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The House

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  2,638 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Five complete strangers from across America are about to come together and open the door to a place of evil that they all call home. Inexplicably, four men and one woman are having heart-stopping nightmares revolving around the dark and forbidding houses where each of them were born. When recent terrifying events occur, they are each drawn to their identical childhood home ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Signet (first published 1997)
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Adam Light
May 28, 2015 Adam Light rated it really liked it
Great showing from the "Master of the Macabre".
Five people from different walks of life, unknown to each other, are all plagued by strange occurrences, and pretty soon their lives begin to derail. It's hard to say much about this book without spoiling it, so I'll just say there is plenty of gore, sex and Little's black humor to go around in this one.
This was a pretty unique Bentley Little novel, and I suppose that it is one that you will either love or hate. I loved it. Little is almost always
Feb 16, 2011 Kasia rated it liked it
When a house is no longer a home
The attack of the most precious place for your zen like moment, your home is very unwelcome, especially when the supernatural stirs its body finger in the soup of your life, mudding up your plans, and spoiling any possible happy future. For a few individuals it seems like things aren't quite right, in fact things aren't good at all, the dead are coming back, and they are appearing to certain people, people who had previous history with a specific house and its inh
Jun 30, 2011 PATRICK rated it really liked it
OK, now that I'm finished with this, what I found most disturbing about this book was not its violence which lessens substantially after the first few chapters. Instead, things that are should not be frightening at all are deeply disturbing. Waking up to find you and your bed have been covered in hundreds of slices of burnt roast or that your toilet is overflowing with fruit cocktail sounds silly. However, the sheer randomness and the fact that there is no reference point them is eerie. There's ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Bandit rated it it was ok
This seems to be a departure for the author, at least it's different from the other books I've read by him so far. The House is much more...supernatural of a story. And it seems that, while I certainly appreciate any show of writing versatility, I prefer his other ones, things ordinary turned to evil sort of books. Here, the multiple plotlines intertwine to an extent of figuring out what's going on with (and how to end it) a particularly freaky, way beyond plain old haunted, house. Decent premis ...more
Darren L.
Apr 11, 2010 Darren L. rated it really liked it
Not his best, but mighty close. At his worst, Bentley Little throws perverse, shocking images at you in wave after wave of jumbled chaos. At his best, he has the ability to take a completely unbelievable tale and make it seem as genuine as yesterday's 6 o'clock news. This is almost his best. The pace is slower than many will like -- spending 80+ pages purely on character development before the "story" begins. But the story is one that won't matter and won't work without the people in it. There a ...more
Andrew Lennon
Dec 07, 2014 Andrew Lennon rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. One of the best I've read in a while.
It had a creepy vibe to it the whole way through. Things that shouldn't really be scary, things that almost sound stupid, but they were genuinely creepy in this book just because of the atmosphere that was constantly there.
I found that every time I picked this book up to read I didn't want to put it back down again, if anything I would say the end came a little bit too quick, I wanted a bit more.

Definitely recommend, really really go
Dec 29, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars.

This book is told from multiple perspectives, all of people who are affected by the same evil from their pasts.

It was sometimes hard to keep all the characters separate in my head, even towards the end. This could be confusing at times.

However, the book features some pretty vivid and memorable imagery. I can see other horror fans enjoying this book.

As a warning, some sexual imagery in this book might be too much for some readers.
Angel Erin
Jun 29, 2015 Angel Erin rated it liked it
What did I just read? Well to start off, the beginning was quite rough for me. It kept going to new characters POV without revisiting one of them for so long that I got a bit confused. It definitely didn't flow so well for me early on, but once it started going back to the same characters the book started to piece together better. So here's a few thoughts I had while reading The House:

1.) Why is there fruit salad in the toilet?
2.) Why the hell are there hairs in the bathtub? What?
3.) Ok, I ge
Matthew Tait
Feb 23, 2011 Matthew Tait rated it it was ok
It is well known that Stephen King – like many of us – will carry a book of fiction wherever his travels will lead to appease the boredom that arises from life’s mundane activities. And for those of us who have read On Writing and followed his accident with a certain Dodge Van will know, he has a penchant for taking long walks during the afternoons. What isn’t a well-known detail and many might be curious about is that the grandmaster was reading The House by Bentley Little when the unfortunate ...more
Kim Smiley
Aug 27, 2010 Kim Smiley rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! It's my 10th Bentley Little book and this is the best one I've read by him so far. 5 people all have memories of living in this house of evil. Years later, all of a sudden, strange things happen to each of them, pulling them towards this house, as they feel they need answers to the strange things happening to them. Once they arrive at the house, they find that even though each of them lived there and they all remember the butler, (even though his name is slightly different for a ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group-read
Review to come after group read.
Oct 30, 2015 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, ghost-stories
The most unusual haunted house book I've ever come across, and I loved it for that alone. The narration is split between five separate characters, and the book develops slowly, taking its time with the characters, letting them grow with a slow burn discovery of their pasts and their relationships with their families.

Weird shit is going down. The prologue makes this very clear. Maybe a bit too clear, in that only going back after did I realize that the crazy stuff in the prologue doesn't have muc
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This is my second review for this novel. It was one of those books that didn't work for me globally. It was really interesting the prologue, which unfortunally didn't led anywhere. The book itself had five characters and each chapter was dedicated to one character. Some characters had really interesting stories but others were almost identical (maybe that was the point).

Each character was connected to a House they lived and each one had some connection to a caretaker and to a girl. This girl in
May 17, 2008 buhfly rated it liked it
I love Bentley Little's short stories and I was originally introduced to him through "The Collection" a few years ago.

