House of Windowsby John Langan
When a young writer finds himself cornered by a beautiful widow in the waning hours of a late-night cocktail party, he seeks at first to escape, to return to his wife and infant son. But the tale she weaves, of her missing husband, a renowned English professor, and her lost stepson, a soldier killed on a battlefield on the other side of the world, and of phantasmal
When a young writer finds himself cornered by a beautiful widow in the waning hours of a late-night cocktail party, he seeks at first to escape, to return to his wife and infant son. But the tale she weaves, of her missing husband, a renowned English professor, and her lost stepson, a soldier killed on a battlefield on the other side of the world, and of phantasmal visions, a family curse, and a house the Belvedere House, a striking mansion whose features suggest a face hidden just out of view draws him in, capturing him. What follows is a deeply psychological ghost story of memory and malediction, loss and remorse.
This unnerving tour de force, exploring the literary haunted house, from Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft to today, incorporates family trauma, abstract art, literary criticism, the occult Dickens, and the war in Afghanistan. From John Langan (Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters) comes House of Windows, a chilling novel in the tradition of Peter Straub, Joe Hill, and Laird Barron.
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Meet the Author
John Langan is the author of two novels, The Fisherman and House of Windows, and two collections of stories, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters. With Paul Tremblay, he co-edited Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters. He is one of the founders of the Shirley Jackson Awards, for which he served as a juror during their first three years. Currently, he reviews horror and dark fantasy fiction for Locus magazine. His third collection, Sefira and Other Betrayals, is forthcoming in 2017. Langan has been nominated for the International Horror Guild Award and the Bram Stoker Award. He is an adjunct instructor at SUNY New Paltz, where he teaches classes in creative writing and Gothic literature. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife, younger son, and a house full of animals, some of whom he suspects move his things while he's asleep. (He's looking at you, cats.)
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I am the kind of reader that once I start a book I MUST finish it. This book shouldn't have taken me more than five days max but took over two weeks to complete! The author really needed to break the book up into chapters and define the timeline better. The incessant narrative by the main character and the way she constantly jumped about in the timeline was just too much for me. It took me six weeks to read the Quincunx (which I DEFINITELY don't recommend to ANYONE!) and that was a serious chore. Unfortunately I felt the same way about this book as well. It felt like listening to one of those people who obsess about themselves and don't care that you've fallen asleep during their self-absorbed monologue and I found it just about as interesting. :-(
The premise of the book was good, but it just went on and on and on. Read the whole book, but should have quit after about 50 pages.
First attempt at writing a full-length novel and I felt the author should have started with something less strange and less complex. This is supposed to be a psychological ghost story in the H.P. Lovecraft tradition, but the task was probably a little daunting for an inexperienced author. He gets an A+ for effort, but the novel was just way too slow and boring. The narrative vehicle worked well for 19th century novels like "Wuthering Heights" but probably a little too ambitious as well as outdated for a contemporary novel.
This could have been shortened instead of being 300+ pages. Irritating at times, but once I started I really wanted to find out the conclusion. Disappointed in that. Author could have gotten point across more quickly and could have laid out a much better story.