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The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  451 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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 priest...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by Llewellyn Publications (first published September 1st 2008)
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Do not be concerned if you're reading this book alone on a dark, stormy night: you'll only be facing mundane details and useless anecdotes with just a few "spooky" moments spaced across them. You may have to end up sleeping with the light on, however, but only because this book will put you to sleep.
The story itself was interesting, as I love a good haunt. However, the writing was awful. At the end of each chapter, the author would say something along the lines - "I didn't know what I was in for next," or "the nightmare was just beginning," or "I had to hurry and save her or I was going to lose her." It was redundantly redundant! And at one point, when the woman is overcome by the house and goes to try and kill her husband, then calls to tell the author all about it... his response - "sit t...more
I really enjoyed this book, despite it giving me the major creeps. I've had some paranormal experiences myself and when reading about what Steven's family went through, it was easy to imagine myself in their place. It was cool reading a first hand account of something that happened locally that I'd been hearing tales of for quite some time. In the book, Steve and Helen also visit the Lemp mansion in St. Louis, a place I've always found fascinating. It also made me wonder if perhaps I had met Hel...more
I have read a number of books on hauntings and found them interesting, but none has creeped me out like this one. Everyone has different beliefs when it comes to the supernatural, but if you believe evil exists then you probably also believe that it can manifest itself in some form or another. This house, if all is true, has some powerful demons in it. I am afraid that I would have left that house MUCH earlier than any of the occupants did. The argument for not leaving is "I can't afford to," bu...more
This book isn't really about a haunted house. It's really about what an amazing guy, hero, martyr, LaChance is. It starts off kind of creepy and then LaChance moves out of the house. The rest of the book is actually about incidents that happen to a woman who moves into the house. As LaChance will tell you, those events were EXTREMELY HARD on him, Steven LaChance. At one point, he describes some absolutely crazy ghost photos that were supposedly taken at the house, but they aren't shown in the bo...more
I've read a few books on this subject now. Many have a tremendous amount of typos, terrible grammar, and argue in favor of highly improbable events using insane logic.

They were all better than this book, because at least those authors were true believers. From the first page this book reeks of hyperbole and outright fabrication. Every person is a saint or a sinner, a paper-thin characterization of a real person. Either they are the author's salvation or damnation, he sees everyone (usually) as...more
Read in one sitting. Far from masterfully written, but a good creepy tale nonetheless. Mr. LaChance claims it to be a true firsthand account of his time in a house haunted by demons in a small Missouri town, and while I found its authenticity somewhat questionable and its Catholic leaning somewhat annoying, these are two pretty unavoidable themes in a book of this nature and one cannot really fault him for it. Note: this book is entirely unrelated to the forthcoming film of the same name.
Diedre Poellnitz
This dives into a story which from outside is so unbelievable as you read each page. To face something that you can't see is so unsettling to even comprehend but it happens everyday to just makes you think that it is not only the physical dangers you have to worry about but what is hidden in the shadows....this story takes you to a place where you will feel unnerved but a story I think is important everyone to be aware of the unclean invading the good souls in this world.
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
Ever know your in the house alone and feel like someone is watching you? Ever see something out of the corner of your eye, and when you look nothing is there? You look for rational explanations to these things, but for some it becomes clear that this is not something that can be easily explained away; which is exaclty what happened to Steven LaChance when he moved his family into what he thought was the right house for the right price.
Lanie Sanders
two stars because the first time I read this I was so freaked out that I didn't want to go outside even though I had to bring my dog inside. the my danged mother turned the porch light off on me trying to explain that the dark is nothing to be afraid of.

fuck that. I am not - repeat, NOT - afraid of the dark. I'm afraid of what can be hiding in the dark. totally different. like people aren't afraid of heights. they're scared of falling.

Anyway, yeah the first go round was scary. I was so young and...more
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I was on board for the first 1/3 of this book. During this part, the author describes his family's experiences in the so-called "screaming house." They witnessed some pretty scary stuff, but it didn't seem too hyped-up, which made it more believable. The author totally should have wrapped the book up here - maybe just made it a short story. Because once he starts the second 1/3 of the book, he starts sounding crazy. This section begins with him writing down his story, and then posting it to an I...more
It was tough to rate this book two stars because while I was intensely interested in the "true story" presented here, the author left some holes and gaps that really took away from my trust as a reader. I had been looking forward to reading this book for a couple of years, but hadn't had the time to get to it until now. What had potential to be a truly scary read (coming from the girl who was reading Stephen King books at 10 years old) turned out to be weakened by some of the things that don't q...more
Sarah Botkin
Oct 05, 2010 Sarah Botkin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a mild scare.
I take my "true" haunted house stories with a grain of salt. Real or fake, all I ask is to be entertained.
Screaming House..? Not doing that for me so much. Aside from descriptions of a few eerie nightmares, brief encounters with a demonic clown, and a seriously disturbed landlord (who may or may not be working in cahoots with the Screaming House's resident demons), the only scary thing about this book is the editing; There seems to have been none. The whole thing feels rushed, as if it were wri...more
OKAY. So me being a great believer in the paranormal, I was excited and enthralled to read about Steven LaChance's account of the Union Screaming House. What struck me as terrifying and realistic, albeit poorly written and with an annoying redundant Catholic theme, it shook me to the core and piqued my intrigue. Desperate to learn more, I investigated his website. His other published work, which also claimed to be a true story, struck me as a complete fake, something that was whipped up in no ti...more
Alright, this book started out more toward 4 stars, but rapidly declined to 2. I've never really read a horror novel before, much less a "true story" one. I have, however, watched plenty of those haunted house and possession TV shows on the Discovery channel or whatnot that made me want to read this. (Not to mention the cover of the book is EXCELLENT. Kudos to whoever designed it...)

