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True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:08 pm
by sherbetbizarre
Anyone read this book?
A REAL GHOST STORY! THIS WILL HAUNT YOU!
This is the story of a true haunting. It was the first ever filmed and televised by NBC in 1971. A young couple purchases a building that was built and occupied by a single family that refused to relinquish their hold, even after death. Investigated and verified by experts, this residence brought chaos to the lives of those who chose to reside there. Unlike a horror novel, this chronicles what a real ghostly experience would resemble. Long before the laws of disclosure, a young couple winds up in the midst of strange occurrences prior to the term 'paranormal' becoming a common description. Searching for help at time when supernatural events were a taboo subject and being ignored by the Church, sent them into a desperate search for any assistance. Only a little known organization came to their aid. Author Tom Valentine, brought in a nationally known psychic, Joseph DeLouise, who then asked assistance of an exorcist from England, Reverend William Derl-Davis. Together, they gave their best effort at exorcising the multiple spirits inhabiting the building and disrupting the lives of the living. Events were filmed by NBC, who sent their most prominent Chicago journalist, Carole Simpson, to cover the event. Follow a young couple with a newborn as they attempt to cope with inexplicable events, experience denial, plead for help from their Church, and step into the world of the paranormal. Understand why ghosts cannot be exorcised and a true example of their strong sense of domain, even after death. Learn what experts and gifted people did in a failed attempt to assist this desperate couple. There is no happy ending, as the young couple suffers emotionally, are physically threatened, have their pets terrorized, and eventually suffer financially by actually "giving" their building away. What was intended as a financial answer to their prayers became, instead, a curse to be abolished. Learn many of the various manifestations that can be common in haunting. Ghosts can be seen and heard. They can propel objects and interrupt utilities. They can affect your moods and feed off of your emotions. They can appear as solid as you and me. They can react and become hostile if threatened or violated. Most important, as this young couple learned, they can harm you and cannot be removed. This is a firsthand accounting of what a true haunting is like. There are certain subtle occurrences you may find the most frightening, because you just might relate and recognize them. If so, guess what? You may have a ghost!
http://www.amazon.com/True-Haunting-Edw ... e+haunting

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:00 pm
by sherbetbizarre

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:38 pm
by Bango Skank
I thought about picking this up a few months ago, but then I looked at the reviews on Amazon. The author has a handful of minions who attack anyone who gives the book a negative review. Even 3 star reviews are called into question. This kind of unprofessional behavior is unfortunately becoming more and more common because so many people are able to easily self publish and yet their fragile egos can't take any criticism. I decided to give the book a pass because I don't want to see writers like this rewarded for their unprofessional behavior.

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:05 am
by sherbetbizarre
Good call. Maybe he should sue someone.

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:51 am
by Bango Skank
his book is actually one of the more tame examples. I occasionally post on the Amazon boards and there are quite a few self published authors who throw around threats of lawsuits, claim people who leave bad reviews are cyber bullies, and/or say they're going to get the authorities involved. Edwin Becker hasn't done any of that, but there is a real attitude of entitlement amongst the a lot of the self published crowd and they're very quick to make excuses for their substandard work while at the same time insulting traditionally published authors and their potential base of readers. It's sad really, but since the whole self publishing and ebook trend is in it's infancy, eventually things are going to even out, but right now it's a mess at least from the consumers' standpoint.

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:53 am
by sherbetbizarre
Unbelievable. Any examples of actual lawsuits, or is Katzenbach aiming to become the first person stupid enough to sue over bad reviews?

