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No Doors, No Windows

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  639 ratings  ·  83 reviews
When madness is your inheritance, how do you escape it?

Scott Mast thought he got away–first from a family haunted by a dark fate, then from a dull career writing greeting cards in Seattle. But now he has come back to his New Hampshire hometown only to find that his family is in ruins, his nephew needs a home, and a shattering truth is clawing its way into the light.

Paperback, 276 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tammy Walton Grant
Great set up, build up, starts ominous, then creepy, drifts to scary and speeds along to the climax - which then becomes a huge plane crash of half-baked storylines, cliches and convenient resolutions all thrown together with a sappy denouement on top. Whew.

An excellent book until the last 30 pages or so. I really enjoyed the writing, again, until the last 30 pages or so. I'd like to read more by this author and would recommend this book even though I didn't care for all the goings on at the end
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Schreiber does it again! This is one heck of a cold ride through a cursed, not haunted, house in the back woods of Vermont. The characters, the prose and the storyline crackle with that magical energy that makes you feel as if there are cold fingers running down your spine as you read. Read this book and you will be hooked on this author. As an aside his other book, Chasing the Dead, is another example of the far reaches of his talent. Enjoy, oh and don't forget to leave all of the lights on whe ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It kept me at the edge of my seat as I read every chapter. I couldn't put it down for one second, I wanted to know what was going to happen next after every page. The suspense behind the story kept me going until the end. The twist and turns of the story feed my curiosity of wanting to know what was next for Scoot Mast. I think this was the best horror/suspense story that I have ever read.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

For the sake of my life I will never quit reading, never ever...

Ahhhhhhh! Tell me that this was some kind of joke. Are kidding with me? How supposed to write something ok when at the same time I feel fear and emotional in the exact moment! I do believe right now I am incapable of writing a good or say a solid for this novel...

It was good, too good. The kind of novel that kept uptight to your position while you are reading. I do want to admit that this one is one of the best horror novel that
Lawrence Kapture
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
No Doors, No Windows is by Joe Schreiber, who writes short, smooth little horror thrillers with a really crawly creep factor.

No Doors, No Windows finds Scott Mast back home in small town America for his father's funeral. His alcoholic brother can barely take care of his precocious nephew, but Scott's about to go back to his succesful job writing greeting cards on the coast when he finds pages from a novel manuscript written by his assumedly unimaginative father. The manuscript leads Scott to a h
Nov 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Good. Not great. While Schreiber's novel starts out with the fairly unique setting of the Round House (which has both doors and windows, so I'm not sure where the title of the book comes from) and an interesting cast of characters the more that is revealed the less interesting it all gets until it becomes a pile of derivative mush that ends up resembling the ending of a 'Nightmare on Elm Street' movie rather than the tense haunted house story you were promised in the beginning. A noble effort, b ...more
Vicki G
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: supernatural, horror
I think this is the best book I've read all year. Words fail me when trying to explain why, b/c it has more to do with a feeling than any word, and my feelings have this bad habit of eluding one- or two-word descriptions.
Sep 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Creepy, but I don't think it really stood out. It was good enough that I will def. seek out other works by this author, but I have read horror books which have stood out more.
Vicki Olson
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ghost, horror, ebook
Alex Telander
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
It’s been recommended that writers should stick to writing what they know when it comes to writing, and what better character can a writer write about than him- or herself . . . a writer. But the writer in Joe Schreiber’s new novel, No Doors, No Windows, is one with a dark, disturbing past that even he doesn’t fully understand until the last few pages of the book, and has worked hard to forget and stay away from. One hopes that Joe Schreiber isn’t anything like his character, Scott Mast.

Scott Ma
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
There are two horror novelists whose books I avidly await. The first is Sarah Langan and the second is Joe Schreiber. Both write spooky stories that disturb not by creating revolting images, but by creating moods and suggesting terrible things. They are young and have just a few (solid) books to their credit, but Schreiber has two new books out. The books are in different genres, so I expected some variation, but I found the differences between them to be startling.

One book, Death Troopers, has
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I liked this book quite a bit. Very creepy and scary. Greeting card writer/failed fiction writer Scott Mast comes home for his father's funeral. He finds an unfinished manuscript written by his father and becomes obsessed with finishing it and with the "Round House" that the story is about. I happened to be reading it when stranded in another city. Why was I reading a scary book when I was all alone stranded, you ask? Because I'm an idiot. Anyway, I thought the book was very well written. The te ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I saw this one pop up on Amazon a few times, and upon reading the blurb, kept passing it up. Then I came across it at the library and it was the best thing available, so I brought it home. Very glad I did. I enjoyed Schreiber's writing. His protagonist's struggle with a mental disorder (anxiety I think) and his brother's struggle with alcoholism rang true to me. I also like this type of haunted house story, where the house has a unique architectural detail (that's all I'm saying, so no spoiler). ...more
Edith English
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mr. Schreiber has done an excellent job of bringing the bizarre to reality. His imagination and talent conjured up a round house, heretofore unheard of. This book kept my attention throughout and I have found a new author to add to my favorite list.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book, delightfully creepy!
Shelley Bricker
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damn scary...and yes, I slept with a light on!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
In 'No Doors, No Windows', aspiring writer Scott Mast returns to his hometown for his father's funeral but the discovery of an unfinished manuscript makes him stay. Intrigued by the Round House stated in his late father's story, he decides to temporarily reside in that very house to try completing the horror tale. However, soon he begins experiencing hallucinations that lead him to question what's fiction and what's fact..

