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There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.” These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself. The Fuller Farm is one such place.

It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power. And then, he was killed–horribly murdered on his own lands, leaving the ...
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Spook House

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Overview

There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.” These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself. The Fuller Farm is one such place.

It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power. And then, he was killed–horribly murdered on his own lands, leaving the house to stand as a vacant monument to his wickedness. But once a door is opened, it can never really be closed.

Now, the stars are right. The gateway is ready to once more unleash unspeakable horror upon the town of Harmony, Indiana. And this will be one Halloween that they will never forget!

Spook House is Michael West's latest Harmony, Indiana novel, joining others such as Cinema of Shadows and The Wide Game, and short stories such as Goodnight, and For the River is Wide and the Gods are Hungry.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015518290
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 515,006
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael West is the critically-acclaimed author of The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows, Skull Full of Kisses, and The Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their bird, Rodan, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

Every Halloween, he turns his garage into a haunted house.
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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    Let¿s get this out of the way. I didn¿t find anything groundbrea

    Let’s get this out of the way. I didn’t find anything groundbreaking here. It’s a pretty straightforward Lovecraftian horror, albeit with a bit more focus on people and plot than Howie was known for. It won’t change any hearts or minds and won’t blow apart and expectations. All the same, I don’t think that is what Michael West aimed to do.

    What I did find is butter-smooth prose and a razor-keen sense of how to draw out suspense. I found a story that pulled me along the shoot like a greased up pig and plenty of greasy-grimy people guts decorating the scenery. I even found myself caring about the main characters a bit and was quite impressed at how whole and solid he makes this little slice of Indiana feel. I haven’t gotten this strong of a sense of the personality of place in a while. Most importantly, I had fun. That’s all that matters here.

    The best analog I can think of is AC/DC. Michael West doesn’t change anything about horror fiction any more than those limeys changed Rock N’ Roll, but only a soulless bastard doesn’t get excited when they here that introductory clang of Hell’s Bells.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    Hauntingly evocative. Great scary story! Harmony Indiana is on

    Hauntingly evocative. Great scary story!

    Harmony Indiana is one of those places where the veil between worlds grows thin and mysteries seep in. Or they creep, crawl, drip or claw, depending on just which mysteries you’re thinking about. It’s a scary place where an EMT is haunted by his past, a haunted house hides more than it seems, and a cop hopes he’ll live to see his wife again. And it’s the sort of place that doesn’t let you go when it’s drawn you in.

    Michael West writes the sort of books that won’t let you go either, from Cinema of Shadows set in the dark of Harmony's soon-to-be-demolished theater, to Spook House, set in the forests and fields outside town. Campfire scares are reflected in the eyes of scared inhabitants. And each familiar character might be greeted with a smile of recognition or clutched onto for support as the terrors pile higher. Beautifully timed with moments of peace and mystery interspersed among gruesome horror, nicely rounded with backstories so sparingly told they add depth without increasing length, and hauntingly evocative with gorgeous scenery behind the gathering gloom, Spook House lends a whole new dimension to the idea of a haunted house, and will keep both new readers and long-time fans glued to the pages.

    Or stuck to them with curious slime perhaps…

    A writer to watch, a novel to enjoy, and a place to avoid on the map: Spook House, Harmony, Indiana, USA.

    Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this novel, and I’m writing my honest review. I honestly loved it.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Must read if you like a good scare!

    Just finished reading Spook House. Took me a little longer than normal because it was too scary to read at bedtime-I didn't want to have nightmares! This is not my normal genre but by the time I was half way through I was so involved with the characters that I had to keep reading, nightmares or not! I particularly liked the cross-over characters from Mr. West's other books, although you didn't have to be familiar with them to follow the story. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is a horror buff!

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  • Posted October 18, 2012

    West's Best!!

    When the Wide Game was released, I found it impossible to think that Michael West could write a book I enjoyed more. But he did.

    Spook House is an amazing story, with characters that are real, behave believably, and are lovable.

    West's imagination truly takes flight in this episode of his Harmony novels. He creates monsters that are unique and then manifests them in a way that is completely plausible-- making this his scariest ride yet. As with all West writing, the exposition is smooth and flawless; the descriptions are detailed enough, and yet never boring.

    The illustrations are unbelievably right on, giving a window to precisely what West describes, as if Matthew Perry got inside West's head and pulled the images out.

    From the first chapter, the story is high energy, and one immediately feels connected with the main character. The action will keep you turning the pages, as quickly as you can.

    I am not sure I will ever be able to enter an abandoned farm house again!

    I don't want to give away too much of the story: JUST READ IT! You won't be sorry!!

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