Feel free to skip Demon Street, USA

I received a review copy of Demon Street, USA: The True Story of a Very Haunted House by David Roundtree and Robbie Lunt from New Page Books back around Hallowe’en. I meant to get to it then, but the witching season’s a busy time for me and it just didn’t happen. After spending the past few days with it, I’m kind of glad I didn’t. Compared to the books I did spend time with in October, it falls well short.

The story seemed promising enough: a “true account” of a summoning gone wrong, unleashing demonic forces on the unsuspecting. Trouble is, the authors just don’t come off as believable and they lay it on thick. For self-proclaimed paranormal experts, their investigative techniques leave much to be desired.

And if you’re going to write a book relating events that are thirty years old, you might not want to be so dialogue heavy, especially when everyone seems to be speaking with the same voice. Amateur move. It’s a light book to begin with, at roughly two hundred pages, and feels padded.

I wouldn’t recommend it. New Page Books has far better offerings than this, such as The World’s Most Haunted House: The True Story of The Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street by William J. Hall, a book I tapped for Best Paranormal Release of 2014.

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