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An account of the haunting of a home describes how Ben and Jean Williams experienced bizarre events--strange markings carved on a tree's trunk, ants, snakes, haywire appliances, and mysterious illnesses--in their new house in Texas. Reprint.


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An account of the haunting of a home describes how Ben and Jean Williams experienced bizarre events--strange markings carved on a tree's trunk, ants, snakes, haywire appliances, and mysterious illnesses--in their new house in Texas. Reprint.

30 review for The Black Hope Horror: The True Story of a Haunting

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I read this book at least ten years ago, but there must have been something amazing about it, because I have never gotten it off my mind... I plan to reread it soon...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Parkest

    One of the best true haunting books I have ever read...think Poltergeist, but real. The people who wrote this book are very believable. You sympathize with them and really feel their pain. The edition I have also has newspaper clippings and street maps. This is definitely a book I can sit and read in a weekend and will read again and again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tad

    I actually live in the neighborhood where this happened. I visited the house once and it didn't seem like anything unusual happened

  4. 4 out of 5

    Twisted sister paranormal Lady Book Voodoo

    ~ Lady Book Voodoo Review ~ Normally I wouldnt give anyone a bad review . So this time is no different. I am just going to tell you that if you pick this up to read and your in a bookstore? Maybe you should think about looking at your local library. It would benifit you better. Very slow . .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marie Botkin

    This was the scariest book I've ever read. It left me with a creepy, disturbed feeling for days. The writing could have been better, and it dragged in spots, but the chills were worth the effort of sticking with it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Read this in high school; it was a pretty creepy story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rena

    So creepy, especially since it is based on a true story. It was even on the show Unsolved Mysteries (paranormal collection), I loved it, but felt sorry for the family.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cherlynn Womack

    What a nightmare to find out the homes in your neighborhood, including your own were built over a cemetery. That is what happened to the residents of Newport, a suburb in Texas. Their subdivision was built over a slave cemetery-Black Hope, the headstones razed over, to be forgotten & disrespected. Ben & Jean Williams, had the first house built in the subdivision. It was to be their retirement home. They were puzzled over the rectangular sink holes in the yard & in their neighborhood. However, st What a nightmare to find out the homes in your neighborhood, including your own were built over a cemetery. That is what happened to the residents of Newport, a suburb in Texas. Their subdivision was built over a slave cemetery-Black Hope, the headstones razed over, to be forgotten & disrespected. Ben & Jean Williams, had the first house built in the subdivision. It was to be their retirement home. They were puzzled over the rectangular sink holes in the yard & in their neighborhood. However, strange things started happening. They would see shape shadow figures, their toilets started flushing on their own, the animals (pets & outside animals) started behaving strangely & started killing each other, 5 members of their family who had been to their house got cancer all around the same time, there was sickness, unexplained ants, a wood pecker that kept pecking at the window, birds that attacked, etc., & the final straw was when the William's daughter died. Their neighbors were having problems too. The Haney's were warned not to build a swimming pool in the back yard by a man claiming they were people buried back there. Out of curiosity, they had a backhoe dig & they found the graves. Section 8 of this neighborhood was cursed. After research & conversations with a man that use to be the grave digger, it was confirmed that there was Black Hope Cemetery beneath their homes. This book was frightening & very sad that the company Parcell who built this neighborhood could have cared less about those buried & at rest. Desecrating graves comes with a great price as evil was awakened in Crosby, Texas.

  9. 5 out of 5

    { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

    ***One of my favorite books of 2019*** ***October Reads 2019 #3*** I first heard about The Black Hope Cemetery on Unsolved Mysteries: Black Hope Cemetery There is also a movie about it starring Patty Duke: Grave Secrets Whether any of it is true or not, it is a fascinating story. It is an extremely creepy book. I'm not ashamed to admit that it left me feeling spooked. My only drawback from this book is I would have enjoyed seeing more pictures. Re-watches are in order for me! 👻👻👻 ***One of my favorite books of 2019*** ***October Reads 2019 #3*** I first heard about The Black Hope Cemetery on Unsolved Mysteries: Black Hope Cemetery There is also a movie about it starring Patty Duke: Grave Secrets Whether any of it is true or not, it is a fascinating story. It is an extremely creepy book. I'm not ashamed to admit that it left me feeling spooked. My only drawback from this book is I would have enjoyed seeing more pictures. Re-watches are in order for me! 👻👻👻

