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The Shunned House by [Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips)]
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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
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TOUGO8
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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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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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There are lots of haunted house books and stories around. They run the gamut from moody little bits of Victorian spine tingling to mega-bloody gore fests. This story, though, has a special appeal that is unique and intriguing. It is not just a story, it is more like a master class lesson in writing dread, threat and horror.

We don't really have a plot. Character development is not a priority. Not a great deal "happens". This is a portrait of a house and a recounting of its tainted history. It is a demonstration of how to write horror, terror and implacable creeping menace. It's entertaining and it delivers a full measure of Lovecraft's special supremely well-crafted style of crazy weird fiction.

Here's an interesting exercise. If you found this book on the Amazon Kindle site the book was displayed with just the bland red and yellow generic cover they use for out-of-copyright freebies. Read the first chapter of this story in which the house is described and its miasmatic decay is first addressed. Now, go to the Hardcover edition site and call up the original Virgil Finlay cover illustration from "Weird Tales" that appears there. That picture is absolutely one hundred per cent what you likely have in your head after reading Lovecraft's first chapter. I'm not impressed by the fact that one picture can replace a thousand words; I'm amazed that only one thousand words from Lovecraft can so successfully paint a picture like that.

So, if you'd like a first taste or just a little touch of H.P. Lovecraft, this is a very nice place to begin. A happy find.
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This is a creepy story. It’s a short one, only 33 pages, about a house that has been shunned by the community due to the strange things that took place in it during its first 100 years. The house dates back to the 1700’s. No children were ever born alive in the house and all of its inhabitants fell victim to some strange, wasting type of illness while living in the house. There are many tales and speculations about the cause of these events. The narrator had played in the house as a boy while it was unoccupied and as an adult has a renewed interest in the history of the place. He and his uncle set out to solve the mystery of the Shunned House.

I found the story fascinating, partly because I have an interest in odd bits of history, and also because it is so well written. By today’s standards it is not particularly graphic but still gave me the creepy-crawlies. So, if you’re looking for something a little different to read, you should check out this story.
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This short story/book is classic H.P. Lovecraft. The narration by Neil Helligers was well done, although I would pronounce some words differently than he did.

We all know of those houses in our childhoods that we avoided and crossed the street when passing them because we knew they were haunted. This is a story about such a house where the narrator and his uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple decide to spend the night in it's cellar to see if they can root out the problem. Many people have died in this house or have simply gone mad. Was the house the cause?
Was the property perhaps at fault? They hope to discover this on their overnight trip.

Only one returns.

This is a clever story that fills you with complete dread as you plunge in with the narrator to diagnose a haunted, cursed house in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Very creepy! Very Lovecraft. He really knew how to plant images in your brain. I had a nightmare the night I finished it. Evil lurks beneath the surface in an old house where all those who live there see strange things, go mad and sometimes even die. The latest owner doesn't even try to rent or sell it. Two set out to destroy the evil and one of them is destroyed in the process.
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This is a quick, easy read about a creepy house where a horror lives. A man works with his uncle to expose and eradicate the evil that lives there. It's a pretty good story, and the plot moves quickly because it's not a very long book.
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