The House Eaters

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Nick Gillingham knew that moving before his senior year would suck... but he never imagined a nightmare like Broughton's Hollow. It's bad enough that Nick hears disembodied voices after moving near "the House"-a crumbling relic with a sinister past. But then the local football team decides to make him their new tackling dummy, the queen of the school starts manipulating him for her own nefarious purposes, and his parents' marriage falls apart. When Nick's elderly neighbor hints that whatever lurks within "the ...
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Nick Gillingham knew that moving before his senior year would suck... but he never imagined a nightmare like Broughton's Hollow. It's bad enough that Nick hears disembodied voices after moving near "the House"-a crumbling relic with a sinister past. But then the local football team decides to make him their new tackling dummy, the queen of the school starts manipulating him for her own nefarious purposes, and his parents' marriage falls apart. When Nick's elderly neighbor hints that whatever lurks within "the House" might be the cause of his troubles, he sets out to uncover the truth behind the local Indian legend of the "Eating Monster." Nick will to have to rely on a band of social outcasts from school-and his loony kid sister-to put his life and family back together again. But even if he survives a close encounter with "the House," Nick will still need to find a date for the homecoming dance.

"The quaint new-kid-in-town core of The House Eaters is only a ruse. Polson lures us in with this charming detail only to slam the door behind us, turn out the lights and watch us tremble in the dark. Brilliantly paced, The House Eaters turns the haunted house concept on its head with a style and brilliant cast of characters rarely found in today's dark fiction. The House Eaters is a treat for the young adult audience and horror aficionados alike." - Barry Napier, author of Masks of Our Fathers

"Check your doors, and when you're satisfied that you have neither too many nor too few, allow Aaron Polson to tell you the nightmarish tale he has weaved around a Native American legend." - Cate Gardner, author of Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits and Other Curious Things

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982026663
  • Publisher: Strange Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

AARON POLSON'S short fiction has appeared in Reflection’s Edge, Necrotic Tissue, Permuted Press’s Monstrous anthology and other publications. He is a high school English teacher who frequently argues about the definition of irony with his students. In his spare time, he can be found in his basement study, plugging away at some twisted tale. Most of Aaron's work falls in the darker side of the ledger, inspired by a persistent fear of the dark. Many of his stories take place in the fictional town of Springdale, Kansas, a strange place modeled after his own hometown of Clay Center. Mr. Polson currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two sons, and a tattooed rabbit.
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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    good story to read at night if you dare.

    Nick's family moves to a small outskirt of a small town. In fact only 3 house's sold in new division. Up the street is a big old house thats abandon. Nick is starting his senior year the week after they move. His dad is one of his teachers. He has a crush on a girl named Cat, who's on again off again takes to bullying Nick. Tabby his sister is a freshman and had a few health problems last year. His mother was laid off and drinks in the afternoon. Old weird guy and newly weds only people live in thier area. Two guys are friendly to Nick and want him to go in old spooky house with them and one falls and hurts his leg in kitchen. Old spooky house is spoken about and Nick thinks he heres it talking to him. Tabby can read his mind sometimes now. a door apears in their house and disappears. its not a bad story. I was given the ebook in exchange for honest review.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    AARON POLSON'S "THE HOUSE EATERS" (A REVIEW)

    Reading Aaron Polson's "The House Eaters" reminded me of why I am terrified of basements, and why I vow never to live in a house that has one. His intertwining of Indian Legend with a story of a HOUSE that seems to be perpetually haunted is intriguing and exciting.
    This combined with the relationships and angst of the teenage years is a perfect read for the YA genre. I really enjoyed the book and I very much enjoyed the fact that the narrator/main character, Nick wasn't shallow like most young men can be. He realizes early on, the good friendships he has found after moving to such a small town and he doesn't allow his animosity to keep him down. I find it both intriguing and endearing of how protective he is over his younger sibling, Tabby. He realizes her strengths as well as her weaknesses and seems to hold nothing against her in any regard.

    The trouble between his parents sets a nice backdrop to the story of an underlying drama in what is perceived at the beginning as being a perfect relationship. It's not hard to see the underlying reasons behind why Nick's dad wanted to move back to his old hometown. Mr. Sanderson, while being creepy, you still can't help but think he's just a lonely old man that has had a really hard life.

    The story is well written with a good plot and interesting subtext. I do intend to read more of Mr. Polson's works!

    Kitty D. Bullard/Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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