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    a couple unknowingly move into a house that has been built over an old african american cemetary, right away strange things appen and it turns out that five homes in their subdivision were built over the cemetary, and it isn,t until things take a tragic turn for the worse that they learn the truth, and the aftermath, and what happens afterwards. it is a good book

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I want to look into Glenn's eye! (No, I don't.) I've never read one of these "true haunting" books before. It was kinda fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Really horrifying story and heartwrenching too

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn

    While I'm very skeptical that this is actually a true story, it is a very creepy book. If those things were actually happening, there is no way I would have stuck around for six years, even if someone paid me. I would have counted my losses and left. There are tons of extremely terrifying things going on in and around the house. This is a fast-paced read with fairly short chapters. I would recommend this to anyone who likes haunted houses and books like The Amityville Horror.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Reuxbot

    I love a haunted house story that actually features a haunted house. I am not convinced this is a true story, some of the facts in the book contradict other stories on this case. It could have been written better, but it is a fun read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryann

    Best to read this for the horror. A little far fetched to be non fiction.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I read this book several years back. This was a good book. I won't say anything else because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone. I recommend this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I sought this book out because I'd seen an old episode of Unsolved Mysteries which mentioned the case. It's actually out of print, so it took me some time to find it. Apparently there is also a movie based on the book, but I've yet to locate a copy. The book is supposed to be a recounting of the events that surrounded Ben and Jean Williams, who bought a house in a subdivision of Newport, Texas in the early 1980s. The story on Unsolved Mysteries did include the Williams couple, but mostly covered I sought this book out because I'd seen an old episode of Unsolved Mysteries which mentioned the case. It's actually out of print, so it took me some time to find it. Apparently there is also a movie based on the book, but I've yet to locate a copy. The book is supposed to be a recounting of the events that surrounded Ben and Jean Williams, who bought a house in a subdivision of Newport, Texas in the early 1980s. The story on Unsolved Mysteries did include the Williams couple, but mostly covered bodies found in the yard of their neighbours, the Haneys. As these stories tend to go, after moving into their newly built house the Williams started experiencing strange things. Toilets flushing by themselves, footsteps, cold spots, strange dreams, shadowy figures, and a garage door that would open and close by itself. Then over time, six members of their extended family were diagnosed with cancer, of which I believe three succumbed to it, another died later of something else. The Williams felt that the cancer and misfortunes were somehow connected to the house. They had heard rumours that the houses in the subdivision had been built over a cemetery, and eventually found this to be fact. According to their sources, the land had originally been part of an estate which at some point in the past had been owned by the McKinneys, who ran a farm worked by slaves. Later generations of those slaves had become share-croppers and worked the same land. At some point the McKinneys had allowed the slaves to use a parcel of land to bury their dead, which over time became a sort of pauper's burial ground for local blacks, they named it Black Hope. Burials carried on there until some point in 1939. A company named Purcell bought the land from one of the McKinneys and built a subdivision, claiming it had no knowledge of the cemetery, despite evidence to the contrary. At some point while digging a pool the Haneys unearthed the remains of a couple who were later identified as Betty and Charlie Thomas. Eventually the Williams came to learn that they weren't the only ones in the street having trouble with the paranormal, but they were the second to last to leave. According to the book, all of the eight houses were eventually abandoned and foreclosed upon. As far as whether or not this book is the complete truth, who knows. I did notice some inconsistencies between the interviews people gave on Unsolved Mysteries and the events as they were put forth in the book. Furthermore, newspaper clippings featured in the book tend to indicate that some neighbours didn't have trouble at all which contradicts the claim that everyone in the street left. My feeling on these sorts of things tends to be that something happened, and in the aftermath, people being unreliable witnesses at the best of times, let alone under stress, expand on or mistake events, and even attribute potentially explainable events to the supernatural because they either don't understand the cause or they are just so beaten down by what is going on that they have a tenuous grasp of reality outside of their situation. I do believe that something happened to these people, what exactly will remain a mystery. As to the validity of the book as a whole, I'm a touch dubious due to the time frame, and