- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: ChiZine (Sept. 22 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1927469163
- ISBN-13: 978-1927469163
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #513,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Every House Is Haunted Paperback – Sep 22 2017
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About the Author
Ian Rogers is a writer, artist, and photographer. His short fiction has appeared in several publications, including CEMETERY DANCE, SUPERNATURAL TALES, and SHADOWS & TALL TREES. He is the author of SuperNOIRtural Tales (Burning Effigy Press), a series of stories featuring supernatural detective Felix Renn. Ian lives with his wife in Peterborough, Ontario. For more information, visit ianrogers.ca.
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Overall, this book was a bunch of random stories that didn't leave an impression, I could care less about, and I wasted time in my life reading..
Yet still a five star collection. Just goes to show you that authors have totally different voices and you really get a feel for that in a collection like this.
I've seen Ian Rogers compared to Shirley Jackson's style and I would totally agree with that. He has an elevated level of prose under his belt and sometimes I found the descriptions so compelling, I would re read them a few times before moving on in the story. Especially in stories like "Cabin D" and "A Night in the Library with the Gods"
These stories range from the beautiful and poetic, like "Autumnology" to like an X Files vibe like the "Dark and the Young" and then my favorite kind of stories that Ian writes, the dark and humorous like "Aces" and "The Cat". I would say that's his wheelhouse, the ones that are drawing you in with clever dialogue and humor but also carry around a sense of the creeps lurking around the edges.
The book is broken down into mini collections, The Vestibule, The Library, The Attic, the Den and the Cellar. I loved the first collection very much and the Attic and the Cellar close behind. One of my favorite stories was "the Currents", a family finds a man washed up from the river that they believe to be dead. Really an interesting read because you have no idea where it's going, it's like being around the campfire at night with a creative storyteller.
Of course there are always a few stories in these collections that don't grab you or you don't resonate with them. Not every story is a home run.
I also would tell readers that this collection isn't necessarily terrifying. I'd use words like haunting, creepy, strange, supernatural or paranormal and just entertaining as hell. Classic. Classic tales of the dark and mysterious. I highly recommend this book.
This author can tell stories on a basic level, but doesn't appear to have any understanding of how to create suspense. This total lack of dramatic tension results in each story falling flat, regardless of its plot; I've frankly gotten more of a charge from a volume of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" than I did from this book. The stories in this book may be seeds for supernatural or urban fantasy novels, but they are not horror stories.