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Nightmare House (The Harrow Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 12, 2017
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From Publishers Weekly
An uncharacteristic period ghost story brings the Harrow haunted house trilogy to an apprehensive conclusion or beginning. In Mischief (2000) and The Infinite (2001), Clegg dropped portentous hints of past misdeeds and occult experiments that amplified the evil influence of Harrow, a sprawling Hudson River estate turned into a boys' prep school. The events of this novel, a prequel to the previous two books, don't so much explain as anticipate Harrow's later ghostly manifestations. In 1926, Ethan Gravesend inherits the estate from his eccentric paternal grandfather, who built the mansion on supposedly cursed land. Almost immediately, he witnesses eerie apparitions that emanate from Harrow's shadowy halls and gloomy grounds. In the company of housekeeper and love interest Maggie Barrow, Ethan stumbles upon a boarded-up room and a proverbial skeleton in the family closet that serves as lodestone for the formidable supernatural forces that pulse through the dwelling. Clegg milks each of the gothic set pieces premature burial, mesmerism, exorcism, as well as the inevitable specters for maximum spooky effect, but ultimately depends on a lengthy digression by the well-informed local constable to put them all together for Ethan's benefit. While he offers no ideas here that haven't already been explored by the weird fiction masters cited in his acknowledgments, Clegg's modern sensibility brings out the luster in some of the genre's well-used furniture and shows that tales in the classic horror tradition can still entertain.
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About the Author
Douglas Clegg is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books of suspense and horror, including Neverland, You Come When I Call You, and The Hour Before Dark. He lives in New England and is currently at work on more tales of dark fiction.
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It seemed almost muddled with people talking and telling the story.
It only took me a couple days to read the book and a couple days to think about it, and I'm still feeling mixed about it. I would say give it a chance!
Esteban, or Ethan as he is known, inherits his grandfather's home, and discovers that the ghost of his long-deceased aunt is not ready to leave yet. This story is not a new premise by any means, but Clegg does a wonderful job of making the haunted house sub-genre his own. The characters, while consisting of the usual suspects, have a life and vitality not often found in most horror novels.
This is just one of the Harrow series of novels, which all are about the same area, but are written in different styles, and can be read as stand-alone books. I'm definitely getting the rest of the series.
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Harrow House is a place of repressed memories, old ties, and a calling home for the protagonist. There are facts he doesn't know and the knowledge could kill him. This is a fantastic beginning of a series written in a compelling way and keeping you reading. Major kudos from me!