6 True Stories to Read When You’re Craving Horror


If you’re into horror, you always have an itch to learn about stories you’ve never heard of and can decipher whether you consider them true or false. Here is a small list of great books that are thought to be true. A few of these are even written by first accounts.

  1. “The Amityville Horror” by Jay Anson

    The haunted house in Amityville, New York. Ronald Defeo shot six members of his family in 1974. However, it is strange that no one in the neighborhood heard the 35-marlin rifle. Photo taken by Doug Kerr on Flickr. 

    On December 18, 1975, the Lutz family moved into a house in Long Island. Kathleen and George Lutz (the homeowners) were aware of the young man who supposedly murdered his family  13 months beforehand. Little did they know that their new home contained an evil paranormal entity. The family didn’t last a month until they fled for a new life. “The Amityville Horror” will keep you up at night, maybe because you can’t stop reading, or you can’t sleep with the lights off. 

  2. “The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America’s Most Haunted House” by Frances Kermeen

    Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana now serves as a bed and breakfast. Photo taken by Wikimedia Commons.

    The Myrtles Plantation is known to be one of the most haunted houses in America. It was built in 1796 under a Spanish Land Grant by General David Bradford. The so-called house, more like mansion, has 20 rooms and abnormal architecture. Of course the mansion has more than one paranormal story linked within it. This book explores encounters of spirits from its former owner, Kermeen. 

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

    A first-hand account of LaChance and his paranormal experiences. LaChance was driven from his home along with his three children from demonic entities. The more LaChance tried to confront the demonic entity, the worse the hauntings became. Eventually, the demon pursues the body of the homeowner, Helen. “The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House” is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat and unfortunately terrified to sleep.

  4. “The Sallie House Haunting: A True Story” by Debra Pickman

    Photo taken by Wikimedia Commons.

    An innovative book that includes personal journal entries and photographs by Debra and Tony Pickman. The Pickmans moved into the Sallie House in 1992 with their newborn son. The family was tormented by the paranormal spirits and decided to reveal what really happened when they lived in the Sallie House.

  5. “The Haunted: One Family’s Nightmare” by Robert Curran with Jack and Janet Smurl, and Ed and Lorraine Warren

    Interestingly enough, this true story was written by a priest, Robert Curran. Curran and the Warrens assisted the Smurls in investigating the malevolent spirits and tried to help the family get rid of the evil in the house. “The Haunted” is a rival to “The Amityville Horror” and shows how the Smurl’s family bond can’t be broken. When reading this book, be ready for some eerie occurrences that may consist of a half-hoofed man.

  6. “The Bell Witch” by Brent Monahan

    A fascinating story about a witch by the name of “Old Kate” who haunted the lives of the Bell family in 1818. The author of this book was extremely lucky to be given the manuscript by a local schoolteacher who recorded the events of what happened that year. This story is unlike any other due to it being the only time a spirit has killed a human being in history.


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