Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

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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, [2000]
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780375703768
Characteristics: xxiii, 709 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: House of leaves


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DPLcatherine Jun 05, 2017

A visually challenging book but a modern classic in the horror genre. --Emily O. (709 pages)

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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.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

This is one of those rare volumes of fiction that works really hard to impose itself on your reality.

Danielewski brings us a multi-layered and immersive narrative that builds itself up around an unfinished manuscript discovered in a dead man’s apartment. The manuscript is a detailed treatise on an impossible documentary film, centring on a house that is, by all accounts, bigger on the inside. Moreover, it becomes quite clear that anyone who investigates house, or the film – or almost certainly the manuscript you’re reading – finds themselves haunted by strange and terrifying dreams and hallucinations.

It’s amazing slow-build horror, and an incredible work of art that depends on the specific physical format of the book.

Brian E. Bennett
Oct 01, 2016

One of the craziest, darkest, and most interesting books I've ever read. The story is chilling, but not overtly so. The journey into Navidson's house (and ultimately, mind) is both thrilling and foreboding as the narrator tries to work out his own mental maze. The book will pull you in, so be careful. Highly, highly recommend.

The second time through didn't reveal a whole lot more than the first. The change I would recommend is to skim or even skip Truant's ramblings. I don't think they add a meaningful layer of depth and really they take away from the main narrative.

Jun 30, 2016

This book is amazing. Do yourself and favor and BUY a copy. Mine is COVERED in notes, highlighting and pages markers. An amazing story that isn't for the impatient reader.

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