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review 2017-10-30 17:12
BURNT OFFERINGS Review
Burnt Offerings (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Robert Marasco,Stephen Graham Jones

What scares me most, as a horror reader, is not gore or on-screen frights; what gets under my skin is the unseen. The imagination is a helluva thing, and mine is good at creating terrors worse than what is usually on the page. Perhaps this is why horror from the 1960s and 1970s is my favorite: it isn’t gratuitous or in your face with blood and screams . . . instead, it relies on the reader using his or her own imagination to fill in the blanks.

Burnt Offerings is one such novel.

 

This is quiet horror at its finest. The Rolfes — Ben, Marian, and son David, as well as Ben’s aunt Elizabeth — rent a “unique” summer home for two months at a steal. The estate is two hundred acres of water-front property. The mansion has tons of rooms, endless hallways, a pool, the finest furniture and dishes. It is a marvelous place, especially compared to the Rolfes’ cramped Queens apartment. But, of course, some things are too good to be true . . .

 

A rather unrelenting descent into obsession and insanity, this novel is a force to be reckoned with and should get more recognition. It seems to be largely forgotten these days. An obvious inspiration for stories like The Shining, this is an unnerving tale I won’t soon forget.

 

Read for ‘Gothic’ in Halloween Bingo.

 

 

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text 2017-10-30 02:55
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 277 pages.
Burnt Offerings (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Robert Marasco,Stephen Graham Jones

Not yet sure which square to use this one for as I already have my ‘Classic Horror’ planned. ‘Gothic’ maybe? 

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url 2017-10-27 16:04
Audible Daily Deal for October 27th, 2017 - Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco for $2.95
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals.

 

But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house. As the suspense builds toward a revelation of what really lies behind that locked door, the Rolfes will discover that their cheap vacation rental comes at a terrible cost....

 

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review 2017-10-27 05:54
(Audiobook) Burnt Offerings
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

I happened upon this nearly a year ago while browsing through books narrated by R.C. Bray at audible. He's one of my favorite narrators, and I wanted to listen to more of his work. I thought the synopsis sounded interesting, so I used a precious, precious credit and purchased it.

 

Flash forward to October 2017, and me needing to find some books to help me finish out my BL Halloween Bingo categories. I wanted another audiobook, and I suddenly remembered this one.

 

What an excellent decision that turn out to be. This book was scary. It had a sort of slow burn feel to it, and the tension and the horror just kept ratcheting up until it's almost suffocating.

 

For me, the most horrific scenes were those that happened in or around the pool...and that chauffeur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-27 05:22
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Robert Marasco,R.C. Bray

Duuuuuuuuude...

 

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