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The Shunned House

H. P. Lovecraft

Book Overview: 

A posthumous story of immense power, written by a master of weird fiction—a tale of a revolting horror in the cellar of an old house in New England.

Recommended for fans of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ke on all manner of gruesome imaginative associations.

The doctor was a bachelor; a white-haired, clean-shaven, old-fashioned gentleman, and a local historian of note, who had often broken a lance with such controversial guardians of tradition as Sidney S. Rider and Thomas W. Bicknell. He lived with one man-servant in a Georgian homestead with knocker and iron-railed steps, balanced eerily on the steep ascent of North Court Street beside the ancient brick court and colony house where his grandfather—a cousin of that celebrated privateersman, Captain Whipple, who burnt His Majesty's armed schooner Gaspee in 1772—had voted in the legislature on May 4, 1776, for the independence of the Rhode Island Colony. Around him in the damp, low-ceiled library with the musty white panelling, heavy carved overmantel and small-paned, vine-shaded windows, were the relics and records of his ancient family, among which were many dubious allusions to the shunne. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Pretty much a small haunted house mystery that is short and not boring. Its not very interesting either. The narrator and his uncle are obsessed by an old abandoned house at Benefit Street where many mysterious incidents and violent tragic deaths have taken place. The narrator's uncle has collected

Diese Erzählung hat mich weit weniger verärgert als Die Farbe aus dem All. Dass sie gut ist, kann ich dennoch nicht sagen.

Zwar sind die Hinweise auf die Unbeschreibbarkeit des Grauens hier nur vereinzelt zu finden, doch bin ich bei HPL so dafür sensibilisiert, dass mir diese Stellen gleich ins Auge

Eine ziemliche narzisstisch und pedantische Erzählung, bei der einem das gerade erst gewonnene Gefallen an Lovecraft wieder vergehen kann. Es beginnt mit einem sehr seltsamen Hinweis, dass der Kollege E.A. Poe an dem gemiedenen Haus für eine zeitlang immer entlanglief, ohne den Schrecken zu erkennen

In this story you will do some research together with the first person narrator why the dilapidated house in Benefit Street is shunned and regarded as uncanny. You will hear everything about the families who lived there, come to know, that Poe walked by this house and in the second section of this l

Errrr ... yep okay this one is weird.

At first it just seemed like another eerie, atmospheric tale about a spooky old house, but then there was the conjecture about what was causing this house to be so evil and ... well, let's just say that
it won me over in the end.

It took its time getting to th

Welcome to the Shunned House!


135 Benefit Street. Providence, Rhode Island. It’s a real house that you can find even nowdays (2017) at the said address, and it’s the scenario of this really spooky tale, that H.P. Lovecraft knew well since his aunt lived there f

This novelette was written by the young H.P. Lovecraft around the same time as The Rats in the Walls (1924), and published, likewise, in an issue of Weird Tales. There is a significant similarity of inspiration between these two tales: here too, there is a decrepit old house, foul smells, obscene fu

This is hard book to review, it was basically the history of one house that was deemed to be haunted. It's only 48 pages long so it's a quick book to read and what I would describe as quiet horror, more about the atmosphere than anything else.

My first Lovecraft as I wasn't blown away. If you listen

Not Lovecraft's best and probably mostly of interest to fans only, but still, this early work contains some nuggets of the delicious fright-writing he would become known for. By the end of The Shunned House I was riveted to the narrative. Lovecraft rewards those with the patience to stick with the f

Written in October of 1924, "The Shunned House" is not only Lovecraft's best early novella but also one of the two watershed works which mark his transition to the themes and style of his mature period. As such, it is not only a pleasure to read but also an important work for anyone who is intereste

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