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Spook House

(Harmony, Indiana #3)

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  55 reviews
There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.” These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself. The Fuller Farm is one such place.

It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power. An
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published October 17th 2012 by Seventh Star Press
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Michael West
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Set in my fictional town of Harmony, Indiana, many have called this novel my best work to date. I am quite proud of it. And seeing Robby Miller (The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows) interact with Earl Preston (Poseidon's Children) is a ton of fun! ...more
Kimberly
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, rounded up for the fantastic cover work! (That is the first time I've ever rounded up for that)!

Harmony, Indiana. This is Book 3 that takes place in this local, where the veil between worlds seems unusually thin. I enjoyed Book 2 (CINEMA OF SHADOWS), but have to say that SPOOK HOUSE was even better, IMHO. The action and atmosphere slap you in the face right from the get-go. The build up of tension, divergence into "Lovecraftian" lore, and the actual "evil" itself were extremely well c
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WTF Are You Reading?
"Spook House" is a refreshing dose of "small town" horror at it's best. This is a story that brings to mind classics such as "Children of the Corn" and "Pet Cemetery". Michael West does a wonderful job of blending just enough lore and magic into his beasties to make them seem authentically otherworldly; without overwhelming the reader with a laborious back-story as to their who's and why's. This gives the reader a chance to fill in those blanks in his or her own mind, elevating him or her from ...more
Nikki
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When the Wide Game was released, I found it impossible to think that Michael West could write a book I enjoyed more. But he did.

Spook House is an amazing story, with characters that are real, behave believably, and are lovable.

West's imagination truly takes flight in this episode of his Harmony novels. He creates monsters that are unique and then manifests them in a way that is completely plausible-- making this his scariest ride yet. As with all West writing, the exposition is smooth and flaw
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Peter
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The thing that drew me to this book, was the fantastic art on the cover. I am glad that I took the chance to read Spook House. This is the third book in the Harmony series. I have not read the other two books, but this book can stand alone by itself. Spook House is a very creepy story with plenty of blood and guts. The book includes stranger looking monsters that live in this old haunted house. The ancient evil that lies within the Fuller House walls keeps building and building until the story f ...more
Bob/Sally
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Harmony, Indiana is to Michael West what Castle Rock, Maine is to Stephen King. It's a beautiful little all-American town, populated by good, old-fashioned, ordinary folk. It's a friendly town, where the citizens aren't embarrassed to come to one another's aid. It's also a place with deep, dark, dirty secrets tucked carefully away, just out of sight.

Secrets like serial killers, haunted farmhouses, Lovecraftian monsters, bloody rituals, and a history of gruesome deaths . . . all of which feature
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Evans Light
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-it
This is a very tough review for me to write. Do I treat this book with the same thorough criticism I reserve for established masters of the craft, or do I view it as the work of a very talented emerging author still perfecting the art of the novel? I'm going to try to straddle that line.

First off, I'm giving an extra star right off the bat for that cover - hands downs the best cover art I've seen in years. I didn't read a word about the book or the author, but went straight to the net and ordere
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Woohoo!!! Okay okay..need to get my thoughts straight here... I think i will be starting with the book cover saying it's pure awesomeness? Easily my favorite cover from Seventh Star Press. And it could totally be a poster for a horror movie which leads us to the second part...the story.

I'm new to the horror genre as i am known for being easily scared. Still i wanted to try the book so here i am. Michael West starts by giving you some interesting facts about horror houses and starts with a "class
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Cassandra
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horror
Full, non-spoiler review courtesy through Online Book Tour at
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Spook House turned out to be what would think of as a cult classic. We actually get some scary monsters and we are introduced into some fun characters-that make you laugh and you'd just love to know more!

