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House of Bones

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Five strangers brave the unknown when they investigate an abandoned housing project said to be haunted. Now they'll discover where evil dwells in this bone-chilling return to a classic tradition in horror novels.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Signet
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This was really a hard one to rate. First off, holy crow: what a stellar example of the Midwestern Gothic, American horror, eco-horror and haunted house genres. Like, should be taught in schools stellar.

Second off, oy the refrigerators.

Let me explain.

While not necessarily an easy or enjoyable read, this book is nonetheless one of the most skillful stories I've ever read. I stayed up past 2 last night reading, then when I woke up this morning all I could think about was finishing the book. It's
Robert Beveridge
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Dale Bailey, House of Bones (Signet, 2003)

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me make this clear from the outset: Dale Bailey is the real deal. This is good, solid haunted house horror that will keep you up late at night turning pages.

The mark of an author who knows what he's doing is the ability to draw you in without you knowing exactly where you got drawn in. King does it well, when he doesn't grab you with the first sentence. Carson McCullers was a master at it. Bailey is the heir apparent. I'm not su
Carl Alves
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
There is no more tired and overdone trope in the horror genre as the haunted house. I’ve read so many versions of these types of stories that it’s hard to get excited about it. Unfortunately this novel is just one of the many of this sub-genre that fall short. In about the most cliché of all possible ways of doing a haunted house story, Dreamland was a large house that was abandoned and partially dismantled before being resurrected by a wealthy man with an agenda. Even that aspect of the haunted ...more
Randolph Carter
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
Dale Bailey is such a good writer. Even with such a contrived plot the book was a pleasure to read. Basically this is The Haunting of Hill House transferred to the 'hood. Retired millionaire Ramsay Lomax has purchased the soon to be demolished Dreamlands, the vestiges of a 1960s vintage high rise housing project that turned out to be more of a nightmare than a blessing to the inner city impoverished it was meant to house. He's invited four guests that all have some connection with Dreamlands and ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I had been looking forward to reading this since reading Bailey's The Fallen, a book which just fell shy of a five star rating due to what I felt was its brevity and lack of ambition (no great fault in a debut novelist, and the book was otherwise excellent). Sadly, House of Bones was a disappointment.

The concept is Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House transposed to the projects - a small handful of people summoned to a haunted building and challenged to stay within its walls. Bailey's fa
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I love haunted house stories, which was why I was attracted to this book. However, The story was so conveluted with things that didn't always seem to make a difference inthe ultimate conclusion of the story. The pacing was not great by any means. There was no hook to grab the reader, to pull you into the story and take you further. I kept plodding along, weaiting for something sisnister to really take hold of this small group of people, but all it relaly did was lead you to the next personal pro ...more
Michael Jacoby
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Parts were genuinely creepy but for a book that was supposed to be scary and about a haunted house I was expecting to see a ghost well before the last 1/4 of the book. Very easy to put down. Meh.
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This book was a disappointment. While the writing was good, the storyline was agonizingly slow. There was a lot of internal monologue going on among the characters and I was skimming pages just to get to the end.
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Dale was born in West Virginia in 1968, and grew up in a town called Princeton, just north of the Virginia line. His stories have appeared in lots of places—The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Sci-Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, and various anthologies. Several of them have been nominated for awards, and “Death and Suffrage,” later filmed as part ...more
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