Back at the beginning of this year, I found a copy of The Amityville Horror at our local library. Like most people, I knew the story of what supposedly happened at the house in Amityville, New York named High Hopes. I knew of it from various paranormal shows and the wide variety of movies that came out on the subject. From those movies and shows, I thought I knew a lot about the hauntings but the book really opened my eyes to some of the things left out of those programs.
When I decided on this theme for this week I did it for two reasons. The first reason was because I love researching the true stories behind "based on a true story" movies and books. I like seeing how many facts actually made it in the book or the script and how much is just Hollywood fluff that is written just to get you to spend some money. The second reason is because I wanted to have an excuse to finally watch the movie that I am writing about in this post. I have never seen The Exorcist.
When Jeremy and I first moved to Champaign, one of the wives from the recruiting shop took us out to show us Champaign and to do some shopping. One of the shops we checked out was Jane Addams Used Book Store. While we were there, Jeremy found an interesting book called The Illinois Road Guide To Haunted Locations. Being new to Illinois it seemed like a practical purchase for a set of paranormal investigators.
Back in November, I wrote about NaNoWriMo (National Noval Writing Month) and how I wanted to start writing a book. While the Balls kept me from reaching my writing goal, I did get pretty far into start writing my book. Since finishing with the Balls I have continued writing. I still have a long way to go with my book but so far I am liking the direction it is going.
A while back I was looking on Amazon for a book that I had read a while ago called House Of Leaves. While reading the reviews for other books recommended I came across a new book called Penpal. Some of the reviewers said that it was one of the creepiest books they have ever read. I had to get it.
Since I bought a Kindle tablet to use at the Balls, I figured I better use it for reading as well. The first book I downloaded on it was In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green. It seemed like an interesting book and the reviews were decent on Goodreads. Plus it was cheap. At a $1.99, what did I have to lose to with purchasing it?