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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  456 ratings  ·  35 reviews
By the author of the "nonfiction" The Amityville Horror--a fictional recycling of nearly that very same story. Carpenter-painter Keith Olson & wife Jennifer--an out-of-work interior decorator who pines for Manhattan & is gaga about widower David Carmichael, a glamorous & wealthy antiques dealer--live in New Castle on the Hudson. Then, seemingly out of nowhere,...more
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published April 1st 1981 by Simon & Schuster (NY) (first published 1980)
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Jennifer March
I've been fascinated with the idea of horror novels lately, and have been wanting to read some vintage 1970s horror. 666 is the first I've read on that kick (it's what I found available at the library on Saturday). 666 was published in 1981, a year or two past the 70s and the death of disco, and the same year the final Omen movie was released, but the story is set in 1978 and has that 1970s feel I wanted.

I inhaled the book in two days. The story pulled me in right away: a fun commercial thrill...more
Nádia Batista
A escolha deste livro foi, inicialmente, um erro. Pensava que se tratava da história da famosa Amytiville, sobre a qual Jay Anson tem de facto uma obra, mas este trabalho é completamente diferente, e eu demorei algumas páginas a tentar perceber o que é que a história tinha em comum com o que conhecia de Amytiville. Quando me apercebi do verdadeiro conteúdo desta história, fiquei ligeiramente decepcionada, mas estava a gostar, portanto só tinha de continuar e aproveitar a leitura.

Confesso que esp...more
Jackmillis
I remember reading this when I was young and want to see if it holds up. I think the best thing about finding this book and buying it was that I purchased a copy of The Torah at the same time.
Julie
Okay, so I enjoyed The Amityville Horror and thought I'd give 666 a go because, really, what can go wrong with a book titled 666? No pressure or anything.

So we get another devil house. Yay. This devil house is randomly moved around the United States where it (apparently) makes its inhabitants crazy murderers, etc. You know the drill. The devilness of the devil house radiates from a hexagonal room with stained glass windows that glow red in the sunset. And, speaking of stuff that should really m...more
Frank Tibbetts
Keith and Jennifer Olson return home from Grand Bahama islands and discover a house has been placed on a vacant lot across from theirs...the address? 666 Sunset Brook Lane.
Keith is a carpenter who owns his own business. Curious, he visits the house hoping to meet the owner. Upon entering the home and finding it empty, his woodworking instincts kick in and he realizes the house is in dire need of repairs. He enters the bathroom and a bronze, Roman coin,(a sestertious) drops from the ceiling. As...more
Manuel
I just finished reading the 1981 novel “666” by Jay Anson, author of the infamous “Amityville Horror”. Despite it being part of the late 70′s devil craze, it was pretty subtle with the diabolical imagery until the gruesome climax, and really kept my attention throughout. It tells the tale of a satanic house that is made of grim artifacts from the past. It’s implied in various ways, through dream sequences and conversations that the house is a variant of Satan’s throne on Earth. Its timbers selec...more
Andrew Armour
This book was Predictable, writing so so, and very little in the way of offering something new. But despite all this I was not dispirited by this horror yarn one iota. The story gets going pretty quick as a couple arrive back home from a vacation I think from Jamaica. Surprised to see a new home across the way, that has been transported from another site that we learn later was a scene of a slaying, and the murderer is languishing away in jail. The husband Keith explores the empty house and find...more
Sylvia Marquez
In my opinion, this book contained aspects of a classic haunting. From the satanic inferences to the house somehow being alive, mainly by the 6-sided room that turns blood red during sunset. The ancient Roman coin that falls out of thin air giving one of the characters images of torture during Nero’s reign. Not to mention precognitive nightmares. Yes, it had a love triangle, but it was meant to intermingle with the mysteries of the house. The house that appeared from nowhere by an owner that is...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
I read this many years ago, and a second time, also quite some time ago. Although I enjoyed Mr. Anson's "The Amityville Horror," which was somewhat scary (probably more due to the son roaming around with a shotgun than actual paranormal events), I found "666" a truly frightening book-and I put it on the same level with Anne Rivers Siddons' The House Next Door, also a book I've read several times, with the same results: scared to blazes, didn't want to sleep, kept looking over my shoulder. Both o...more
~M~
Terrible book. It started out so promising. Well written and I loved the connection to ancient Rome.

The book jacket blurb said the climax is a scene of horror that would stay with you for a long time.

Unfortunately the author decided to SKIP OVER the scene of horror. One minute they are walking into the scary room....

The next minute another character comes in and sees the aftermath.