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:41 am
by Bango Skank
no lawsuits that I've heard of, but plenty of threats of lawsuits, as well as a lot of "I've alerted the authorities and they're tracing the IP of the offending reviewers" type of threats. Actually, Katzenbach, and before him Osuna are perfect examples of what I've been describing, only now it's in in the brave new world of ebook self publishing. I'm not totally up to speed on the whole Katzenbach saga, but I was around for the majority of the whole Osuna mess from before, during and after he self published his book and while a lot of the ebook self publishers aren't at the extreme levels Osuna was and Katzenbach seems to be, there are a lot of parallels. It seems to come down to people putting out a commercial product, then not being able to take the criticism that comes with it. These people are asking for our money, and more importantly, our time, then can't take it when people don't like the product, even though it's often poorly put together, inaccurate, and when compared to their counterparts with major backing behind them, amateur. Though I will say Katzenbauch seems to be in a class all by himself, his overall self entitled attitude is not uncommon when it comes to "the little guy" so to speak wanting to compete with the big boys. For ebook self publishers, they all want to be the next Stephen King, Katzenbach seems to want to become the next Ken Burns, but none of them seem willing to go through what King or Burns went through to perfect their craft first.

Edwin Becker may or may not be behind the attacks of the negative reviews of his book, maybe he just has a few rabid fans out there who want to defend him, but even if that is the case, it's still a major turn off to the casual reader. The more I think about it, the more I recall Osuna and his antics before and after his book was published and how in the end, his behavior and attitude was so unprofessional and immature that at the end of the day, I wanted nothing to do with his book, or anything he said. There are plenty of great books to read, and plenty of great documentaries out there, especially in this day and age so it's really easy for me to pass over anything that reeks of unprofessionalism, and books like Becker's, or docs like Katzenbachs definitely fall into that category.

Editors, whether we're talking about books or film exist for a reason and they're usually the first things that the 'do it yourselfers' decide they don't need and a lot of them get really defensive when they're criticized for not using one, but hey, welcome to the real world, if you can't stand the heat, don't put your product out there for consumption and expect people to spend money on it

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:48 am
by Bango Skank
one more thing a lot of self published authors are guilty of is reviewing their own books under a fake name and getting family and/or friends to review it as well to boost their ratings. Right after I made the above post, I decided to check out Shattered Hopes' reviews on Amazon and it looks like Katzenbach is probably guilty of pulling the same kind of stunts. There are also a number of comments on negative reviews though I don't know if they're actually is or not, but from the looks of things he's using the exact same tactics that desperate self published authors use, the upside is that it's been going on for a couple years now and Amazon customers are getting savy to it. I bought a Kindle about 2 1/2 years ago and it only took me about a month to catch on to all the fake reviews out there. Once you see how the game is played, it's easy to ignore all the BS

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:12 am
by sherbetbizarre
Bango Skank wrote:I'm not totally up to speed on the whole Katzenbach saga, but I was around for the majority of the whole Osuna mess from before, during and after he self published his book and while a lot of the ebook self publishers aren't at the extreme levels Osuna was and Katzenbach seems to be, there are a lot of parallels.
Ah, of course, this is Lebowski! Welcome back again!

Very interesting - and sad - to hear how widespread this is. Also sad is that everyone who replied to Ryan's lawsuit thread all said "good luck", and not "why are you not letting your films do the talking?"

True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:31 am
by littlemissfitz
Wow!

Downloaded this book onto my kindle from Amazon and couldnt put it down until it was finished.

This is about a haunting of 2 families in a multi family duplex on North Campbell Avenue, Chicago in 1970 - before the AI etc. The family managed to stay for just under a year before finally 'giving away' the house in desperation for fear for their mental state and marriages.

I tried linking to the page on Amazon but its showing my order details for my kindle so I didnt want to do that 8-) but google will be your friend here

Ed also has his own website with pictures etc.

I tried to find the house and there are pictures of it up to date as it was recently for sale (house number 2453) - check out the crucifix over the bed.

All in all an interesting read - quite comparable in places to the experiences of the Lutz's - especially the mental torture..

Enjoy! x

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:33 am
by littlemissfitz
Drat - so sorry - just saw the other thread....remove this one if you like :oops:

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:36 am
by sherbetbizarre
I've merged the threads.

Good to hear the book is worth a read!

