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A Sincere Warning About the Entity in Your Home

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  90 reviews
"Dear friend,

This is no chain letter, hoax or prank.

It is a sincere warning about your home and the entity which dwells within.

Your home has been haunted for quite some time.

I am sorry that I could not personally deliver this document. I did not even post it myself. The postmark on the envelope will not help you, should you ever attempt to locate me.

When this letter is
Kindle Edition, 63 pages
Published October 18th 2012 by Retribution Books
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Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-fiction
Between two lungs it was released
The breath that passed from you to me
It flew between us as we slept
That slipped from your mouth into mine

And my running feet could fly
Each breath screaming: "We are all too young to die!"

Basically, the title of this one says it all. Here is a warning and instructions for what to do when you begin to notice bizarre happenings in your home . . . and you will.

And it all starts with habitual sleep disturbances.

(Hmm, I don't remember the last time I had a good
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to say that this story struck me as very original--especially as it was written in the form of a "letter" warning a new homeowner. This was a very creepy read that built up the tension slowly until you reached a complete and utterly hopeless dread for the recipient of the letter. I thought the method used to convey this was a great form, intensifying that all-consuming fear until you reached the ending.

Heidi Ward
When I was a kid, I read a story that really invaded my brain (I wish I knew its name!); it threatened that merely being in possession of the book (the one YOU are reading! Yes, THIS BOOK!) would bring a deadly fate down on your head. Absolutely terrified by the somehow credible threat, I took it back to the library pronto, and felt sick and slept badly for days. I was like 11 at the time.

"A Sincere Warning . . ." works along similar lines, consisting of a letter from the last tenant of YOUR
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not a bad short story. Written in an interesting perspective, worth a read but it is very short!
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a fun novelette with a very novel idea. Written as a letter from a previous home owner to the current one regarding...well you can figure that out by the title. It has that campfire spooky tale vibe, my better half and I actually took turns reading it to each other, which was awesome and gave me a renewed appreciation of the professional audio book readers. Very entertaining creepy supernatural story.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Fun Read

A fun read that reminded me of something I would find on No Sleep. It was an interesting take on the paranormal.
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for a quick but effective spook-out, anyone who lives alone (ahahaha!)
3.5 stars - what a weird little book this is!

Are you like me? Do you experience sleep paralysis? I have, and I do, at least on a weekly basis for my entire life. It's no big deal to me; I've never known any different. It's a pain in the arse sometimes, especially if I'm woken by my phone ringing and I can't move my damn arm to pick up, or if my dog decides to attack my face and I can't defend myself against the ensuing tongue bath, but beyond that it's little more than a minor nuisance. For
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this short story in bed last night, had nightmares, was convinced there was someone in my room at least twice and had to punch my sleeping husband because he was making choking noises...go buy it!!

If you want to freak out a close family member/friend/enemy you can buy the story as a personalised letter to them.

Awesome concept for a story!
Katy Stamp
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was such a good short story, and it's written openly enough that it allows you to think it may actually have happened in your own home. Jason Arnopp is definitely up there with my favourite authors!
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun little novella - a fun approach for a ghost story. Definitely recommend!
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, ghosts
I did not believe this book was as unsettling as the Amazon reviews claimed. I WAS WRONG. It should be called A Sincere Warning That This Will F- Up Your Chances of Napping. Brilliant idea, very unnerving. I wavered on the rating because I hate the sort of story wherein the author says "oh by the way, now you're involved in this horrifying crap, good luck to ya" (Creepypasta has given me the willies with these many times). I have to acknowledge that this is really the most disturbing one I've ...more
Adele Steiner
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story strikes such a chord with me. The style and content are riveting(to me.) I am so freaked by this one that I had to put a review on here for it.

Why did this one trigger me so?

My family moved into a new house when I was a perfectly happy, healthy and 15 year old that seldom even got a cold. By 16, I'd developed asthma which plagues me to this day. My asthma 'attacks' have never been the wheezing struggle for breath I associate with the condition. When I have an attack, it's very much
How could you kill something which had already been dead for so many decades?

Well, I am pleasantly surprised by how creepy this little novella was!

I love a good ghost story. I love scaring the shit out of myself, and while this didn't exactly do that, it still gave me the heebie-jeebies when it was bedtime. It was original & a really quick read!

I'm definitely going to check out this author's other books.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chilling, sad and macabre. The author skillfully builds up the tension, slowly releasing information which unnerves you and adds to the suspense. The novel is particularly effective because it is in the form of a letter which includes the reader in the story and warning.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars!

