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The House of Lost Souls by F.G. Cottam
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Dec 08, 2010

it was ok
Read from December 04 to 08, 2010

an absolutely wonderful novella wrapped in a rather mediocre slog of a book.

If the tale were just about Paul Seaton and his experience with the house and perhaps the diary of the photographer, this would be a five stars must read low key tale of obsession and consequence of one man's brush with evil, but that it starts with a special forces guy hiding in the trees to watch his sister attend a funeral and ends with a string of conceits and coincidences rather than natural plotting and strength of characters, leaves this book at two stars.

i will, however, admit to enjoying the reversal of Mother Maiden Crone by the three male characters

edit: this also contains one of my most loathed memes in horror, the treatment of previous horror authors as practitioners of the dark arts or as though their writing were non-fiction etc, etc, etc. Horror must not be conversations about horror as genre or history in order to succeed.
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Reading Progress

12/04/2010 page 75
21.0% "I'm currently reading The House of Lost Souls which can so far be summed up as Heck House as it currently reads like a tame version of Richard Matheson's Hell House."
12/06/2010 page 115
33.0% "getting better. much better actually."
12/07/2010 page 215
61.0% "the House of Lost Souls would be a AMAZING novella, but unfortunately, it has been seemingly artificially expanded to novel length. For the past hundred plus pages, the book has been a flash back within a flashback which detours for unrelated narrative within one of those flashbacks."
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Lisa I couldn't agree more! I loved the story in the middle, about Paul researching Pandora Gibson-Hoare, but the rest about the haunted Fischer house was very drab.

Jayne Lamb I felt very similar, but have to admit I didn't notice a male version of maiden/ mother/ crone... which characters are you referring to?

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