The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House

The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House


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The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House by Steven A. LaChance

What kind of evil lives at the Union Screaming House?

In this true and terrifying firsthand account, Steven LaChance reveals how he and his three children were driven from their Union, Missouri, home by demonic attackers.

LaChance chronicles how the house's relentless supernatural predators infest those around them. He consults paranormal investigators, psychics, and priests, but the demonic attacks—screams, growls, putrid odors, invisible shoves, bites, and other physical violations—only grow worse. The entities clearly demonstrate their wrath and power: killing family pets, sexually assaulting individuals, even causing two people to be institutionalized.

The demons' next target is the current homeowner, Helen. When the entities take possession and urge Helen toward murder and madness, LaChance must engage in a hair-raising battle for her soul.

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2008 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738713571
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 316,802
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Steven LaChance(Missouri) has appeared on numerous television and radio programs worldwide. He has been a featured guest onThe Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Fox News, NBC News, CBS News, Travel Channel,Chiller, CNN,Destination America, the Discovery Channel, plus many more, including his starring appearance in the Booth Brothers documentariesChildren of the GraveandThe Possessed. Steven has also completed a documentary for the Fifth Season DVD release of Supernatural, the popular television series about two brothers who hunt demons.

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Chapter 1

How did I end up in Union, Missouri, in the first place? I'd always been attracted to big cities, and during my youth I can remember fooling myself that I'd actually get the hell out of here. That never happened. Through the years Union became the place I called home. Once you've put your roots down, it' very hard to pull them up to move on. Union is where my roots are. This is home.

Union, Missouri is a small town fifty miles southwest of St. Louis. Take Interstate 44 west of the city, and the St. Louis suburbs quickly give way to smaller communities. Union is one of those small rural communities—far enough away from the city to avoid the crowds, noise, and confusion. Pollution in Union has never been a problem. Look up at the sky on any clear night, and you'll see stars so clear and bright that it's sometimes hard to believe they're real. Union is a rural town, a small town. Like the town itself, its residents have aged. These days a small farming community like Union isn't booming, nor is it wealthy. But nor would I say the people in Union are for the most part poor; they just know how to make do. Generations of families on top of generations. The family trees of long-time Union residents are as long and wide as the streets in the old part of town. Union is the county seat of Franklin County, and the town square with its huge old courthouse acts as the centerpiece of town. The courthouse is rumored to have seen many hangings in its day. Old folks talk about families packing up picnic lunches to eat while sitting outside the courthouse, watching the bodies as they fell and went limp on their nooses.

The true history of a town like Union is always kept by the old. And Union has its secrets, just like any other small town. Historic? Of course it is, but you would never know of the history and battles that it's seen because most of the historic locations remain unmarked. Union, Missouri is a small town like any other, and I call it my home. I live here and I raised my children here. It's the place I'e worked, sang, and prayed. It's my home. For better or worse, this is where I've laid down my roots. This is my home.

I wish I could claim that I've led a fairy-tale existence in which good always conquers evil. Who wouldn't want that kind of life? Mine began that way, I thought. I had a happy childhood. I was born on January 3, 1965, in a hospital in St. Louis. Born to devout Lutheran parents, I was a large baby, twenty-four inches long. I spent my early years living in St. Louis County, in the city's northern suburbs. When I was eleven, my parents decided to leave St. Louis behind and move to the country, to Franklin County. As a city boy I always felt somewhat out of place in a farming community. We lived between the two towns of Washington and Union, right outside the small township of Krakow. My parents still live there, while I now live in Union.

I was a good student, with high grades and even higher expectations. I was a great speaker and a fair musician. College was successful, and I made my mark as a national-champion debater. I married at twenty-three and became a first-time father shortly thereafter, when Lydia, my daughter, was born.

Lydia came into this world as a crying, screaming bundle in September 1988. Her mother's pregnancy had been uneventful, and the delivering physician had no reason to suspect that Lydia's birth would be anything but routine. That quickly changed after my wife went into labor. Lydia, as if sensing the events that would one day shake our family to its foundation, poked her tiny head into the world and immediately returned to her mother's womb. The mood in the delivery room changed from one of relaxed if anxious anticipation to one of controlled chaos. Lydia turned when she elected to postpone her birth, and she was now in a breech position. Both her mother's and Lydia's vital signs indicated they were in distress. Suddenly, I was in danger of losing them both. An emergency cesarean section was performed, however, and Lydia was finally placed in my arms. Her tears and tiny form brought me out of the depths of my worry. Little did I know that Lydia's birth was a true harbinger of her personality and events that I would never have been able to imagine. Throughout the years she would always walk to the beat of her own drum. Strong-willed and levelheaded: that is my Lydia.

