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Friday, September 9, 2011

Back List Not to Miss: House of Leaves

House of LeavesBack in 2000 Mark Danielewski released his first book, House of Leaves, to great acclaim. Although originally marketed as a literary fiction title, this is really one heck of a scary horror novel.

As I was proof reading the final edit of my new book, I came upon the annotation I wrote for this book.  It will appear in Chapter 11 which focuses on books of satanic and demonic possession, but here is a sneak peek:
With its book within a book frame, House of Leaves tells the story of a home under the control of the Devil through the manuscript that its former inhabitants left behind. This is a creepy, thrilling, and intelligent novel. The apprehension and unease are bolstered by the book’s odd construction: footnotes, askew text, pages with only a word or two. There are real demons here, too, but it is the ones Danielewski puts in your mind as you read that are going to make you keep the lights on.
I cannot stress enough how the novel's physical construction adds to the anxious atmosphere Danielewski creates here.  You need to open this book and page through it a bit to understand what I mean.  Luckily, most public libraries own this great backlist title.  Check it our for yourself.

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