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Publisher's Summary

At Butler House a series of grisly murders over a century have led many to believe it's haunted. To one scientist it's the perfect place for an experiment in fear. Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience, are offered a million dollars to spend one night at Butler House. They can take whatever they want with them - religious items, survival gear, and weapons. All they need to do is last the night.

But there is something evil in this house. Something very evil...and very real. And when the dying starts, it comes with horrifying violence and brutal finality. There are much scarier things than ghosts. Things that will kill you slowly and delight in your screams. Things that won't let you get out alive.

©2013 Joe Konrath (P)2015 Tantor

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Move Over Jackson and Matheson

The 21st Century Version
Shirley Jackson started it in 1959, Richard Matheson updated it in 1971 and now Jack Kilborn the dark side of J.A. Konrath has brought the haunted house story to the 21st Century. Like most Kilborn stories expect some gore, some sex and a lot of fear. Right from the start, my hair was standing on end due to the opening scene. This is not for the weak. This is scary.

Fear
Stephen King is one my favorite writers, but don't expect anything like that. Even King's dark side, Richard Bachman, never wrote anything this scary. I like King because of his character development. I like Kilborn, because he takes you right to the edge. Konrath is famous for his humor, mixed in with his gore and scary, but until the last hour, Kilborn does not let up on the fear, at times it is very intense. (no comic relief). Fans of his earlier works such as Afraid, Endurance and Trapped will recognize some of the characters, as the survivors are brought back for this. Reading the earlier works are not necessary to enjoy this. If you do enjoy this you will want to go back and read his earlier works. The gore is too much for some of the reviewers but this is not splatter porn or gratuitous. There is mutilation, amputation, burning, torture, etc. You have been warned.

The Sale and Relevance
So glad to see a Kilborn book on sale. Browse Fiction/Horror and out of the top 20 books, eleven are King books, out of the top 50, twenty five are King books. Once again I love Stephen King, but he is not the only one who writes horror. Another reason for Horror to be it's only category, with sub cats, so others will notice the other writers.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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loved it

This was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good scare.

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Greatest book EVER!!!

J.A. Konrath has out done himself with this one. Combining all of the survivor's in one book was brilliant!

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  • CoCoPuff
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 07-23-15

Entertaining

If you could sum up Haunted House in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining well-performed interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom - I just found his character amusing, down to earth, and honest

Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

Mathison

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wasn't able to listen in one sitting because of the length,but I listened to it daily consistently about four days.

Any additional comments?

I didn't find the story horrifying, although there were some moments that made me wince, but it kept my interest, and even though there were scary things going on, the comedy that was injected through out made it more palatable.

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Liked it.

Wasn't looking for Pulitzer material. Just wanted to be entertained on my way to and from work. Mission accomplished.

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Too Gory For Mr

What did you like best about Haunted House? What did you like least?

The basic plot sounded good. I understand there are a number of books in this line, but it did say this is a stand alone, so I decided to give it a try. While the story was good enough that I wanted to know how it ended, some of the scenarios were just over the top gross.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Kilborn? Why or why not?

I don't think I will be listening to anymore because I like thrillers, suspense and the illusion of what is happening. Most of the time, a little left to the imagination isn't a bad thing. Leave the gore out and then I would probably enjoy the storylines.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration flowed well and the characters were brought to life with the emotion matching the scene.

Did Haunted House inspire you to do anything?

To read the reviews a little closer next time.

Any additional comments?

Good story, and if you don't mind some story with your torture books, then go for it. Otherwise, expect a few stomach turning moments.

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Good Book but would be a GREAT MOVIE

Would you consider the audio edition of Haunted House to be better than the print version?

I like print and audio versions of books, so one is not better than the other in my opinion.

What other book might you compare Haunted House to and why?

I dont know of any book similar to this book.

Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

Moni and Dr Frank Belgium

Who was the most memorable character of Haunted House and why?

Moni. The charater Moni is fierce, real and super funny.

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neat

this story gets to the point! very good, and fun to listen to. kind of scary

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It was poorly written and a generic story.

I bought this for a night shift read. I managed to stay awake but it just wasn't that great. I didn't think it was exciting and it definitely wasn't a mind bender. Basically the book version of a Netflix horror flick that you've never heard of. The narrator wasn't bad though.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book

Would you listen to Haunted House again? Why?

This was a great book. It grabs you from the beginning and doesn't stop until the end. I don't usually listen to books a second time but i'm definitely going to listen again.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were very well developed. I did not know prior to buying this book that it's actually the 4th in series. I urge people to listen/read the 3 earlier books before starting this book. If you're like me, I can't listen to the build up if i know how the characters end up.

It's a little gruesome in places but overall is a good listen.

Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

By far the dominatrix was the stand out character. She was not tied down by societal norms and said what she meant and was willing to do what it took to get her where she needed to be. (**Spoiler alert!!) Granted...offering oral sex to get a rental car may have pushed the envelop a touch farther than it needed to go...LOL

If you could rename Haunted House, what would you call it?

Fear. I know there are other books with that name but this book really isn't about a haunted house. It's all about having fear, defeating soul stealing fear, and coming out the other side a stronger person. That which doesn't kill you...really will make you stronger

Any additional comments?

Great book. Very nicely done Mr. Kilborn!!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue Jackson
  • 09-20-15

Terrifying!!!

What did you like most about Haunted House?

Relentlessly scary and didn't let ya go for one minute!!!

What other book might you compare Haunted House to, and why?

Incomparable for all the right reasons!

What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

His voice is perfect for the story!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several, when the individual characters REALISE they are survivors and can beat the evil that lies within the house!! When Sarah and Frank get together at the end. :)

Any additional comments?

A great horror would recommend to any of your customers interested in the horror genre.

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  • Annette Wright
  • 03-24-17

Good fun

A fun romp through a haunted house. Interesting characters and back stories. Enjoyed the premise and the delivery.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-16

kilborn does it again.

the narrator was really good. brought the
story alive. I read the book and enjoyed it but the audio book is so much better

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  • HOMEBIRD
  • 10-28-17

Undecided

Nothing really happened until chapter sixteen or seventeen, after that the story went at a pace. The good guys were very likeable, and I couldn't wait to see who survived. The narrator Rob Shapiro was excellent, and really brought the characters to life, for this reason I will try another Jack Kilborn, but hope I don't have to wait until half way through the book for the action to start.

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  • Gail
  • 10-25-16

Enjoyed every minute of listening to this book.

My first Jack Kilborn book, don't think it will be my last. Rob Shapiro, excellent narration.

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  • Gerard
  • 11-17-15

10 mins in and so far, dreadful....

What a load of old tat! I need nine more words ... What a load of old tat! ( an English expression meaning worthless none sense.)






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