A year later my son Michael was born—one year and six days later to be exact. His birth went off without a hitch.

"Mr. LaChance?"

My attention was drawn away from my wife who was still positioned on the birthing table as if the hurried medical staff intended to crucify her later. Michael was brought into this world to the sound of his parents laughing, a sound he wouldn't hear for long.

"Mr. LaChance? I'd like to introduce you to your son."

The nurse handed me the most serious little baby I'd ever seen. Serious would continue to be the best word to describe Michael as he grew up. He was born amidst laughter and optimism on the part of his parents, but a pessimist he would be. Serious, with a deep sincerity. That is my Michael.

Matthew was born eighteen months later, in January 1991, during one of the coldest winters on record. His was a natural birth, not as dramatic as Lydia's and not nearly as optimistic as Michael's. For reasons only she might understand, the light had already gone out in his mother's eyes. Despite being born on the coldest day of the century, even as a newborn Matthew was the warmest and sweetest of children, full of energy and life. But the first time I held him in my arms, this little bundle of energy calmed down at the sound of my voice.

"Hello, little man," I whispered softly. And he was a "little man." His birth weight was ten pounds, and he was over twenty-four inches long. From then on he would always be taller than other children, a force to be reckoned with and one that couldn't be ignored. Inside his oversized body was a heart that would always overflow with love and affection as he matured. Oh, yes, a sweet and gentle soul was born into my life that day, and my heart was as warm as the day was cold. A gentle giant with a heart of gold: that is my Matthew.

And they lived happily ever after—how I wish I could conclude the story of my children's births that way. Unfortunately, Matthew's birth would be the last happy day in the life of my marriage. Four years after Matthew's arrival, I came home to find my wife sullen and depressed. Her dull eyes beseeched me to understand as she struggled to say her next words: "I'm leaving you."

It's funny, but when you are in the midst of living your life, you become blind to the truth that's right in front of you. I hadn't seen this coming. And even if I had, I would have ignored it or talked myself out of it. It's hard to see the writing on the proverbial wall when you are constantly trying to hide from it.

"It's not that I want to divorce you," she continued, trying to reassure me with a voice that I already mistrusted."I want to divorce the children." She stood to cross the room. "Dammit, Steven, I never wanted to be a mother. I did that for you. You always knew you wanted to be a father. It was and is just not for me. I can't do it. I try and I try, but I just can't seem to do it. This is the right thing. This is the most right thing that I can do for them and for you. It's me. It isn' you and it isn't them. This is about me." She steadied herself for what she had to say to me next." You have until Friday for you and the kids to find someplace to live. I haven't paid the rent in six months. Tomorrow they're turning off the electricity." At that moment, I began to gain the full, horrible understanding of what was happening. She was not only leaving us, but she was also stealing the money that was meant to keep us secure, keep us alive. She was leaving us homeless.

The words echoed in my befuddled mind, and by the time I could think again, she was gone. Where had I failed? What had I done to lead her to leave us so abruptly? Why like this? Without a home. With only the shirts on our backs and very little that we could take with us. Just enough that each person could put into a box and bag of their own. So many things lost. Things that could never be replaced. A trust that was more than shattered.

Shocked and shaken, I tried to figure out what I would do next. What would I tell my children? How could I tell them that their mother had left them? They didn't ask for this. The only consolation I could summon up was that she had waited for me to return home. Through my daze I remember her saying that she had considered simply leaving them at the grocery store. Somebody, she had said, would have found them and contacted me. I couldn't imagine that the woman I had met, loved, married, and conceived a family with, the mother of my children, would have ever considered abandoning her children in such a heartless manner. They would never have recovered from a trauma like that.

The kids and I moved in with my parents for a six-month crash course in Parenting Skills 101. The women in my life, my mother and my wife, had allowed me to live a very sheltered life, and I had to learn even the simplest domestic skills. But I kept my eyes firmly on my children and the long road before us that we would have to travel together. Together? Who was I kidding? Although my parents would help as much as they could, ultimately I would have to do this alone, a single father to three young children. I certainly hadn't scripted this into my life plan. Life as I knew it had been dramatically, drastically, and permanently altered with a few words and the slamming of a door.

I would find in the coming months and years that I could manage a pretty good life for all of us. My wife's visits to her children became less and less frequent, and the children's desire to be with her diminished with the passage of time. Their wounds would be with them forever, but I did my best to bandage and soothe them. By the grace of God I hoped that in the coming years they would become mature adults secure in the knowledge that they were loved, even if they had been abandoned by their mother. I knew, though, that despite my best efforts, pain this deep and personal would leave them scarred. I was saddened every time I thought about it—saddened, pained, and hurt.

