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The Black Hope Horror: The True Story of a Haunting Hardcover – 1 May 1991

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688051766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688051761
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,532,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There’s nothing like a good ghost story, especially when it’s a true one, but I must say that The Black Hope Horror is a rather unusual tale full of untraditional, poltergeist-type events. Ben and Jean Williams were the first couple to move into the new Section 8 subdevelopment, but the home of their dreams soon became the home of their darkest nightmares. At first, strangeness came in the form of material things: snakes, many of them poisonous, all over the place (not necessarily unusual), freak rainstorms leaving behind large numbers of huge worms, invasions of giant ants oblivious to hot water cycles of dishwashers, toilets which flushed themselves at all hours of the day and night. Members of the family also often had the feeling they were being watched by someone or something, footsteps began to haunt the halls, and the older and younger members of the family changed significantly in terms of their personalities. Cold spots manifested themselves quite often, and electrical malfunctions of an inexplicable sort began happening. One night, Ben encountered two black forms whose icy, enveloping touch sent him to the hospital with something akin to an asthma attack. Similar events influenced the lives of neighbors as the new community began to grow, although no one communicated their experiences with one another until two decomposed bodies were found buried beneath one neighbor’s backyard, thus confirming the Williams’ fears about the sinkholes in their own property. The family is shocked to learn that the development was constructed above an old black cemetery.Read more ›
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9aabfc9c) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b3030) out of 5 stars I live in Crosby, TX and know a little about this 2 Nov. 2005
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The tales are true. poppets way is actually one of the highest spots in the subdivision throughout this district and the black slaves from the cotton plantation in barrett were buried where the "poltergeist house" actually sits. families usually tend to stay there from 6 months to a couple of years and leave becuase of the tales and things theyve experienced while living there. the house is up for sale right now actually. the house next to them dug a underground pool and actually found bones of human skeletons. i recently went to the water plant right next to these houses and there are 8'x3' depressions in the ground where the old graves have sank throughout the years. they have been filled up and have sank time and time again. no lights stay on out there becuase they always burn out. this creepy feeling just comes to me when i see go to the fence. this stuff is true so if u really want to know more about this grab the book and watch house on hauting lane or just ask movie store about the movie made on the newport subdivision in newport.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc0709c) out of 5 stars Some Scary Stuff!!!! 16 May 2001
By MICHELLE LLORENS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, this book actually had me spooked! I watch tons of horror movies, and read alot of horror fiction. This is one of creepiest books I've ever read. It's well written and works as a biography of a simple family living in a haunted house. If you are interested in the supernatural in any capacity this is an excellent read.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b06d8) out of 5 stars A true Ghost story 24 July 2006
By Danny Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is very good and will give you the creeps!

I do believe this story to be true.

I saw the movie on tv and patty Duke did a great job playing Jean Williams. This is a story about houses built over a graveyard but the people that bought these houses did not know it at the time.

A lot of very scary things happen to them.

I read this book over the weekend and could not put it down.

anyone that wants to read a true ghost story this is it.

A very good read.the movie is called Grave Secrets and it is very good also!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b066c) out of 5 stars A tale of high strangeness indeed 8 Mar. 2003
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There's nothing like a good ghost story, especially when it's a true one, but I must say that The Black Hope Horror is a rather unusual tale full of untraditional, poltergeist-type events. Ben and Jean Williams were the first couple to move into the new Section 8 subdevelopment, but the home of their dreams soon became the home of their darkest nightmares. At first, strangeness came in the form of material things: snakes, many of them poisonous, all over the place (not necessarily unusual), freak rainstorms leaving behind large numbers of huge worms, invasions of giant ants oblivious to hot water cycles of dishwashers, toilets which flushed themselves at all hours of the day and night. Members of the family also often had the feeling they were being watched by someone or something, footsteps began to haunt the halls, and the older and younger members of the family changed significantly in terms of their personalities. Cold spots manifested themselves quite often, and electrical malfunctions of an inexplicable sort began happening. One night, Ben encountered two black forms whose icy, enveloping touch sent him to the hospital with something akin to an asthma attack. Similar events influenced the lives of neighbors as the new community began to grow, although no one communicated their experiences with one another until two decomposed bodies were found buried beneath one neighbor's backyard, thus confirming the Williams' fears about the sinkholes in their own property. The family is shocked to learn that the development was constructed above an old black cemetery.
Assuming this story is true (and handfuls of families don't just leave homes and their investments behind and let their properties be foreclosed upon without good reasons), it is quite an interesting, somewhat nontraditional haunting. Two things about this book pose a small problem in my mind, though. First and foremost is the style of the narrative. This is basically the Williams' story as told to John Bruce Shoemaker, and he writes of these events as if he were there recording everything that happened along the way. Memories, especially negative ones such as these, become distorted rather quickly, and I find the plethora of direct quotations from multiple family members, including some this author never met, somewhat laughable. I think the story would be more believable if it was simply described in standard, objective narrative form. Secondly, there is far too much emphasis placed on peripheral events; I refer especially to the very unusual number of emotional problems, sicknesses, and deaths that affected the Williams' while they lived in the house. I just think too many things are blamed on the "haunting." The fact that a couple visits the house a time or two just doesn't seem to explain the breakup of marriages. While it is quite remarkable to see six close family members die in a period of only three years or so, it does not mean the "things" were causing all of the problems. After all, Jean and Ben never got sick or divorced and they lived in the house for several years.
This is a vivid, sometimes fascinating tale of undeniably bizarre events; there aren't as many goose pimple sections as you might find in a more traditional haunting account, but clearly something of a very unusual nature took place on this area of land that was once Black Hope Cemetery. I don't think this book will change anyone's opinion about ghosts or unduly frighten anyone, but certainly there are elements here of high strangeness that make for a compelling read. Even if you set aside the whole haunting premise, what you have left is a pretty powerful human interest story.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By sunny94 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This one is guaranteed to frighten you!!! I not only read the book, I saw the movie, and the segment on Unsolved Mysteries. I truly believe this is a very true story. This is one that I may even read again.
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