You never see or encounter the actual "figure of evil" doing all these things, and it's never explained WHY it's al...more
Daniel Olivos
Me gusta bastante la idea principal de la novela, me gusto el suspenso que el autor utilizo con cada uno de los personajes. cada vez que iba leyendo, no quería para de leer, hasta que llegue al fin, lo cual me decepciono bastante. Esperaba un final distinto con mas acción, con mas terror y suspenso. encontre el final muy obligado. BUENA HISTORIA, MAL FINAL.
Nancy
This is another horror novel from the 1970's by the same man who brought you "The Amityville Horror". It's about a mysterious house and an even more mysterious owner and the strange goings-on inside of it. It's not exactly a haunted house story, but I'm not sure how else this would be classified. A husband and wife duo become entangled with the house and its occupant(s) when the new house arrives in their neighborhood. There are one or two plot-holes that I would have liked to have had fixed, bu...more
Michael
I probably rated this 5 stars upon first read maybe ten years ago? Second read I realize the story is just okay.

For whatever reason u recall a more thorough historical explanation for the haunts as well as a higher body count. Clearly I'm mistaken.
Tony Gleeson
I found this book, of all places, on a shelf at a bed & breakfast outside of Santa Barbara. It was just a decorative book among many in the room but I was drawn to it. I thought Anson's "Amityville Horror" was a dreadfully written book but I enjoyed-- if that's the word-- "666." It's a strange story, creepily uncomfortable, and I could see where the various plotlines were leading to, but I had to keep reading nonetheless. It was fascinating. Is this a well-written book? Uh... no, not really....more
Keith
Aug 04, 2008 Keith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who don't need constant action to be entertained
Recommended to Keith by: just found it in a thrift store
Shelves: horror
It is difficult for me to decide why I liked this book. I cannot say that it was overly exciting or that I couldn't put it down, but there was never a time where I felt like I had to trudge through a lot of crap to get to a good part. I was always curious to know what would happen next. Some people may have reservations about a book about the devil, but I didn't find anything that would make me feel like I shouldn't be reading it and there was nothing explicit. This is an entertaining, steady, s...more
Christine
Yeah...this is basically Amityville Horror but fictionalized. It was ok, it was a really quick read, but it was the book version of a super schlocky horror movie. Also...Anson is really fond of unnecessary exclamation points for emphasis! Oh no...look over there...a dead bird! But the bird was fine just a minute ago! *Gasp*! It's a little annoying, but in the good clean fun kind of way.
Dixie Diamond
I confess I remember finding this kind of entertaining when I was about 12 (though it was somewhat anticlimactic since I had just read The Amityville Horror the week before) . . . which probably says enough right there.
Tasha-Lynn
I still liked this book even thou I remember it being a lot scarier when I read it the first time. I was a lot younger thou... Really, any books that have to do with possession or the devil have always freaked me out.
Erik Graff
Mar 04, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anson fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
Just like me. Anson, known as a screenwriter, writes a best-seller, The Amityville Horror, and I read his subsequent horror book--this a novel, not a supposedly true story. It wasn't scary. It wasn't very good.
Gypsykat
A story about a house that is owned by the Devil & travels around (yes it is physically moved from place to place) inciting people to kill... It was a quick & predictable read, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Lisa Magliocca
This was one of the craziest books I've read. It didn't scare me like the Amityville Horror did, but it wasn't without chilling moments either. However, it was a little predictable. But worth reading.
Bari
I picked this up on Amazon after reading The Amityville Horror.

It's a really creepy, love triangle kind of thriller/horror story. Jay Anson only ever wrote two novels. Such a shame.
Brittany
Although slightly predictable I still enjoyed this book. Anson did a good job with the plot, adding a bit of mystery and thrill to accompany the simple language used.

LKM
Sep 17, 2008 LKM rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
Shelves: favorites
Not counting young adult novels of less than 20 pages, this is the first "real" book I ever read, and I loved it. I still read it once in a while again.
Devowasright
so i read this when i was maybe 12? so it gets 3 stars, as i really liked it then, though it is pretty much the exact plot from amityville.
Donald Kirch
A scary book written by the man who brought us "The Amityville Horror." His last work, I am told. A good chiller for a dark night. :o)
Tana
Book was good but already started watching series on TV. I expected so much more from the book, but series blows away the book.
Jasmine Lenares
dispite the books name it is really GREAT! i love this book it just might be one of my favorites =) i like the 12 chapter !
A.R.
The 70's authors never fail. You've got to stay with this one till the end. It IS a great novel.
Kevin Lucia
Cheesy 80's horror fare. Interesting how the Amityville incident started this guy's career...
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Jay Anson (November 4, 1921 – March 12, 1980) was an American author whose most famous work was The Amityville Horror. After the runaway success of that novel, he wrote 666, which also dealt with a haunted house. He died in 1980.

His work, The Amityville Horror, was sold as "a true story", and it was based on the reported experiences of George Lutz and Kathleen Lutz at 112 Ocean Avenue in December...more
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