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:39 am
by Miz Kizzle
True Haunting isn't a bad read. Parts of it are pretty scary. I got a kick out of the 1970 details like housing prices (a duplex for $18,000, for example. Yeah, it was mad haunted by five ghosts, but even so the price seems ridiculously low to us now) and by how the author worked in a strange new field involving something called computers.
The problem with the book is the editing. As in there wasn't any. Becker is a good storyteller so it didn't matter tremendously as far as the narrative went but I was irked by the way all the characters' names were in italics. It looked really odd, as in: I told Myra to get back inside. She kept yelling. "Just do it, Myra," I shouted.
See? Annoying, isn't it?
There was some other careless stuff, including the way every time church was mentioned in any context it became Church. That should be reserved for names of specific churches or, for instance, when referring to the Church as an institution, i.e. the Catholic Church.
Yes, it sounds picky but good editing should make the content of a book flow seamlessly instead of effectively bumping readers along a road riddled with linguistic potholes.
Self-publishing authors take note! Don't try and save money by getting your nephew who's taking English composition in his freshman year in college to edit your book. You will probably live to regret it.

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:15 pm
by MerchBoi
Has anyone researched the place? Any reports since?

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:12 am
by Brendan72
Miz Kizzle wrote:Self-publishing authors take note! Don't try and save money by getting your nephew who's taking English composition in his freshman year in college to edit your book. You will probably live to regret it.
In all fairness to Mr Becker, it should be noted we have seen examples of self-published novels that should never have seen the light of day. I don't need to name said examples but needless to say the book to which this thread refers does not fit that category. Unfortunately whenever we hear the words "self-published", and thanks to a few bad apples, we can prejudge them without giving them the benefit of the doubt. I think it's the "once bitten twice shy" scenario, or the "shame me once" gambit.

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:37 am
by Miz Kizzle
Edwin Becker's webpage has an ad for Custom Heirloom Rosaries that Marsha Becker (Ed's wife?) is selling on eBay. The rosaries are described as "The Ultimate Protection." I found that phrase amusing. It reminded me of ads for home security systems or, you know, other kinds of protection.
I wonder, do rosaries repel Jewish ghosts?

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:39 am
by t00nCiNaToR
House is up for sale again... $350.000... what a steal if it comes with free Ghosts!!

http://tours.vht.com/Viewer/PhotoGaller ... &Style=BWI

Not a bad looking place, not the greatest of views out of any windows except the front and back but hey... what are ya gonna do?

If for 350k you own the whole place and collect rent from the 2 upstairs apt.'s it's not that bad of a deal, live rent free!

Then if you live downstairs whenever someone comes in the front door you can shake your fist and yell obsenities at them!! You Sons of Biatches!

I will be reading this book.

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:46 am
by t00nCiNaToR
After ordering the book from Ebay for 10.00 I emailed Edwin Becker and we chatted, I paid for a soft cover but as it turns out he is sending me a Hard Cover 1st edition Signed copy (By both he and his wife) and some other "extras" as he put it, he seems very genuine and very pleasant to talk too, I cannot wait to discuss the book further with him.

I wonder if George ever read stories or watched this case unfold on the news? Both cases have parallels for sure... after reading the teaser on Amazon I had to order it... I like his style of writing, very descriptive without feeling like a documentary... Review to come...

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:23 pm
by Howard64
Just got this for my Kindle. I will post a review when I have
finished the book:)

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:41 pm
by sherbetbizarre
t00nCiNaToR wrote:After ordering the book from Ebay for 10.00 I emailed Edwin Becker and we chatted, I paid for a soft cover but as it turns out he is sending me a Hard Cover 1st edition Signed copy (By both he and his wife) and some other "extras" as he put it, he seems very genuine and very pleasant to talk too, I cannot wait to discuss the book further with him.
Excellent!

Re: True Haunting - Edwin F. Becker

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:06 pm
by Howard64
i downloaded this to my kindle, cost me 2.91 (odd price but oh well) Going
to start reading it tonight.