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A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill

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Tom Teal and Albert Barnes are government employees tasked with visiting a hard-to-reach house and convincing its inhabitant, a member of the Zarene family that controls the whole valley, that a large dam project is a good idea. But the Zarenes have their own way of doing things, and they don’t take kindly to outsiders…
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ebook, 32 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Tor Books
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karen
Apr 29, 2014 karen rated it liked it
HERE IS SOMETHING USEFUL TO KNOW!!!

it seems that SOME of these free tor shorts are spin-offs of other, full-length books, which you may or may not have read. like, for example, this one. which i chose as my next "free tor read" because i had read and enjoyed a book by this author before. just not, regrettably, the one set in the same world as this story. BUT I OWN IT! (which is what i shall have carved on my tombstone)

i liked the story: - the atmosphere, the hints of magic, the situation that i
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Zuky
Jul 06, 2016 Zuky rated it really liked it
“And what would you do with Mr. Teal anyway?”

Ghislain’s face softened. “Get him to show me what’s inside him.”


Gulp.

This story left me wanting more. I read through this so quickly and when I reached the end I was shocked that nothing else became of the story.

This was an enjoyable read. The perfect amount of creepiness and some excellent subtle paranormal things going on. I just need more of it! What happened to Barnes, the cow and what what was in that window seat? Why was Ghislain bonkers and li
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Amy
Nov 29, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, short-story
Creepy story about some gov't guys trying to convince a family to leave a valley, which will be flooded by an upcoming dam project. Except the house on the hill. Eeek.
Audrey
Jan 15, 2014 Audrey rated it really liked it
Excellent -- although I think anything that allowed me back into Zarene Valley would be met with a high rating from me.
Kimikimi
Feb 14, 2015 Kimikimi rated it liked it
Shelves: tor-com
Another Tor.com short story.

I don't know if my reviewing skills are getting worse or if there is just less to say about these stories.

That said, this story has some of the flavoring of old fairy tales or ghost stories. Some of that bone deep shiver, but without a clear reason why. Nothing much obviously terrible happens, and yet stuff goes on unexplained in the shadows.
Kelly
Jun 15, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Wickedly atmospheric. I honestly didn't know what to expect as the story progressed. And while things didn't exactly play out as I was anticipating, they worked very nicely.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill was a free online read on the Tor.com website on 06/15/13.
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Dec 16, 2013 Brosna rated it it was amazing
This story really enhanced my reading of Mortal Fire. I wish I had got to it sooner!
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Elizabeth Knox was born in Wellington‚ New Zealand‚ and is the author of eleven novels and three novella and a book of essays.

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