Last year, I read "The Walking," a novel he'd written about the mysterious reanimation of dead people that are compelled to ceaselessly walk in circles, before they eventually walk away from their homes and into a lake. That book was subpar and I really hesitated to read anything else by Little again, aside from his shorts.

Someone recommended "The House," and so I gave it a shot.
Jerome Peterson
Apr 12, 2012 Jerome Peterson rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in this book. I read 80 pages into it and still did not come upon the plot. With each chapter I was waiting; hoping for it to come at me. It did not. Each chapter introduced a character that had strange unexplainable encounters at their homes. I guess these encounters were suppose to haunt them later on in the book. Though it was easy reading and Little is a great writer the overall theme and structure of the story did not keep me interested.
Edward Keller
Jun 13, 2012 Edward Keller rated it it was amazing
This was the very first book by Little I read, and boy, was it an introduction. The guy breaks all the rules: what topics can and can't be handled; how characters should develop; how the overal story should be structured. It's a violent, confused mess, in which you never know what will happen next and to whom. Hallucigenic, disturbing, raw and real, it was my favorite horror book for 2011.
Sarah Underhill
Oct 21, 2007 Sarah Underhill rated it really liked it
Shelves: bentely-little
This book I find to be one of his least gory books, it's actually a refreshing change. It's not one of my favirotes, but it is fairly well written. I enjoyed how the chapters were broken up into the characters stories. I find that Little normally has so many main characters it's very hard to keep track of them, but in this book it wasn't that bad.
David S.
Mar 06, 2013 David S. rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, 2013
Sometimes, you just need fluff!

The last couple of books I have devoured were more of the multi-layered, symbolic variety: CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell, and WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLES by Haruki Marakumi. Books that made your mind race with the hidden messages (messages that the author no doubt had any intention of doing, just that you want to believe that they did, and you make shit up just to explain all the gobble-de-gook)
Needless to say, both books were very good. CLOUD ATLAS is one that I will
Jul 29, 2016 Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, e-book, 2015
I read this book while I was on vacation this past week. I'm surprised that I wasn't able to get more reading done, since I had nothing pressing to do during this week, but the story was slow-going and not very engaging. Usually, when I go on vacation, I can knock out at least a book a day, but not this time. Shoot, I got less reading done this week than I do when I'm working full-time hours.

The House is about five people who each grew up in a house where strange things happened, and where membe
Jan 31, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it
Shelves: a-little-girl, butler
Review: The House by Bentley Little.

I enjoyed the book. The story was somewhat graphic at times but entertaining. The first half of the book was intriguing and getting to know the five characters didn 19t take long to figure out how they were connected. The second half was a little slower pace because the action was spread out through to many pages and the ending just jumped right out at the reader and the book was finished. Plus, throughout the story there were a few unanswered questions I was
Robb Bridson
Oct 06, 2014 Robb Bridson rated it liked it
You can always count on Bentley Little for a thoroughly weird tale. His personal style is taking mundane things and turning them into surreal supernatural weirdness. He has a knack for making innocent things sick and frightening.

While this story does exhibit Little's usual bizarre and grotesque horror show, it lacks the wit and satirical edge of some of his other stories, instead just manifesting as a fever dream of sickening scenes surrounding some rather unmoving characters.

As a strange horror
Jul 09, 2015 Justin rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This book was odd. The supernatural elements seemed random, and there for shock, disgust, strangeness element. Five strangers appear to share a similar childhood, with the same parents, the same servant and a nymphomanic girl, and the house. The prologue didn't make much sense other than shadow the bizarreness of the novel. Little crafted the structure well, with showing each character's everyday life before they revist the house. And I was drawn to see what would happen as these character's pat ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Although sometimes it did seem Bentley did try for shock effect a little too much, this book was still unique, creepy as hell, and will never be forgotten by anyone who reads it. The little girl is chilling and just plain nasty...I felt like a good long shower after reading this one. The plot is a complex maze you won't be able to figure out until the ending. Characters seemed genuine. The atmosphere was just plain dark and almost...forbidden. The pages are almost visually covered in grime and n ...more
Stephen King recommended author. He says: "BEST OUTRIGHT HORROR NOVELIST. Bentley Little, in a walk. Don't know Bentley Little? You're not alone. He's probably the genre's best-kept secret, but at least 10 of his novels are available in paperback; you can pick up three for the price of that flashy new hardcover you've got your eye on. The best thing about Little is that he can go from zero to surreal in 6.0 seconds. My favorites are The Store (think Wal-Mart run by SAYYY-tan) and Dispatch, in wh ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Emiliya rated it it was amazing
Много, много добра книга. Авторът се нареди до любимите ми хорър творци. Определено е силно повлиян от творчеството на Стивън Кинг, но не е дребен подражател, а развива темата за ЗЛОТО, поставя го в нови измерения.
Jan 28, 2015 Kylie rated it it was amazing
If you believe in the paranormal, this is a fabulous read!
It'd be great even if you don't!
I was really pleased, and surprised by this book!
I highly recommend it. I don't want to give too much away, but the end had me in tears!
Jun 24, 2013 Ms. rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
This book got very confusing, kind of like the TV show "Lost". Also, it had alot of sex involving the evil ghost of a 12 year old girl, which was inappropriate and gross. (I will be giving this book away!)
Nov 12, 2015 Terry rated it liked it
I'm just so-so with this one. some parts were a little repetitive and it jumped around a lot with the 5 main characters. I also would have liked more background story, too
Jason Jones
Jan 16, 2014 Jason Jones rated it it was amazing
loved it! very creepy and scary!
Angel Gelique
Feb 17, 2013 Angel Gelique rated it liked it
Good book, quite odd, though!
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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo
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