While not necessarily one of H.P. Lovecraft's most well-known or famous stories, The Shunned House nevertheless shows his writing skills at the peak of their power and is worth taking the time to read.
H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft
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This is a creepy story. It’s a short one, only 33 pages, about a house that has been shunned by the community due to the strange things that took place in it during its first 100 years. The house dates back to the 1700’s. No children were ever born alive in the house and all of its inhabitants fell victim to some strange, wasting type of illness while living in the house. There are many tales and speculations about the cause of these events. The narrator had played in the house as a boy while it was unoccupied and as an adult has a renewed interest in the history of the place. He and his uncle set out to solve the mystery of the Shunned House.
I found the story fascinating, partly because I have an interest in odd bits of history, and also because it is so well written. By today’s standards it is not particularly graphic but still gave me the creepy-crawlies. So, if you’re looking for something a little different to read, you should check out this...
This short story/book is classic H.P. Lovecraft. The narration by Neil Helligers was well done, although I would pronounce some words differently than he did.
We all know of those houses in our childhoods that we avoided and crossed the street when passing them because we knew they were haunted. This is a story about such a house where the narrator and his uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple decide to spend the night in it's cellar to see if they can root out the problem. Many people have died in this house or have simply gone mad. Was the house the cause? Was the property perhaps at fault? They hope to discover this on their overnight trip.
Only one returns.
This is a clever story that fills you with complete dread as you plunge in with the narrator to diagnose a haunted, cursed house in Providence, Rhode Island.
There are lots of haunted house books and stories around. They run the gamut from moody little bits of Victorian spine tingling to mega-bloody gore fests. This story, though, has a special appeal that is unique and intriguing. It is not just a story, it is more like a master class lesson in writing dread, threat and horror.
We don't really have a plot. Character development is not a priority. Not a great deal "happens". This is a portrait of a house and a recounting of its tainted history. It is a demonstration of how to write horror, terror and implacable creeping menace. It's entertaining and it delivers a full measure of Lovecraft's special supremely well-crafted style of crazy weird fiction.
Here's an interesting exercise. If you found this book on the Amazon Kindle site the book was displayed with just the bland red and yellow generic cover they use for out-of-copyright freebies. Read the first chapter of this story in which the house is described and its...
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