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The Mephistophelean House is the sort of House you might miss driving by, nondescript, unremarkable, indistinguishable from all the other houses on the block. At the top of the stairs is a grim little room with a curious double hung window, and inside the room is an abnormal closet that leads to a windowless chamber. But when Matthew and Ben find a hole in the flue, ...more
ebook, 119 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by Benjamin Robert Carrico
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Michael Brookes
Nov 28, 2016 Michael Brookes rated it liked it
I loved the idea for this story, and it's a different take on the Faustian story. It's one of the classic tales of a bargain with hidden dangers, and making it part of the construct of the house worked well. It's told in an immediate and compelling manner, although this isn't even throughout the book.

For certain periods it seems to lose it's way, but that's only for certain parts, it's mostly well written and a solid horror tale. Part of the problem is that the pacing isn't balanced. It starts w
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Dec 15, 2013 Benjamin Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Mephistophlean House by Benjamin Robert Carrico is a modern day Doctor Faustus set in Portland Oregon. Roommates Matthew and Ben are polar opposites that turn on one another once they move into The Mephistophelean House.


Set in first person, the narrative of fear is visceral and spine tingling as you are forced to descend the inferno alongside the main character. The weeping tree and the porcelain angel are metaphors for the illusion of original sin. Everything happens twice because the norm

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