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The House the Devil Built

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After purchasing a plantation home in the picturesque town of Acadian Springs, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country, Ashton and Dillon hoped the peace and quiet of this town would allow them to escape the insanity and problems that had forced them to move from New Orleans. Soon they find themselves facing more than just the problems that had precipitated their move. ...more
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published June 18th 2017
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Jessica Jesinghaus
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3.5 out of 5 stars

Prologues: some like them, some despise them. As for me, I'm in the "pro-"logue camp, provided they're well executed. As in this instance!

In The House The Devil Built we're treated to a gem of a prologue. Set in the 1960's this particular prologue gives a hint as to the tone of the rest of the story. Something demonic lurks in the shadows of the Boudreaux Plantation, and has attached itself to
Feb 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"The House the Devil Built" was a pretty good story. The characters were reasonably well developed and the pacing was good. I appreciated the author's restraint in letting the horror build instead of hitting me over the head with it on the first page. I found some of the character's reactions to events unbelievable though. For example, the children's response to {SPOILER ALERT} the suicide of their mother was muted and unrealistic. But overall, I was entertained.

So, why the low rating? It's
Joyfully Jay
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2 stars

I have to be blunt: the quality of writing in this book is stunningly poor. Skipping a word or dropping an auxiliary verb here or there is one thing; this book has all the hallmarks of sloppy writing: missing words, incorrect grammar, punctuation mistakes, comma splices, and run-on sentences. I found the sheer magnitude and frequency of straight-up English language errors severely detrimental to my enjoyment of the story. At its worst, the text was rendered almost
Ryan Starbloak
I received this book as a review copy by the author.

Not only did I enjoy the author's intent for bringing some diversity and representation to the horror genre, but also for his addressing the very important message about tolerance and evil, that hate should be the sin to be scrutinized, not homosexuality.

That being said, I found the formatting and editing of the manuscript itself to hurt the ability of the themes and characters (who also, for the most part, felt real and complex) to envelope me
Jo Bird
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while for me to get into this book but once I did, it was a real page turner. This is a supernatural horror story with an MM twist and a very powerful, emotive plot. Ashton and his husband Dillon have moved to an old plantation house that’s been on the market for a long time. The low price had proved irresistible, but they were never informed why! Ashton has just finished three months rehabilitation for a drink and drug habit brought on by his mother’s death and fuelled by depression. ...more
Good story once I skimmed past all the gay sex scenes.
M. Hickman
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great book if you can get past the incredible amount of erroneous spelling, grammar, puncutuation, and so on. Thankfully it was free.
Ralph Jones
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The House the Devil Built is a story of ignorance and prejudice within organised religion, and quite likely true represents the attitudes of many bible belt Americans. The main characters Ashton and Dillon are a gay married couple, trying to make a new life for themselves in a quiet deep south town, where they are assailed by the terrible Pastor Schlepp, who seems to consider that their way of life will suck the entire neighbourhood into a state of sin and debauchery. There is also a strong ...more
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The House The Devil Built by Benjamin Hively

Genre: Horror

About the book: Ashton and Dillon move from New Orleans to a quiet town. But soon things begin happening that they can't explain. Is this place worse than the one they left?

Review: This book was not what I expected to be. They provided a backstory but one you wanted more of yet never got. Overall it was a novel with many different plot twists but at the same time the book provided a message. Everyone has demons.

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Benjamin Hively grew up in Northern Indiana. In fifth grade, the school librarian (knowing his love for horror films), spoke with him about doing a film for the Chicago Children's film festival. Employing the help of a friend, he began to put together a documentary film about Sleepy Hollow, New York based on one of his favorite horror stories of all time, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids being ...more