Review: Every House is Haunted by Ian Rogers

Every House Is Haunted by Ian Rogers How did I get it: Netgalley.

Why did I read it: I have to admit that this was initially a case of cover instant-love, but I also loved the concept behind it.

Summary: 

Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. The landscape of death becomes the new frontier for scientific exploration. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil for a price. With remarkable deftness, Rogers draws together the disturbing and the diverting in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh.

Review:  A reader’s expectations always have a way of coloring the actual experience of reading. I was really excited when I read the introduction, which presented the book as a collection of stories about haunted houses and/or haunted people. Because of that, and because the layout of the collection moves the reader further and further into a fictional house, I really was expecting the idea of haunting or being haunted to really stand out.

Many of the stories delivered on the premise, of course. Rogers has an enjoyable Lovecraftian/Night Gallery approach to some of his stories and a great dark sense of humor. However, I definitely felt that some of the stories seemed somewhat out of place or ill-fitting. Once I got to the author’s acknowledgements page at the end of the book, I discovered that Every House is Haunted was primarily a collection of the author’s previously published works. I really, really wish I’d known that upfront because, as dumb as this might sound, I do think it would have made a difference.

In conclusion, a good collection even if the packaging was misleading. I wouldn’t recommend reading it straight through, which is what I did. Instead, I think I would suggest just browsing and seeing what titles appeal to you. My personal favorites were “Cabin D,” “The Cat,” “The Currents,” and “Autumnology.”

How I would rate it: 3 out of 5 stars for the collection as a whole. My rating for each story would vary significantly.

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About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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One Response to Review: Every House is Haunted by Ian Rogers

  1. I thought I recognized this one, it’s ChiZine yeah they sent me this one. I need to get to my ChiZine collection asap. I think this isn’t going to be my first though and I will read it a little differently. Good to know.

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