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The Third Floor (Angel Hill #1)

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Hell House. The Amityville Horror. The Haunting of Hill House.

Horror author C. Dennis Moore invites you to the newest haunted house on the block, a place so mean, even in a town where strange is the norm, the stories surrounding this house are legend. The problem is they’re all true.

THEIR NEW HOME IS OUT TO GET THEM

Welcome to Angel Hill, Missouri, a town that shot blood
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Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published December 17th 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 12th 2012)
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Justin
Ugh, dear lord, no.

You're doing it wrong.

I seldom ever give out one-star ratings, but the whole time I was reading this book, I looked like how Beavis and Butthead looked when that one Milli Vanilli video came on. Hold on, I actually just screencapped that last week:



That. That is what my face looked like while reading this. Shitty writing, poor character development, and so many pointless sentences. Example:

Liz glanced into the empty rooms. They all looked so bare. Of course they do, she thought
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Aniko Carmean
Mar 23, 2013 Aniko Carmean rated it it was ok
I love horror stories set in small towns. I love haunted house stories. THE THIRD FLOOR by C. Dennis Moore combines both of those elements: a family moves to a small town, only to discover their new home is haunted.

I started reading with high hopes of having found the perfect book for my predilections. The shining star of THE THIRD FLOOR is Joey, the little boy. His characterization and dialog were excellent. When anyone other than Joey was on the page, I was disconnected from the story, and wa
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Char
2.5* rounded up to 3.

I read this novel with my Shelfari horror group. We were disappointed.

It's pretty obvious this is a haunted house story. As such, it could be hard to impress my group because we are all seasoned horror fans and have lots of experience with haunted house books. This book just did not measure up.

A couple moves into a new home. A haunting ensues. Apparitions of young children, both a boy and a girl appear. There are feelings of being touched. There are screams and laughter hear
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Brenda Seaberg
Feb 11, 2013 Brenda Seaberg rated it it was amazing
While I thought I knew where this was going, it ended up surprising me. I loved it! For me, this was a very fast read.

How can you explain the unexplainable to those who are convinced it's not possible? Liz and Joey have both experienced supernatural happenings, but they don't discuss it because they don't know that the other has had these experiences, and they're both trying to be brave so the other won't be scared. Jack is sure that hauntings and such are not possible, so he attempts to logical
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Sarah
Jun 01, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
The story had potential, but never went any where... And the ending was abrupt, you wanted a little more closure. The characters frustrated me.... Um if there were unexplained noises like that, I would be out of that house so fast! And I would tell my spouse exactly what was happening. Borderline 1 star for me!
Victoria
Apr 16, 2013 Victoria rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me
So, I guess it’s time for an additive to that old adage of “Don’t Judge A Book By A Cover” and tack on, “Don’t Buy A Book Based On Its Title”. In Home Alone, Kevin McCallister halts in front of the steps leading upstairs saying, “The third floor... It’s scary up there.” So, with fingers crossed, I bought this Kindle book and hoped that Moore’s version of the third floor would be scary.

Unfortunately, I never once felt scared, or even remotely pleased with this reading experience. The writing was
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Doreen
Feb 01, 2013 Doreen rated it it was amazing
O. M. G!!!!
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars!!!! This was a truly amazing book. It is really hard to freak me out, but I actually had to stop reading this book last night when my husband went to bed! That has not happened in a verrrrrrrryyyyy long time! Well dome Mr. Moore!
Everybody who has a penchant for horror,or the supernatural, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!
Joanne Moyer
this book had a lot of promise, the basic storyline was good but there was just too much other stuff bogging it down. the haunted house/ghost story I would give 3 stars but the book should have been about 100 pages less for a better rating..
Kimberly
Apr 20, 2013 Kimberly rated it liked it
Started out a bit repetitive for my taste, but about half way in, it got more interesting. The ending moved my review from a 2 star to a 3, since I felt that held a lot more action and excitement.
Matthew Bielawa
May 20, 2015 Matthew Bielawa rated it really liked it
OK, I'm a sucker for a haunted house story. And I liked the story....a family moves into a new house in a new state. And things start happening right off the bat, slowly at first. Nice. Then they start to meet their neighbors and hear the "rumors". Nice. Though nothing really new to add to the sub-genre, I liked many of the scenes. (view spoiler) ...more
S. Wideman
Mar 12, 2013 S. Wideman rated it really liked it
OMG, I want to move to Angel Hill! The whole place is like one big paranormal amusement park. Between the ground-breaking ceremony that produced a red, blood-like liquid, to flowers that mysteriously bloom where no one planted any, to an invasion of lizards, it's so awesome! Not to mention, the apartment with a vortex and the haunted house on fourth.

When Liz, Jack and Joe move into their new house, they get a lot more than they bargained for. Sure, it's a little run down, but Liz wanted a fixer-
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Alison
Jan 14, 2013 Alison rated it liked it
The Third Floor is a solid ghost story. It combines standard ghost story tropes with a few new ideas. The spooky atmosphere of the house is well achieved. The ending is particularly strong. Unfortunately, it wasn't until I approached the ending that I was really gripped by the book. Here's why:

First, while Liz and Joey were interesting and sympathetic, the character of Jack was exactly the opposite. In many ghost stories, one family member refuses to accept the evidence right before his or her e
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Lisa Logan
Jun 04, 2013 Lisa Logan rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for haunted house novels and movies, and this book definitely met my expectations. This author possesses the unique talent for creating a creepy vibe in his writing. Not many writers can do that. I really like the twist of this story, but I don't want to give details as to spoil it for others. This novel reminded me of one of my all time favorite novels of all--Stephen King's "The Shining." I highly recommend this for those who, like me, enjoy a good scare. Very entertaining and ...more
Irene
Aug 29, 2013 Irene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
If you love a good ghost story then this is a must read. The Third Floor is the best haunted house story I have had the pleasure to read in quite some time. In fact the entire town has a long history of strange and creepy occurrences which adds nicely to the spooky atmosphere of the story. Also includes an additional short story at the end which I would rate 5 stars as well.
Karyn
Mar 02, 2013 Karyn rated it did not like it
I couldn't get past the third grade book report writing style. Jack said...Joey asked...said Liz Unfortunately, the lack luster dialog-mode of writing made it impossible for me to give the story a chance.
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
This was a good ghost story but I didn't get scared. Perhaps I should have read it at night?

