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House of Windows ebook

by John Langan


House of Windows book. After reading, and greatly enjoying John Langan's THE FISHERMAN, I was looking forward to reading his first novel, HOUSE OF WINDOWS.

House of Windows book. The story involves a married couple, Roger (age 65) and Veronica (age 26) Croydon. Another central character is Roger's grown son from his first marriage, Ted. Ted is a special forces soldier who is killed by an RPG in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11.

com John Langan is a writer of superb literary horror. Both House of Windows and The Fisherman are dark and unsettling contemporary masterpieces. Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author For the last few years, Veronica Croydon has been at the center of scandal, first as the younger woman for whom her famous professor left his wife, and then as his apparent widow.

I think John Langan's short fiction is more successful than this, but for those of us who like intelligent horror fiction this flawed novel is a gem to be relished. 3 people found this helpful.

In stock on September 17, 2018. I think John Langan's short fiction is more successful than this, but for those of us who like intelligent horror fiction this flawed novel is a gem to be relished.

The house-my awareness of the house, the thousand threads that wove my nerves into its walls and windows, had changed. Instead of that sense of the house just beyond the edges of my skin, now it seemed to press against me. Not panicking was taking more of an effort. Everything in front of me, grass, trees, road, the house across the road, was surrounded by haze-a kind of mist shot through with rainbow streaks-the way things are when you're trying to see through a window that hasn't been cleaned properly. My skin was growing hot-hotter, as if the substance coating it were heating.

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Reissue with New Material: a new introduction written by Adam Nevill and a reading group guide provided by the author. Sales History of Title: House of Windows was published previously by Nightshade Press

Reissue with New Material: a new introduction written by Adam Nevill and a reading group guide provided by the author. Sales History of Title: House of Windows was published previously by Nightshade Press. Bookscan sales report 1274 copies net. -Author Strong Sales History: Langan recently had his second novel, The Fisherman, published by a very tiny press that got almost no distribution and rushed the book out, but it net 691 copies on Bookscan since June 2016.

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. 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, 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.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Fordrekelv
After Roger leaves his wife of 38 years and marries Veronica,who is not only young enough to be his granddaughter but also pregnant,his son,Ted,is furious.An angry confrontation between father and son triggers supernatural events after Ted is killed in Afghanistan. It doesn't help that Roger and Veronica are living in the same house that Roger shared with his first wife and where Ted grew up.This isn't your typical spooky haunted house setting,but has a different slant that is just as unsettling at times. Neither main character was very likable,IMO, and I just didn't have a lot of sympathy for either of them.Roger was pompous,arrogant and full of himself.For Veronica to take up with a man 40 years her senior and be the cause of his marriage breaking up,that doesn't say a lot for her either.
This book was pretty good and kept my interest,but I think the author over did it a lot with descriptions of various setting and situations.For instance,I thought it was a bit much to describe one scene where Veronica is going to check on something using her computer and we get a detailed description of the steps it takes for her to log onto her computer.
All in all,this isn't the worst book I've ever read but it isn't the best either.
Erthai
John Langan is a tremendous writer. "House of Windows" was different than "The Fisherman", but just as good. Other than the excellent writing, I especially appreciate the way Langan doesn't go over the top. He makes everything plausible, and his characters actions and reactions are 100% the way real people might react. I hope that Langan writes more novels, not just short stories.
nailer
The novel centers around Veronica (young, beautiful grad student) and Roger (65 yr old divorcee, well-established and respected Dickens scholar/professor, who's son Ted had joined the Army and is killed in Afghanistan) and their complex relationship/marriage, the relationships they have/had with their parents, and ultimately the relationships they have with themselves as well. Langan isn't interested in heroes, and Roger and Veronica are painfully human, and he has the courage in a first novel to devote a lot of time to developing them, big fat warts and all. It more than pays off when the strange occurrences at the Belvedere house begin to take place. Langan offers no easy answers or explanations to the happenings, which give the proceedings the weight of reality even as reality breaks down for his characters. And within these shifting threads of the narrative, character motivation, and even of the physical house itself, the idea of story (and how we're defined by story) is everywhere.

"Dickens tries to come to terms with his childhood traumas, his adult ambivalences, by writing about them over and over. Hawthorne tries to clarify his Puritan legacy to himself in story after story. Whenever something happens to you-something too much-you create a story to deal with it, to define if not contain it."
Keth
This book rests on a single idea. That is, a father can hate his only son so much that he will wish him to be damned to eternal torture. And what is the reason for this hated? The son isn't like his father and pursues a different, though equally valid, path in life. I'm sorry, I'm a father of two boys and there is nothing they could do to wish them eternal damnation. With that being said, the book is creepy and will give you the goosebumps. If you can ignore the glaring fault in the father's behavior then the book is worthwhile.
Tojahn
** HERE BE MILD SPOILERS **

I've given this four stars because I want you to read it. So much of it is really first class: a strong, original central theme, very well-drawn and surprisingly sympathetic characters and a style that manages that difficult trick: Literate Page-Turner.

It's not perfect. As others have noted, it's too long and it really would have been better for some fairly severe cuts. At, say, 150 pages, this would be a stunning achievement. At 260 it's bloated and tends to drag at times when it really shouldn't. Some scenes that are clearly meant to chill tend to fall a bit flat and the climactic scene, which is a bit out of kilter tone-wise from the rest of the book, is allowed to outstay its welcome.

Two things in particular stand out: the ending, which is sort of lovely and very hopeful (the very end, I mean) and an early scene about whale watching and fathers. Beautifully written, that one.

I think John Langan's short fiction is more successful than this, but for those of us who like intelligent horror fiction this flawed novel is a gem to be relished.
House of Windows ebook
Author:
John Langan
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Night Shade Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
Pages:
256 pages
Rating:
4.2
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