Jay Anson

in New York, The United States
November 04, 1921

March 12, 1980


Jay Anson (November 4, 1921 – March 12, 1980) was an American author whose most famous work was The Amityville Horror. After the runaway success of that novel, he wrote 666, which also dealt with a haunted house.

He began as a copy boy on the New York Evening Journal in 1937 and later worked in advertising and publicity. With more than 500 documentary scripts for television to his credit, he was associated with Professional Films, Inc. He died in 1980.

His work, The Amityville Horror, was sold as "a true story," and it was based on the reported experiences of George Lutz and Kathleen Lutz at 112 Ocean Avenue in December 1975. The Lutzes had sold the rights to the book to Anson, who had added to and adapted some of the Lutz's original claims.

Average rating: 3.83 · 94,634 ratings · 2,031 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Amityville Horror

3.84 avg rating — 93,785 ratings — published 1977 — 53 editions
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3.44 avg rating — 843 ratings — published 1980 — 11 editions
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Djevelens belønning

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The Amityville Horror

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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OCTOBER 2016 Horror Novel /Hauntings
For Halloween, we read our usual horror book. Since we couldn't narrow down the subgenre, I have been trying to think of a sort of theme... I tried "gothic" but that wasn't really specific enough to find books... so I changed gears a little.

It was mentioned at the meeting that "ghosts" would be a fun type to read. Interestingly, many of these were also in the "gothic-horror" sections and all have extremely similar plot lines, typically surrounding a mansion, house, or castle. The books listed here, though similar, are very different takes on this plot, and are all considered to be modern classics.

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Voting begins September 2th, & ends September 17th. Book club meeting for October will be on October 23rd.

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I Don't Care
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