I guess I have myself more under control now but it was actually pretty bad for a while. This book completely knocked my socks off and I couldn’t stop talking about it. It was such a scary, weird, creepy, wonderful reading experience.
Unfortunately it was probably at the same time the book most other people I recommended it to hated and my reputation as a trustworthy source of recommendations got a bad shake.
Reading this was a hell of an experience. I am not easily spooked but this story kept frightening me in a way not many others ever have. The writing at one point got as small as the openings in the hallway you had to squeeze through and I had a hard time breathing…
It’s a story about a young family that moves into a house where they quickly discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. On top of that a room appears in the house that wasn’t there before. A dark hallway behind a door…
That is not something that the owners photojournalist Will Navidson nor his wife Karen Green are prepared to easily accept but no matter how scientifically they try to approach this paradox it just remains a solid fact.
They have no idea what consequences this impossibility brings, until one day their two little children wander off into this dark hallway behind the door. It opens the void for an ever growing abyss, a deep and dark coldness and a growl that tears through the wall.
House of Leaves is not an easy book to read. It will challenge you in many many ways. Be prepared to get astonished looks from people sitting opposite you on the train when you read it upside down, back to front, when the writing shoots vertically across a page or diagonally up and down. Oh and sometimes you need a mirror.
Certainly a cult book with as many people loving it and an equally large percentage that find it stupid as hell.
And did I mention it was scary ? Give it a try if you dare 😉
Which book can’t you stop talking about ?
Das Buch ist auf deutsch unter dem Titel „Das Haus“ im Klett-Cotta Verlag erschienen.