As a result of this book,
1) I am wary of more novels in this genre.
2) I had the urge and went out and bought a box...more
This book’s frightening cover drove me to pick it up, and I quickly recognized this story from one featured on the Discovery Channel’s A Haunting program. While this wasn’t the most frightening story featured on that show (that dubious honor goes to the episode with that little boy and his imaginary “friend” named Man), it was a memorable one, so I decided to get the “behind-the-scenes” scoop by reading LaChance’s memoir. Told from his perspective (but with the help of an English teacher), this...more
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Steven Lachance was this nice guy who ran in to a crap load of some case of what I like to call crap luck (This is putting it mildly).Here this poor guy thought he was coming home to his bestfriend/wife and 3 kids.Home to his happy and content life. Only to find her ,his wife packed and ready to leave. When she told him ,I'm sorry Steven .Its not you ,its me. I told you that I didnt want to be a mother. Here this heartless woman leaves this man heart broken,to raise t...more
I read somewhere that this is the kind of book you read with your coffee at breakfast because it's so terrifying.

After reading it, I can tell you that is the case. I can't vouch for whether or not this story is actually true, but I can tell you I couldn't put it down and it scared the bejesus outta me!

Heidi Floryance
I was just cruising through Barnes and Noble and happened upon a Halloween inspired table. Remembering the book Amityville Horror and how it was kinda fun to be spooked, I thought I would try another book. I grabbed this book and was anxious to start it.

I found it very interesting with plenty of 'spook factor' and made me ponder the existence of 'evil' and life after death.

The only thing that was annoying was in the writing style where there were plenty of leading thoughts (i.e. what happened...more
D. Ward
This book started out strong but it kind of dwindled down from there. I understand that true hauntings are difficult to write about effectively because, being real-life experiences, they often lack the classic points of plot and content that keep a reader engaged in a fictional story. By the ending of this one, I was just a little nonplussed, though and some of the latter details revealed by some of the eyewitnesses seemed - to me - rather cliche, indicating that the accounts were informed by nu...more
well, i got into this book pretty quick because it was so easy to read and started to like it. BUT,,, then it started sounding as if a child had written it and making references to the hauntings as "clown face monster" and "basement monster" it just became unbelievably and i actuallu laughed out loud to some of the references made. By the time I was half way through i just couldnt wait to get it over with. Unrealistic went to whole new levels chapter 25+. most endings of every chapter also said...more
This was a fast read with a pretty high creep factor. The beginning and middle are fantastic, and are very well written. The ending seemed like it was a bit labored, but nonetheless, The Uninvited is an interesting case and an enjoyable book.

I have two issues: the author is a little preachy with the 'you have to have specifically Christian faith to get through a supernatural situation' and he is totally shocked that his wife leaves him when she didn't want kids and he did. They had three, and s...more
Loved it! I will be reading more from this author very soon. I couldn't put it down.
This book seemed so promising...but it failed miserably. Establishing a setting for the main events of a story is perfectly fine; however, I draw the line when the first 15 bloody pages are nothing but an emo wank-fest of whining over his wife leaving him because he was an inconsiderate putz. I've got an idea, how about instead of beating the dead horse about how you felt the selfish need to keep your now ex-wife pregnant and making her have three kids she never wanted, you actually focus on you...more
Couldn't put it down. Loved it.
this one has some truly startling moments, but the author is too whiney and spends too much time telling you about his personal life. i don't care that you are a single father. that should have been covered and left alone in the first paragraph. i don't care that you wre unhappy working at a corporate giant. if i had wanted to read about these things, i would have sought a well written book about these aspects of life.

i wanted to read about weird paranormal activity and things that happened, so...more
Jamie Parkest
This is a pretty good book as far as "true haunting" books go. Steven LaChance does a good job of making you feel just as frustrated and scared for his children as he was. This is the story of a single dad who found a great deal on a house that seemed to be perfect for him and his kids...but from the beginning something isn't right. the landlord won't even meet him at the house after dark. LaChance finally has to take matters into his own hands after the paranormal activity escalates and the hou...more
Steve Parcell
Jesus these people living in haunted houses are brave and this guy had two little kids with him and nobody but his parents to help and then tried to help the next tenant. Truly terrifying and Mr LaChance you are far braver than I. A riveting read and done in less than 3 days.
This book seriously creeped me out in an "Exorcist" kind of way. I wanted to read a scary book and I can't be upset because that's what I got! I think because this was non-fiction, it got to me a bit more. I can't really have much sympathy for the adults involved, their decision-making skills were...ummmm...lacking. The hauntings were very frightening, though, and some of the visuals produced in my head from reading about it may take a half hour or so of late night sitcoms for me to get a good n...more
A quick, easy, terrifying read. Obviously his first effort based on the writing, but a worthwhile read. Could have used another heavy edit, the pacing was a bit off and there were more than a few jarring moments. I personally would have taken a more psychological and scientific route in the wrap up, but that's my opinion, not a true critique. This fits the genre well, is really a nice read overall and I look forward to the next offering, hopefully one with a stronger edit and more practiced styl...more
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