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Valancourt Books (valancourt_books) | 822 comments Mod
Our newest title is by an important figure in the development of 20th century American horror, Arch Oboler (1907-1987). Who? If you've never heard of him, it's because most of his work was in the now-vanished medium of the radio drama: his program LIGHTS OUT terrified millions of listeners each week during the 1930s and '40s. But he also wrote one novel, HOUSE ON FIRE (1969), a chilling study of evil that earned comparisons to Rosemary's Baby. This new edition features an intro by Christopher Conlon and a brilliant cover design by Lorenzo Princi.

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House on Fire (1969) by Arch Oboler, introduction by Christopher Conlon

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It starts out innocently enough, when reporters Tony Dumont and Robin Shepherd are sent to interview teenager Mark Elias, a scientific genius, about a scholarship he has won. But it is quickly clear that there is something very strange about the Elias family. Mark and his sister Shirley spend long hours behind closed doors conducting weird and inscrutable experiments involving electricity and a tape recorder. And then there is old Mrs. Elias, the children’s grandmother, who died recently and whom the family seems terrified to discuss. The two journalists believe there may be a more serious news story than the one they were sent to cover, but they have no idea how serious—until people begin to die . . .

Arch Oboler (1907-1987) was a major figure in the Golden Age of Radio whose weekly horror program Lights Out terrified listeners in the 1930s and ’40s. In House on Fire (1969), his only novel, Oboler delivers a page-turning chiller that is effective both as an eerie tale of supernatural horror and as an examination of the nature of evil.

CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS

“An eerie novel . . . an unbeatable combination of suspense, sex and the supernatural . . . highly recommended.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The worthy successor to Rosemary’s Baby!” – San Francisco Examiner

“A horror masterpiece!” – Camden Courier Post

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Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 289 comments I'm so there.


Valancourt Books (valancourt_books) | 822 comments Mod
I ran across this book by complete accident over two years ago. I spent over a year trying to track down the estate to see it republished. That's how much I enjoyed it. :)


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Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 289 comments Valancourt Books wrote: "I ran across this book by complete accident over two years ago. I spent over a year trying to track down the estate to see it republished. That's how much I enjoyed it. :)"

I just bought it. I have no idea how you keep finding all of these novels, but hey -- don't stop whatever it is you're doing!


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Valancourt Books (valancourt_books) | 822 comments Mod
A very lazy 'Friday Fun Fact':

House on Fire was adapted for Mutual Radio Theater in 1980, narrated by Vincent Price and one of the voice stars is Virginia Gregg, the voice of Norma Bates in Psycho and Psycho II.

Oh my!


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Randolph (us227381) | 58 comments It-Is-Later-Than-You-Think


Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 362 comments Looks great--marked it as "wish list"! :)


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Sean (seandocherty) This looks great !


Valancourt Books (valancourt_books) | 822 comments Mod
Amazon has the ebook on sale for $2.99 (£1.99) right now.

US

http://www.amazon.com/House-Fire-Vala...

UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Fire-Va...


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Kylie (new-vogue-ravyn) | 47 comments UK Kindle edition bought. I really must actually start reading all the books on mine. I just have so many paperbacks, and prefer reading on those.


Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 362 comments Got it!


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Latasha (latasha513) | 100 comments This sounds good.


Valancourt Books (valancourt_books) | 822 comments Mod
I've been listening to his Lights Out radio dramas during my morning exercise. I'm not sure how many he wrote but the episodes he was involved with are fantastic. House on Fire reads very much like a radio play. The personality comes mostly through the dialogue, not the descriptions. Personal fav of mine.


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