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The Sallie House Haunting: A True Story

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  291 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews

Who knew that our experience would push us over the edge of disbelief and through the door of certain terror?

Debra Pickman had always wanted a ghost of her own. She never expected her wish to come horrifically true when she, her husband, and their newborn son moved into a century-old home in Atchison, Kansas, that-to their shock-is also occupied by a firestarting spirit

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2010)
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Caroline Mitchell
Nov 17, 2013 Caroline Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in true paranormal
Shelves: true-paranormal
I was drawn to this book in a search for answers, due to experiencing paranormal events in my home. Debra documents this case well, and I read this book in a couple of days as I could not put it down. There are lots of twists and turns, and I without spoiling the story, I totally understand why Debra felt the need to trust the ghost and try to live with it. Unless you have experienced such a thing, that aspect is hard for most to understand.
However human nature makes us want to believe the best
Oct 19, 2012 Al-hora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book to read on my holidays. I became so engrossed with the story that I had actually completed it in 2 days (well, it was raining so no point site-seeing - lol)

I liked the honest approach of the authors concerning 'Sallie', which was written in the first tense. There was no pretence that they knew what it was, only that they did not fear it rather embraced the idea of having a 'spirit child' amongst them.

The writing style was clear and simple, refraining from flowering up the plot
Feb 21, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. It was very entertaining and interesting. I'm used to hearing scary stories, so it wasn't scary to me, but it might be scary to other people. It's an extremely haunted house with a lot of activity within days and weeks of each other. The show Sightings featured them a few times. I was surprised to hear this because I remember seeing that show when I was a kid. To this day I remember seeing the scratches form on Tony's body as the camera was rolling. The burnt rose on the windowsill ...more
Jo Ann
Not scary, just wack-o.

Honestly, I'm not sure how this haunting became so famous. I've read much creepier stuff on the internet. Don't waste your time.

Sep 29, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing book. This came out before all of the Ghost Hunting shows came on to network and cable TV. This book told the true story of a family that thought they only had one little girl ghost living with them, when it turned out that they had another darker energy there as well.

I noticed that this edition was missing several words throughout the text or that the words were switched around. So I found myself adding words so it made sense, maybe this is the real meaning of ghost writing.
Sep 06, 2014 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read. It could have used some extra proofreading, but the story itself was really good. I especially enjoyed the fact that it was written as the events occurred, even though the book wasn't officially written until after they moved out of the house. They didn't know what type of entity or entities they were dealing with until after they moved out. Psychics told them it was the spirit of a little girl. They had no reason to doubt that until vicious scratches begin appearing ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember watching the Sightings updates on this haunting back in the 90s and found it to be one of the most disturbing paranormal cases I had ever heard of. It remains that to this day and the book takes you right into the middle of one family's mounting terror. I absolutely could not read this at night!
Rebecca  Porter
Nov 12, 2014 Rebecca Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
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Nov 11, 2014 Ella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how she actually talked about the activity and mentioned that she wrote the book to help others who have experienced the supernatural. I was sad to learn that they think Sallie had been a demonic energy all along :(
This book was not well-written and there are only 2 of the photos included. Experiences were somewhat interesting but not overally presented well.
This felt like a true account of what they went through. I like the conclusions the author draws from her experience.
Jan 16, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
3.5 rating. Interesting experiences, questionable storytelling.

This was an interesting kind of story with revealed details at the end that could have made the story much more interesting. I'm not sure if the point of giving those pretty important details a short but separate chapter was her idea, but it was more like an afterthought. Really, if Tony's side had been incorporated into the main story, it would have created an interesting parallel between the two different perceptions of the paranor
This book had two of the most disturbing scenarios that I've read in a horror book, and neither of them had anything to do with the paranormal. The first was the author's husband accidentally running her cat through a 90-minute dryer cycle, and then the author happening upon the gruesome aftermath when she went to fold the laundry. This really upset me, but the second instance was even worse: Claiming to be under the influence of a demonic entity, the husband STABS a stray cat that finds its way ...more
It's books like these that always make me think "This could happen to anyone... even me!" I finished this book in about 3 days, one was in the car on the way from NJ to Maine for Thanksgiving.

The read is easy although there are quite a few errors in the writing when it comes to missing words, or things just missed in editing. I don't know if it was done unintentionally or to increase the pages of the book or if Debra really did feel that it needed to be said again, but I felt that things that di
This book was a pretty good book. It was about this newly wed couple, Tony and Debra, and they had just moved into a house, and they were witnessing ghostly activity, but they just ignored it. Well, they finally found out that it really was a ghost, and they told Debra's sister. Her sister came down to visit and they called a ghost specialist named Barbra and she came to check out the house. She found out that her name is Sallie and she is 7 years old. She told them that they need to let her pre ...more
Lisa Cindrich
Naturally, when I got to go inside the infamous house, nothing happened. I swear I am the anti-psychic. Ghosts flee from my presence.

