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The Shunned House [Kindle Edition]

H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) is the father of what is known as weird fiction. His reputation as an author of horror and science fiction has been growing over the decades and has made him the most influential horror writer in the 20th century. Most of Lovecraft stories appeared in prominent pulp magazines like "Weird Tales" and, later, most of his stories influenced fiction authors worldwide.

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  • File Size: 175 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TOUGO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,791 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the work April 20, 2012
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The reality is that this story has hardly anything to recommend it. Slow (almost nonexistent) plot, sparse characters.

And I loved it.

This is an example of master craftsmanship as even though it is basically a history of a house without any overt personalization or interest in many of the things that drive us to enjoy a book, Lovecraft is able to write each word so that an atmosphere of terror slowly pervades the senses. A great read for someone learning how to drive fear by making each word matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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No book blurb is available for this short story by H. P. Lovecraft, however the descriptions within the book will overload your senses. Lovecraft braids together mood and visual details to paint a picture of quite possibly the most repulsive and horrifying haunted house.

The narrator (never named) and his uncle are obsessed with this haunted house. The story deviates from the present to include the horrible history of the house and its inhabitants, so when it returns to the present to follow the narrator through a night spent with his uncle in the house's cellar, you experience the same dread and anticipation as the characters.

THE SHUNNED HOUSE also has quite possibly the longest sentence ever written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy August 5, 2013
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I haven't read Lovecraft before so decided to try this one since it was free. I am delighted to say it's great! Very dark and spooky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling tale of building suspense July 8, 2013
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The title "shunned house" still stands in Providence, R.I. It's worth a search to have a picture to go along with the story. This book is a slow boil ... it takes a bit to get there but it's totally worth the time. I was mesmerized and unable to take my eyes from the page. Great read!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Cover Illustration July 11, 2011
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I order'd this booklet from Amazon because I so love the cover illustration. Alas, this publisher does not give credit to the artist--Virgil Finlay. I think they stole the drawing from the Arkham House book, MARGINALIA, where I believe this fine illustration had its first appearance.

This publisher is rather weird, for they incorrectly refer to "The Shunned House" thus: "A Posthumous story of immense power..." Then, again, on the following page: "His ability to create and sustain a mood of brooding dread and unnamable horror is nowhere better shown than in the posthumous tale presented here..." Posthumous? What the hell are they talking about? Perhaps they are thinking of the unfortunate fate of the story's first appearance--or non-appearance. Here is its history as detailed by S. T. Joshi:

"'The Shunned House' was written in mid-October 1924. It was the first of HPL's major stories to be rejected by Weird Tales, editor Farnsworth Wright maintaining in September 1925 that it began too gradually. Curiously enough, a few months earlier HPL had submitted it to Detective Tales, edited by Edwin Baird. Baird was Weird Tales's first editor (1923-24), who had accepted everything HPL had sent him, but he rejected the story. W. Paul Cook, HPL's amateur associate, initially wished to use it in his magazine, The Recluse, but the one and only issue ever published (1927) had too much other material to accomodate the story, so Cook decided to publish it as a separate booklet. Although he set the story in type (Lovecraft read the proofs in June 1928) and printed three hundred copies, financial and personal misfortunes prevented Cook from binding them. A few copies were bound by R. H.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and not to scary August 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Shunned House tells of how a man and his uncle delve into the horror surrounding a particular house and of the one night vigil they keep in order to divine the secrets of the house.
All in all the book is not that scary but it is definitely creepy.
While I was reading this book I able to increase the scare factor some due to the fact i was listening to Darklore Manor by Nox Arcana.
A good, quick read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I have a hard time reading the old language April 14, 2014
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I have a hard time reading the old language.
I'd love to be part of the whole Chtulhu Fangh! thingy,
but I guess I never will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Lovecraft foray surprisingly appealing April 1, 2014
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I am not normally a fan of horror, and this is the first Lovecraft story I've read, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it, and his writing style in general. This is the first Kindle item I've gotten that really kept me coming back to finish it since I've been busy lately.

While this story isn't terrifying (to me, at least), I thought it was suitably creepy and quite entertaining. It's definitely wet my appetite for further work from H.P. So since it's free, you have nothing to lose, and I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Comes across as a bit dry
The narrator investigates the legend around the town's "haunted" house. This is written more as an investigation would be written up as opposed to a story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick read.
An easy 30 minute story, suitable for children. The narrator tells of their investigation of a strange house in Providence, RI.
Published 2 months ago by Joel N Pennie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love short stories like this one
A master of suspense. Just. discovered him. I love short stories like this one. I will certainly continue exploring his work.
Published 2 months ago by Amador Gonzalez
1.0 out of 5 stars The Shunned House
The font is wider than the page and can not be read as it is. thank you for trying. Oh well it was free anyway on my Kindle. better luck next time sorry
Published 6 months ago by von
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Big fan, when I saw this & for the price listed, I had to have it, great buy, happy customer, a must for every fan.
Published 6 months ago by JCruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Where do I begin. Lovecraft had such a way with setting up the scene for you it left no stone un turned. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kellie M. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Lovecraft!
This short story is a masterpiece of writing from beginning to end. Though no actual monsters, zombies, or demons make their appearance except perhaps as an allegory at the end,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dan Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shunned House
I had heard so many hail the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and this is the first of his stories that I have read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lks
5.0 out of 5 stars it's lovecraft
I mean come on. just about anything from lovecraft is worth the read. he never fails to leave an impresson.
Published 7 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Untouchable.
Another breathless and beautiful piece of terror from the master. Stephen King might make New England scary, but he's never made it as completely saturated with evil as Lovecraft... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A.L. Husbands
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