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David Mitchell
Random House
Adult - Horror

Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.


I've gotten hooked on horror novels lately, and after Googling the top horror novels of 2015, I ordered a copy of SLADE HOUSE by the author of CLOUD ATLAS, David Mitchell.

The premise is an interesting twist of the haunted house theme. The door, or aperture, to Slade House appears only once every nine years to admit a new victim of The Twins. The Twins, Norah and Jonah, are soul vampires, devouring unsuspecting souls to fuel their own for another almost decade. But things start to unravel with each successive murder.

I enjoyed Slade House. The book is divided into five separate sections, and each section is divided into more subsections that are very short. So it was an easy read. The story itself is clever and well-written. It's a fun romp that kept me curious enough to keep turning pages. As far as being a horror novel, this is one of the more mild books I've read. A good ghostly tale that is more entertaining than scary. I'd recommend it to anyone taking the genre out for a test drive.

All in all, I give it a strong four stars. A light, enjoyable read...might be good for Halloween.


Profanity: High
Sexuality: Moderate
Violence: Moderate

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