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Twelve Nights at Rotter House

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,259 ratings  ·  247 reviews
Felix Allsey is a travel writer with a keen eye for the paranormal, and he's carved out a unique, if only slightly lucrative, niche for himself in nonfiction; he writes travelogues of the country's most haunted places, after haunting them himself.

When he convinces the owner of the infamous Rotterdam Mansion to let him stay on the premises for 13 nights, he believes he's fi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Turner (first published October 29th 2019)
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, review-copy
4.5 Stars
This might be the most fun I have ever had reading a haunted house story!
Video Review:

While I love reading horror, I often struggle when reading haunted house stories. I just find that the subgenre tends to be overdone and exhausted. So it is always a wonderful experience when I find a haunted house story that actually feels fresh.

So often, I find haunted house stories to be quite slow, but this one moved along at a good pace. I was pulled into the story fro
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a great way to start off the reading year! Although there were a few incredibly violent and scary scenes, this overall was a cozy horror because of the dynamic between Felix and Thomas. I could have listened to them banter about horror movies for 500 pages and would have been happy.
Sadie Hartmann
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scream-mag
Review originally published in SCREAM Mag Nov/Dec 2019
The premise of this one goes like this, Felix Allsey writes travelogues of notorious haunted houses. He finds one called, Rotterdam Mansion that’s a little under the radar--not much information on it. Felix decides he will spend thirteen nights in the haunted house with nothing but basic essentials and a trail camera to video everything.

It’s the perfect horror story set up! Two chapters in and I was pretty hooked. I’m always one to show up fo
Jordaline Vulva
Jul 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Holy fuck, Batman.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Felix Allsey is a travel writer. Well, he wants to be a travel that focuses on the macabre. But his previous works have been largely ignored. So, he decides to spend 13 nights totally immersed in a haunted house. No leaving the house. No contact with the outside world. Just the house. Nothing else. No electricity. No internet. No cell phone. No distractions. And it's not just any haunted house. It's Rotterdam Mansion. Or Rotter House, for short. In its 200 years, the house can boas ...more
Krystin Rachel
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"Where else was I fundamentally wrong about life and the universe and how everything worked? Is life a cycle of us realizing how stupid we are over and over again until we die?"

Filed Under: Eric Andre screaming "let me in!"

While I love horror as a genre in any form, I admit I don't read as much of it as I would like. And when I do read it, I find I'm disappointed that things just weren't as scary or twisted as I wanted them to be. Maybe my expectations are just too hig
3.5 Stars.

TWLEVE NIGHTS AT ROTTER HOUSE is the first I have read from author J.W. Ocker. The premise was unique--Felix Alley, a travel writer, wanted to write a non-fiction account of his stay at Rotterdam Mansion for two weeks. The catch? Felix is a nonbeliever in the supernatural.

". . . We feel ghost-like in these houses, so we put ghosts in them . . . "

To make the account more interesting, he invites his one-time best friend, Thomas Ruth--who DOES believe in the supernatural--to join him.
Cameron Chaney
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, 2019, horror
Thank you to the author and publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can check out my full video review HERE.

I've been a fan of Ocker's for a few years now. His love of the spooky and macabre is infectious, and I find myself revisiting his nonfiction book A Season with the Witch on a regular basis, so when I heard he was working on his first horror novel, it quickly became one of my most anticipated books of the year. Overall, it did not disappoint.
Thoroughly managed to spook myself by reading this one, especially on a stormy cold night :D
Would have given it a solid 5 stars but the climax kind of ruined the book for me. I am left with SO many questions.
Wanted to do a better reaction-review, this'l have to do for now
Apr 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Goddamit, this was a five out of five star read until the nth hour twist made it clear it's just some dudes racist cuckold fantasy. I'm so mad I enjoyed three quarters if this and skeeved out the blurb etc tricked me into thinking it would be a regular haunted house story. Gross. ...more
Janie C.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written and completely immersive haunted house story with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. The main character drives the story with his vivid descriptions and riveting dialogue, interacting with an ambivalent companion while we as his audience are along for an ominous and breathtaking ride. Rewarding and recommended.
Richard K. Wilson
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Haunted Houses, ghosts, loves an incredibly well written book.
Shelves: horror, ghosts, mystery
So, let me tell you that I have been listening to the unabridged version of this book while working on a piece of art since last night.....I just finished!!! Are you ready to read my review of 'Twelve Nights At Rotter House"? Here it is:

What makes a house Haunted? What makes us all do or say things that we regret later in our lives? Is there real EVIL in this world.....and do you believe in Ghosts? I went into this book not knowing anything about it, or its author. I found out that the author;
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
"The first floor had plenty of furniture, surely bought and left by countless past residents who dared call this behemoth home. When you flee in terror, you rarely stop for the ottomans."