Our story with Spook House begins with a couple, Jeff and Sheri, who decide to take a look at Harmony, Indiana's own haunted house or spook house. Jeff goes inside but not Sheri out of being fearful of the
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Sheila
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Harmony Indiana is one of those places where the veil between worlds grows thin and mysteries seep in. Or they creep, crawl, drip or claw, depending on just which mysteries you’re thinking about. It’s a scary place where an EMT is haunted by his past, a haunted house hides more than it seems, and a cop hopes he’ll live to see his wife again. And it’s the sort of place that doesn’t let you go when it’s drawn you in.

Michael West writes the sort of books that won’t let you go either, from Cinema o
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Kim (Bookishly Me)
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-pile
Spook House is a spooky read which keeps you on the edge of you seat. It’s a perfect Halloween read and definitely not for the squeamisch.

In the small town of Harmony strange things are happening. In an old house a man disappears and his girlfriend is attacked by something she can only discribe as a spider dog. And these are not the only people who get attacked and a man is on his way to Harmony with nothing good on his mind.

Spook House is a fast read. It was really hard to sat the book aside o
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Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
As much as I love reading a great horror novel, I love watching horror movies as well. Now that I have young children, I don't get to watch many (any!) horror flicks. Michael West's Harmony, Indiana books are a great combination of both worlds. The fun and the scares are much like watching a horror movie. The movie references scattered throughout are an added bonus as well.

Spook House is a great book to read this time of year. The Halloween tie-in was more subtle than I expected; you could defin
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Ms. Nikki
The house was not spooky.
There were no ghouls or ghosts.
There was a crack in the wall,
housing supernatural hosts.
We studied, we learned,
then decided to burn.
The house to the ground,
leaving Harmony safe and sound.

by Nikki

Where did these reviews come from? I wonder. This read started out so strong and became a comical tragedy. I might be harsh, but what the hell happened? The story fell hard after the initial monster killing and became this big Lovecraf-tian chat-fest. Why, why, why, must we talk
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Laura Thomas
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh yeah, Michael does it again. Writes a story that reads so visual you think you’re watching the movie. A very creepy movie flooded with a mixed bag of characters, serial killers and bizarre monsters.

From the beginning there’s a scene that gave me the willies. Guess I’ve seen too many horror movies, but that spider dog. Oh, man. From that scene on I was prepared for things to get crazier. That’s what the author does so well. Uses his talent for writing to set your nerves on edge and strings you
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Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Hesitation Before
The very first thing that must be mentioned is that while this is the third book in the series, you do not need to read the first two books in the series to understand and enjoy this book. I didn’t and I still really enjoyed this book and everything that it had to offer. It has been a long time since I have read anything quite like this book before and I am so glad that I signed up for this tour as it gave me a chance to get back into this genre. I found this book to be thor
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Sharon
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
First, I want to make a shout-out to artist Matthew Perry for the kick-ass cover of Spook House, as well as the two interior pieces. Seventh Star Press was smart when they grabbed this guy for their books.

Spook House is actually the third book in West’s Harmony, Indiana series. I haven’t read the first two, but you don’t need to read the books in order because they are self-contained stories that happen in the same small town. There is an overlapping arc but you are given just enough information
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Michelle
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zz2012-read
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I haven't read a horror novel in quite some time and as it used to be my favourite genre to read I was quite excited when the opportunity to read this one came along.
Spook House, which is my first ever Michael West novel, had just the right amount of horror mixed in with an interesting storyline that kept me totally intrigued and turning the pages as quick as I could to the very end (well, as much as pages can be 'turned' on a Kindle anyway!)
In
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John Allen
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Michael West is a very good writer. It is only icing on the cake that he writes in a genre that I love, horror. As a horror writer myself, I find inspiration in other writers, whose work is entertaining and of overall good quality. Spook House fits the bill in spades! This, I'm ashamed to say is the first Michael West novel which I've read, but I can tell you now that it won't be the last.
Spook House reads just like a horror movie, but not in the corny, cheesy predictable way. It has plenty of g
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William Bentrim
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Spook House by Michael West

A haunted house in the tiny town of Harmony turns out to be less than harmonious. Halloween turns out to be a truly otherworldly experience.

