14. January 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: Angie, NonFiction, Paranormal · Tags:

A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House by Mark Spencer, 240 pages, read by Angie, on 01/13/2013

A Haunted Love StoryMark Spencer and his family live in the Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas. The Allen House is one of the most haunted houses in the United States. When the Spencers moved to Monticello they were fascinated by the Allen House, not because of the stories, but because of the house itself. It took years but they finally convinced the owner to sell it to them. Once they moved in they discovered that the ghost stories were real. The Allen House was inhabited by at least four Allen family members and several others who they are unable to identify. The Spencers allowed paranormal investigators into the house and were able to verify the existence of the ghosts. However, Mark Spencer also discovered a cache of letters belonging to Ladell Allen Bonner who killed herself in the master bedroom. These letters revealed the reasons behind her suicide.

I really enjoyed this book. Spencer does a great job in describing what happened to them in the house and what the paranormal investigators discovered. However, the real jewel is the cache of letters from Ladell. These were a true treasure and allowed Spencer to tell the tragic story of Ladell. It is a story of love and heartbreak and depression and suicide. I am glad the story didn’t rely on the few words the ghost hunters heard but on real background information about the family. Spencer did a fabulous job researching the Allen’s and the history of Allen House.


  1. Noel says:

    My parents, Bill and Bobby Painton, bought the Allen House from the original owners. It took years to convince the owners to sell the property. It did not take years for the woman who bought the house from my parents to sell it to the Spencers. There are a number of items in this book that I contest. For one, he mentions a heasdstone “found” in the carriage house. This stone was given to my mother from a (now deceased) professor at UAM named E.E. Stone. He was landscaping his yard and discovered it there. There was no grave connected to it, so he gave it to my mother thinking that she may want it in the garden at the Allen House. She did not, but also did not want to hurt his feelings, so she stored it in the garage.

    When Ladell Allen’s room was “unsealed”, which was simply a matter of unlocking the bedroom door, there was not a bottle of arsenic found on the shelf in the bedroom closet. There was, however, rat poison. I lived in this house with my parents for many years. We saw no doplegangers, no ghosts, heard no banging, no footsteps in the attic, etc. In fact, I spent quite a lot of time in the attic tower where I put up lots of posters of Duran Duran (this was the 80’s) and other bands that I liked, and listened to music. I also sunbathed on the widow’s peak. I had MANY friends there, and MANY parties in my parents absence. None of my friends ever mentioned hearing any weird sounds or seeing anything unusual.
    We heard that the Allen House was haunted just after my parents bought it. However, I never saw any evidence of haunting. It was a beautiful, large, creaky old house. It’s so hard to believe that the house would be haunted for the Spencer family, but was not haunted for my family, nor the family after mine from whom the Spencer’s purchased the house.