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The Brownstone (The Brownstone, #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  91 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A striving young actress, Chandal Knight and her theater-director husband Justin are planning to leave Manhattan to find stardom in Hollywood when two old ladies on their block offer them the opportunity of a lifetime—to take over the entire ground floor of their brownstone, rent-free for the first six months. For a couple who is struggling financially the offer seems like ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 2nd 1982 by Pocket Books (first published 1980)
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Grady Hendrix
Jan 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
In an interview, author Ken Eulo said, "One day, I read The Amityville Horror, and I thought to myself “Oh Christ, I could do this in my sleep.” And so he did. In his sleep.

Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this used book store find. There are some great scares in these pages. The Brownstone mixes psychological horror, a haunted house and devil worshipping old ladies as they torment a young couple who think they've found their dream home. The only problem I had was how the couple reacts to the horrors around them. Stuff that would have me running for my life and they're like "Hmmm....must be the wind. Let's go to bed." Oh well, these are the people who go down into the ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
What a start into the new reading year. If you like books like Rosemary's Baby, Amityville, The Sentinel/The Guardian or The Exorcist, this is the right stuff for you. A young couple moves into an old NY brownstone and then the horror begins as they encounter devilish demon worshippers. There are many shocking elements in this book. The first part strongly reminds me on Rosemary's Baby but then things turn out different. Absolute pageturner. You won't regret reading it! My next book is the secon ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this years and years ago after finding a box full of my father's paperbacks mixed in with items in storage. This, and The Bloodstone were a great, scary read. I sold the books years ago in a yard sale, but I just purchased it again on Kindle a few mninutes ago. Will probably have to sleep with the lights on tonight.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
One hell of a creepy story that will have you sleep with the lights on...full review to follow
Franny Burd
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Read this one as a teenager - scared the crap out of me.
Karen Syed
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was one of the first real horror novels I ever read and I have not been able to go into a brownstone since without wondering if I'd ever get out alive. The characters are horribly creepy and the house itself is one of the best characters I remember reading.

Too bad there are not more books like this one being written!
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is quiet old. 1980 to be exact. It is part of a trilogy, with this one being first, then Bloodstone and Deathstone. I found this one to be interesting, though slow to get to the good stuff. If you like creepy, ghost stories with a touch of devil worship, try this one.
Margo Strawser thaxton
I read this in the early 80's in jr. high. I have never forgotten this book and just looking at the cover gives me the creeps all over again!
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fave of mine. Atmospheric and so '80s. Well-written.
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly subtle, insidious, with a slow, creeping terror that takes a while to make it's shape fully known. An effective gothic thriller.
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good book! Slow to develop, but ultimately very creepy!!!!!
A well done thriller w/o all the gore!
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