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"...His best stories resemble the work of Joss Whedon: contemporary fantasy in which quirky characters confront the uncanny with deadpan aplomb and an appealing degree of competence... I would be very curious to read a full-length novel from Rogers that provides a fantastic premise and proceeds to fully explore its consequences."
- Quill & Quire

"...the 22 stories in Rogers's debut collection demonstrate the author's talent for finding the terrifying in the seemingly ordinary... This work of classic horror in the style of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, and early Stephen King should attract fans of a more refined kind of horror."
- Library Journal

"...nothing less than a brilliant short story collection... Every single story in this 300-page volume is a stand-out--so much so that it is impossible to choose a favorite. Or even several favorites. They all strongly remain with the reader days after turning the final page."
- Shroud Magazine

"...Rogers offers some real gems. Every House is Haunted is a harbinger of great things to come."
- San Francisco Book Review

"Ian Rogers' stories are old-fashioned in the very best sense: classic chillers in the spirit of Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson. Every House Is Haunted is full of well-crafted, satisfying twists, a fine companion for any reader of literate horror."
- Andrew Pyper, author of Lost Girls, The Killing Circle, and The Guardians

About the Author

Ian Rogers is a writer, artist, and photographer. His debut collection, Every House Is Haunted, was the winner of the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category, while his novelette, "The House on Ashley Avenue," was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. He is the author of the Felix Renn series of supernatural-noirs, which have been collected in the book SuperNOIRtural Tales. Ian lives with his wife in Peterborough, Ontario.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781927469163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927469163
  • ASIN: 1927469163
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Rogers' debut collection, EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED, was the winner of the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category. His novelette, "The House on Ashley Avenue," was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and was optioned for television by Universal Cable Productions.

He is the author of the Felix Renn series of supernatural-noirs, which have been collected in the book "SuperNOIRtural Tales." For more information about the series, visit TheBlackLands.com.

Ian's stories have been published in markets such as Cemetery Dance, Broken Pencil, and Shadows & Tall Trees, His work has also been selected for "The Best Horror of the Year" and "Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing."

Ian lives with his wife, Kathryn, in Peterborough, Ontario. For more information, visit ianrogers.ca

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The story veers more deeply into surrealism.
M. Griffin
While it didn’t make the book, I recommend you check it out after you’ve read the stories.
Christopher
Ian Rogers speaks well of the dead--and writes about them beautifully.
Catherine MacLeod

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
So, we both like, admire and enjoy Ray Bradbury's work. Maybe you especially like "R is for Rocket". I prefer "The Martian Chronicles". We both agree that "The October Country" is sort of careless and a little sappy. We part company over "Fahrenheit 451", but both love "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

Well, thinking about the reviews and blurbs about this book, I get the same feeling about Ian Rogers. Everyone really likes certain pieces in this book, and they admire or appreciate the rest; we all just differ a bit on which ones are the best. I favor "The Currents", (because I really like Wandering Jack and traveling man stories), and I particularly admired "The Nanny", (which may be the most surgically precise and controlled ghost story ever). Others favor "Cabin D", or perhaps "The House on Ashley Avenue". The point is that there is wonderful work on display here, and at least one favorite for any reader, regardless of taste or inclination.

It may be because the stories are remarkably generous and humane. I think this is why I felt comfortable using the Ray Bradbury example, since I think of him in the same way - curious and forgiving about people, and what drives them and motivates them and thrills them. All with a touch of humor and perhaps melancholy.

So, even though some of the stories may seem a bit abrupt or possibly incomplete, or meandering - if you like well conceived tales, with strong characters and the occasional grace note of real writerly skill, then this collection seems to be worth your consideration.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine MacLeod on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ian Rogers speaks well of the dead--and writes about them beautifully.

"Every House is Haunted" has a lot going for it, not least of which is Rogers's clear and effective writing style. While there are soft echoes of Richard Matheson ("Cabin D,") Ray Bradbury ("The Nanny,") and Rod Serling ("Leaves Brown,") his voice is his own; and whether it growls ("Hunger,") or whispers ("The Candle,") he makes you want to listen.

"The Cat," a wonderfully nasty piece of wish-fulfillment, may have you leaving out tuna for the neighbourhood strays.

"The House on Ashley Avenue," while working perfectly well as a standalone, would work even better as part of a book about the caretakers of eight dangerously-haunted properties. And yes, Rogers *can* take that as a hint.

This is a fine--and fine-looking--collection, worth both the cost and your time. When you're finished, your house may not be haunted, but you will be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orrin Grey on November 1, 2012
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Full disclosure, before I get into the meat of this review: Ian and I are friends, though we've only met in person a couple of times. I've known him since we were both published together in Bound for Evil back in 2008, and we both did our first ever book signing at that year's Readercon. You can rest assured, though, that while our friendship affects how excited I am to see him have such a handsome book in print, it wouldn't be enough to make me be as effusive in my praise as I am about to be.

Every House is Haunted, in addition to having a great title, is about as assured a debut collection as you're ever likely to find. Ian writes in the grand tradition of folks like Stephen King, Richard Matheson (albeit with fewer Twilight Zone endings), or Shirley Jackson, but he also manages to make the stories entirely his own. Many of the stories involve haunted houses, as you might gather from the title, but rarely are they haunted in the usual sense. Many other stories, including some of my favorites, feature a sort of blue collar approach to the supernatural. The agencies that deal with the occult in Ian's world are believably bureaucratic, peopled with the kinds of folks you'd find working in cubicles in any office building.

In fact, a big part of what makes Ian's stories so good is their very human heart. While often ominous or creepy (and occasionally very funny), the stories in Every House is Haunted never feel the least bit mean-spirited. There's always a warmth and sympathy at the center of each story, no matter how grim the subject matter becomes.

I have favorites from the book, of course. "Cabin D," "The Cat," and "Inheritor" all jump to mind. But really, it's not any one story or stories that makes Every House such a success, but the way they combine to form a whole that is more than the sum of even its (already quite exceptional) parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on November 5, 2013
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Some of the best dark/horror fiction these days can be found in short story collections. Ian Roger’s EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED is no exception.

EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED lands smack in the middle of some of my favorite kinds of horror. It’s haunting (as the title suggests) but more than that, it carries a ghostly vibe throughout. The stories are moody and thought provoking, odd and sometimes bizarre. The story “The House on Ashley Avenue” was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award this year. My other favorites were “Autumnology,” “The Currents,” “Leaves Brown,” “The Rifts Between Us,” “Hunger,” “Inheritor,” and “Twillingate.”

Rogers has also pulled together a little commentary on the collection. While it didn’t make the book, I recommend you check it out after you’ve read the stories. I’m a junkie for that kind of ‘behind the scenes’ look – there is always something fascinating behind excellent short fiction, especially when you veer into dark/odd/haunting tales.
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