The Round House was a character in and of itself. The author's brilliantly
May 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
A book full of promise and a really great premise, yet it lets you down in the end.

It's a ghost story about how the past always haunts you and how you can never simply forget where you came from. It starts with a greeting card writer/author-wannabe who returns to his small hometown for his father's funeral. There is tons of atmosphere and genuiune creepiness as the little town is slowly falling into decay and you get the feeling it's not simply because their economy is in ruins. The main charac
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-loans
I was in a horror book type of mood for the month of October so when I came across this book I grabbed it only for that reason. The summary seemed quite interesting and a bit scary, so I gave it a try.

This book was about a son who came back to his hometown for his fathers funeral and the day of he comes across a story written by his father that is uncompleted. He feels the need to finish this story, so he decides to stay in town for a month to complete it. The story he found was based on a hous
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I'm iffy on this one. It has a good premise; I am a sucker for horror novels involving failed/struggling writers (like The Killing Circle by Pyper, which I recently read), though having the failed writer stay in a creepy, isolated old house is pretty standard genre stuff. I liked the way Schreiber worked with the idea, though; Scott, the protagonist, finds his father's unfinished horror novel about the Round House and decides to complete it. As expected, Scott's writing suddenly flows, but as a ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Scott Mast comes home to his New England hometown for his father's funeral and ends up staying when he strays across a horror story manuscript his father started and never finished. A failed writer himself, Scott stays in Round House, the house that the book is about, in order to finish the manuscript. But his writing awakes strange happenings in Round House (the house that apparently drove his father crazy) and now that he's off his antidepressant medication, he's wondering if he's crazy, too. ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
After having read "Death Troopers" and "Red Harvest" I decided to read an earlier book of Schreibers. Now this one I only gave 3 stars which may be undeserving, may deserve a higher rank. I say this because as I was reading it, I came down with a pretty bad cold and was somewhat in and out of it all while trying to read the story. That having been said, the story here is great. Right away I got attached to Henry as he was playing ball with his uncle Scott, shortly have the passing of Scott's fat ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scott Mast returns to his home town in northern New Hampshire to attend his father's funeral. Officially his dad died of Alzheimer's, but unofficial accounts were that he had just plain gone mad. While retrieving a softball from the locked tool shed, Scott and his brother, Owen, find a book manuscript that his father apparently had written. It is about a strange house with no corners on the inside, called appropriately Round House, and it is unfinished. Being a writer himself, Scott takes on the ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heart-eyes, horror
I liked No Doors an awful lot. It's a a fairly standard haunted house story with a dash of family curses, which suits me just fine. I found the writing style engaging, and it kept me company on a very long train ride.

The only thing I didn't like was the twist at the end. It was a needless addition to an already kind of complicated plot and sure as hell made a certain character less likable. Otherwise maybe I'm a sap but I found everybody else pretty sympathetic. Even the drunk idiot brother had
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I loved the authors use of imagery. His metaphors and similes really brought the book to life. The book had promising creepy factor and there were definite moments where I was freaked out, but he would take you to that point and then get distracted. Overall, I found the book fragmented, like it was trying to do too many things and couldn't quite pick a point and stick with it or tie the disparate pieces together. It was sort of explained when I read the afterword where he said he'd been working ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Hmmm. I really liked the premise of this book, the setting, and the atmosphere...right from the start. BUT, there were too many loose threads and convenient contrivances that left the reader with unnecessary frustration at the end. Too bad, it could have been really great. I actually re-skimmed the entire thing the day after I'd finished it, just to make sure I hadn't missed something...that's how unfulfilled I felt at the end. But alas, I hadn't missed something. Apparently the author had.
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Very scarey! Well written tho - not usually my kind of book. If I am going to be scared in reading I would rather be scared by an intellegent vampire (not Edward thanks anyway!).
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book creeped me out. It's been a long time since a book was able to do that. From the atmosphere, to the subject matter, this book wove a spell. It didn't necessarily help that I live in a house of similar age to the one set in the story, one with secret room(s) too. It was wonderfully, deliciously creepy, and reading in the middle of the night required the lights to be blazing. Loved every moment of it.
Robert Rich
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-horror, f-dark, f-meh
A well-written haunted house story that suffers from a fuzzy plot line that never really comes together. It’s a shame, because I really love the gothic style of this one, but like too many bland haunted house stories, everything becomes a tired cliche or a convoluted mess.
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Joe Schreiber was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming and northern California. Until recently, he has never lived in the same address for longer than a year. Before settling in Hershey he lived in New York, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), and Philadelphia. Becoming a parent forced him to consider a career with more reliable income, and ...more

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