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The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America's Most Haunted House

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  709 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Broken clocks tick...beds rise in the air...paintings fly across the room...locked doors fling open...crystal chandeliers shake...heavy footsteps and eerie piano music sound in the dead of night-and that's just for starters. Welcome to the Myrtles Long recognized as America's most haunted house both by parapsychologists and the media, The Myrtles is a twenty-eight-room Lou ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Warner Books
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Oct 08, 2015 El rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
I'm always a bit suspicious of books that claim to be "true stories" of hauntings and ghostly activity that can't even provide a few photographs. Even the books that do include photographs are laughable because the pictures are of such poor quality that you can't actually see anything resembling... well, anything... but at least they try to be convincing. This book even talks about photos that were taken, and yet, none of them are included in the book. Hmmm.

The author was former owner and careta
Ms. J Johnson
Jan 25, 2008 Ms. J Johnson rated it did not like it
Shelves: ghosties
This book was very disappointing. As a Louisiana resident who has visited The Myrtles on several occasions and stayed the night there three times, I was hoping to find more historical information about the plantation. Despite claims that she did extensive research on The Myrtles, very little of this information is mentioned in her book. In fact, Kermeen is decidedly vague about any verifiable historical facts. She gives more historical background on a few other locations in St. Francisville, whi ...more
Susan Kelley
Jun 08, 2009 Susan Kelley rated it really liked it
I was fully prepared not to like this book. I attempted to read another "true story" of living in a haunted home. I couldn't finish the other book, it was filled with too much spiritual mumb-jumbo. But enough about that book!

The Myrtles Plantation read like a novel, which, for me, is the saving grace of non-fiction. I felt Frances' excitement at finding and buying the plantation. I was overjoyed with her when she opened The Myrtles up as an inn. And I felt her pain, fear and sorrow as the house
May 16, 2010 Lara rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
What a complete and utter load of crap.

I wanted to re-read The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice, but it's not available for Kindle (booo) and ended up down a gothicy ghosty Louisiana book path and came across this one.

I've heard some of the ghost stories about this plantation and I do love a good ghost story. I want to believe in ghosts. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't. I wanted to believe former slaves were haunting this centuries old plantation house - ooooh, creepy awesomeness.

But. The auth
Jan 20, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The following is a review that I read that made me decide to read this book, it is copied and pasted as follows:

Being just a little skeptical of The Myrtles I mainly picked up this book because I very much enjoyed this author's previous book filled with ghost accounts from across the country. Now that I have read this book which is written with such sincere conviction and forthright honesty I am convinced that The Myrtles is indeed a very haunted place.

Frances Kermeen
Oct 27, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
I flew through this book yesterday and found it to be quite a story!

Are the things that Kermeen described true, did they really happen? I can find no explanation for her to put a story such as this out there for the public to criticize if it wasn't true. Could she have done it for the money? Yes of course, but it seems like she had enough money to begin with. Why anyone would subject themselves to public scrutiny just for monetary gain? I know it happens all the time, but in this case....I'm ju
Jan 18, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
This is a must-read for any fan of ghost stories. Kermeen kept me enthralled, amazed, spooked, and wondering for the entire length of the book. It's been years since any book or movie kept me awake at night, jumping at shadows, but Kermeen succeeded.

It doesn't really matter whether you believe that these experiences really happened or whether Kermeen is one of those hippy types who talks to fairies in her backyard or whether she's just plain lying. This is a book full of classic hauntings. Step
Jul 01, 2013 Amy added it
Shelves: 2013, ad-paranormal
Poorly written, as seems to be the norm with these "true haunting" books. The author says that everything is 100% true, which I find super-hard to believe...I'm sorry, I just can't get behind the idea of a painting that cries real tears. She also makes some really far-fetched and tenuous connections - like taking a pretty vague paranormal event and attributing it to a particular deceased person. With all it's faults, I still got a decent amount of enjoyment out of this book. Even if they're far- ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: To anyone that likes paranormal stories
This is an account of the authors experience at the plantation / bed and breakfast that spans the ten years that her and her husband owned it. She tells of the events that seemed to draw her to the plantation to the effects that it had on her friends and family. The experiences range from the merely strange to the terrifyingly sinister.

