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The Number of the House is 13: A Short Ghost Story

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On almost every street there is that one house with its story and secrets that everyone avoids. On this street the house was number 13.

For two adventurous cousins, the reputation this house has acquired is based on rumor, and they're determined to find out if there is any truth in it. They decide to explore the house to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. As
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Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published April 2nd 2014
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Rebecca McNutt
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was your garden variety haunted house story, short and very well-written. Following two cousins, one of them our unnamed narrator, readers join in with them as they dare to explore a spooky yet captivating building, which takes them to darker places than they were prepared for. It's very standard as far as short stories go, and I would have liked to have seen more of the ghostly happenings it initially boasted, but it's a decent book and one that readers of almost any age can enjoy. It also ...more
Keep Calm Novel On
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review from the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal (LoP).
The reader is drawn into the spooky short story immediately. The descriptive language sets the tone for the horror that is to come. Jett and his cousin, the narrator enters a house that is haunted according to all accounts. Upon opening the door of the house the reader feels their fear.
The Number of the House is 13 would be a great read aloud short story at a Halloween party. The
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Sheri
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Number of the House is 13 by T.R. Sutherland

Two cousins decide to spend the night in the creepy house down the block that happens to be number 13. But they are in for a surprise, the house seems to come alive and they are in for the fright of a lifetime.

A great spooky short story. I feel Y/A as well as adults will love this read.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This short story takes us into the world of a haunted house, where the shadows come to life and an unholy stench hits the human senses with a vengeance. It's a place I would dare not go. But two young lads go there indeed.

The story is well written with good descriptions of events, however I was hungry for more ghostly happenings and more of the scare/chills factor than I got. I thunk more could be added to really make this story one to remember.

What are the secrets the house holds that the lads
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Al
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2014
I thought this short story started out well. A haunted house is a premise that’s been done before, which means originality is harder to find, yet it is also so well known that the setup is easy. This story started out feeling like one of those tall tales you might relate while sitting around a campfire late at night only with more detail and better descriptions.

The narrator (who I don’t think was ever named) and his cousin, Jett, set off to explore the haunted house. The foundation was set, the
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Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This book was quite a short, easy read. I really liked the front cover of it and it was nice that the title of the book was taken from a quote one of the characters said in the book.

I'd imagine it's quite hard to create a truly atmospheric story with a book of this length, but I felt the author did a really good job of that. There were some really quite creepy moments and although I
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Grampy
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Number of the House is 13” by T.R. Sutherland is a story about a night spent in a haunted house, told in an almost academic style. It was actually quite interesting, I thought. Although there was a lot of frightening activity to entertain the two cousins during their ill-advised escapade, the story reads more like a news account or even a diary written well after the fact. Somehow that gave the whole short story an aura of truth, whereas a first-person, as-it-is-happening, haunted house ...more
Latasha
Sep 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
EDITED!
I read this story on 9/21/14 and below is my original review. I gave it 3 stars. HOWEVER, on 9/23/14, I listened to a Librivox recording of The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood. I could not believe it. calling this a retelling would be a stretch considering the only thing changed was the characters. in Blackwood's story the characters are a guy & his Aunt Julia. this story, it's guy & his cousin. there is no way this story is just a coincidence. I checked the description of the
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Jennifer McDonald
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Number of the house is 13 is a captivating short story. The atmosphere is suspenseful and dialogue somewhat old-school. I loved the idea of the unnamed narrator. It was easy to identify with, and transported me back to when my friends and I would seek out alleged haunted houses and adventure inside. The writing is great, and the story an all around joy to read.
And anyone who says teens today wouldn’t understand words like enigmatic, ascended, contemptuous needs more faith in young people. I
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Gladys
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

If you want a quick read that will scare you, then this is definitely for you. Despite it being short, the author was able to describe everything in detail as if you're reliving the adventure yourself. A story being this short also has its own drawback. You're left wondering how everything happens in the first place. Like for this book, the background story of the house is limited. It would have been much better
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Debbie
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Number of the House is 13 by T.R. Sutherland

I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review through the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com
I have to begin by saying that this book would be a fantastic read aloud story on Halloween. The book is only 17 pages long and tells the story of the Narrator and her cousin who decide to spend a night in a haunted house. This book is a refreshing take on a ghost story. It is very well written, and the word imagery is
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Gabby
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: r2r
I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal.

I loved the idea of this short story but the execution was a let down. The writing was just so wordy and a complete mouth full. The sentences were very long and some were paragraph length. These over the top descriptions took away from the story. Even though I really wanted to, I just could not get emotionally invested.

Ramona Plant
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ramona Plant This is a fun little read. The author grabs your attention from the very first sentence and releases you at the end. That is exactly what a great author has to do giving the length of the story. The tensions builds up throughout. He is definitely a master of his craft. I would definitely read more from this author.

I received this book from the author for an honest review (LoP, lovers of the paranormal)
Sami C
May 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-on-kindle
I wouldn't say I "liked it" but "it was okay". I have probably spent way too much time on Reddit's Let's Not Meet because this short story wasn't as creepy as I hoped it would be. Great command of words, though.
Courtney Sutherland
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read! It was so descriptive and painted an inventive scenery for my imagination to run with. I was able to really feel the fear and see the shadows within the house. And, it was the perfect length! I was able to experience all the ups and downs of the book during my lunch hour.
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When two Cousins spend the night in the creepy house down the block that happens to be number 13. They are in for a real surprise, The house seems to come alive and they are in for the fright of their life. An enjoyable spooky short story Y/A as well as Adults will enjoy this book
Louisa Black
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This story was well written and had great description of the situation the cousins found themselves in. A classic set up with great characters.
I didn't feel it was haunting enough for me but I will be watching with eagerness what the author writes next. x
Jeff Chapman
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghost-stories, horror
I want to like this story. It's a classic haunted house idea, a couple young boys trying to spend a night in a haunted house. However, the creepy elements are thrown at you in rapid fire fashion. It feels more like a walk-through haunted house ride than a story. The author develops one reason for the haunting but it's not clear how the other haunting elements fit in. It's also not clear why the boys are so set on staying. The motivation, other than it might be fun, is missing. I don't think they ...more
Heather
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lovers of Paranormal or LoP*

Even though this book is only 17 pages, a lot happens. It starts like every great horror book/movie should, very slow and working its way to a grand finale. The house the boys want to go in is supposed to be haunted but like most of us, they want to see for themselves. They're both nervous but can't act too scared in front of the other. I love that there was a terrible occurrence that happened in the
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Joanne LaRe Thompson
I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the goodreads group, Lovers of Paranormal.

Overall this was a great, quick read. The author pulls you into the story from the beginning. He takes you step by step into this creepy house, which has a known history of terror. His description of the house and events makes the reader feel like they are there with the characters.

This would be a great middle grade or early YA read. Earlier than that and it would be too scary, someone older
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Heidi
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts
I received this book in exchange for a fair review. This book comes with a great description. It builds up suspense, but never really hits you with the punch. It is a good short story and it is well written. The boys reminded me of most young children taking up a dare or doing silly things for adventure.
Julie Powell
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although short, this tale did have the right ingredients to keep interest until the end. Reasonably atmospheric with a thread of humour.

Good enough for a short story of this kind.
Mary Hyland
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-reading
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Tawnya Sutherland is a freelance writer who enjoys writing mystery, science fiction, and paranormal short stories. With a busy career in computer programming, finding quiet time to write can be difficult, but she loves the creativity and challenges that writing brings. She currently lives in Florida with her husband Tod and their charming collie Jetsan.