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Every House is Haunted Kindle Edition
There are haunted places in the world, all existing in reality and every bit as tangible and accessible as the house next door. Sometimes it is the house next door.
In this brilliant debut collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. A mysterious double murder draws the attention of an insurance company with a special interest in the paranormal. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil...for a price. With remarkable deftness, Rogers draws together the deadly and the disturbing in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh.
“Ian is a fantastic storyteller of horror. He has an ability to create a unique reading experience with great scares and memorable characters. I knew the moment I finished reading Every House Is Haunted that Ian was someone I wanted to work with.” — Sam Raimi, Director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
“...the 22 stories in Rogers’s debut collection demonstrate the author’s talent for finding the terrifying in the seemingly ordinary... This work of classic horror in the style of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, and early Stephen King should attract fans of a more refined kind of horror.” — Library Journal
“...Rogers offers some real gems. Every House Is Haunted is a harbinger of great things to come.” — San Francisco Book Review
IAN ROGERS is an award-winning author whose short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, Cemetery Dance, Broken Pencil, and Shadows & Tall Trees. His work has been selected for The Best Horror of the Year and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. For more information, visit www.ian-rogers.com.
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More About Cemetery Dance Publications
Founded by Richard Chizmar in 1988, Cemetery Dance Publications is a specialty press and small press publisher of horror and dark suspense. We've published Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, William Peter Blatty, Clive Barker, Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, Daphne du Maurier, Justin Cronin, Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Max Brooks, Joe R. Lansdale, Norman Partridge, Richard Laymon, Michael Slade, Graham Masterton, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, Nancy A. Collins, Al Sarrantonio, John Skipp, Michael Koryta, and many other horror writers, both classic and contemporary.
More About Ian Rogers
IAN ROGERS is an award-winning author whose short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, Cemetery Dance, Broken Pencil, and Shadows & Tall Trees. His work has been selected for The Best Horror of the Year and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing.
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- Quill & Quire
"...the 22 stories in Rogers's debut collection demonstrate the author's talent for finding the terrifying in the seemingly ordinary... This work of classic horror in the style of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, and early Stephen King should attract fans of a more refined kind of horror."
- Library Journal
"...nothing less than a brilliant short story collection... Every single story in this 300-page volume is a stand-out--so much so that it is impossible to choose a favorite. Or even several favorites. They all strongly remain with the reader days after turning the final page."
- Shroud Magazine
"...Rogers offers some real gems. Every House is Haunted is a harbinger of great things to come."
- San Francisco Book Review
"Ian Rogers' stories are old-fashioned in the very best sense: classic chillers in the spirit of Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson. Every House Is Haunted is full of well-crafted, satisfying twists, a fine companion for any reader of literate horror."
- Andrew Pyper, author of Lost Girls, The Killing Circle, and The Guardians --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0BGZ1NVY4
- Publisher : Cemetery Dance Publications (October 21, 2022)
- Publication date : October 21, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 1226 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 338 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,432 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Every House is Haunted, in addition to having a great title, is about as assured a debut collection as you're ever likely to find. Ian writes in the grand tradition of folks like Stephen King, Richard Matheson (albeit with fewer Twilight Zone endings), or Shirley Jackson, but he also manages to make the stories entirely his own. Many of the stories involve haunted houses, as you might gather from the title, but rarely are they haunted in the usual sense. Many other stories, including some of my favorites, feature a sort of blue collar approach to the supernatural. The agencies that deal with the occult in Ian's world are believably bureaucratic, peopled with the kinds of folks you'd find working in cubicles in any office building.
In fact, a big part of what makes Ian's stories so good is their very human heart. While often ominous or creepy (and occasionally very funny), the stories in Every House is Haunted never feel the least bit mean-spirited. There's always a warmth and sympathy at the center of each story, no matter how grim the subject matter becomes.
I have favorites from the book, of course. "Cabin D," "The Cat," and "Inheritor" all jump to mind. But really, it's not any one story or stories that makes Every House such a success, but the way they combine to form a whole that is more than the sum of even its (already quite exceptional) parts.
Yet still a five star collection. Just goes to show you that authors have totally different voices and you really get a feel for that in a collection like this.
I've seen Ian Rogers compared to Shirley Jackson's style and I would totally agree with that. He has an elevated level of prose under his belt and sometimes I found the descriptions so compelling, I would re read them a few times before moving on in the story. Especially in stories like "Cabin D" and "A Night in the Library with the Gods"
These stories range from the beautiful and poetic, like "Autumnology" to like an X Files vibe like the "Dark and the Young" and then my favorite kind of stories that Ian writes, the dark and humorous like "Aces" and "The Cat". I would say that's his wheelhouse, the ones that are drawing you in with clever dialogue and humor but also carry around a sense of the creeps lurking around the edges.
The book is broken down into mini collections, The Vestibule, The Library, The Attic, the Den and the Cellar. I loved the first collection very much and the Attic and the Cellar close behind. One of my favorite stories was "the Currents", a family finds a man washed up from the river that they believe to be dead. Really an interesting read because you have no idea where it's going, it's like being around the campfire at night with a creative storyteller.
Of course there are always a few stories in these collections that don't grab you or you don't resonate with them. Not every story is a home run.
I also would tell readers that this collection isn't necessarily terrifying. I'd use words like haunting, creepy, strange, supernatural or paranormal and just entertaining as hell. Classic. Classic tales of the dark and mysterious. I highly recommend this book.
Some have said that the title is misleading... Well, the stories are not literally about haunted houses, or most of them are not. Many are not set in houses at all, but that didn't make them less interesting. And the stories don't all have literal ghosts, but I think anyone who has read horror or suspense fiction at all would be accustomed to that. I think if you like short story collections by Stephen King and other authors, you would appreciate this. I agree that the stories are "old fashioned," though even as I write this, I'm not sure exactly why. Maybe what I should say is that most of the stories *suggest* fearsome things, rather than explicitly detail them, in the style of many older suspense novels. Think "The Haunting of Hill House" and "Ghost Story" rather than "Gerald's Game" and "The Mist."
Top reviews from other countries
Each character is uniquely developed & their perspective offers a chilling space where the natural and supernatural intersect.
Be sure to check out all of this author’s works.