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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256657
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A Russian man&'s drowning launches this rambunctious magical melee. Buehlman (Those Across the River) pits Andrew Blankenship and Anneke Zautke, companions in witchcraft and Alcoholics Anonymous, against Russian ogress Baba Yaga, whose son, Misha, falls prey to mischievous water sprite Nadia, a friend (of sorts) of Andrew&'s. Contrasting with exotic magical escapades, real-world losses haunt both Anneke and Andrew. As the threat from Baba Yaga mounts and bad things happen to Andrew&'s sidekicks, the eponymous house no longer provides a certain refuge. The logic of the plot is eclipsed by the eruption of characters who evoke Dickensian whimsy and range from the merely unusual to the bizarrely imaginative. Within this magical universe, rivalries, revenge, and self-seeking contend with the willingness to sacrifice. The final confrontation, evolving in part from Andrew&'s prior service to Baba Yaga and her daughter Marina&'s defiance, wreaks an ambiguous ending in an explosion of enthralling fantasy. The vibrant, bracing atmosphere easily overpowers any niggling concerns about a few incongruous incidents. (Oct.)


Praise for Those Across the River
One of Publishers Weekly’s Top-Ten SF, Fantasy & Horror Novels
A 2012 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel

“What a treat. As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz. A graceful, horrific read.”—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“So real you can almost see the sweat roll down the page.”—Boston Herald

“Wonderfully eerie from start to finish—a novel sure to enthrall readers of all stripes.”—Grant Blackwood, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“An unsettling brew of growing menace…Do not miss this chilling debut.”—F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Cold City

“Sublimely crafted.”—New York Journal of Books

“Lures you into a different era, seduces you with eloquent prose and sensual period details, then clamps down on your jugular…An outstanding debut.”—Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Diabolical

“A delightfully genre-bending juxtaposition of supernatural horror and gothic drama.”—California Literary Review

“Gripping, compelling gothic horror in the most classical sense, an American Dracula that absorbs the reader into its seductive embrace through lush rhythms and a veneer of homespun innocence.”—The Trades

And for Between Two Fires

“By combining modern horror dynamics with a convincing medieval setting, Christopher Buehlman secures his status among today’s leading dark-fantasy authors.”—Shelf Awareness

“Fans of historical fantasy and horror will find this epic darkly rewarding.”—Publishers Weekly

“Buehlman is now two for two in delivering eerie, offbeat novels with admirable literary skill.”—Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

Christopher Buehlman is a native Floridian and author of the literary horror novels 'Those Across the River' and 'Between Two Fires.' He is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize in poetry, and the author of several provocative plays, including Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka. Many know him as comedian Christophe the Insultor, something of a cult figure on the renaissance festival circuit. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. His first novel, 'Those Across the River,' was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for best novel in 2012.

Customer Reviews

Very unique storyline and compelling characters.
I started this book last night, picked it up again this morning and didn't put it down until I got to the last page.
Sarah Rocklin
I highly recommend it to anyone looking into the horror/supernatural/scifi genres.
Justin W. Quick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on November 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is brilliant. I've been eagerly anticipating it for over a year and it did not disappoint.

First, Buehlman's versatility as a writer is astonishing. Even though all three of his books are inventive and engrossing, I never would have realized that all three are by the same author if his name wasn't on the cover. His settings pervade every story, and the language of each book reflects the setting in an immersive way.

My favorite aspect of his writing is his use of language and metaphor. Even though this is a long book (which I burned through in less than a week), each scene moves at the taut pace of a spy novel. I would kill to have his descriptive ability -- he gives you clear pictures of every person and setting but each metaphor advances the story or character. The result is a rich, textured, well-nuanced feast.

I loved the way he integrated the story of Baba Yaga into such a modern tale. The protagonist was complex, interestingly flawed but sympathetic, and his choices made sense. The magic and spell components were clever as hell. The other characters were believable and fascinating. The story, subplot, and reveals are deftly interwoven.

I swear, reading this book was like having a huge crush on a rock star who picked me out of the crowd and took me out on the town. I frequently wanted to jump up and down and say to my friends, "OH MY GOD, DO YOU GUYS SEE THIS?!?!" My only complaint is that I need more of my friends to hurry up read it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine on November 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Deeply influenced by the dramatic styles of Russian literature as well as the fantastical story telling elements found in both Southern Gothic and Latin American literature, The Necromancer's House is an ode to narcissism & the human condition.

Unconventional and highly stylized, Buehlman takes familiar elements and distorts them to view the world from the point of the absurd. This is a tale of magic and love told through the lens of surrealism - much like the Salvador Dali paintings the author references in the story.

In Buehlman's world, wizards wage warfare fit for the modern age. Spells that cross the Internet; talking to the dead via video tape; mythical creatures updated to include casual sex & cigarettes; while, the classic, magic as a panacea for aging is still strongly in effect.

I greatly enjoyed this novel. The main story and the various sub stories were original and fantastic. The weakest part of the novel is the ending which seemed contrived in an effort to provide a HEA. I highly recommend The Necromancer's House.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Buehlman's The Necromancer's House, is what can only be described as a trip into the strange and magically unexpected.
Though there are some rather creepy aspects to this story (the Rusalka) and (Salvador, dog turned glorified house boy) for the most part, this book is more about the interpersonal relationships that Andrew, who happens to be a necromancer, shares with his rather unorthodox social circle and the people who are trying to kill him.

This is a story that is awash with detail. So much fact, that one is often sidetracked from the course of the story. If you are a reader who doesn't mind little forays off the story road to look at the shiny little will love this book. If however, you are a reader who likes things a little less "round about", this book will be leaving pretty designs on your wall when you throw it.

That being said, let's get back to the good stuff. The off kilter dark humor and snarky comments and banter the characters engage in often serves to lighten the mood of some very dark moments. The author should also be very proud of the fact that he pulled no punches when it came to outlandish moments of magical purpose.

The Necromancer's House reads like a magical suspense thriller with a little of Chuck Palahniuk thrown in for good measure. At 400+ pages, and over 100+ mercifully short chapters, this tale does often leave the reader wondering if there is an end in sight, but the journey is well worth the sometimes bumpy, but always original ride. This may not be a book for everyone...but it just might be the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin W. Quick on January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the third book by Christopher Buehlman that I have read and I was not disappointed.

Andrew Blankenship is a recovering alcoholic and warlock immersed in a world melding magic and technology. Most of his closest friends have a specialty in some magic field or another. He is very protective of his home and keeps himself hidden as much as possible. He is hiding for a reason. That is about as much of the plot as I want to give away. I believe the description above posted by Amazon doesn't spoil everything, but still gives away too much.

The writing style of this novel comes off a bit chaotic. That's a compliment though, not a complaint. Reading through the majority of the book style wise, reminding me a lot of the book Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk. The way magic works and combines with technology in the world created by Buehlman is fantastic. Some reviews have complained about not being able to understand the characters in the story. I would argue that they aren't paying attention. You are able to really get into the head of Andrew Blankenship and see from his crazy, messed up, perspective.
This book is more of a suspense story than horror compared to his first two novels. But, if you buy into the world he created there is still quite a bit of stuff that you will find downright terrifying in The Necromancer's House.
I highly recommend it to anyone looking into the horror/supernatural/scifi genres. I would also recommend picking up his first two books, Those Across the River and Between Two Fires.
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