Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House Series #1)

Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House Series #1)

by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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ISBN-13: 9781423181729
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Series: Dark House Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of the Touch series, as well as Project 17; Bleed; and the highly popular Blue Is for Nightmares; White Is for Magic; Silver Is for Secrets; Red Is for Remembrance; and Black Is for Beginnings. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at www.LaurieStolarz.com.

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Welcome to the Dark House 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Would you share your worst nightmare to win an all-expense paid trip to see one of the world’s premier horror film producers who promises to end your nightmare forever?? For seven teens, this could be the trip of a lifetime, or a nightmare far worse than any they have ever experienced. Dropped off in a remote location, these teens will face staged horrors that will amuse, amaze and scare them to death! But is there more than meets the eye going on? Are these “staged” horrors a masterful production or something more sinister? Lock your doors, turn on all the lights and leave yourself a an escape route before you start this one! Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz is pure horrific bliss! Better than a movie, Ms. Stolarz puts such gruesome detail into each scene, my mental “viewer” had my heart racing, calling out to the characters and thinking twice about EVER going on any amusement ride that goes underground in the dark! From maniacal monsters with chainsaws, to ghosts and creepy dolls, these kids are forced to fight for survival. Who will live? Who will die or go missing? Laurie Faria Stolarz and her twisted pen have created dark, blood-curdling scenes that go beyond just feeling real, but actually made my heart race while she pits these seven damaged kids against not only their biggest fears, but their own mortality. To say she has a gift for horror would be an understatement!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very well thought out. The plot was the perfect pace, the book didn't drag on. The characters have girth to them and could stand by themselves, over all it was a really good book. 10/10 would recommend.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
I could've liked this book. It's cheesy and ridiculous, but it's fun, but that fades quickly. The characters are boring and aren't developed enough to tell them apart and there are too many of them to feel invested in anyone. It's near impossible to remember who is who. The plot starts to become predictable and uninteresting. Sadly disappointing.
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terferj More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a alright book. I guess I was expecting more horror or at least it be more creepy and less silly. I didn't care for the characters that much and this reminded me of a cheesy 80's horror movie (*hides face* sorry). I mean it was a quick read but things didn't get really interesting until half-way through the book. Even then, it couldn't bring this up for me. There's not too much to say besides I thought the concept of the Nightmare Elf seemed silly, there was less than stellar characters, a lot of unanswered questions, and the best part happened during their second day there. Weirdly though, I do have a strange urge to read the next book to maybe get the answers I seek and to see the fate of the characters.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the Dark House is a psychological thriller in which Laurie Faria Stolarz cleverly uses themes from modern horror films to maintain the tense atmosphere of the story. Any film fan will immediately recognise the similarities to The Cabin in the Woods and Child's Play, as well as the home-video style footage, made popular by films such as Paranormal Activity. There are definitely parts of the story which are predictable, but whether this too is a deliberate choice by the author to pay homage to the cinematic genre, could be suggested. This, however, does not spoil Laurie Faria Stolarz's storytelling and Welcome to the Dark House succeeds in drawing its reader in. This is mainly because the story is built around the fears of the characters, but each of them suffer from nightmares with common subjects which can reoccur for any of us, for example drowning and being buried alive. The group of young people sharing the Justin Blake experience is an eclectic one. Ivy is living under an assumed identity, hiding from the man who killed her parents. Parker is a wannabee film-maker. Natalie is an obsessive fan of Justin Blake's, tattooed with characters from his films. Shayla is still grieving after discovering her best friend hanged. Garth is a troubled character, convinced he can smell a blood-type. Frankie is loyal, romantic and scared . . . And Taylor is missing! The narrative switches quickly between theses different characters, with no warning or introduction and at times this can be difficult to follow. Parker's is probably the only 'voice' which can easily be distinguished from the others because of the way he sees events as a director would, "ANGLE ON GIRL Girl, 18 ish, sits on her bed, looking down at her hand. There's a tiny bottle between her fingers, hanging from a silver chain. CLOSER ON GIRL'S FACE Dark brown eyes, angled cheeks, pale full lips, pointed chin. She's way to beautiful to be real." Although Welcome to the Dark House is a horror, Laurie Faria Stolarz does not feel the need to be graphic in her descriptions. We are given just enough information for our imaginations to take over, though often this results in a reader being more scared! As the first of a series, the story does end in a cliffhanger and it is one which left me disappointed that I might have to wait a year for the sequel! Welcome to the Dark House is not a book which will not be enjoyed by everyone, but will suit fans of horror, thrillers and mysteries and I would recommend it! I received this as a complimentary review copy, which has had no influence on my opinion.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
