All That Lives: A Novel of the Bell Witch

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Grand Central Publishing, Jun 27, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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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 home -- more damaging and disturbing than the Bell Witch could ever be.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Unchallenging, aimless historical absorbed by day-to-day drudgery, despite the poltergeist.Based on accounts of the Bell Witch (a well-documented phenomenon visited upon an 1820s Tennessee family ... Read full review

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User Review  - Duranfan - LibraryThing

Started off great. Kept me very intrigued, not only with the ghost but with the inner turmoil of the family. As the book progressed, tho, I was bothered by the developing human-ness of the spirit. It became more pet than threat. Strange... Read full review


how it began
something unnatural
the word is spread
the constant passing of all things
the mysterious spirit speaks
the spirit disturbed
witch creatures
my brothers depart
the accusation of kate
if god is with you
the rattling thistles
mothers illness
the gifts of the spirit
the unknown thrill

the spirits treasure
the strangers on our land head lice and the summer storm
the life of all that lives

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Sanders-Self is a noted filmmaker and writer.

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