House of Leaves

House of Leaves

Book - 2000
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Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2000.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9780375420528
Characteristics: xxiii, 709 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Although it may be consigned to the "horror" genre, this novel is also a psychological thriller, a quest, a literary hoax, a dark comedy, and a work of cultural criticism. It is simultaneously a highly literary work and an absolute hoot. This powerful and extremely original novel is str... Read More »

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ArapahoePatrick Jan 17, 2020

After several failed attempts to get into this book, I was finally able to enjoy sorting through the footnotes and unraveling the passages. It was well worth the efforts, and I now consider House of Leaves to be among my favorite books. It is weird and uncomfortable in the best ways and has made me rethink how I interact with books as a medium.

Nov 15, 2019

I wanted so badly to read this book because I have seen so many reviews saying it is one the the scariest novels out there. Unfortunately the format of this book does not flow well at all for me. It is a very different format and I do appreciate it for being unique. I wish that I could force myself to make it through it but I just can't.

Nov 06, 2019

One of the craziest reads ever. Beyond the contents of the story, the layout of the text is trippy, creative and impressive. The layers upon layers in this book is just wild.

Aug 14, 2019

Either you will love this book or you will hate it. I tried reading this several times but it never hooked me. Wound up just skimming through and reading bits and pieces.

May 03, 2019

By far, this is the strangest book I have ever read. I can't even place it in a particular genre. It pulls from so many. More in line with H.P. Lovecraft or E.A. Poe than modern story tellers, it often leaves things to the reader's imagination. This book is not an easy read. A narrative of a narrative of a series of documented events, containing footnotes, and footnotes of footnotes, often by one author, but sometimes by more than one, sometimes coherent, but mostly rambling in long run on sentences, separated by comma after comma, not unlike this sentence, often going for paragraphs, sometimes for entire pages at a time, some of it written upside down, sometimes backwards, some in code. I needed a dictionary in more than a couple of spots too. All said, I didn't really put this book down for 3 days. It sucked me in.

Jan 29, 2019

I don't think I've ever been so completely enveloped by a book.

mvvsshh Oct 17, 2017

Perfect postmodern, self-obsessed (masturbatory??) english/art theory book. If you love reading theory or you love reading something that consistently challenges your ideas of narrative, your ideas of how the reader and story teller engage and exchange, and your ideas of what the reader is entitled to then this is the book for you! If you only like horror and don't like a book that makes you work for it, then this is not for you!

Oct 16, 2017

Unique book, it's not going to be for everyone but I really enjoyed it. While I was recommended this book for the horror angle there is much more to this book than that.

Jul 14, 2017

I'm still not entirely sure if I liked this book or not. I am sure it was an experience, and I'm glad I read it. I would recommend it to a reader looking for something new… And scary.

Mar 10, 2017

By far one of the weirdest books I have ever read. I still don't even know how to interpret it. The content within the book is confusing and yet intriguing. You are definitely hooked just from curiosity. The WAY you READ this book is a completely different story. As the story progresses and becomes more difficult to interpret so does the layout of the words on the page. At one point I had to read the book upside-down and I got some weird stares from people lol. But it was good nonetheless.

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