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review 2016-10-29 21:27
The Shunned House...
The Shunned House - H.P. Lovecraft

The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft is a novella about an actual house in Providence, Rhode Island but Lovecraft's inspiration to write the story came from another house in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The story is about a doctor and his nephew. They've been fascinated with this house because so many strange things have occurred there over the years and so many people have died or became sick after staying there. In hopes of getting to the root of the evil, they both stay overnight in the house with dire consequences...

 

So this story was ok. It took me a little while to get into it and use to the old style of writing. I appreciated the scientific vibe of the haunting and story the most. It made me question for a second whether this strange house and all of its happenings really existed. The ending was also pretty good. It was a little faster paced and had the most action, so to speak. The story wasn't scary though but it did have a little creepiness to it. It was a quick read and good for getting in the Halloween spirit.

 

*I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~Set in New England~ square

 

 

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review 2016-03-24 04:58
new author to me
The Shunned House - H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft

My rating: 4.5 starts
Goodreads Group challenge as well as one of my 2016 goals :
A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
what I though of it:
Ok so I'm going to admit that this is the first time I've ever picked up a book by H.P. Lovecraft, for some reason I never did read any of his work will I was in school and when I went back to school for my high school diploma I still didn't pick up any of his work , I did like it in fact and I listened to it on audio book , but I do have a copy of it both on my kindle app and on my bookshout app, with that said I will be picking up more of his work

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review 2016-03-24 00:36
My First Lovecraft
The Shunned House - H.P. Lovecraft

What I heard in my youth about the shunned house was merely that people died there in alarmingly great numbers. That, I was told, was why the original owners had moved out some twenty years after building the place. It was plainly unhealthy, perhaps because of the dampness and fungous growth in the cellar, the general sickish smell, the draughts of the hallways, or the quality of the well and pump water. These things were bad enough, and these were all that gained belief among the persons whom I knew. Only the notebooks of my antiquarian uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple, revealed to me at length the darker, vaguer surmises which formed an undercurrent of folklore among old-time servants and humble folk; surmises which never travelled far, and which were largely forgotten when Providence grew to be a metropolis with a shifting modern population.

-from the story

 

This is the first time I read a book by Lovecraft. I love horror stories, but I will admit my tastes run more along the lines of Stephen King and not the classic writers. But, once again the Serial Reader app encouraged me to read a new type of book.

 

The story was good and mildly creepy. I think there was too much other information in there for it to be intensely scary. Maybe the line was different back in the day. It didn't take as much to scare people.

 

The scene in the basement was creepy, I will admit, but it was such a small part of the story. It was a quick read, only 4 issues compared with 23 for War of the Worlds.

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review 2015-10-09 21:59
The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft
The Shunned House - H.P. Lovecraft

 



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A month of Halloween 2015 reads:

#1: 3* Nobody True by James Herbert: fraudio
#2: 4* The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard: fraudio
#3: 1* Brain Child by John Saul: fraudio
#4: 3* Domain (Rats #3) by James Herbert: fraudio
#5: 3* The Mourning Vessels by Peter Luther: paperback
#6: 2* The Doom of the Great City: ebook
#7: 5* Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury: fraudio
#8: 5* The Dead Zone by Stephen King: fraudio
#9: CR The Chalice: hardback
#10: WL Seven Gothic Tales
#11: 4* Tales of Men and Ghosts: gutenberg
#12: 2* Shattered by Dean Koontz: fraudio
#13: 5* The Dunwich Horror: gutenberg
#14: TR Death At Intervals: paperback
#15: 3* Alone: gutenberg
#16: 3* The Shunned House: gutenberg
#17: 4* The Thing on the Doorstep
#18: 2* Shadows by Saul: fraudio
#19: CR Precious Cargo: paperback
#20: 2* The Magicians of the Golden Dawn: ebook
#21: 2* The Book of Black Magic
#22: 4* Beyond the Wall of Sleep
#23: CR The Haunting of Hill House

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review 2015-10-08 00:00
The Shunned House
The Shunned House - H.P. Lovecraft This was a great short story that I loved from beginning to end. A perfect way to start off anyone's Halloween reading.

We follow a narrator from the 1915s who begins to tell of his and his uncle's obsession with an abandoned house located in Providence, Rhode Island. The narrator and his uncle become intrigued with the house because they are starting to realize a pattern of deaths associated with the house.

Though the story is quite slow to start, one realizes that our narrator is almost afraid to remember what happened with the 'shunned house'. We jump forward and backward at times in the same paragraph. You realize with a growing sense of dread that something awful has happened to the narrator and that he is forcing himself to reveal it to his audience.

When the narrator starts to describe the former inhabitants of the house is where things start to get interesting.

Of course as readers we know that something is off about the house. But reading how the narrator and his uncle investigated all of the former owners and figured out what was done to cause such a black cloud to hang over the house, especially the basement was really great.

The way that Lovecraft describes the house and the sounds and smell of it when the narrator and his uncle entered it would have had me hot footing it out of there with the quickness.

The writing at times I think may frustrate some readers. Maybe because you just want the narrator to tell the story to you straight. As I said, sometimes within a single paragraph he would allude to something and then back off on it, then go back and allude to it again. It can be a bit maddening while reading.

The flow after the first couple of pages was really good. The first few pages I thought were okay and basic. But once you get into who lived at the house was when the book starts moving at a brisk pace that doesn't let up until the end.

The setting of "The Shunned House" was perfectly done. I felt like I have been in a house like this when I was a kid. I swear every person has a house that feels off like this in their neighborhood growing up. You just feel evil/hostility emanating from the thing.

The ending of the story was a bit anti-climatic. I don't want to spoil for anyone else. But I was hoping for something bigger than a kind of bow on top of it resolution that didn't really fit with the rest of the story.

That said, I still loved this story.
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