4 stars. No, hold up, you know what? I'm giving this a 5. I was going to read this along with the other two books I'm also reading. But I ignored this and found myself reading this more. And before I knew it, I was halfway then near the end and then at the last page. What is up with that? Hmm, maybe it has to do with reading these at night? Its official, I'll read anything by this author. And I think I have. So this book looked promising. Then later as I was reading the Touch series, I looked back and found that this one is going to have a sequel. After reading this, I can tell you that I'm looking forward to that. And that cover, love it! As to the characters, I felt more drawn to Ivy where to be honest is the MC. Even though there's more than one character in this. The other I was drawn toward was Natalie and obviously Parker. But Garth, Frankie and Shayla are also interesting as well. What can I say that I haven't said about Ms. Stolarz books. Good writing, check, build up on the suspense and tension, check. Leaving us with a creepy end that will maybe lead up to the next book that of course leads to questions that will hopefully be in the sequel, absolutely check. Let's be honest here, who would go into a house, with a sign, written in red crayon called Dark House and see the Nightmare Elf, I mean really. Although I was surprised at one point, thinking it was going to take place in one location, only to find it takes place in another for the rest of the book. Then again, it does make sense, what with the cover so...good job and looking forward to your next book.
valercrazy More than 1 year ago
2.5/5 stars I used to be OBSESSED with scary movies and my nostalgia helped me pick out this book. If you notice, there is a creeptastic Ferris wheel on the cover which alludes to.... an abandoned amusement park! Let me tell you, I love amusement parks and I think that an abandoned one is GREAT in both books and movies. It has so much potential for bad and terrifying things to happen and I just love it. Welcome to the Dark House was definitely an interesting book; I was most definitely scared at times and the plot was incredibly unique. The book revolves around a contest put on by The Nightmare Elf (a movie franchise about an elf that is possessed) advertising that you can get rid of your fears in one weekend and meet the infamous creator, Justin Blake. Like I mentioned earlier, I have seen a ton of scary movies in my day and umm.... The Nightmare Elf would not be on my to-watch list, it reminded me too much of the Chucky series which, well everyone has their own opinions. Seven lucky guests are chosen and flown out to rid themselves of their nightmares; among these seven are: Ivy (who was across the hall when her parents were murdered), Natalie (.... can't, too many spoilers), Parker (a huge movie buff), Shayla (who broke a promise and lost a friend), Garth Vader (forced to watch scary movies at a young age), and Frankie. Notice there are only six names because Taylor, the seventh member, disappeared after being shown to her room. The story is told through alternating views (minus Taylor) and it was fun and interesting, though a little confusing at times. Time passes and things transpire and they are taken to a creepy abandoned theme park where they must face their fears to survive. It is a Justin Blake themed park, complete with rides that depict his movies and holograms that interact with the guests. THEN, as if it's not cool enough, they each are told that they have to go on their own specific ride that is tailored for them to overcome their fears. What? That is crap creepy but also super cool.  There will be a second book which means that a lot of stories started but none of them ended; it made the book unsatisfying to me as a reader. Overall, it was a really cool idea that didn't have the ummph that it needed. I did like it but I will not be reading the sequel. If you love horror books that don't have any supernatural aspects, I think that you could really like this book.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Just the title of author Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Welcome to the Dark House was enough to get me interested in reading. I’ve been meaning to read Stolarz’s Blue is for Nightmares novels and getting the chance to read Welcome to the Dark House seemed like a good chance to see what her writing is like. After getting past the description I knew immediately that this was a novel that I would eat up in one sitting. My attention was caught, my curiosity was piqued and (thankfully) this is one of those reads that I don’t regret reading at all. It was a mash-up of all my favorite things horror and left me with chills. Welcome to the Dark House is the story of six teenagers, all from various backgrounds, who are about to have the trip of their lives. After entering a contest for Justin Blake, a horror film director with a major cult following, and writing about their worst nightmares—six characters are brought together to face their ultimate fears. For Ivy Jensen, it’s an opportunity to educate herself. For the other characters it’s the chance to meet their idol Justin Blake himself. But what once looked like a simple vacation suddenly turns sinister when the teens are trapped in an amusement park where inability to face their fears means sudden death. Welcome to the Dark House is a novel unlike any other that I’ve read. I’m all for novels that are potentially about killers or slashers. That adrenaline rush is the best thing ever. Welcome to the Dark House is a horror movie turned into writing. With Welcome to the Dark House you get a novel that is very SAW meets Final Destination meets reality TV. It is such a unique idea that will reel readers in and keep them interested until the very last page. The novel has a strong opening that keeps you hooked. The writing for Welcome to the Dark House was very impressive. It takes a lot for a novel to keep me turning pages without getting bored or noticing that I’m going through it so quickly. I absolutely loved every second of reading Welcome to the Dark House and was more than satisfied with its ending. Usually any novels that have more than three main characters leaves me iffy. Half the time the characters personalities all blend together and I forget who is who. Not the case in Welcome to the Dark House. The characters are all very different. The fact that their stories are all told in the first person could have potentially been a disaster but it wasn’t. I loved these characters to bits and watching how they handled entering the Dark House was very entertaining. The plot for Welcome to the Dark House is straightforward at first. A group of teenagers sign up for a whole lot more than they bargained for and suddenly they’re in a fight for their lives. What Welcome to the Dark House lacks is some realism. I’ll admit that while reading I ignored a lot of the plot holes that showed up but afterward, I was left with a handful of unanswered questions and doubts toward the plot’s credibility. For a novel that kept my heart-pounding from start to finish and left me saying “Oh my god,” every dozen pages, I have to say that Welcome to the Dark House was a read that surprised me with how awesome it was. I would recommend Welcome to the Dark House to any readers who are looking for a novel that will keep them on the edge of their seat. Any readers who are big fans of horror or want a novel that is all about not-dying while also facing some scariness should definitely give this novel a look. Plus, with it being fall and Halloween coming up, this is the perfect novel to get you in the spirit.