I really have no idea how to rate this since I was reading it purely for "insider" information. I enjoyed having an actual Sallie House resident's detailing of events. The only problem was that, after giving us lots of detail based on her journals, towards the end of the book the telling got very rushed and vague. The Pickmans moved out and then more episode
Oct 20, 2012 Jo-Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes reading about ghosts and hauntings
A great, quick read that gives insight into what it is like to live with a ghost ... or whatever Sallie was.

I enjoyed reading it although, it was a predicable tale of a haunting that mirrors so many other true story examples of this genre. There wasn't really anything new to add to the subject in this book.

It would be nice if, one day, someone could find out exactly what is behind all this supernatural phenomenum and not just run away, leaving the problem for someone else to sort out. To leave t
Lanie Sanders
wanted this to be scary. or entertaining. or good. it wasn't. it was all just some lady writing down every single boring little detail about some child ghost. most of what was written was over detailed and never scary. and any idiot that knows anything about ghosts and spirits knows that "child ghost" usually aren't kids. fools. i only got through 3/4s of the book before i gave up. the thing is, i love paranormal stuff, its one of my great interests after Robin Hood. so when i picked this up i w ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this because I am going to Atchison, KS and possibly the Sallie House in October. It was an interesting read, but with some questionable aspects. I suppose all people would react differently to paranormal activity in their home, but I felt the parents in this story chose to get answers over taking care of their family. Also, there were a good number of typos and words used incorrectly. While this may be attributed more to the editor or publisher, it only helped to discredit the ...more
Mackenzie Rucker
Jul 13, 2013 Mackenzie Rucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Upset with myself that it took 2 years for me to pick it up. After reading a few Paranormal book flops I was really afraid that this was going to yet be another "FLOP". I was pleasantly surprised when I COULD NOT put the book down!
I really love the way Mrs. Pickman recounts her experiences with first telling the phenomenon then trying to de-bunk the Phenomenon, Giving full account of where people are in the room at the time of the phenomenon and so on. Very well w
Ashley Simpson
Sep 15, 2015 Ashley Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing up seeing this story everywhere was intriguing and reading the book was even more interesting. It brought a new insight to the ghost stories I had heard growing up and made it even more interesting to look back and my own personal photos of this house when I visited it several years ago in Atchison.
Apr 23, 2012 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of typos, missing words, out of order words, etc. It was as if the author couldn't organize her thoughts and/or there wasn't a very good proof reader on the job. The material itself had its interesting points but, overall, you are left with more questions than answers. However, this is a non-fictional account of their experiences, so I suppose that is how the Pickmans must have felt living with the phenomena. I give it a "Meh..." and will not read this book again.
If you like spooky stories written by those who experience them, then you'll like this. Interesting, creepy, and for you to choose to believe, or not. I've read several of these types of books and this one was pretty good. The story was going along great until the last chapter and then the epilogue when the author introduced events that weren't included in the previous chapters and I found that confusing. Also, the story had an unsatifying ending.
Steve Parcell
Mar 25, 2015 Steve Parcell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-paranormal
A very good read. Although my only criticism is the end seemed a little hurried and did not emphasize the real terror that made the Picktons leave the house. Very well crafted and effective tale of how a haunting started with a little girl and descended in to something more demonic. I did not think they could capture the same terror in the Sightings tv programme where we saw Tony Picton scratched and welts and blood appear before us but it was a damn fine effort.
Amy Davis
Jan 02, 2015 Amy Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book awhile ago and it kept me interested in it the whole way through. There were some parts in the book I could believe and then there was some parts in the book that was not believable. It says its based on a true story and I think some of this book could be true but it did keep me wanting to keep on reading it till the end.
Lisa Rodriguez
Jun 08, 2013 Lisa Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book scared me in a way that makes you look over your shoulder at the slightest sound. To think these people had to deal with this in their own home is scary when your home is your sanctuary. It's a great read fr any ghost story fanatic and the best part is its a true story just adds to the scare factor
Lisa Rogers
Mar 03, 2013 Lisa Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VERY interesting story. Once I picked this book up, I simply couldn’t put it down. Living in a haunted house myself, I found this book very believable. Even though our experiences are quite different I could easily relate to this authors feelings. If you’ve been waiting to read this, just DO IT!
This book was interesting but it left me with a lot of questions at the end. It almost took on an Amityville Horror theme towards the end that I wasn't able to figure out from the beginning and middle. I've googled the house and I'm still intrigued but I'm ready for a new haunting story.
William Hall
Oct 26, 2013 William Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Debra did a great job telling the details behind this story. This is very interesting and a unique account where the famiily is able to communicate back and forth with the spirit. It is written from a journal that Debra wrote while this was all happening. I highly recommend this one.
Jul 16, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
Better written than most books like this. Very interesting. It seems like the author went to great pains to prove her husband's experiences were real...almost like she didn't believe him herself. I would be offended if I were him. But an enjoyable book.
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