This is one of the most notorious modern horror novels. At its heart, it is a haunted house story but this novel is so much more than just a spook house. What makes the book so famous is the bizarre way in which it is written. The words on the page literally are designed in such a way to get the reader lost in the book in a way that mirrors how the characters in the story become lost in the supernatural house. Tons of footnotes, various levels of reality that intertwine with each other, and text that contains colors and strange patterns that have meaning to themselves make this one of the most unique horror novels you can ever read.
I’ve read this book multiple times over the years and even studied it in a college class (I had an English class about haunted house novels – one of the most fun classes I’ve ever taken). Every time I revisit this story I take away something different and the many layers of the house unfold. If you decide to travel into this bizarre story, I highly recommend taking about three days and basically read the book in one sitting. It’s a bit of an imposing story due to the strange way in which it is published but if you just dive in and stick with it, it’s an immensely rewarding journey.
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