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Elaine Mercado
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8 May 2001

You leave us alone; we'll leave you alone. When Elaine Mercado and her first husband bought their home in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1982, they had no idea that they and their two young daughters were embarking on a thirteen-year nightmare. Within a few days of moving in, Elaine and her older daughter began to experience the sensation of being watched. Then came scratching noises and weird smells, followed by voices whispering, maniacal laughter, shadowy figures scurrying along baseboards, and small balls of light bouncing along the ceilings. From the beginning of the haunting, "suffocating dreams" were experienced by everyone except the younger daughter. These eventually accelerated to physical aggression directed at Elaine and both the girls. This book is the true story of how one family tried to cope with living in a haunted house. It also describes how, with the help of parapsychologist Dr. Hans Holzer and medium Marisa Anderson, the family discovered the tragic and heartbreaking secrets buried in the house at Grave's End. I struggle to open my eyes, but achieve nothing but frustration and failure. I am not asleep. I am fully conscious, in a state of panic unthinkable during the day intolerable in the dark of night, held prisoner by some tortured, invisible presence, insistent on abruptly invading my slumber. The more I struggle toward freedom, the more I am pushed into the mattress, perspiring, heart palpitating, a scream involuntarily silenced within my throat. Some nights I experience my skin being stroked while I fight to regain control of my body, my sight. Thank God, this was not one of those nights. Tonight it lets me open my eyes, shaken but unviolated, frightened, but not as frightened as I know I can become. First Runner up for the 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for Best Biographical/Personal Book

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; First Edition edition (8 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738700037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738700038
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brooklyn Ghost Story 15 Mar 2005
Over the years I have read enough ghost books to fill a small library, most of which are the familiar collections of several stories written by one author. Many of these writers are old pros and have a very polished writing style; sometimes a little too polished and detached in fact. Elaine Mercado is a new writer and sometimes it shows, but her candor and vulnerability is a refreshing change for the fans of this type of book. It is also nice to hear the story from the point of view of the person who experienced the haunting rather than a third party interviewer.
The story begins as the author and her husband purchase a new home and move in. Almost from the outset the family begins to feel as if they are being watched and things escalate from there. All of the family is effected but the author and her eldest daughter seem to get the brunt of the storm. A storm that only intensifies as time goes on. To add to the problem, this is a family that does not particularly believe in any form of life after death and so they must also deal with what is happening in relation to their beliefs. After finally coming to terms with this conundrum they begin to seek help and find it in the form of famous Parapsychologist Hans Holzer. Dr. Holzer is very familiar to anyone who is partial to this type of book and I have several of his books in my own library. In many ways this is like one of Dr. Holzer's books except with a much more detailed description of the haunting before Holzer arrives on the scene. This is a ghost story that portrays in detail the haunting much more so than the investigation. I like it!
This is a book that you will read very quickly because the author does a very nice job of making you wonder what is going to happen next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Left unfinished...? 1 Feb 2008
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Elaine says at the end of this book that she is unsure of certain things - which i will not give away - and i must say, it`s very difficult to believe the way this story `ends.` Elaine`s `caring` brother took an absolute age finding someone to help rid the house of `spirits` and i couldn`t help wondering what his problem was. Then he turns round and says he actually PERSONALLY KNOWS a medium who can help ! So what has he been waiting all these months for ? ask yourself !
A lot of strange things going on in this book - apart from the ghostly happenings - elaine never misses a chance to have a dig at her ex husband, which i thought was hilarious every time she did it !
For me this story felt unfinished - and elaine kind of says the same thing at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars that haunting feeling 14 Sep 2003
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this was a interesting true story in which elaine mercado takes us through the struggle she and her husband had buying a house for themselves and thier two children, only to discover it was haunted,things moving on thier own and strange odours,orbs of lights drifting around rooms, right to the exorcism of the house makes really good reading, a must for all supernatural fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! 19 Oct 2004
Really good book very gripping and from the heart also believable! I enjoyed it very much. 'Haunted' about the Candian family is nothing to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graves end. 30 Jun 2013
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I,m not normally easily spooked as I love all things supernatural but this book really disturbed me at bed time and I was glad to see the dawn. It,s so well written that you speed along absorbing all the strange happenings and frequently glancing around and jumping at the slightest noise. It seems more believable as Elaine constantly queries events and seems genuinely puzzled by the different hauntings. Anyone who has experienced ghostly disturbances as I have will have some insight into the fear these bring.recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very scary 4 Jun 2010
this was a book i just couldnt put down i read it in just under two hours very well written! not as scary as the southshields poltergiest but not far off ! i think the daughter who had the guts to share her basement bedroom with a spook needs a meddle! i for one would have been terrified if something invisable was to yank my bedding off ! i would end up in one of those la la hospitals rocking back and forth candles hanging from my nose talking ga ga !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Graves End: A True Ghost Story 17 May 2010
I have just finished reading this book. It took a little time to get into, but it was worth it. OMG! It was amazing.
If you believe in the supernatural or not, this is a good read. It leaves you with a sense of could there really be something there!........
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 13 Jun 2009
what a really good book, very interesting and easy to follow, highley recommended for all those who love a true ghost story
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