Win a Copy of House of Fear

Posted on 23rd September 2011 in Blog

In the run up to Halloween 2011 it’s time to spread some scary texts far and wide, and what better way to do that than with a competition to win an awesome horror book. Thanks to the kind folk over at Solaris Books I’ve got three copies of their upcoming haunted house short stories anthology House of Fear to give away to our readers.

In the spirit of their underground and metro-system themed horror shorts collection The End of the Line, editor Jon Oliver decided for this latest outing to focus upon the traditionally spooky theme of the haunted house. And from what I’ve read thus far I can assure you that this House of Fear, released October 1st, is a corker of a collection, with a selection of tales ranging from the appropriately chilling to downright gob-smacking and insidious in their inception.

With horror-fiction stalwarts including Adam Nevill, Stephen Volk, Lisa Tuttle, Tim Lebbon and Sarah Pinborough amongst the cast of writers here, you’re in for a treat. And let us not forget Nicholas Royle has penned a tale here too; his short The Lure from The End of the Line was nominated for best short story at the British Fantasy Awards. This is a fine stable of authors indeed.

For a chance to win a copy, please post a comment below here on Spooky Reads stating your favourite haunted house novel, along with its author, telling us – avoiding spoilers for those who might not have read it – what makes it such a great book.

I’ll be picking three entries at random from all of the posts and those lucky three will win a copy of the book. I’ll contact the winners via email for their addresses, and also post notice below when the competition concludes Friday October 14th; books will ship out to the winners shortly after.

Good luck – and let us know about your favourite haunted house novels!

13 Responses to “Win a Copy of House of Fear”

  1. A Cheverton says:

    For me, it has to be Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. From that classic opening paragraph (arguably the best opening of any book ever) to its ambiguous and almost low-key (though somehow still terrifying) finale, it’s a tour-de-force of controlled and directed writing.

  2. S.Leighanne says:

    I agree with Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House! Definitely the best opening and its such a classic that you just have to love it. I’m thinking of re-reading it for the month of October :]

  3. I’m also going to go with The Haunting of Hill House for the reasons mentioned by previous posters.

    • Will says:

      The Haunting of Hill House certainly is a favourite with many it would seem. Whilst I do like the novel, there are many other haunted house books I prefer.

      I have been in a few heated debates with folks about why I don’t like it more. It’s not that I don’t like it, I really do, as my review on this site will attest, but it’s just that other books really pull me in!

      I do see the book as one written to try and pull in non-traditional readers of horror fiction, and give Jackson huge respect for widening the readership of the genre in that respect.

  4. Sean says:

    While The Haunting of Hill house sits in my (ever growing) reading list, for some reason the bookmark lies at the end of the first chapter.

    My favourite of the genre, at least as suggests itself at the moment, is Marcus Danielewski’s House of Leaves; it’s heady, it’s postmodern and it encompasses a fictional movie that is considered a hoax despite it not exising. Cramming minotaur myths in too, House of Leaves is as unsettling as it is original. Indeed, perhaps too original to still fit the genre!

    I’m very much awaiting House of Fear – mostly as I’m just about to go to the launch! :P

  5. Gef says:

    My favorite haunted house novel would have to be Hell House by Richard Matheson. I thought the blind ambition from Dr. Barrett was riveting, and whole escalation towards “we are fucked” was unmatched. And any house with a blasphemous altar in the basement is pretty rad … in a scary way. Should read it again this Halloween.

    • Will says:

      It is a great, isn’t it just. I recall being really quite freaked out, reading this late at night/early into the morning. At 33 years of age too – you think I’d know better :-) And that’s reading it a second time.

      It really does have the ability to send a shiver down the spine.

  6. Mersipan says:

    Definitely a toss-up for me between the Haunting of Hill House and House of Leaves, for similar reasons – both houses have a distinct personality in the book, made all the more frightening because they are for the most part totally alien to both the characters and the reader.

    I wish I had a more unique answer, but those are both fantastic books, both as entries in the horror genre, but as good literature as well!

  7. George Driscoll says:

    I have two books about a haunted house first one is The Right Hand of Evil
    By John Saul a book once you start it you can not put it down.second book is the Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

    • Will says:

      I read The Amityville Horror when I was in my teens, and it succeeded in freaking me out. I went through a phase of waking up at 3:15 am also. Still today if I wake up at this time I’ll know it’s the witching hour.

      Jay Ansens book, fictional or not (and the older I’ve gotten, the more I am assured it’s fiction), played a huge part in my interest in the haunted house, and in my evolving passion for horror literature as it stands today.

  8. Tom Fletcher says:

    House of Leaves by Danielewski for me too. One of the few books that I’ve regularly dreamed about since reading.

    Also, because every possible explanation for what is happening is turned over and over by the protagonists – they pore over existing novels and myths, watch films, go and interview Stephen King and Jacques Derrida – it works as a comprehensive examination of the haunted house in fiction as well as being a work of fiction itself.

    • Will says:

      It looks very likely that I’ll be picking up a copy of House of Leaves in the near future. From what yourself and Mersipan have both said, it looks like it’ll be right up my alley.

      I love the sound of the ‘eliminating’ what it can’t be, and so on. That does sound quite novel. Looking forward to it.

  9. CDA says:

    Hell House by Richard Matheson. I see many comments about The Haunting of Hill House on here, but I’ve yet to read it. It’s been on my TBR for ages. Anyway, Hell House did it for me.

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