In the years to come I would try to figure out why it all went so wrong so fast. I never did find the answer for myself, for my children, or for her. What causes a mother to give up her young? That completely goes against the laws of nature. Was it a prolonged postpartum depression? A nervous breakdown? Or did she just simply lose her mind? I don't think I'll ever fully have the answer. At least she knew what was best for them. Her words still echo in my mind, even now, this many years later: "This is the most right thing that I can do for them and for you." Well, at least she got that much right.

Table of Contents


Preface ix

Prologue xiii

Part 1: The Invitation 3

Part 2: The Oppression 101

Part 3: The Possession 149

Epilogue 237

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The Uninvited 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I spend a lot of time looking for well-written and entertaining haunted house stories and this story was the best! I am a harsh critic of ghost stories, but this was a great read. Fantastic! Worth the money.
Andy13 More than 1 year ago
Another case of unbelievers moving into a house thats haunted but refusing to believe until it's undeniable. Then not being able to find anyone to help. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the paranormal or someone having things happening in their house or workplace that they don't understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome read, I finished it within two days of receiving it in the mail. Well written, and the information found inside is pretty amazing. If you are scared easy, don't read at night and don't read it alone, but it is still a great book and I found it enlightening and entertaining. From a paranormal standpoint (I am an aspiring paranormal investigator) this book is a must read. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a matter of hours. I couldn't put it down and was very pleased that I didn't have to chew through it like I have books in the past (even some of Stephen King books which I am a huge fan of). He lets us into his personal life and tells a story so few have the chance of experiencing for themselves. This book is great for skeptics and non-skeptics alike and I highly recommend reading it. You will NOT be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the chance to read The Uninvited by Steven LaChance, my first reaction while reading this book was WOW! Steven paints an image in your mind through his words, living the experience that he and his family had to endure over again, so that he might share his nightmare with the world. The Uninvited was the tale of a demonic haunting that was fed by the person who owns the home and rents it out to unsuspecting families. Though each family has their own tales to tell of The Union Screaming house, Steven enlightens us all of his families struggles and the struggles of another family who unknowingly moved into the Union House. What you saw in The Discovery Channels episode of A Haunting, was no comparison for the horror that the LaChance family actually experienced while living in this home! This book is a must read for any paranormal enthusiast or anyone living with an extreme haunting! Many will be able to relate to the Steven¿s pain and suffering at the hands of inexperienced Paranormal Investigators who come to help and never call back. This book has everything in it from an insane clown to a demonic possession. This book will be on the best sellers list in no time!
Misty Harms More than 1 year ago
I give it 5 stars. Very unnerving. I don't get scared that easily and find it easy to separate truth from fiction. This was in the top 2 scariest books I have read. I live in a couple of towns away and heard about this home. I asked a good friend who grew up in Union about it. She said that she was not allowed to ride her bike along that road while growing up. Her parents never told her why, but said there was something bad on that road. She hadn't heard of the house until I showed her the book. She also had family who lived along the haunted country road mentioned in the book. Very interesting read.
true-stories-fan25 More than 1 year ago
SCARY stuff! This story has also been featured on discovery channel's true hauntings.
lilmssassi More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. When I read it, it scared the crap out of me. There was one night that I had to sleep w/ the lights on. If you are into these types of books, then this is a must read book.
Ladydeath24 More than 1 year ago
This Book Is Amazing it talks of a father and his children who endure and over come the horrors of the union screaming house with its haunting affect on a family and then another family , it is indeed a true story one you should keep your lights on while you sleep !
Adventure-Writer More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to thank Steven LaChance for writing a story compelling enough to allow others the luxury of thinking themselves to be "not so crazy"! These things happen in the unusual and unexpected world in which we all live! This story was interesting enough, that, not only could I not put it down from beginning to end, but it made the hairs on my head stand straight up! As more of these stories come to light, it allows those persons who'eve seen such things (or were unfortunate enough to have lived through similar events) the ability to come forward without fear of ridicule! I have a special place in my heart for all persons like Mr. LaChance who break the ground for the rest of us to follow, and having lived through their own experiences, are strong enough to help others! Most people would've given up several times along the way, but Mr. LaChance is able to keep his family together through thick and thin. Showing everyone that as long as we love one another through the hard time's, we can all prevail. Therefore, I think this story, although a story based on true life horror, is about the everyday hero's that sit right by our side everyday..., our family members. For those of you like myself (with no family to speak of), this story is still about a hero, a man who has shown me that, every one of us can prevail over the evil things at work in our lives..., all that we have to do is believe in the fact that good WILL prevail over Evil. Always! Thank you Mr. LaChance, for sharing your incredible story with us. For having the courage not only to battle evil at every turn, but to share your experiences with the public!