The author does not really try to convert readers to believe in the supernatural; instead she states in the beginning of the book that these are her experiences
Steve Parcell
Dec 04, 2014 Steve Parcell rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Somebody who wants a cure for insomnia
What a truly disappointing book and I am being kind.

Usually with the "True Hauntings" genre it is scarier than fiction as it is real (allegedly). BUT this just reads like a cross between a very clichéd Mills and Boon romance novel and a Tourist book for the Myrtles and the surrounding area. As a result when the paranormal (I am not convinced by the author) occur they are dull and insipid.

There is also an alleged rape by a caterer and a ghost? It is so poorly written that you don't know which is
Oct 01, 2014 Angel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ohh gosh. So many things about this book. If you want a true ghost story- this isn't it. In fact I feel like the 'ghost' aspect was a cover for what was really happening in the home. Am I saying it's not haunted? I don't know that either way. I found the reincarnation aspect of this book to be frustrating and once I got to the end I figure it's more of a hindsight explanation for the painful truth of her situation.
Oddly enough I think if this was simply a book about the authors life - fictional
Nancy Ellis
Oct 20, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it
Being a "fan" of all things paranormal, I had already read or heard much about the seriously haunted Myrtles. This book, though, was written by a previous owner of the house, so there were many fascinating revelations. It was also most interesting to read about her experiences in the decade (1970-1980) which she owned the place and how it totally took over her life, both a good and a bad thing. Her writing style is excellent and makes it easy to experience events right along with her. An extreme ...more
Judy Tate
The story talks about the many ghosts and the experiences that the author had while living in the Myrtles. What I cannot figure out is why she stayed if she was as scared as she talks about in the book. She is constantly running away from the ghosts and her house, even before she bought it. She was warned several times that the house had evil in it, yet she is surprised when her friends and family turn morose and unstable.
The story is well written, but pretty lame as it doesn't answer most of t
Jul 11, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sure makes you think twice about ghost being a part of our world I do believe.
Jan 02, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
It was an interesting read, but so much of it is obvious bullshit - it is best just read as a ghost story.
May 07, 2009 Ma rated it did not like it
Absolute nonsense presented as fact, badly written and full of inconsistencies. A waste of 20p
Wendy Mills
Jan 07, 2017 Wendy Mills rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read. I have always been intrigued by The Myrtles and it’s on my bucket list to visit some day. I don’t know if I would want to actually stay there, now that I’ve read this book and heard of all the scary and traumatizing events she experienced while owning/living at The Myrtles.
Dani Peloquin
Apr 07, 2012 Dani Peloquin rated it it was ok
The Myrtles Plantation is an actual plantation located in Louisiana that has had a documented history of being haunted almost since it was built in the late 1700s. Frances and her husband Jim bought the plantation while on vacation in the 1980s. Since the first time they set foot on the premise, Frances knew that there was something wrong with the house. Yet, they still went through with the purchase and eventually opened the house to the public as a bed and breakfast. From the first night, Fran ...more
Bonnie Randall
Nov 16, 2014 Bonnie Randall rated it it was ok
Here's a secret that's not even a (*real *historical*) secret: There was no Chloe. No slave ever registered by the owner of this old plantation was named Chloe or Cleo. Ever. There was, however, and according to historical scholars, a French governess at The Myrtles who indeed wore a turban as she was indeed missing an / a ear - she had come to Louisiana from Quebec and,in the northern cold, had suffered frostbite and lost at least one of these appendages. ear sliced off, no clandestine a
Jul 25, 2008 Corey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
I am a big plantation nut and last January I stayed for a night at the Myrtles on a whim. I wanted to mostly because it is one of the few plantations that allows you to actually stay in a room IN the plantation, where most have you in a cottage on the grounds. Ghosts also have always intrigued me along with hauntings so it gave the Myrtles that extra edge over the few other plantations that I was considering.

Before I went to the Myrtles I did my research and found out the 'true' stories versus
Angela  ♥ Mrs. Hollywood ♥
This book is one of the best I've ever read in the True-Haunting genre. People are rating it poorly thinking it's a historical book. But it's really based on the author's experience while living at the Myrtles Plantation.