I also enjoyed the bonus story "In The Presence of Loneliness"
Kerry Stewart
Feb 03, 2013 Kerry Stewart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Wow! what a great ghost story! Really enjoyed this story and was scared to turn the light off! Thank you Mr. Moore for the entertainment!
Jessica
Jan 17, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stop reading this book! I like the writing style; it made for a quick read. Really fun ghost story, and I hate to say it but this would make a good horror movie, too.
Kimberly
Feb 02, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent ghost story. The author kept up the story and kept me wondering what the whole history of the house is.
Holly Stouffer
Jan 23, 2013 Holly Stouffer rated it liked it
I liked the story. Not the characters so much. Dysfunctional how they couldn't talk to each other. Liked the ending.
Diane
Jan 20, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was really good, and scary, loved it!!!
Sarah Bradbury
Dec 02, 2016 Sarah Bradbury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit wary when I ordered this as I've found that a lot of haunted story books are quite boring, and not well written, but this one surprised me.

When I first started it I found a couple of spelling errors and a couple of lines of text missing which would normally put me off, but I persevered and am glad I did. Yes there are bits of the story where I felt the author could have gone into a lot more detail (some parts - that I consider to be major to the whole story line and what gripped me i
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Luke Hays
Oct 31, 2016 Luke Hays rated it really liked it
If you like haunted house stories, this novel is a good pick up. It has everything from a family in crisis, ghosts, a child who sees ghosts and the parents who do not see the ghosts, to the one parents who believes the child and the other who doesn't. A house with a disturbing past and chilling twists and turns. You really care about the characters and some characters drive you crazy. C. Dennis Moore is an author I will check out again. I enjoyed the audiobook from audible. It was a fun listen. ...more
Heather
Dec 31, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
(This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).


The feels with this book! This book scared me, and I loved it! It was the blurb that made me want to read this book. Even reading the blurb now sends chills down my neck. This is the kind of horror I wish more authors would write.

The title is perfect for the book. Most of the ghostly goings on happen on the third floor. While it's not an overly creepy title, it still works.

I don't really like the cover.
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Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
I think the nicest thing I can say about this book is that it isn't as bad as some of the other horror books I've read lately.

This book had all the components of a haunted house horror book but it failed to pull them together and, by the end, the whole thing was so frayed that it was almost laughable. This is an awesome case study for would-be authors to read if you want to know how a book that has all the right parts but the execution of those parts totally failed is like.

The character portraya
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Brenda
Sep 29, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
I love a scary good haunted house story and boy "The Third Floor" fit the bill and then some! I found myself reading this book nonstop, wanting to know what would ultimately happen to the Kitches.

When Jack, Liz,and their son Joey move from Texas to Angel Hill, Missouri so that Jack could start his new job well it was a time of new beginnings. Jack had already purchased an old house and all the family had to do was move in, with the plan being that Liz would stay home with six year old Joey will
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Amanda Thames
Dec 31, 2015 Amanda Thames rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This book was so fantastically creepy. A family moves into a their new house in Angel Hill and almost immediately weird things are happening to them (think the Amityville Horror). There's cold breath on the back of a neck, footsteps in the halls, thumping on the floors above, prank phone calls with sinister messages, whispers and giggling when you're home alone--and this is all before the ghosts themselves appear.

At first, everything can be explained away, which is why the creepiness is so perfe
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Leah Polcar
Jan 05, 2014 Leah Polcar rated it liked it
Really good haunted house story. Nothing genre breaking -- you have a semi-creepy house, lots of creepy happenings, and straightforward creepy ghosts. The action starts quickly and continues throughout -- personally, while I wasn't scared while reading since most of the things that happen are expected in haunted house stories (e.g., footsteps, doors opening and closing by themselves, etc.) -- the supernatural incidents were nicely presented and didn't come off as cheesy or just formulaic. The ...more
Missy Lamarre
Apr 02, 2013 Missy Lamarre rated it liked it
This was just "meh" for me. I thought the premise was interesting, and I'll give any ghost story or haunted house take a fair chance, but my biggest gripe about The Third Floor is that I didn't like any of the characters. I expect there to be a token skeptic in these stories, but Jack remained obnoxiously stubborn throughout almost the entire book. His excuses and reasonings to explain what was happening was just frustrating after a while. Liz was more likeable and I would have liked to see more ...more
Peter
May 26, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it
The Kitche's moved from Houston to the small town of Angel Hill. Missouri. The Kitche's did not know that the house they were moving into was haunted. Milo Dengler killed his four children and then hung himself. Milo's wife had died from cancer and raising 4 children all by himself was too much and he snap. Joey and Liz each had supernatural experiences on going in the new house. Neither one of them knew about the others experiences. Liz finally had to tell Jack about the supernatural happenings ...more
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C. Dennis Moore's first publication was the short story "Preparations" in a 1999 issue of Sepulchre Magazine. A few years later that story was made into a short film and aired on Chiller TV. Since then he's published regularly in the speculative fiction genre in places like Scared Naked Magazine, Horror Carousel, The Horror Zine, Fiction365 and Down in the Cellar. He's also appeared in several ...more
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