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“Paranormal Confessions is a wonderfully creepy book. After spending a few nights at the Bellaire House and experiencing the spirits within its walls. I can say it's very haunted and still has a few secrets to share…” —Johnny Zaffis, Paranormal Investigator   True stories of hauntings, possessions, and things that go bump in the night at one of the most haunted places in the “Paranormal Confessions is a wonderfully creepy book. After spending a few nights at the Bellaire House and experiencing the spirits within its walls. I can say it's very haunted and still has a few secrets to share…” —Johnny Zaffis, Paranormal Investigator   True stories of hauntings, possessions, and things that go bump in the night at one of the most haunted places in the world. Built in 1847 on the banks of the Ohio River, the Bellaire House is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in America. Since the early twentieth century it has earned a reputation as a hotbed of paranormal activity, with reports of apparitions, curses, psychic assaults, and violence. This is a collection of true ghost stories from the owner of the Bellaire House and the proprietor of the Bellaire House Afterlife Research Center. It is a mix of lurid and heartwarming stories that both entertain and convey to the reader what the dead want us to know. Stories include accounts of a ghostly sexual assault, communications from spirits of slaves (the house was part of the Underground Railroad) and French and Native American ghosts from the eighteenth-century battlefield, and tales of madness.


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“Paranormal Confessions is a wonderfully creepy book. After spending a few nights at the Bellaire House and experiencing the spirits within its walls. I can say it's very haunted and still has a few secrets to share…” —Johnny Zaffis, Paranormal Investigator   True stories of hauntings, possessions, and things that go bump in the night at one of the most haunted places in the “Paranormal Confessions is a wonderfully creepy book. After spending a few nights at the Bellaire House and experiencing the spirits within its walls. I can say it's very haunted and still has a few secrets to share…” —Johnny Zaffis, Paranormal Investigator   True stories of hauntings, possessions, and things that go bump in the night at one of the most haunted places in the world. Built in 1847 on the banks of the Ohio River, the Bellaire House is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in America. Since the early twentieth century it has earned a reputation as a hotbed of paranormal activity, with reports of apparitions, curses, psychic assaults, and violence. This is a collection of true ghost stories from the owner of the Bellaire House and the proprietor of the Bellaire House Afterlife Research Center. It is a mix of lurid and heartwarming stories that both entertain and convey to the reader what the dead want us to know. Stories include accounts of a ghostly sexual assault, communications from spirits of slaves (the house was part of the Underground Railroad) and French and Native American ghosts from the eighteenth-century battlefield, and tales of madness.

30 review for Paranormal Confessions: True Stories of Hauntings, Possession, and Horror from the Bellaire House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    I'd like to thank Edelweiss and Red Wheel Weiser for allowing me a chance at reading this book. I'd read a lot of books about hauntings, some from the actual people who the hauntings happened to. When it comes to this book, this is the first for me where the terminology and the overall writing was causing me to have struggles with the focus. You have a mother who moved up from the South after the devastating two hurriacnes that came through. She buys this house in Ohio, which turns out to be haunt I'd like to thank Edelweiss and Red Wheel Weiser for allowing me a chance at reading this book. I'd read a lot of books about hauntings, some from the actual people who the hauntings happened to. When it comes to this book, this is the first for me where the terminology and the overall writing was causing me to have struggles with the focus. You have a mother who moved up from the South after the devastating two hurriacnes that came through. She buys this house in Ohio, which turns out to be haunted. Meanwhile, did you know she is a Paranormal Investigator? No, it's not really discussed but she is or she ended up joining their team. It's told in such a hodgepodge way that there is no clear 'flow' to what you're reading. The point where I knew this book wasn't for me was when the book talks of a séance at the home, and this one individual who was at the séance was radiating energy which the spirits took advantage of. She made a comment like 'they downloaded him'. What? Who says that. There was also at some point where she says that she channeled into 'gods' which were not her own, but didn't really give any explanation on who these gods are? She references them as brother sister, higher mother or higher father. You can feel this is written by an amateur and honestly it needs proof-reading. Maybe there is a entertaining story, but it's unconvincingly bad.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heena Rathore Pardeshi

    Overall an okay book. I liked the stories that were told, but not how they were told. The writing is below average and was so flat at times that I was wondering why did the author not ask a real writer to write it for her. She had some really good stories to share, but stuff like 'downloading' did actually sound like it was made-up. Overall an okay book. I liked the stories that were told, but not how they were told. The writing is below average and was so flat at times that I was wondering why did the author not ask a real writer to write it for her. She had some really good stories to share, but stuff like 'downloading' did actually sound like it was made-up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dave Wilkins

