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The Supernaturals: A Ghost Story

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  491 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Evil doesn’t always look scary….Built at the turn of the twentieth century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat for the rich and famous, seems the very essence of charm and beauty, a scene borrowed from a wondrous fairytale of gingerbread houses, bright forests, and glowing, sunny me ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Seven Realms Publishing (first published September 12th 2011)
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J. Holloway
I absolutely LOVED this book. To be honest, this was my first David Golemon book I'd ever read...but it has certainly made me one of his biggest fans. If anyone has ever read one of my own books, they know I'm into paranormal investigations. Granted, mine tends to be more on the cryptozoological side of things, but I also enjoy ghost hunting too. And that's what this book is about. A team of ghost hunters, led by a disgraced psychology professor, investigates the ultimate haunted house...with th ...more
Amy Corwin
I've been looking for "ghostly" books that aren't just slasher/bloody/gruesome and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. Of course, no one can match Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" but this book made me glad I took the chance and bought it.

I loved the fact that the author "tips his hat" in several ways/moments to Jackson's classic. The basic premise is that there is this house that Jackson used as her model for Hill House. Professor Gabriel Kennedy once had a group of students
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Janice
It was if the ghostly hand of the entity in the story reached out, grabbed me and pulled me in. I was not released from its grasp until I finished the book. Was it coincidence that the tv and internet crashed last night? Or did the entity have that much power that it reached across time and space to insure my ensnarement?

I don't know if this story was intentionally a rewrite of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, but the opening chapters discussed both her and the book in depth. There
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Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
I'd give this three stars. I'm feeling generous.

This book is about a group of paranormal researchers who get a contract to study "The Summer Home" on Halloween night, in front of a live audience. The "professor" had lost a student within the home years ago and was looking to clear his name, more or less.

I'm not certain how I feel about this book. It wasn't bad but it wasn't scary either. I have two main issues. The first: there was so much set up in this book. Only the last 1/4th deals with the
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D
Jan 31, 2013 D rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to D by: No One
I should have listened to the people who said this book was overlong, carelessly edited and just plain wasn't scarey. I cannot deny I read the reviews. I was lured in by a sale price and the early references to Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House. If you are a fan of Shirley Jackson's classic haunted house story just stop right there. Jackson gets a couple more mentions and a character carries her last name but that's it. The book itself has no connection with Jackson's subtle horror. ...more
Denae Donahue
this book started off well enough. the writing is a bit bland and repetitive, but the opening scene is enough to interest a reader. after that it all rushes downhill, and mirroring the show the book spends more than half its time setting up, I would have put it down in the first two hours if I hadn't been convinced by other reviews to keep trucking. the pace in the beginning is agonizingly slow and only starts picking up once Professor Kennedy assembles his team to return to Summer Place. after ...more
J. Holloway
I absolutely LOVED this book. To be honest, this was my first David Golemon book I'd ever read...but it has certainly made me one of his biggest fans. If anyone has ever read one of my own books, they know I'm into paranormal investigations. Granted, mine tends to be more on the cryptozoological side of things, but I also enjoy ghost hunting too. And that's what this book is about. A team of ghost hunters, led by a disgraced psychology professor, investigates the ultimate haunted house...with th ...more
Victoria
This audiobook really is the perfect Halloween listen! Though clocking in at over 16 hours, the story is perhaps a bit overly long - but the special effects in the recording really add to the fun. The first appearance of the demonic voice in the prologue nearly made me drive off the road! It certainly adds to the spooky atmosphere! Literal goosebumps sprang up each time that scary voice came out of the speakers! The narration and even the overly detailed backstories amongst its large cast of cha ...more
Shiny Elizabeth
I seldom let the written word scare me to death.

This time I really didn't have a choice in the matter .

Summer Place reminded me so much of a house we'd vacationed in that it was impossible to keep it in perspective that it was merely a fictional tale and not real. Of course the author's insistence that the house is in fact " real" doesn't help much.

