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The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer by Joyce Reardon
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Jun 18, 08

In probably the most intricately plotted hoax since The Blair Witch Project, King presents this diary, supposedly written by Ellen Rimbauer from 1907 to 1923 and edited by Dr. Joyce Reardon, a parapsychologist who finds it for sale at an estate sale in the Seattle area. In the beginning, Rimbauer is a 19-year-old woman who is about to marry a 40-year-old oil tycoon named John Rimbauer. Although the prospects of marrying John excite Ellen, she has also heard rumblings from the Seattle elite that he is a renowned adulterer. She tries to put it behind her and has little difficulty doing so when he builds her Rose Red, the largest mansion in the Seattle area, in which they will live together. However, strange goings-on begin as soon as the foundation is laid in the form of men dying and women disappearing within the walls of the house. This book is one of King's best ghostly tales and one of the few books he actually manages to carry through to the end. Very suspenseful and kinda freaky how well King writes as a woman. This "true" story also resulted in a TV miniseries starring Nancy Travis as Reardon who ventures into Rose Red to stir up the ghosts a bit more and a documentary about the history of Rose Red featured on some cable channel.

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