The Uninvited by Steven LaChance

Synopsis

In this true and terrifying firsthand account, Steven LaChance reveals how he and his three children were driven from their Union, Missouri, home by demonic attackers.

LaChance chronicles how the house’s relentless supernatural predators infest those around them. He consults paranormal investigators, psychics, and priests, but the demonic attacks―screams, growls, putrid odors, invisible shoves, bites, and other physical violations―only grow worse. The entities clearly demonstrate their wrath and power: killing family pets, sexually assaulting individuals, even causing two people to be institutionalized.

The demons’ next target is the current homeowner, Helen. When the entities take possession and urge Helen toward murder and madness, LaChance must engage in a hair-raising battle for her soul.

Evaluation

The Uninvited is by far the most horrifying novel you’ll ever read. The true story of the Union Screaming House survivors is not told lightly. The raw events of the haunting and demonic oppression expose how Satan mutilates our sanity and cripples us with fear, and the ending expresses just how powerful faith in the Lord truly is. Without all the smoke and lights or theatrics. Without an overwhelming amount of unnecessary detail. Without anything but the truth, this book WILL keep you up at night, and what Steven and Helen suffered will make you grateful you get to live your days without brushing against the border to Hell.

The Simple Truth

By far my favorite aspect of this book is the simplicity in which it’s told. Who knows how much of it was Laura Long-Helbig (the English instructor who helped write the book), but it adds so much value to the story. What happened to Steven and Helen needs no lavish introduction or chapters worth of backstory. Everything in this book is revealed in truth and modesty, and the chapters aren’t ever more than four pages long. I can vouch that this book scares you awake all night, and that it does so with sentences as simple as:

“From the street we heard someone humming, followed by the ‘tap, tap, tap’ of footsteps playing in the rain.” (page 133)

Doesn’t seem like much out of context, but read the book. You’ll feel the same chills race up your spine that I did when reading that.

Or what about this one: “Josh looked up as a shadow dropped to a lower branch as if to take a better look at us.” (page 89)

Read it again and tell me what you see. Because after reading about the demon they faced in this house, what I see is nothing short of nightmare fuel.

Rated S for the Spiritually Strong

Spiritual warfare is the most trying of all warfare a human can face because it tests more than your mind and body, it attacks your SOUL. Satan uses dread and doubt and deceit to wither you into submission, and most of the time victims aren’t even aware it’s happening or who they’re actually fighting in the first place. Demonic oppression is often chalked up to deep depression or mental illness and are never cured because the answer to oppression is faith.

So what you’ll read in this book are some of the most tragic and trying experiences a human being can endure. Dead babies, suicide, vivid imagery. It’s honestly not a story for the faint of heart. As LaChance says on page 225:

“You see, we all have a door. For most people this door is safely locked and never opened. For those whose doors do open, they will find that the doors can be closed but never again will they be securely locked. Yes, once unlocked, they may as well be swinging doors. This is the way it is for those of us who battle the dark side, who are engaged in spiritual warfare. And remember that’s exactly what it is: spiritual warfare.”

Don’t read it if you’re not ready to open that door. Because as soon as you open this book, you step into the Union Screaming House too.

Now some of you are reading this warning and are thrilled to get to read something so terrifying. Shame on you. You’ve clearly never seen the Devil in someone you love. You’ve never faced off with a raging demon come for your soul. You’ve never SEEN the dark side, never been raped in your sleep, never been scared of silence, or afraid to walk into a room without turning the light on first. You have no clue what it’s like to be tortured by the Devil. So don’t be excited to read the suffering of someone who has.

Rather you read this as fiction (not believing in demons, the Devil, or God) or as the truth in which it’s told, read with delicacy. This is the story of two people who glimpsed Hell and ran to the Cross and survived. Not everyone who faces the Devil is spiritually strong enough to live to talk about it.

Unforgettable Horrors

Once you leave this book, things are gonna stick to you. For me, as this is actually my second time reading this book, this line has always been what stays with me: “As I drove away, I didn’t notice that the lights in the house were coming on, one by one.” (page 39) I’m not entirely sure why it’s that line out of everything that happens that I think of first, but it is. It’s such great foreshadowing of what’s to come and isn’t just a scare tactic thrown in. It’s part of the paranormal experiences that stir up the demon that lays claim to the Union Screaming House.

A great journey to spiritual salvation, but definitely not a story for the lighthearted. A flawlessly-written horror novel with unspeakable acts of violence and unbelievable living nightmares.

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