The book was a fast-paced, spine tingling , terror inducing ride from a true horror aficionado!! I enjoyed it tremendously. The setting for the ha
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Toni Popp
I am loving this book! The authors note at the beginning hooked me in and so far it's a 5...
Finished...loved it!! I haven't read many "Haunted House" books...what i really liked about this one is it's not just a few people stuck in a scary house with no outside help...in this book there are lots of people stuck inside and out AND the whole world is watching on TV!! The reason the house is "Haunted" turns out to be creepy/sick...but i loved the end/epilogue!!! I didn't think this was a very scar
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Julian
Oct 30, 2012 Julian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
My rating for this book would actually be 3.5 stars, but not 4. Everything leading up to the action was really creepy and suspenseful. I don't often get scared by a book, but I read a lot of this book late at night and it did have me looking nervously around the room a few times as I was reading. However, the payoff was not as satisfying as I would have liked and the final action scenes were where the book lets itself down. Still, I did enjoy the book and will be looking for book two when it com ...more
Corey
The book had a few good moments, but between being both slow and predictable (knowing what's coming can be fine if the pacing is good, but they aren't so much in this particular story), and virtually every character being thoroughly unlikeable, it was hard to get through to the end.
Somebody on Amazon said it read like a Syfy movie, and I can mostly agree with that. Between cast of stereotypical characters with little depth (the eeevil producer, the black guy who is, despite being brilliant, mos
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Leslie
If you like haunted house movies and stories than this is a good go to book. I used Audible for this book and listen to it which I will say was very creepy at times! It's interesting how some audiobooks will just be one person reading through it but others are now starting to add some different effects and sounds and voices that are just a little bit creepy.

So the story is kind of typical in some ways except instead of just scaring the people that come into the house. Some people go missing and
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Donna Gullickson
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audible book and the "ghostly" sounds were very well done. I can hardly wait for the sequel! The characters were well defined & all blended together well. It's not a 'slasher' ghost story, but a GREAT ghost story.
Randy Evans
One of the best haunted house stories you will find. The author is known for his Event Group series which is five stars all the from first book to the last. He has proved that he is just as good at horror as he is at syfi government thrillers.
Lee
Awesome book!! My first ghostly book and hopefully not my last. I loved the ghost story/mystery and really enjoyed that it didn't have the gore factor.
Cherei
Brilliantly written, horrifying realistic.. and one that will scare the beejeezus outta anyone!

I've waited over thirty years for someone to emerge and actually tell a story that is SO frightening.. that I actually had to have every light in the house on while I read! Golemon is the NEW king of haunted houses! The ending had such a twist that there is no way anyone would ever guess the ending. It was THAT good! This is one.. that will most definitely be put on my RE-read list! As I bought it in k
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Matthew Bielawa
What a great beginning! Spooked already!

I am troubled to give a review. Yes, it was spooky enough to keep the lights on a couple of nights. Yes, it was a page turner that kept me wildly interested. Great start and fun story.

Sure, the makeup of the Supernaturals was a little far fetched. I like the one reviewer who half expected a construction worker to join and complete the gathering of the Village People! But I love reading horror so I can let a lot slip.

But it was the ending, or more so the
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JTony
Really didn't like this book.
With this book I did something I rarely do, even with the worst books. I stopped midway through. I just couldn't take it any more. It was just that bad.

Take the worst of Stephen King's cardboard characters (I'm not saying all of his characters are cardboard, but come on, you know what I mean) and a plot right out of Scooby Doo and add to it writing and editing straight out of a Twilight fan fic and you have all the ingredients for this book.

Others have mentioned how
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Gabriel
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to another story of The Supernaturals.

This book was recommended to me by a friend and it's just my thing.
The story reminded me of some of the old haunt movies like The Haunting, 13 Ghosts (old version) and especially The Legend of Hell House -
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The Supernaturals would make a great movie from the late 70s early 80s.
While not super scary the book did project some cool images and and creepy feelings.
The characters are fleshed out enough to give you what
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Vashti.lives
To begin with, this book is a transphobic piece of trash. I am shocked that none of the other negative reviews mention this fact. The trasphobia present in the book is so blatant, and to add insult to injury, cliche to boot. I found it so offensive that was almost literally breath taking.

