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Witch House

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  16 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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Shawn
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
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Jim
May 14, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
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
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Manuel
Jun 03, 2012 Manuel rated it really liked it
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
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Ben
Oct 22, 2015 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could have used a little less melodrama and few more instances of things actually happening. While far from pulpy - usually not a complaint - this might have benefited from a few of those impulses. Still, there's plenty of atmosphere with a potent sense of menace, and tale is elegantly wrought, on the whole. The first original novel published by Arkham House.
Ralph Carlson
Mar 30, 2015 Ralph Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A excellent book. I had heard many good things about it, but had never read it. Now that I have, I wish I had sooner.
Kevin Lucia
Mar 03, 2013 Kevin Lucia rated it really liked it
Good tale. Different take on the "haunted house" tale. Review coming soon on Horror 101 for Tales to Terrify...
Rick Hautala
Jan 17, 2012 Rick Hautala rated it did not like it
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!
Mitchell
Mar 02, 2012 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tight, galloping Gothic thriller that walks a fine line between psychological and supernatural horror - just the kind of thing I love!
Rose
Feb 08, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Luce Cronin
Mar 19, 2016 Luce Cronin rated it really liked it
This is a really creepy book; it really gets into your head. The story is one of identity projection and possession and the antagonist in the story draws on known mystical principles from the Tibetan tradition. The outcome of the book is predictable, but i think that Walton has delved into the dark possibiliities of mysticism and shown us through this novel the possibilities of reincarnated evil, shadow projection, and theft of the soul identity. Very creepy because it is highly possible.
Thomas Ray
Jun 01, 2014 Thomas Ray rated it it was amazing
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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Jasmin Chua
Mar 08, 2015 Jasmin Chua rated it it was ok
Not the domestic psychological horror I was hoping for; overwrought melodrama.
Brian
Sep 19, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
A little tedious and not for everyone.
Kestrell
Nov 13, 2012 Kestrell rated it liked it
Cheesy supernatural horror at it's best.
David
Sep 01, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Classic Gothic haunted house novel.
Arlene Allen
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Shelves: fantasy
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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“Also another time she had wakened in dead of night, thinking that something touched her, and when she looked she saw that a black scaly tail, tufted with flame at the end, like a fiend's, had switched across her and lay there burning the covers. And when she turned shrieking, to see what manner of thing lay beside her in the bed, she was at first reassured by sight of her husband's face, then saw, to her horror, that horns had risen, black and pointed, from his forehead. After that she screamed again and remembered nothing until Joseph was shaking her awake, and there were neither horns nor tail to be seen. Nor were the bedclothes scorched.” 6 likes
“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
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