I was looking for a good scare and I got one! I felt like I was there experiencing all of the horror along with the author. It was so terrifying to read at night that I had to sleep with the lights on. I wonder how the author slept with all her lights off in that house! I can't
Mar 03, 2012 Corley rated it did not like it
Me and some friends have been planning a trip to The Myrtles for over two years, hoping to go sometime after we've all turned eighteen. My sister, knowing I am not one for hardly anything scary, decided I might want to read this and maybe I would change my mind. I can't say if I have or not, but this was still an fairly interesting read.

The story of Frances Keerman's time at the plantation was a mixture of joy and sorrow, and though slow at times, it was a book that I read when I had nothing re
Nov 22, 2013 Todd rated it it was ok
The Myrtles Plantation, built around 1796 by General David Bradford, is America’s most haunted house. So say the legends. Frances Kermeen, a former owner of the plantation as well as the person who converted it into a bed and breakfast, writes of her experiences as owner of the legendary antebellum house in “The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America’s Most Haunted House.”

The book is readable for the most part, but simply doesn’t work as either memoir or paranormal investigation reporting
Brita Addams
Dec 17, 2015 Brita Addams rated it liked it
Interesting story with problems. This is an emotionless recitation of events, with a lot of "If we only knew," type leads into the next chapter. Many continuity problems. Punctuation and grammar, tense issues. This needed editing desperately.

I also found it unseemly that she exposed her husband, by name, and his infidelities. The premise that she was divorced a week after discovering one such indiscretion doesn't agree with Louisiana divorce law. There was and is a requisite waiting period of 1
Tabitha Spear
Jan 24, 2015 Tabitha Spear rated it liked it
'The Myrtles Plantation' by Frances Kermeen is a supposedly true ghost story about a plantation home in Louisiana. Before you start to judge me, here's the thing. Every once in a while, I get an urge to venture over to the 'New Age' section of Barnes & Noble. Reading this book was a result of one of those trips. The story is written by Frances about her experiences that she claims to have had while owning and operating The Myrtles. Now, whether or not you believe in ghost and paranormal acti ...more
Michelle DePaepe
Jun 01, 2013 Michelle DePaepe rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read even if it did leave a lot of unanswered questions. Although I am a believer in the paranormal, some of the ghostly encounters did seem over the top and had me scratching my head thinking, really? because they seemed like something out of a script for a movie written for an optimal visual impact and story line. It is notable that SyFy's Ghost Hunters team once visited the plantation and encountered enough spooky events to call it "one of the most haunted places in Am ...more
Feb 13, 2009 BookActivist rated it liked it
I liked this book, however it was not a scary as I assumed it was going to be. There were some scary parts, but nothing that had me running in terror from the book. I did however, feel myself being pulled to the Myrtles Plantation, I wanted to visit it, to see the beauty of it, to know the history. I felt sorry for the woman and her family, which fell apart around her. Writing was a little jagged and took me a few days to get thru the book. About halfway thru the book, I began to get mad at the ...more
Aug 15, 2008 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sandy by: Paranormal Book of the Month Club
Although this is a non-fiction book it reads like a novel. It begins with VooDoo and runs the gamut through love story, historical story and into the ghostly. Very well written, Frances Kermeen takes you with her through the years and all the events that happened around her. Her style is down-home and she makes you feel at home in her life.

The happenings surrounding the Myrtles begins innocently enough but progresses to harmful and dangerous events. If you like a good ghost story you will love t
Sabrina Rutter
Jul 15, 2009 Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best ghost stories I have read in a while!
It had always been one of Frances' dreams to own and run an inn. While on vacation with her boyfriend she finds out that the myrtles is on the market! There's only one thing that would stop Frances from owning the plantation of her dreams, she needs to be married.
This book is much more than a ghost story! The betrayals this woman faced were horrible. Not only was she dealing with horrifying things on the supernatural level but she was
Jan 02, 2012 Jeremiah rated it it was amazing
By far, one of the best books I have ever read. Although this is a true account by Frances Kermeen of her stay at the Myrtles Plantation, it reads like a fantastic fiction novel. Which leads me to feel a deep swell of pity for her given some of the situations that becomes the norm for her.

This book is great as the title suggests that it's going to be intense and thick with terror, however this is not the case. It does give you a scare every now and then, but nothing too harsh as to keep you up
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