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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Macabre, relentless - it was a merciless haunting that spanned generations and thrived on innocent souls.. The little girl saw it, saw the evil that had been bequeathed her by the house that had bedeviled her ancestors. And there was no escaping it. It lived at the lonely mansion off the New England coast.. it followed her.. possessed her.. and it would not
Mass Market Paperback, 196 pages
Published February 12th 1979 by Del Rey (first published 1945)
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You have to love Inter-Library loan - this book, originally the first volume in famed weird publisher Arkham House's series of novel releases, came up on my reading list and so I put an order in, at the same time also asking for a copy of a 70's paperback that included a reprinting of Evangeline Walton's "The Chinese Woman" which was related to (may have been intended as a prologue at one point) the novel.

They couldn't get me the 70's paperback - or, at least, not without it costing me some mone
Walton wrote a novella as a prequel to this, which I thought was more interesting and carried a greater emotional charge than the novel. The British edition of this novel includes that novella - "The Chinese Woman".

Read this again a few weeks ago, including the full prologue (the version of the prologue published by Lin Carter as "The Chinese Woman" in the paperback incarnation of WEIRD TALES was cut). The book is much improved by this additional material. This added context clarifies the behavi
I have just finished reading “Witch House”, a Gothic novel by fantasy author Evangeline Walton. Walton is best known for her Mabinogian Tetralogy, a fantasy re-telling of the Welsh Mabinogian, a mediaeval manuscript that contains the mythology of Wales dating back to pre-Christian times.
First published in 1945, “Witch House” bears the distinction of being the first full-length novel to be published by Arkham House, the publishing company created by author August Derleth to collect the works of h
Rick Hautala
I'd give it ZERO if I could ... I actually got angry at how crappy this book was ... This is the opposite of every single thing that a novel should be. I threw my copy away after finishing it. Why finish it if it was so bad? It got to the point where I want to see if it sustained its shittiness ... and it did!
A tight, galloping Gothic thriller that walks a fine line between psychological and supernatural horror - just the kind of thing I love!
Kevin Lucia
Good tale. Different take on the "haunted house" tale. Review coming soon on Horror 101 for Tales to Terrify...
I read this novel some time ago in a paperback edition and it has not held up well. However, this edition is outstanding with the extra material well worth reading. The binding, illustrations and font chosen make the book a lovely object. I gave this a four because the edition is so lovely as is everything I have seen from Centipede Press.
Thomas Ray
Evangeline Walton is a master storyteller.

This is a matter-of-fact story of a haunted house, and the spiritual struggle for the soul of its victim.

It's out of print. Only 3000 copies were printed, in 1945, from August Derleth's Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin.

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Not the domestic psychological horror I was hoping for; overwrought melodrama.
A little tedious and not for everyone.
Cheesy supernatural horror at it's best.
Classic Gothic haunted house novel.
Arlene Allen
Old school fantasy by Walton.
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Evangeline Walton was the pen name of Evangeline Wilna Ensley, an American author of fantasy fiction. She remains popular in North America and Europe because of her “ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor and compassion”.
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“Outside the drizzling rain had begun again. It pattered around the house, and on the roofs and eaves, like a million, tiny, stealthy feet: softly, as though the night were teeming with a host of minute, dark beings.” 5 likes
“Are these black cats like the hare?"

"No. They're smaller; they only want me to play with them. Fly away with them to a place on the other side of the moon. There's a garden there, all silvery-gold, and the cats and hares dance and jump round and round. They can jump so much farther than they can on earth; it's like flying, and they love it so. Sometimes I've felt as if I'd like to dance and jump through the air too, they looked so happy, and I've thought maybe if I did I wouldn't be afraid any more, but when I look they're all dancing round a Figure that sits still in the middle of the garden. A big black Figure with a hood on. And It hasn't got any face. Its face is so awful that It keeps it covered. And then I get so terribly afraid. And everything stops."

"And you see all that in the picture?"

"I don't know." She hesitated again. "I think it's partly dreams. After I've thought they were at the windows - the cats and the big hare. They sit there and watch, you see, after I've gone to sleep. But they don't come often. I don't usually know what's there."

She came closer and whispered, her blue eyes earnest and weird, "I don't think it's an animal hare. I think it's Aunt Sarai's hare, that maybe it came from hell. It isn't swearing to say that word just as the name of a place, is it? That's why people used to be so scared of witches' black cats, isn't it, because they thought they weren't earth-cats, they were from the devil? Mother says there isn't any hell or any witches. But Aunt Sarai was a witch; that's why she can come back. I think they've all been witches here; the house is mad because mother wouldn't be; that's why it wants me now."

Carew said, "It was all dreams, Betty. There is no hell. There is no garden on the other side of the moon. It's a dead world, full of volcanic craters, with no air for anything to grow in or breathe. A hare frightened you and, being nervous, you've had nightmares about it - pictures that fear paints on your mind just as an artist would on canvas, with paints and brushes.

"Every dream is now a movie we make for ourselves in our sleep...”
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