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House of Justice: A Short Horror Story [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Bivona
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Book Description

Halloween only comes around once a year, and the Justices do it right. They turn their house into a museum of torture, sectioning off each room with a velvet rope. The exhibits are so terrifying that the local amusement park asks them for their secret. It's quite simple, actually. And four lucky--or unlucky--fans get to find out what it is first hand.


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About the Author

Vincent Bivona is the author of BRYCE, Second Coming, and The Journal of Peter Rubin ("A controversial visual-e-book the likes of which you've never seen before"). His favorite genres to write include horror, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, and mysteries. And as long as you keep reading, he promises to keep writing. Actually . . . that's not entirely true. He plans to keep writing anyway. But let's face it, he thinks it'd be nice if you read, too.

Product Details

  • File Size: 279 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orange Otter (December 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IJUOS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,032 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Halloween Short September 12, 2012
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Every year the Justice family hosts a one-night haunted house in their home. The people who visit it are amazed by the reality of the horror scenes set up by the family. No one can figure out how they make it so realistic!

Justice is the perfect title for this book. Each "previewer" of the horror show gets what he/she deserves. Sort of like the movie "Seven".

I figured out what was going on about 20% through the book. It's a great read nonetheless.

BEWARE! The book contains graphic, gory content. Not for the weak.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars House of Juvenile Typing October 9, 2014
By Dwayne
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"House of Justice" reads like a rough draft of a junior high creative writing assignment. I wish the author had reread it and cleaned it up before publishing it. It has some promise, but the author just didn't seem to care enough to nurture the story beyond an idea.

The writing is poor. In the first paragraph the house in which the story takes place is described and then we're told that it looks "scary", even though there was nothing in the description that would necessarily be scary. We know that the house needs painting and some of the wood is splintered. It's a bit of a fixer-upper, then, but not frightening. Further we're told that scary looking houses are usually haunted. I'm not sure why this was mentioned, since the house in the story doesn't seem to be haunted. If it is, the author didn't mention anything about ghosts.

The third paragraph is completely pointless. We know that there is an amusement park that is in competition against the House of Justice but they fail to draw the crowds, but we're not really told why.

At any rate, we meet the Justice family, most of whom seem to be named for angels. We're told that they are "odd" and then told that one is a butcher, one is a dentist, one is a beautician and one helps around the house. I'm not sure what is odd about any of that.

So, the story goes on and the Justice family starts torturing people in fairly predictable ways (fat guy likes to eat - make him eat his own flesh - mwah-ha-ha-ha). It's one of those stories in which we're supposed to feel that the victims deserve their punishments due to them being overweight or vein or neglectful of their teeth.

And this is the haunted house. People come in and see real people being tortured. And no one calls the police.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This short story requires readers to use their imagination and their interpretive ability, and the more they do so, the more they will enjoy the story, for this story requires readers to interpret what they are reading. The great Argentinean writer Jorge Borges said: there are two people who write a story, the writer and the reader. With this story, different readers will "compose" the story differently.

The story focuses on a family named Justice (Readers need to decide why Bivona chose this name). One member is a butcher, one a beautician, one a dentist, and the fourth, a girl who helps around the house (why these professions/activities?). They had a remarkable horror show every Halloween that attracted many people, lines went around the block. They also had a pre-Halloween screening that only selected people could attend, but no attendees could be found who could tell what happened during these screenings. We read of four people, corresponding to the four Justices, who were invited to come for pre-screenings, each alone, on four separate occasions. Each was met and dealt with by one member of the Justice family (Are these four of the seven "Deadly Sins," and if so, what did they do wrong? Was what happened appropriate to what they did wrong? Why did the Justices feel they should do what they did? Why did what happened happen on Halloween?)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spooky September 4, 2012
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Creepy halloween story. Perfect setting & great characters. Definately looking forward to reading more by this author.this story was intriguing from the beginning to the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling August 26, 2012
By Y4123
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it scared me gre@ horror story i usually buy books after reading teh reviews since there were none i gave it a shot liek i said its a gr8 book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House of Justice October 29, 2013
By Katt
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Good very short little horror.Looking for something fast and a little creepy to read?This would be a good one.Good Halloween short story.Happy Reading!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not hugely scary at all September 19, 2014
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This short story was written reasonably well and gets quickly into a rather graphic and gory set of scenes. Once a year this special house is opened up to visitors coming to see the haunted house and it's displays.

But all is not as it seems and WHY do those exhibits look so real? That blood is very realistic right? Yeah, it's gory and bloody but it's such a short read that you don't get a lot of it.

I like short stories but felt this one was a little TOO short, even another 20 pages might have added some more depth. Very hard to get a strong story going over a few pages.

It was okay, it was a Kindle freebie so I shall not complain. Read better and read much worse.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More advertising than story May 2, 2015
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Why is it that authors think it is okay to write a short story, then pad their books out with excerpts from their other books? Newsflash: It doesn't make me want to buy your other books, it makes me mad that 40% is story, 60% is advertising.

The House of Justice itself wasn't all that brilliant. I liked the way the family set up their haunted house, and gathered the exhibits for their next one, but the why isn't really explained at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 23 days ago by B. morris
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not like this story!!!
When I got to the end I was like...where is the rest??? I get that is a short story but it should be complete...ugh!
Published 1 month ago by KDYLINDATM
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Pure horror , but not much of any story's to them. Good if you only care about gore and not much else.
Published 2 months ago by ss
4.0 out of 5 stars Gory and fun
I love spooky short stories. This one isn't scary but it is gory. I enjoyed it though and would recommend it to anyone who likes that.
Published 2 months ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Justice
This has a good horror concept that would be perfect for a longer horror story. This reminded me of the Night Gallery TV show but much darker. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ron Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and short
Its a pretty cool short scary story. I liked it a lot, if you like short, dark stories, this is for you.
Published 3 months ago by Crum0nty
4.0 out of 5 stars Different horror
The good is this story is very different. The bad news being it's too short. I wanted more. More. More. It's twisted, delicious, captivating and heartwarming. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TootSweet
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
This is a cool book it's so thrilling I can't wait to read the next one. If I saw a movie like this I would litteraly pee my pants. Bye.
Published 4 months ago by kitten
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Scary and disturbing.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great scary book!
This was a very creepy short story. The author managed to do a whole lot in only a handful of pages. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BookNoseRose
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More About the Author

Vincent Bivona is the author of Bryce, Left For Dead, REVENGE, Second Coming, and the visual ebook The Journal of Peter Rubin. His favorite genres to write include horror, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, and mysteries. And as long as you keep reading, he promises to keep writing. Actually . . . that's not entirely true. He plans to keep writing anyway. But let's face it, he thinks it'd be nice if you read, too.

Visit http://www.VincentBivona.com for information on future titles.

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