Christopher Di Cesare,the author of “Surviving Evidence,writes a compelling and at the same time frightening account of a hunting he barely made it through.Reading this story,as compelling and factual as it is written, is what it takes to make a true account of a scary haunting.
There are a few great stories out there,that are worth reading,this book is most definitely one worth the read! Knowing the author,the sincerity in that it is written makes this book even more a fascinating and enjoyable read.
DiCesare’s view of life was forever changed by a series of horrifying events in and around his dorm room: C2D1 of Erie Hall. From early February through late April of 1985, he and his college friends would endure what is now called The C2D1 Haunting.
Apparitions sighted, strange voices heard, moving objects witnessed and physical attacks all became part of the ordeal shared by Chris – who quickly became the focal point of the haunting. After years of avoiding the spotlight, in 2009 DiCesare – convinced by the level of respect and authenticity provided by the Please, talk with me film project – finally agreed to share his story.
The film recreates the 1985 events surrounding the photograph that has become known across the internet as the ‘C2D1 ghost’. Featured on the SyFy channel’s show School Spirits.
Following a 2011 college speaking tour, Chris was featured on the SyFy channel’s show “School Spirits”. The episode titled ‘Dorm Room Nightmare’ first aired on June 27th, 2012 and gained national attention.
“Please, talk with me …” premiered at SCARE-A-CUSE in September, 2012 along with a companion book by the Rev. Tim Shaw (foreword by John Zaffis, the Haunted Collector). The movie has since gone on to win multiple awards including Best Feature (Spirit Quest Film Fest) and Best Director (Wilson Horror Film Fest).
Chris is An accomplished lecturer who recently appeared on Coast to Coast AM, Di Cesare has released his memoir, Surviving Evidence, (Dark Moon Press) which became an Amazon best seller, and offers a compelling first-hand accounting of the infamous extreme haunting from the person who found himself at its center … and survived it.
Some of the reviews of “Surviving Evidence” includes.
‘Surviving Evidence’ is an astoundingly good book. Essential, even, especially for anyone who wants a captivating and nearly poetic description of a real-life malevolent haunting. The Author, Chris DiCesare, was the victim of a haunting back in 1985 whilst in college near Buffalo, NY that nearly defined his life, and came close to ruining it. He was a track star, and far removed from the idea of ‘ghosts’, though this was of no matter to whatever was indeed terrorizing and haunting him, years and years before talking about ghosts became somewhat of a cool thing. This was such a daunting experience for him that one of the only witnesses to it left school and to this day refuses to speak of it, and the only other witness documented the experience for them both. Yet the way the Author Chris DiCesare speaks of the experiences for this book is so emotionally descriptive and raw you feel your heart beating as though it is his, his experience is such a first-hand account you feel you are in that room, living his life, and it touches you deeply and profoundly. Such wonderful writing, the words woven together with finesse and eloquence it feels like a Shakespeare novel you can understand and full identify with, regardless of if you’ve ever confronted ‘ghosts’ or not. Best of all is what he takes away from the experience, with a sense of forgiveness that exemplifies character, grace and humility. This isn’t just a ‘ghost story’, it is the epitome of the human experience, written with such elegance it could be a textbook for science, psychology, paranormal studies or honors English…though it reads not like a ‘textbook’, it reads like a slice of life. Easily one of the finest books ever written about such experience, definitely worth reading at least once. If you feel you have not been impressed by a book in a while, or really want to know what being an unwitting or unwilling participant in a real-life horror feels like, there is no better description of that or no more impressive book than “Surviving Evidence” by Chris DiCesare.
“Surviving Evidence: Memoir of an Extreme Haunting” is categorically exquisite and among the absolute best books, not just of the paranormal genre … but among the best books of all time. It sounds too good to be true, but here is the thing … when you read J. R. R. Tolkien (for awesome example), he takes you there in the brilliance of innocence and with the weight of terrible reality. Yet, that reality is a symbolic one — one that I so much appreciate, by the way. And, some paranormal books written about true events have the grit of realism, but they often feel overtly documentary; and while that can be a strength, I would like to have the Truth *and* the Poetry. “Surviving Evidence: Memoir of an Extreme Haunting” provides that and so much more. The prose of this text is beautiful, honest and cascading like waves on the nighttime ocean. There are waves that reflect the surface, and then there are waves that are at first hidden in ominous, unknowable depths (where we fear monsters be) that later rise up with the sands from below — revealing thought-provoking meaning, connection and emotion. The genuineness of this book grips you nearly every moment. There is a continual awareness that you are with this poor young man, trying to find a way to survive the tumult that rocks the paradigm he’s built over his then entire lifetime. This is, by the bye, beautifully adorned with a gorgeous and crushingly foreboding (yet lovingly optimistic) foreword by Mr. Di Cesare’s 1985 dorm-mate and friend, J. Jeff Ungar. Ungar bore witness to what Di Cesare underwent, which is largely the topic of this book: the C2D1 Haunting … perhaps the most documented haunting ever … a series of occurrences that would be with him always and change the course of how he’d relate to the world and label him: ‘Ghost Boy of Geneseo.’ Nevertheless, the memoir will likely leave most readers feeling great hope. That hope – and perhaps this goes without saying — is a testament to how he dealt with such trauma: with strength, kindness and empathy. This book is nothing short of a gift to read for this reader, and I believe countless others as time goes by. Tolkien will likely always be my favorite writer, but it is beyond wonderful to add Mr. Chris Di Cesare to such a rare and magnificent fellowship of favorites. Bravo!
This memoir is a captivating and engrossing account of the C2D1 Haunting. There are momentous events described, from the scary and the painful to the healing and the spiritual. There are also personal details woven throughout which bring us closer to the author: family life, college hi-jinks, athletic endeavors, and the inner perspectives of Chris Di Cesare from his youth through his nineteenth year — the year of the haunting. In this account the reader will encounter the authentic reactions of a community of college-age friends who suffer a series of mysterious and increasingly traumatizing events. How would I have reacted in that surreal time and place? Would I have mustered the courage and strength of character to persevere when my world was collapsing? Ultimately, I find myself truly moved by this book and inspired by the actions of those who survived this ordeal, and I hope that you will be inspired, too.
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