Sheri Foster and Robby Miller become unlikely protagonists in this very spooky thriller. Sheri is exposed to something that defies her imagination and strains her creditability with the first responders. Robby Miller, whose personal nightmares provide him with a different frame of reference, is the only first responder to believe
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Judy
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Spook House! I am not usually a horror buff but have read the other books in this series and found them very well written and the characters very engaging, so decided to read this one as well. I was not disappointed. It took me a bit longer than usual to read, because I do most of my reading at bedtime, and found the story so scary that I was afraid of inviting nightmares. However by the time I was half way through the book, I was so involved with the characters that I foun ...more
Robin Blankenship
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. West can make scary monsters and people to care about that are also scared of scary monster leading you to care about the people put in wonderfully scary spots. I started reading this book and I literally could not put it down. So just to sum it up this book is awesome, fun, scary, clever. This is a book that will not disappoint.

Noigeloverlord
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Michael West's best book! If there is one thing about Michael's books is the best parts are usually in the 1st 3/4 of the book which is just a small disappointment for me being that I have yet to read anything that was not great. Spook House however builds and builds the suspense till the very last page. ...more
Kyle
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a great and horrific tale. It kept me on the edge of my seat all the way till the last page. Not many books could top this, it's fluid in it's writing and every character is fleshed out and even more believable then the last. Defiantly recommend. ...more
Mateo
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was really into this book. I will most likely pick up the other Harmony books by Mr West since it was such a fun read & it's sadly a rarity to stumble across such an original and genuinely engaging horror story. ...more
David Donaghe
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This hair raising tale will keep you turning the page. When you open a door in the spiritual world, you never know what might come out. When it's in a Spook House, terror reins supreme. ...more
Bill
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What better place to stage an October haunted attraction than in a real haunted farmhouse, built on a foundation of blood and unthinkable evil atrocities. Sprinkle on a spider-dog (or four), an army of sadistic centipedes and drench with a healthy dose of super soaker saline solution.

It’s going to be one hell of a Halloween in Harmony, Indiana.

Entertaining and fast paced with the appropriate amounts of blood and creepy goings on. 3 stars.
Jill Franklin
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Horror is by far my fave genre and has been since childhood. When done well, it's challenging to say the least. It takes a special talent to skillfully bring to life plots and situations that are not suppose to exist. To bend reality, push the limitations without crossing over the line of cheesiness.

It goes without saying that King is the master at this, while it may become repetitious that the this is mentioned if this genre is so much as hinted at.......can you really talk about horror and not
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Jeff Laws
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this one on my shelf for awhile because it’s the 3rd book of the series and I hadn’t read the first 2 but I finally said screw it and read it anyways. I was glad I did and it wasn’t necessary to read the first 2 to enjoy this one. From what I can gather by reviews, all the books take place in the same town and have a few of the same characters but there is no huge storyline that you miss out on by not reading the others.

There’s a haunted house where years ago, the owner was trying to op
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Ryan
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Michael West could be the reincarnation of H.P. Lovecraft, but with a style that makes his work much more easier to read. I could not put this thing down! I didn't know it was the third book in a series until I was done, but I didn't feel like I missed out on anything. It just made me want to get the other books that came before (Especially Wide Game!) Can't say enough about the characters, and so happy that somebody from Poseidon's Children showed up! Mr. West is probably my favorite writer rig ...more
Kathryn
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spook House is the third installment in the Harmony, Indiana series by Michael West, it's a more of a monster novel that's filled with mythological creatures out of Lovecraft. I found the characters to be relatable and the monster very creepy, especially what they do to feed. It was nice to see characters from Cinema of Shadows featured in this book. I can't wait for the next book in the Harmony, Indiana series. ...more
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Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, West earned a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, and since that time, he has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He live ...more

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