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Angel House

4.90  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  10 reviews
After crossing a vast inland sea in an ark called ANGEL HOUSE, Professor Squimbop docks on a distant shore. As soon as his anchor makes purchase, a town sprouts up that may or may not encapsulate all of existence. At the behest of some distant master, he embarks into this town to teach the children about death, a concept they've never encountered before. What follows is a ...more
Paperback, 1st, 426 pages
Published June 17th 2019 by Kernpunkt Press (first published June 13th 2019)
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Samuel Moss
A brilliant, maddening kaleidoscope of the obscene the mundane the nostalgic the impossible. Infinitely layered with meaning that goes nowhere, rife with the symbolism of the gutter.
John Kazanjian
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angel House hooked me at the onset and held me throughout its thought-provoking story. It's rich with drama, surrealism, and complex (but always compelling) aesthetics. Rice's ability to connect the reader with the cast of characters on a deep level seemed to tailor the book's town to me. I feel as though the experiences in the novel stem from the unifying struggle we share in our quest to bring form to the abstractions that dwell within us. This sense is not limited to the artist's goals, but e ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angel House creates a unique and hard-to-describe atmosphere that stays with the reader long after the book is finished. The author delights in shining a new light on the familiar from an angle that brings out its grotesque form. Highly recommended.
Corbin Dallas
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wild stuff - strap in. Really impressive cast of characters, all of whom are interesting, all of whom are unusual - very highly recommend. The author must really live in that world, seems to know it well!
David Fitzgerald
Nov 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ANGEL HOUSE is the kind of novel that will mean something different to everyone who reads it, and indeed, will likely mean something different to me if I read it again in a few years, and yet again if I read it a third time somewhere down the line (all distinct possibilities). Because of this, I'll go ahead and readily admit that all my attempts to describe it here may fall short (and that this first one may have been heavily influenced by the charming, rudimentary maps of the book's central, in ...more
Isaac Shivvers
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A bizarre and captivating story with an interesting interplay between a few different ideas: there's a cautious relationship between two old friends, complicated by their divergent histories; a tenuous balance between local and global forces (sometimes helpful, sometimes threatening); a woozy back-and-forth between the fever-dreams of the narrators and the truly fucked-up world they inhabit.

Check this book out - it's a great dive into a surreal and yet unsettlingly (sometimes ashamedly) familiar
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angel House is an eerie and melancholy read. Its protagonists, two best friends, exist simultaneously as nine-year-olds dreaming of making movies, and twenty-nine-year-olds just returned from some City to which they had escaped. It captures the barrenness and horror of being stuck in a small town, and the monstrous strangeness of trying to proverbially "go home again," with fiercely inventive and grotesque (sometimes disturbing) images. And along with the horror elements there's a lot of genuine ...more
Vincent Perrone
Jun 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
There's only one town to escape or embrace. Rice's compendium of this singular town—with its school, its hotel, its movie store—is unyielding in its pull. Much as Angel House's protagonists (drifters, loners, psychically-liked duos) are drawn into vortexes of their own curiosities and obsessions, the book itself pulls you toward new portals of thought.

There's nothing quite like Angel House; one part uncanny adventure, one part psychic horror show, one part urtext of a new mythology. The charact
Jon Perry
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angel House is a book like no other. I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. A darkly comic and psychedelic journey through a dilapidated nostalgic dream/nightmare world. I enjoyed it immensely and laughed often.

Professor Squimbop is a unique and refreshing character (I hesitate to call him a villain). If there is more Squimbop literature, which there deserves to be, I will devour it as he devours us. J.L. Wind's speech is one of the funniest things I've read and will stick with me for a long ti
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this novel, characters who exist in superposition attend a reunion in a town that may just be a template (since most places and businesses have purposefully generic names), where everything is identifiable and grotesquely defamiliarized, since everything seems to exist as a nightmare version of all that gooey nostalgia you have for your old stomping grounds, which are, by the way, being haunted by a terrifying figure who has no analogue, but who does have a goofy name: Professor Squimbop. And ...more
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