unless they wrote down things as they happened I doubt their memories would be accurate over about 5 years, no matter how remarkable the events were. The book itself was entertaining enough, but written in such a straightforward way that at times it dragged a little. The subject matter carried the lacklustre writing however. Over all it's an interesting story no matter how you slice it, so I'm sure anyone interested in ghost stories based on someone eles reality would get something out of it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book took me a while to get through. It just wasn't riveting to me. That being said, there were some genuinely creepy moments. Ben and Jean Williams built what they thought was their dream home on a street called Poppet's Way. It wasn't long after moving in, however, that weird things started to happen. Plants died. Freak storms. Moving shadows. Toilets flushed by themselves. The garage door opened by itself. But then the really weird (and tragic) things started to happen. Several relatives w This book took me a while to get through. It just wasn't riveting to me. That being said, there were some genuinely creepy moments. Ben and Jean Williams built what they thought was their dream home on a street called Poppet's Way. It wasn't long after moving in, however, that weird things started to happen. Plants died. Freak storms. Moving shadows. Toilets flushed by themselves. The garage door opened by itself. But then the really weird (and tragic) things started to happen. Several relatives were diagnosed with cancer and then started dying. One of the Williamses' daughter went insane. Previously happy marriages ended in divorce. Pets dropped dead left and right. When one of the neighbors tried to install a swimming pool, he discovered bodies buried in his yard. Guess what? It turned out, the subdivision had been built over the Black Hope Cemetery. And someone (or something) was really pissed about it. The Williamses held on for six years, battling what they finally came to believe was the Devil himself. They couldn't just abandon the house like so many of their neighbors had; they couldn't afford it. But when their daughter Tina died of a massive heart attack while inside the house, that was the last straw. They picked up and moved to Montana and never looked back. Like I said, this book was okay. A decent story, but not un-put-down-able. Footsteps, cracks in the walls, cold spots, snakes, black ant infestations...creepy, yes. But not creepy enough to hold my attention for more than a few minutes at a time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I want to start by saying that I am a believer in the existence of ghosts. This book was so painful and bad. The "proof" of the haunting is laughable... perhaps it was not at the time for those who lived through it. However, when no alternative explanation is ever investigated, and the claims of "the evil in this house is making relatives who don't live in the house sick" go WAY beyond the threshold of belief for yours truly. I suppose it'd be a good read if you don't apply critical thought... b I want to start by saying that I am a believer in the existence of ghosts. This book was so painful and bad. The "proof" of the haunting is laughable... perhaps it was not at the time for those who lived through it. However, when no alternative explanation is ever investigated, and the claims of "the evil in this house is making relatives who don't live in the house sick" go WAY beyond the threshold of belief for yours truly. I suppose it'd be a good read if you don't apply critical thought... but as someone who wants to read about actual hauntings, I not only refuse to turn off my brain for the sake of entertainment - but I certainly don't like that this type of "evidence" and "true story" is what people will think that *I* believe. Real rating: 0 stars and I want that time of my life back.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cat.

    Set in the Houston area. Pretty creepy; I can't imagine, if all this was going on, why they kept living at their house. It's pretty hard to believe, but fun to read (and they did have a hard couple of years, even assuming they didn't live in a haunted house).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Newby

    Not finished yet. It's an interesting story of a true haunted house, however the writing is a little juvenille and apparently everyone that lives in this neighborhood is really really good looking (biased perhaps?). But a good Halloween read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    SouthWestZippy

    Great true ghost story. Highly recommend this book if you are into ghost stories.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    you have to decide for yourself if life after death is possible

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    As is the case with most of these kinds of books, it's a great story, but to be taken with a grain of salt. Definitely one of the more original ghost/demon stories being touted as fact out there.

  25. 4 out of 5

    theghostwriter

    This creepy account is about a new development build over a cemetary. Pretty God-heavy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Whitney

    a FAVORITE

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angela ♥ Mrs. Hollywood ♥

    Creepy Story. I just wish it was written better. It was hard to follow, kind of all over the place.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Navarra

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Clark

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve

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