In addition to being enormously offensive the book was horribly written and very poorly edited. To me it seemed like the first draft of a NaNoWriMo project. Most of the characters-- of which there were way too m
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Lisa Dornell
Every so often I'm in the mood for a scary book. I stumbled across this one as an Audible book. I was hooked from listening to it but found that listening to it distracted from its creepiness so I turned to a print copy.

First off, this book is in desperate need of both basic editing and copy editing. I've never seen so many typos in one book. Secondly, while I was fascinated by the ghost story, I felt let down by the ending. The side plot, involving backstabbing and ambition at a major TV networ
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Kera Gould
I can usually turn out a book in two or three days. I get so engrossed that I just cannot seem to stop myself. In no way was this book uninteresting, but it was certainly long and took me a long time to read. I searched and searched for a really great ghost story book that would scare the crap out of me. Though this one didn't keep me up at night, it was VERY interesting. The ghost story in this book was certainly unique and very in-depth and detailed. It did drag on in a few parts, but not too ...more
Darlene
The Supernaturals by David L. Golemon was so good and so creepy! What first attracted me was this fantastic cover! I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jeffrey Kafer and I think he had the perfect voice to tell this scary tale. I love a good haunted house story so this was a perfect choice for me. I will admit to listening to it one night though and not having the best sleep ever so after that I resorted to finishing it up during the day. It starts out with a bang that drags you right in and ...more
Leslee
3 stars. This was a decent book but definitely not a horror novel. I wouldn't say this was scary at all but felt more like a mystery/adventure novel. The premise is that of a TV show that is doing a Halloween special on one of the most haunted houses in America. They bring in a paranormal psychologist whose reputation had been shattered when a previous attempt to investigate the house ends with a missing student assistant.

This was a slow starter, and part of the reason is that I went in with an
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Kathy Jackson
Oct 22, 2012 Kathy Jackson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ghost story lovers
Shelves: ghosts, related
I finished this book in two days which is saying a lot considering the number of pages. Goleman delivers on the ghost story with the flair of The Shining and Rose Red. Summer Place (not a great name but whatever) appeared so perfect on the outside but yet held a powerful ghost who hated the living with a passion.

Goleman doesn't include a terrible amount of mumble jumble that only a scientist would understand, or care about even for that matter. Each page turns quickly as we first get to love/hat
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Steve
I'm a big fan of Golemon's Event Group Series and was excited to see that he is embarking on a new series. I started the book a couple of nights ago and breezed through it. The storyline is about a college professor who takes a team of grad students to investigate a reported haunted house with an evil history. While on the investigation, tragedy strikes...a student mysteriously disappears. The professor is under suspicion but there is no evidence to bring charges. However, his reputation is ruin ...more
Steve
I'm a big fan of Golemon's Event Group Series and was excited to see that he is embarking on a new series. I started the book a couple of nights ago and breezed through it. The storyline is about a college professor who takes a team of grad students to investigate a reported haunted house with an evil history. While on the investigation, tragedy strikes...a student mysteriously disappears. The professor is under suspicion but there is no evidence to bring charges. However, his reputation is ruin ...more
Dennis Anthony
Every aspiring writer should read this book!

For two reasons: 1. If this book could be published, there's hope for any writer out there. If an editor worked on this book, he should find another line of work. Is anyone else weary of the Scooby-Doo characters increasingly found in paranormal novels? The overrated novel "14" is another case in point. The characters are flat, foul-mouthed and, frankly, not very interesting. I didn't care about anyone in the cast -- and there are a bunch of people. Mo
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Pam
Let me start off by saying that this book was written by one of my top three favorite authors (David L. Golemon). That being said, this was a huge departure for him. (He normally writes adventure/mystery/covert ops types of books.) This was a ghost story, and I am not drawn to ghost stories at all, not because they frighten me but just because they've never interested me. I have to admit that the only reason I got this book was because it was written by Mr. Golemon and I was eager to see how he ...more
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David L. Golemon is the author of the Event Group Thrillers, including Event, Ancients, Leviathan and Primeval. Legend, the second book in the series, was nominated for a RITA award for paranormal fiction. Golemon learned an early love of reading from his father, who told him that the written word, unlike other forms, allows readers to use their own minds, the greatest special effects machines of ...more
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