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really wasn’t a fan of this book. The history of the house is fascinating and I thought some of the ghost stories experienced by the author were interesting as well. The book, however, felt like more of an advertisement to book ghost tours at the house. The author seems very self-important, always taking other people’s experiences and making them about herself. There were 2 instances in the book that I particularly disliked. The first was when the author claimed to have contacted aliens throug I really wasn’t a fan of this book. The history of the house is fascinating and I thought some of the ghost stories experienced by the author were interesting as well. The book, however, felt like more of an advertisement to book ghost tours at the house. The author seems very self-important, always taking other people’s experiences and making them about herself. There were 2 instances in the book that I particularly disliked. The first was when the author claimed to have contacted aliens through a spirit box and proceeded to interview them. During this interview, the aliens allegedly made a bunch of predictions regarding presidential elections and COVID-19 among other things. Wildly far fetched and in my opinion, hurts the credibility of the other claims in the book which is supposed to be based on a true story. The other thing I didn’t like was the alleged claim of demonic possession of a paranormal investigator during an investigation. Kristen claims to have ended the possession by splashing a vile of water (not holy water) on the possessed. The “possessed” investigator was unaware it wasn’t holy water at the time. This is a trick exorcists use to weed out fakers and I think Kristen unintentionally outed her investigator as a faker by sharing the story. 2.4⭐️

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Laing

    I was really disappointed in this book. I expected to read more about the hauntings in more detail than the author wrote. It seemed to me more about her trying to promote herself and the Bellaire House than a story about the hauntings there. As another reviewer mentioned, the flow to the book was just not there. There was a lot of back and forth, and I honestly couldn't remember who was who aside from the two spirits that are supposedly haunting the house. Apparently, according to the author, this I was really disappointed in this book. I expected to read more about the hauntings in more detail than the author wrote. It seemed to me more about her trying to promote herself and the Bellaire House than a story about the hauntings there. As another reviewer mentioned, the flow to the book was just not there. There was a lot of back and forth, and I honestly couldn't remember who was who aside from the two spirits that are supposedly haunting the house. Apparently, according to the author, this house is capable of everything from mind-reading to physical and spiritual healing. I'm still confused about the connection to the Underground Railroad, as she says the house wasn't even built during that time period, yet the house has had hauntings of people who were hiding there on their way to freedom. I kept hoping that it would get more interesting along the way, but it just stayed the same droning on and on until the end of the book. I finished it, but it was quite the chore!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Magen

    I can't give this five stars because I find it to be too good to be true and Lee's credibility is very questionable considering it sounds like she has a disposition for this kind of thing. Suuuuure you just happened to get this house because it was all you could afford. I don't doubt losing everything in a hurricane, that's really tragic, but I'm sure the opportunity to buy this house was just too good to pass up. If you know you shouldn't mess with the unknown, don't go looking for trouble with I can't give this five stars because I find it to be too good to be true and Lee's credibility is very questionable considering it sounds like she has a disposition for this kind of thing. Suuuuure you just happened to get this house because it was all you could afford. I don't doubt losing everything in a hurricane, that's really tragic, but I'm sure the opportunity to buy this house was just too good to pass up. If you know you shouldn't mess with the unknown, don't go looking for trouble with the unknown. Anyway, I may find this to be pretty ridiculous, but it's good for a quick read and much more entertaining than watch Zach Bagans yell "DUDE! WHAT WAS THAT, DUDE? I FELT SOMETHING, BRO!" for an hour. This book gives you the "evidence" you want to get from a paranormal investigation show, and though it relies heavily on anecdote, it's framed in a very personable and compelling way that makes it much more interesting than any show I've seen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lavoie

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I would rate it 3.5 out of 5. The beginning is rough and put me off, but as the story progressed I enjoyed learning about the events at Bellaire house. I stopped at one point to watch the Paranormal Lockdown episode and was floored by how active the various spirit boxes were in capturing the name Ed. Prior to that, I though the author writing about such long, clear sessions with intelligent spirits wasn’t possible, as I’ve never seen it in all of the shows I have mixed feelings about this book. I would rate it 3.5 out of 5. The beginning is rough and put me off, but as the story progressed I enjoyed learning about the events at Bellaire house. I stopped at one point to watch the Paranormal Lockdown episode and was floored by how active the various spirit boxes were in capturing the name Ed. Prior to that, I though the author writing about such long, clear sessions with intelligent spirits wasn’t possible, as I’ve never seen it in all of the shows I’ve watched, but lo and behold it was incredibly clear and consistent communication. I do wish the book included images as documented proof along with the written testimony of the author. The would have added more credibility to the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathon

    I felt like I was listening to a commercial with the insufferable repetition of "If you happen to visit the Bellaire House, you might want to..." Less memoir, more brochure to drum up business, if you ask me. I felt like I was listening to a commercial with the insufferable repetition of "If you happen to visit the Bellaire House, you might want to..." Less memoir, more brochure to drum up business, if you ask me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shoba Isobel

    This felt like I was reading an essay. The portions regarding hauntings were interesting. 2.5⭐️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Sooooooo cheesy. A little spooky sometimes which is the reason I read it but, man. So cheesy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Davis

    It came off as trying too hard to be serious and failed miserably. It felt more silly. It seemed like a lot of the same remedies for warding or cleansing of bad spirits or energies was a salt bath.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Howard

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Travis Franklin

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