This book really scared the pants off me when I first read it. Whether or not you really believe the events described in the book really happened (I don't) is irrelevant. This is a scary book whether you read it as journalism or fiction. The tone, the pacing, the descriptions of the supernatural events are all top notch. Granted, I was only 12 years old or so when I first read this book, but I was also raised on a steady diet of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and was a huge horror movie buff at the time. Horror fiction was nothing new for me. For some reason, ghost stories have always had a stronger effect on me than stories about hulking monsters or psychopaths with machetes killing teenagers, and this one delivered in spades for me.