The Amityville Horror
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 th
"No way, I don't believe in ghosts.”
It seems the reading world is clearly divided about this book.
The common question obviously being: is this actually true? I would like to add another question to the equation: does it actually matter?
To some extent, it does. The extent to which this novel will scare you correlates directly to (a)whether you believe the events depicted here are true and (b) your religious orientation. Personally, I’m still reserving judgement on jus...more
I first read this back when the movie came out. The first movie. So I was pretty young, maybe 11 or 12. I remember liking it pretty well.
Unfortunately, on this re-read I suspected the author might also have been 11 or 12 when he wrote it. The story is excellent and very creepy. Whether a true story or a hoax, it's very compelling. The flaw in the story telling almost...more
1. On 13 November 1974, a murder occurred in the home known as "High Hopes," located at what was then 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York. The victims of the crime were the DeFeo family: Ronald Sr., Louise, and four of their five children; Dawn, Allison, Mark and John.
2. Ronald "Butch" DeFeo, Jr., eldest son of the DeFeo family, burst into a local bar in town that night around 6:30PM, asking for help.
3. Butch DeFeo was later tried for and...more
So what are facts? In December 1975 t...more
This book is written in such a simplistic straight-forward style, it almost feels like it was written for an audience of precocious third graders or maybe just those who love the tabloids. It’s hard to tell, especially when the text is littered with exclamation points. The subject is no laughing matter in the spooks department.
It’s 1975 and there are plenty of beard references and nods to political incorrectness that would not pass in this day in age, that’s part of the...more
the story goes that 23-year-old ronald defeo, jr. executed all six members of his family in this ocean avenue home, in long island, ny, in 1974, because crazy devil voices told him to.
one year later, the lutz family moves in with their three kids and dog, harry. [just curious, who the f...more
As I read today, I was surprised because this story was base on a true story. Everything on the story was told by characters. The story was also known by many newspapers and police officers. Many people wanted to test the house and they stayed in the house for one night and everybody had a feeling something strange and they can’t describe it. With George and Kathy Lu...more
The reason I read and am doing a recommendation for this book now is because the story has recently been brought back to the spotlight via a new movie called, My Amityville Horror. Now available on-demand and in select theaters. This is the story as told by Daniel Lutz. Dani...more
The Lutz family moved into 112 Ocean Avenue thinking that it was their dream home. They had heard the stories of the DeFeo family getting murdered by their oldest son, Ronald, but paid no heed to them. There were so many weird things happening once they moved in. There was a ghost pig named Jodie, green slim...more
I literally became so frightened at one point that I threw the book in the trash without finishing it, only to be terrified even further when it was back on the table the next morning. It never occurred to me that a family member could have taken it out thinking it was in there by...more
That being said, there are some books that I know aren't great, for one reason or another. But I read them at the right time, a tim...more
I thought that this book was interesting because I had seen many thing about the murde...more
Great book of horror fiction. This got my imagination in overdrive so I had trouble sl...more
As to the validity of the story itself, it cannot be proven true or false. What I have noticed, however, is the blatant disregard for facts that most of the hoax theories utilize. Many are in direct contradiction with police evidence, court records, and common sense. None of them agree with each other, despite the fact each one claims...more
However, this is truly a horribly written book. The overuse of exclamat...more
I absolutely admit that these sites could be wrong...more
I'm giving it a 1-star on the goodreads' scale for "didn't like it" as opposed to "worthless piece of crap" - tho...more
Sobre todo, me cabrea el modo en que está escrito. ¿Por qué se abusa tantísimo de las exclamaciones? El libro está plagado de signos de exclamación, por todos lados. L...more
Well I've completed the book and don't know what to think, hoax or not, it's not really my decision. I've done some investigating online to see what it would look like today - it's gorgeous and could easily be missed for some other gorgeous home since they've made...more
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