the mother seemed reluctant to learn about what was going on, didn't take initiative soon enough. Sounds like that professor might have just wanted to use her for his own purposes? Only until close to the end does she pick up the pace with her own investigations. I love the way she ended it, giving the reader the ability to think openly about the events.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great "ghost story" book! I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
but it looks really good im into real life stories and the reviews made me want to pick this book up. i get scared really fast and i guess if its real itll scar me for life but i love the thrill!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i first read the reviews to this book I thought that it was very ming grabbing. Mercado keeps the reader on edge through out the whole book. every chapter is filled with some new chilling detail.