This was not at all what I was expecting from what sounded like a "typical haunted house" novel.
Yes Felix moves into an abandoned house in order to write a book about his experiences, but from the start the alleged haunted history of this home is a bit vague which only serves to emphasize that it may not be the
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It was pretty good, but it’s the type of book that a particular movie has done better. Maybe as a movie it would do what it did even better. As a book, though, it left me mildly interested and with a powerful thirst for good haunted house movies.

For a book where we spend entirely too much time inside one character’s head, Ocker does a good job of keeping things interesting without giving anything away at the get-go. It was really close to the end of the novel before I actually started to suspect
Robin Bonne
3.5 Stars.
Jay Wright
Dec 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nothing infuriates me more than when a good story is told poorly.

There are several really fantastic twists in this book: two regarding the beef between Felix and Thomas, and one huge one that changes the way you read the story. The problem is that Ocker does very little to lay the groundwork for them. The reader is told repeatedly over the course of the novel that something happened that affected Felix and Thomas's friendship, but the reader isn't given any clues to set up what it might be. Not
Roxie Voorhees
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Because you trust your house, right? It's your house. It protects you from the world and, even more important, all the people out there. It sees you naked every day. It knows your sins. It's the only place where you are your true self. So when that gets corrupted, when that becomes haunted, that's terrifying.”
Twelve Nights at Rotter House
J. W. Ocker

Felix, a travel writer with fondness for the supernatural, has made an okay living traveling around to supposed haunted places and writing about
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, horror
It is hard to be sure what makes a good haunted house novel. One would think that by now I have read enough of them to know. Sadly, that is not yet the case. I am still working on it. But whatever the formula is, this book has it.

Somewhere between the relatable protagonist, the intriguing story, the twist ending, etc. this book delivered. Or, at least it did for me.

In the case of this book, I think most of what really worked for me was the style of writing and the protagonist. To be honest, th
Lori Felske
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
I read this book in a single sitting. The writing flowed well. The premise, although unoriginal (semi-failed horror writer stays in haunted house to hopefully get one more shot at glory), was treated with enough old school horror references and tongue-in-cheek-meta-breaking-the-fourth-wall (characters in the book wondering how the scenes they were in would play in a book, discussing whether they should or should not act out horror tropes during their stay, etc) to be amusing to me, even though I ...more
Nakia's Hideaway
4 out of 5 stars!
Video Review:

I had to sit with this one before I could write a review. Not because it was extra scary or creepy but more so because of some of the issues with this book (I'll get into them later).

To start, I enjoyed the writing style of J.W. Ocker. The humor he infused into this story just worked for me. It may not be for everyone however because there is a lot of conversation throughout the novel. Don't go into this expecting a lot of things to happ
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a good horror novel. There are definitely some good horror moments. But for most of the book, it was fun; full of horror films and novel references. The twists were also good. For the last one, it's a bit predictable, but I'm totally surprised by it. ...more
Jessie Peterson
Jan 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I freaking enjoyed this read! Let’s just say I listened to the whole audiobook in less than a day!

I love a great ghost story but the addition of physiological horror in this was the icing on the cake. I mean, mixing those two genres ..umm YES please!

J.W. Ocker's writing style will suck you in and you will be absolutely consumed. Little did I know the moment I started listening that I would be committed like this. I wanted to do nothing else but listen to this story and if I was interrupted I got
Joseph Sullivan
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A Season With the Witch, Poe-Land, and the Grimpendiums are practically everything I'm looking for when I read nonfiction, so I was excited to hear that J.W. Ocker was releasing a haunted house novel. I'm not going to start my next thought with a 'however' or an 'unfortunately' because I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of haunted house books.

My criticism is that there are two separate novels here, and it feels like the editor didn't do their due diligence in enco
Nov 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
My, where to begin. First and foremost - if you enjoy reading books that: have vaguely racist undertones, withhold info that the main character knows but does not verbalize for sake of a 'twist' to surprise readers, pseudointellectual conversations that say absolutely nothing and you completely forget about them a page later, unnecessary descriptions like "two white cylinders" repeated several times when they're just stupid candles, baffling switches in thought and personality with no set up for ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
This book was simultaneously not at all, and exactly, what I expected. In a good way. I wanted a spooky story that found a way to expand beyond the common tropes, and this definitely delivered! The story doesn't take itself too seriously until it's too late and you're invested, and then it blows up in your face.
Solid, very enjoyable, will read again.
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
That’s one spooky house!
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a 3.5/5 for me. It was a decent story and would make a good movie someday, but it just didn't have enough for me. It also started getting predictable around 70-ish percent of the way through so the ending wasn't as shocking to me as it was intended to be by the author. ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This horror story had a lot of humor and horror references in it, which made it kind of different and fun.

But I saw that ending coming from the beginning of the book! There were SO MANY clues. Too many in my opinion. It still managed to be really creepy and disturbing though.

There wasn’t a lot of action, but lots of banter, discussions and exploring. Felix started to get *really* annoying in his skepticism.

Overall, a kind of fun read with a twist, but not a whole happened until the end.
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