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine yourself a single parent, with three children, you find an add in the paper describing a perfect place to rent, for the right price, you see it in person, and its everything you have been dreaming of, lots of room, a big yard for the kids, perfect.....or so you think. Steven takes you on that journey, which ends up at that house in Union, Mo. What he describes is every persons worst fear, and every parents nightmare. He starts to realize that the children are not the only ones seeing things in the home, he starts seeing and experiencing things too, and finally, when the thing locks his children in a room so he cant get to them, that attack was the last for him, he and his children flee the house. Just when you think its over, another unsuspecting family moves in, and once again, Steven is in the home, this time helping the tennent and her family fight this thing, and this time it almost takes the tennants life. This is a perfect example of a demonic haunting, and I am not only saying this as a reader, but I know first hand what evil lies in that house, I was in it. Although I had my share of experiences with the evil in that house, nothing could compare to Steven and the new tennent actually living in the home. This is an excellent book, and you need to get it and judge for yourself, you wont be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steven LaChance takes you into a violent haunting and a spiritual awakening as he and his family endure the trauma facing them when they move into a new home. Set in the quiet community of Union, Missouri this book will leave you questioning the existence of demons and those things that go bump in the night. Mr. LaChance draws you immediately into his nightmare in the first few paragraphs of The Univited by asking you to question your existence and those around you both in life and in spirit. 'Are you alone? Are you sure? What if I told you that there is a good possibility that you are never alone? Did you ever have that feeling when you are taking a shower that there is someone hiding, waiting, breathing just on the other side of the shower curtain? You see the curtain begin to move slowly in and out. Were you alone then? Or was that just a little lie that you told yourself to make yourself feel better. To make it easier to cope with whatever was lurking on the other side of that curtain. I was once like you. Lying to myself. Fooling myself. Convincing myself that I could be truly alone whenever I wanted to be. Now I know the truth... This book will bring you full circle with emotions. You will experience, as he did the gut wrenching fear and the deep spiritual awakening in his life. You will share with him the dark secrets of the Union screaming house. Are you prepared to live the nightmare? After reading this true story you will ask yourself if this happened to Mr. LaChance can it happen to you?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scary in both presentations! I stayed up late reading this book, actually slept with the light on on one night! Wow, that this family will ever be "right" again after all they went through and then turn around and help another family... courageous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not one to get creeped out by things. However, this book did it for me. I had been sleeping with the television on three nights! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Rebecca27 More than 1 year ago
Why is it that all the negative reviewers are also anonymous? I was recommended this book from Goodreads and the cover art is enough to traumatize a small child for life. I've always been interested in this genre of horror involving either demons or haunted houses. A horror book can get into your head if you read at night, or you're alone, and if the subject is one of your fears. This didn't fail to deliver, even if you have a mild imagination...Just check it out.
bmcduffie More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting ghost story book. I started off being creeped out right at the beginning with the guy who was trying to rent the house, and stayed that way until the end of the book. I cannot imagine going through what these people went through... it had to be hell on earth. The one thing I kept questioning was answered at the very end of the book. If you love ghost stories, get this book! You will love it.
GirlDJ More than 1 year ago
If you like true to life scary, The Uninvited is definite for you. This book will make you feel scared you out of your mind, sad, feelings of hope for the families, and than when you thought it's safe POW! Wow. This book is one you'll will not be able to put down. The story is about two families going through hell in a house and how one man is helping one family while he is trying to stay sane in all this. This book has definitely open my eyes and mind - when something sounds too good to be true - hm mm, watch out!!
halobee More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had me feeling nervous when I'd read it, which is what I was looking for. I recommend this book to those interested in this subject matter. The book reads like a novel.
cherybery More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and thought it was pretty good. I would not recommend reading it at night before you head to bed. I finished it very quickly wanting to know what would happen on the next page. It is a very easy read for people whowant a good story without having to take weeks to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment I opened this book , I could not put it down. I felt - through Steven's descriptions- that I was there, experiencing all that he had to endure. As I type this I have goosebumps! Steven gives an outstanding description of what it is like to suffer such horrible events and feel that there is no one to really turn to. Even to this day he's persecuted for his experiences by those unsympathetic beings 'I will save my editorial comments'. KUDOS to Steven for sticking up and voicing his experiences. This could help those who are experiencing the same thing, know that they are NOT alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any of us who have gone through a Haunting will totally understand this book. Steven takes us not only on the journey of the Haunting, but that of the turmoils within a family who goes through one. I defiantly would encourage you to read this book. The family interactions will pull you in. Anger, love and the strength to overcome what life throws at us.
Anonymous 25 days ago
i believe in the demonic possession and do not dispute the accounts that happened (somewhat), but this book read like a guy needing money (which he may and it caught my attention to purchase) to put a real event and make it into a low budget movie script .
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great read!