This House Synopsis: What makes a haunted house? The unsettled spirits of the dead? Or the unsettled spirits of the living? When Joey Lodge sustains a severe brain trauma, his delusions take the form of an alien spirit that guides him in the creation of a haunted house. He begins to populate the house with ghosts of his choosing, from family members to criminals, until the line between fantasy and reality blurs and even his delusions start fighting back. As terror in the house ratchets up to a maddening pitch, the alien spirit has one shocking revelation still in store.-Goodreads
This House Review
This novella from Benjamin Kane Ethridge starts out as an expletive laden rude and crude mess that starts when a young boy gets grievously injured in a motocross accident and everyone is left trying to pick up the pieces.
The expletives die down quickly to a more acceptable level, but unfortunately the rest of it remains a knot of threads loosely woven into a story that depends more on its shock and eww factors than it does a plot or anything approaching mildly interesting. So many of the factors are utterly over-done in the horror genre. The mentally-disabled man. The druggie. The teenage girl playing the easy lay. The righteous mother-figure. While the plot had the potential to be interesting, this cliche-ridden jack-up was not.
Overall, while it had its interesting scenes, and the climax had some imagery that worked fairly well, this is not a story I would recommend to anyone.