31 Days of Halloween Day 22: The Shunned House

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Only 9 days until Halloween!

Throughout the month of October I’ll be posting once a day with something to get you into the Halloween spirit, including movie and book reviews, real haunted places, occult topics and more. Come back each day and join in the fun!

H.P. Lovecraft was a true master of the horror genre, making him requisite to read for anyone who loves the things that go bump in the night. A good introduction to his work is The Shunned House. It’s a short read, builds up a fascinating and detailed history, and overall is pretty interesting.

Basically, The Shunned House is about a man who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. He becomes obsessed with figuring out why a house that was built in the 18th century not only sits in a state of complete ruin, but seems to have a curse hanging over it. The man discovers that everyone who has lived in the house for any period of time either completely wastes away or is driven mad.

The man and his uncle, who’s also compelled to find an answer to the mystery, team up to uncover the truth. They hatch a plan to stay the whole night in the cellar, which appears to be the epicenter of all the strange happenings. Let’s just say things get interesting from there.

The Shunned House is a great way to get into a creepy mood without enduring a bunch of blood and gore, or having to wade through romantic relationships between vampires and zombies. It reminds us of how pure and fascinating horror that isn’t over-the-top can be.

Have you read The Shunned House?

Are there are any other H.P. Lovecraft tales you’d recommend?

Leave a comment below and join in the Halloween fun! We still have ­­­­­­9 more posts to go this month, so come back and see what else I have in store.

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