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The Grip of It: A Novel - Jac Jemc
The Grip of It: A Novel
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A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by... show more
A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home.

Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780374536916 (0374536910)
ASIN: 374536910
Publisher: FSG Originals
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Aerin
Aerin rated it
3.5 Review: The Grip of It, by Jac Jemc
The Grip of It is an intensely unnerving book about everyday horrors made manifest in a haunted-house fever dream. James and Julie are young urbanites who move to an old house in a small town, hoping the change of scenery will save their crumbling marriage. Away from the city, they believe, James ...
All Things Creepy and Creature
All Things Creepy and Creature rated it
4.0 The author paints a creepy landscape
Jac Jemc knows how to paint a creepy landscape in her novel, The Grip of It. Quick summary with no spoilers: A couple working through issues buys a house that begins to affect them and their relationship. Ms. Jamc uses first person narrative while switching between the husband and wife with ...
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
4.5 The Grip of It
This was a psychological horror novel that kept getting creepier the more that I read it. As the house became more active, it’s actions more intense, the couple has to find a way to handle its effects. Wanting to get a fresh start, the couple looks for a house away from the city. Wandering inside ...
Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
5.0 THE GRIP OF IT Review
I have read two great haunted house novels this year. The Grip of It is one of them. (Without consulting my reviews, can anyone tell me what the other is? If you get it right, there isn’t a prize . . . except my undying love and admiration.) A dazzling, poetic, and challenging work, this is a litera...
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