I gave this story five stars because it deserves it! Not only is this book scary, but the pacing is really quick and thrilling.
Sean Randall
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A clever use of narrative technique to give what could, under the right circumstances, be a rather chilling short. The quality of the writing was very good and I'd gladly pic up something longer.
Lorelei Moon
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
You won't be terrified, but it's still a spooky little read!

In response to all the reviewers whining about how this story failed to terrify them enough to pee in their sneakers, I gently roll my eyes. From the samples I had read of Arnopp's writing, it's clear he is a humorous narrator so I wasn't expecting a heavy nightmare of a tale. After all, one of my favorite books is, Horrorstor, by Grady Hendrix and it is pretty much a nervous giggle for many pages before it starts to really unnerve you.
This story is a whole lot of "meh" with some truly creepy moments with a ridiculous ending.

This is what people who lived in the age before science and reason believed happened to you during a nightmare


This image kept coming back to me while reading this story.

An anonymous letter writer sends a dire warning to the new inhabitants of their old home about the ghost that lives in their new home and what will happen to them unless they do something about it.

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Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A supremely creepy short story with a fantastic premise at its core. When we sleep we are at our most vulnerable and with it being an essential need for everyone, this feels like a story that could happen to anyone.
I would have prefered more investigation into the supernatural aspects. Yes, the unknown and the unknowable is meant to be frightening, but in literature I sometimes also find it frustrating.
Also, on a practical level, the "solution" provided by the letter wasn't exactly an easily
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was....ok. A great concept but no matter how much I tried to suspend disbelief the "solution", if you could call it that, was just...stupid. I mean really stupid. There is absolutely no way that would be a viable solution at all.

Overall the concept it great but it suffers from semi-bad writing and grotesquely idiotic ending. So much potential, such garbage execution. Originally three stars but downgrading to two because the 20 mins it took me to read this short story I can't get back.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Emily Carter-Dunn
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was ok, I guess. Very short story written in the form of a letter to you about paranormal activity you are probably experiencing and why.

The premise of the story is intriguing, but the delivery of the story is lacking. There are too many unbelievable parts (yes, I am aware it is a ghost story), such as a consultant at a hospital not knowing what sleep apnea is and surgeons allowing a major medical procedure to occur without using general anaesthetic.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-horror
Short fast read that was just, "okay".

The format was interesting and unique enough, it's always sort of fun as a reader to feel "involved" in the story in some way.

However, it had a lot of...uhh...plot holes?

Such as the illegal organ donation..which I won't touch on too much, 'cause I could go on all day. The US and UK both have organizations that decide who gets a transplant, why they should get it, and when. It isn't as easy paying some corrupt, idiot doctor a thousand pounds and getting
Kira FlowerChild
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
I don't know why I had high hopes for this short story/novella. It seemed to be a relatively unique approach to the supernatural. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. It was interesting enough, and relatively well written. The dilemma faced by the main character was certainly dire. It just didn't register very high on my "fright meter," so to speak. It's not bad, it's just not great.
Kitty Jay
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

I admit, after reading Auto-Rewind by the same author, I was skeptical, but I am glad to know I was wrong. This novella starts off strong and just kept getting better. Arnopp really nailed the tension building in this one. There were a few parts where the pacing felt off, but those were more than offset by the genuinely creepy moments. Great short novella!
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Odd, quick read.

I read this in about an hour and a half. It was fast-paced and original. I really enjoyed it. I was impressed with it only being a short story, as many of those are peppered with spelling and/or grammatical errors. This one was not. I really don't want to say much about the story, so as to avoid spoilers, but this one is certainly worth a read.
April Taylor
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This short story presents a clever horror idea that’s executed in a decent manner and has a few moments of real tension. The entity and its impact on the humans near it could easily be a metaphor for having sleep apnea, sleep paralysis, and/or an autoimmune disease that makes people heavily fatigued no matter how much they sleep.

Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid read, especially for the price point

The story starts very strong but, like a lot of horror, loses momentum once more information about the entity is revealed. It's still a great little ghost story, even if it won't keep you awake.
Varsha Lalla
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really unique way of telling a story. The story is entirely in the form of a letter explaining to you (the reader) why your home is haunted (written from the perspective of the previous tenant). It certainly unnerved me.
Kay Oliver
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Horror Letter

First, this book is written in a very unique fashion which made it fun and original. It ebbed and flowed with tension and slow, eerie atmosphere. All in all, a decent, fun read. Especially for HALLOWEEN!
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Jason Arnopp is the author of the brand new chiller-thriller novel Ghoster (2019) and The Last Days Of Jack Sparks (2016). He is also the co-author of Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Arnopp wrote the Lionsgate horror feature film Stormhouse, the New Line Cinema novel Friday The 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat, various official Doctor Who works of fiction (including the BBC