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The Ghosts on 87th Lane: A True Story [Paperback]

M.L. Woelm
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30 Sep 2007
"Once upon a time, my house was haunted. It still is. I began recording my experiences, hoping to one day share them. I kept waiting for the incidents to stop, so I'd have a logical conclusion to my book. So far, that hasn't happened. It may never happen. I'd like to get my story told before I become a ghost myself.
"The True Story of a Haunting
Beginning in 1968 and spanning four decades, this true story chronicles the hair-raising experiences that nearly drove an ordinary housewife and mother to the breaking point.
Not every haunted house is an old Victorian mansion, as the author and her family discovered when they bought a modest house in the suburbs. Even a post-war starter home can be a dwelling place for earthbound spirits--especially if it holds a tragic secret from the past. Eerie feelings of being watched, disembodied sobs, mysterious scratches appearing on her throat, and a child's voice crying, "Mommy!" convinced M. L. Woelm that she was sharing her home with ghosts. This is her story.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (30 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738710318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738710310
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING 8 Jan 2014
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Being a huge lover of the paranormal, especially true accounts I thoroughly enjoyed this well written detailed book. Top marks!! I
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 15 May 2014
The account of what happens in this book is fairly well written and it's worth reading because the events are (mostly) believable and it has an interesting background. However the owner's eccentricity does become more apparent (the older she gets) and the further on you read; it can grate at times; at which point it becomes less convincing. Overall it's worth reading, she's not a bad writer although the quality deteriorates somewhat towards the end. Graves End was a similar kind of book but it had a tighter narrative flow.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghosts on 87th street 8 Aug 2012
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A wonderful, interesting read. I love these true stories about the paranormal, as long as they dont visit me.
You have to read it to believe it
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5.0 out of 5 stars ghosts on 87th lane 1 Jun 2012
By dee dee
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as a lover of all things supernatural this book was a great read, in excellent condition and arrived quickly,well worth a read
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3.0 out of 5 stars "THEIR BACK....." 21 Sep 2007
By Joseph R. Calamia - Published on
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The Ghosts on 87th Lane by M.L. Woelm is basically an accrued collection of the author's journal entries from March 1968 through May 2006. These entries cover 39 years of paranormal (and normal) activities experienced in her home for 39 years (+).

Mrs. Woelm is a good writer, and an entertaining one as well. Many of her statements are clever and funny, but I personally believe that her book was too long. The book could have been half the size and still portrayed her story to the reader.

Many of the paranormal activites were redundant and to mention them once, twice, or, even three times would have sufficed. In addition, I think she spent too much time and effort on personal events that had little to do with the actual paranormal activities. I think I know more about her husband than the "ghosties" themselves.

I can easily empathize with the author's frustrations and fears, but she constantly tried to persuade the reader that she was not going insane. Many years ago (1988?) I read Whitley Strieber's "Communion", wherein he did the same thing. Actually, I believe that these hauntings became somewhat of a "comfort-blanket" (in an eskewed sense),for Mrs. Woelm.

The actual hauntings and poltergeist activities were real enough to the reader. Despite the "house-cleaning" I suspect there may be more to 87th Lane than just a "spiritual depot" for wondering ghosts. For instance, what type of ground was the home built upon? What lies beneath the structure itself?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very different opinion 3 Mar 2008
By Regis - Published on
I read this book because of the readers' reviews. I was sorely disapointed. Not that I wish to be unkind, but I found the author's style to be boring and without depth. The book droned on and on and wasn't the least bit scary. I had a hard time believing what I was reading and lost interest very early on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 4 Aug 2008
By Rebecca--30 years of crypto and still loving it! - Published on
How seldom does one find a book like this! This is my favorite of all the personal hauntings that have hit the bookshelves in the past two years.

What makes this book intriguing is:
1) The haunting went on for decades.
2) The author chronicles her personal struggle in learning to live with the haunting when no one else would believe her.
3) The ordinary life she describes interspersed with her nights of terror are very thought provoking--what would you do if faced with the same events?

The author struggles with fear of the unknown, personal rejection and nights filled with terror. These events move her from being a shy wife and mother of the 1960's into a woman of the 1990's that accepts the ghosts in her home and is finally vindicated when other family members finally confess thier own encounters.

This intimate sharing really touched my heart since that is much of my own experience with a haunting.

Definitely a great read! Almost 300 pages.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars deja vu 16 Oct 2007
By JAM - Published on
Has anyone read Grave's End by Elaine Mercado??? While reading Ghosts on 87th Lane I felt that it was very similar to Ms. Mercado's story. The actual paranormal experiences were not the same, but the experiences/life situations were oddly similar (i won't go in to detail because I don't want to ruin either story for readers).
I typically enjoy books like these, but I almost felt like this story was a copy cat which made it less enjoyable for me. So, If you haven't read Grave's End this book is a decent read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All In the Head 2 Oct 2008
By Rabbit_With_Fangs - Published on
I love a good ghost story, but it was the subtext to this particular one that kept me fascinated. No, the 'hauntings' aren't very dazzling, but if you read it as a study in oppressed emotion being projected on to the house the 'emoter' lives in, it's unputdownable. Without once writing it in those terms, you realise the author is a woman furious with the way she's been treated by friends and family and is unconciously perceiving very normal events as 'para-'. It haunts her ironing board for heaven's sake.! This would make a great little movie. Anyone interested in female psychology of the mid 20th century should have a read, even if you don't belive in ghosts per se.
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