John Everson has created one of my top ten books of all time. THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY is a cauldron filled with devilry and witchery–all my favorite things. It's a love story at its core, but on the surface, it's a blood-curdling tale of utter mayhem and savagery. I loved every minute of this book. 2018 has seen several great books, but this one is a definite must read for all fans of horror.
John Everson tips his hat to Suspiria and A Nightmare On Elm Street. The author shows his knowledge of horror, but he doesn't fall into the old tropes. He brings something new to the haunted house table. John Everson makes you feel something for each of the characters. I haven't been this invested in a set of characters since reading IT. I connected with all of them in some way.
Mike Kostner turns the abandoned old house near the abandoned old Bachelor's Grove Cemetery into a haunted house attraction. Two ladies, Katie and Emery, help Mike with the haunted house. They hire set designers (Argento and Lucio) and makeup artists (Jeanie and June). Halloween will never be the same again. It turns out, the old house didn't need any help being haunted.
The blood will spray and the bodies will hit the floor. The past comes crashing into the present. I've never seen so many different types of horror in one book, but John Everson pulls it off nicely. I felt like I was walking through the haunted house with the characters. I caught myself trying to wipe the blood off my glasses. There's so much blood and guts. I couldn't stop smiling as I turned the pages.
You don't just read this book, you experience it. The scenes jump off the page. John Everson grabs you by the collar and doesn't let go. There isn't a dull moment in this book. The dialogue is excellent. The descriptions are everything. The setting is superb. I would totally live in that house. John Everson's writing style is great. He reads quick, just the way I like it. THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY would make a great film. I would love to see all the rooms come to life in the haunted house.
When you read a great horror story, the world fades away and you become part of the story. That's what happened with THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I had a blast reading this one. If I'm being honest, I want to read it again and I never want to read books twice. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
I can't say enough about THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. Give this one a go, and let me know what you think.