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The Shunned House

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Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Published: 1937
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,828 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,032
Added to site: 2010.03.03 26854

A posthumous story of immense power, written by a master of weird fiction—a tale of a revolting horror in the cellar of an old house in New England.

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from a sturdy infant had become a sickly, spindling lad. In this year the servant Mehitabel died, and the other servant, Preserved Smith, left without coherent explanation--or at least, with only some wild tales and a complaint that he disliked the smell of the place. For a time Mercy could secure no more help, since the seven deaths and case of madness, all occurring within five years' space, had begun to set in motion the body of fireside rumor which later became so bizarre. Ultimately, however, she obtained new servants from out of town; Ann White, a morose woman from that part of North Kingstown now set off as the township of Exeter, and a capable Boston man named Zenas Low.

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It was Ann White who first gave definite shape to the sinister idle talk. Mercy should have known better than to hire anyone from the Nooseneck Hill country, for that remote bit of backwoods was then, as now, a seat of the most uncomfortable superstitions. As lately as 1892 an Exeter community exhumed a dead bo

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Charles Wright

One of the drier of Lovecraft's works. Delves deeply into the history of a 'Shunned House.' Bad things occur, of course.



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