All that Lives(2002)
A Novel of the Bell Witch
A novel by Melissa Sanders-Self
In the tradition of Hawthornes short stories and the work of Shirley Jackson comes an extraordinary first novelbased on the legend of the Bell Witchabout a Southern family battling a murderous poltergeist and an even more haunting family secret.Robertson County, Tennessee, early 1800s. The respectable Bell family is quietly working its rural farm, when something utterly horrific suddenly unleashes a reign of terror upon them and their entire community. The haunting begins with knocking on the walls. Before long, disembodied voices are heard whispering in the night, and spectral creatures are seen floating in the field. Then, 13-year-old Betsy Bell is brutally assaulted, and her father, John Bell, is violently tortured by an unseen force. The desperate townspeople, frantic with fear, gather to cast the demon from their midst. But a far more insidious evil lurks in the Bell homemore damaging and disturbing than the Bell Witch could ever be.
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May 2002 : USA Hardback
May 2003 : USA Paperback