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In the summer of 1994, psychologist Daniel Hill buys a rustic farmhouse nestled in the rolling hills of West Virginia.
Along with his wife and teenage daughter, the family uproots their lives in Ohio and moves south. They are initially seduced by the natural beauty of the country setting. That soon changes when they discover a hidden room in the basement with a well, boarded shut and adorned with crucifixes.
Local legends about the previous owner being an exorcist come to light, but by then, all Hell has broken loose.
This 1990s horror novel is perfect for fans of family thriller books, stories of demonic possession, exorcism fiction, the occult, or thrillers like The Exorcist, A Head Full of Ghosts, and The Amityville Horror.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Featuring one of the absolute best openings for a supernatural horror in recent years, Nick Roberts' The Exorcist's House invites readers into a story with familiar beats and rarely seen twists."—Leviathan Libraries
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "THE EXORCIST'S HOUSE has some of my most favorite horror-related things: possession, exorcisms not sanctioned by the Catholic Church, a haunted house, the fresh start/new beginning trope and of course the family dog who is the bestest boy when it comes to protecting his family... The last 20% of the story ran me through the wringer: fear, relief, anger, surprise, bittersweet, TERROR - heck I even found religion myself! It was so well written, the story was crafted so well that even knowing the ending, I will absolutely reread this one again...just for the thrills and chills. This kind of writing and story crafting is addicting."—The Nerdy Narrative
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "The character building stands out for me in this one. You will feel for the characters. The writer allows the characters to tell the story through their dialogue, and that is always a plus for me. Even though there are plenty of jaw-dropping moments, and a lot of tension build-up as you wait for a wild jump scare, there is just something warming and inviting that places you in the story among the family members. It's a fun read. Overall, very fun. This is a story where the path, the journey stands out the most. The ending has a twist to it, but it's the journey that shines the most."—The World According to J
- ASIN : B09YVRPXC3
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (May 6, 2022)
- Publication date : May 6, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2756 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,358 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2022
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THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE (2022; 286 pp.) is the second novel by writer Nick Roberts. It is a fast-moving, creepy, supernatural thriller of demonic possession which owes a great deal to William Peter Blatty’s famous novel, THE EXORCIST (1971)—so much so Roberts even names the deceased wildernesses exorcist Merle Blatty.
As readers venture deeper into THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE ever escalating horrific events take place including finds of records and assorted documentation left behind by the previous owner. The Hills experience visions one of them can see which the others cannot. Experiences become confused, dream-like, and then are often simply forgotten. Roberts includes nearly all the common troupes of a story of demonic possession. Not only are multiple features of Blatty’s THE EXORCIST in abundance (both the book and Friedkin’s 1973 film version), but there are also identifiable components from films of the supernatural such as THE GATE (1987), and to a lesser extent THE OMEN (1976), THE RING (2002), and even the original 1985 FRIGHT NIGHT (perhaps just one sentence, but it is an iconic one), and ROSEMARY’S BABY (1967) in the novel. Readers knowledgeable of these and other similar works may, therefore, find little that is new in THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE and may find themselves reading the work merely to discern how well Roberts takes his potpourri not of floral petals but of “putrid” odors, “the smell of sulfur,” and evil to blend it into a presentable and engaging work of fiction.
An intriguing challenge for the reader of THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE is one’s acceptance of the author’s heavy reliance upon Christian theology to move his story toward a conclusion. Neither Daniel nor his wife, are especially believers of religious faith. However, Roberts, as does Blatty in THE EXORCIST (who later made it known he was a true believer in the types of supernatural components, both good and malevolent, to be found in his work), makes it clear (more so than many other writers of such stories) that rituals and elements of the Christian faith are the couple’s only source for relief as events take on a more and more profound and intense evil.
Roberts’ greatest strength in THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE may be with his characters. Instead of being stereotypical, black and white humans, Daniel and Nora are flawed, sometimes self-centered individuals making the best of life. They care for each other and their family even if their caring is not always consistent. The young man who used to help Merle with his property, seventeen-year-old Luke, takes on attention-grabbing characteristics, albeit suspicious ones at times. Even the exorcist’s old dog, Buck, who has lingered nearby after his master’s death, takes on a vivid personality and repeatedly plays an important on-going role in the tale.
THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE builds to a startling climax, again ala Blatty’s THE EXORCIST, and is somewhat marred by some rather hokey dialogue as if one suddenly finds themselves in a scene from TV’s THE WALTONS rather than a horror novel (this and a couple of inconsistencies in the text could have been addressed before publication). The book’s finale, clearly meant to induce one additional chill, is not much of a surprise. Criticism aside, reading THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE is a fun romp and Nick Roberts is a writer well worth watching in the future.
Well how does The Excorcist’s House measure up? It’s engrossing. I read it quickly and actually wanted to know what would happen next.It’s not very scary. It has its moments but it’s a little to consumed by visceral grossness which has a role but will never give you that deep down feeling of eeriness that suggests there is a world that can’t be but is.The book is unpretentious which is a relief . (Recently I read Devil House - not actually a book of supernatural horror - and it positively drowns in pretension).The prose style here is weak. The author is obviously talented. He can do something that many better prose stylists couldn’t do if their lives depended on it, tell a story.But that’s no excuse. He should read a few well written books and try to pick up his game. On the intelligence scale, the book does suffer from one of the classic cliches of supernatural fiction . The people experience inexplicable things and keep on insisting that this can’t be happening because thats not rational! So instead of extricating themselves from danger, they get to the point where they’re lucky to live.Supernatural fiction seems unduly populated by people who seem to be hoping to receive the Humanist of the Year award.It’s amusing because the peasants in old Dracula movies behave more logically. They seem to recognize that if a Vampire has bitten you, you’ve been bitten.They don’t spend time pondering the existence of vampires.
The novel is very influenced by a group of 60s -80s supernatural - horror films. The influence of The Exorcist is omnipresent. The ending is a virtual homage to Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen.You also have a movie I suspect most people have forgotten, The Sentinel, with is gateway to Hell and references to Milton’s work( treated as it were scripture).On top of that even Fright Night pops up! Fright Night has Roddy McDowell as a would be vampire hunter who is initially ineffective because he doesn’t believe!In The Exorcist’s House you have to believe to fight demons from Hell.The question is , why? If you’re battling demons from Hell and there are effective tools for doing so, what is the relevance of your subjective state? There is a rule based order here. Satan can wreak havoc on earth but he can never really win.He is in a Sisyphusian position and that probably puts him in a perpetually bad mood. The novel fudges this somewhat interesting point.Apparently anyone can be an exorcist as long as they believe ( believe in what?) and follow certain rituals. Some reviews suggest this book is very Christian. I don’t know about that. If so it’s a kind on new agey mega church Christianity where now and again you have to drag out the old rituals. The Exorcist , for what it’s worth, is much more Orthodox.
Well it’s pretty good fun when all is said and done.
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Roberts however, scared the bejesus out if me.
It isn't often a horror book genuinely cares me, but like riding on a roller coaster, when it does, it's a delightful thrill and I revel in the experience.
Psychologist Daniel Hill, his pregnant wife Nora and their teenage daughter Alice, move to a farm house in rural backwoods to renovate and flip the property.
From an early incident with the builders, to lots of small incidents affecting the Hill family and local boy Luke, the tension builds as we realise something evil lives in the basement * reader, of course, it's the basement * Blending narrated diaries of Merle, the exorcist who owned the house, the 'found footage' VHS tapes (were in the '90s) and the experiences of the family, Roberts weaves the thrills, chills and scenes of visceral violence to portray a genuinely scary tale of demonic possession.
The journals Daniel finds, plus the reaction of the dog they inherit, imbue the book with a sense of reality.
There's some terrifying visuals in this, a dash of unreliable narrator and visuals that would fit right into a James Wan or Blumhouse movie.
The ending is also strangely satisfying though it is a double edged sword.
Horrific stuff that has me determined to seek out more of Roberts' work.