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Doom of the House of Duryea

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Author: Earl Peirce
Published: 1936
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,702 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,900
Added to site: 2010.06.07 28077

A powerful story of stark horror, and the dreadful thing that happened in a lone house in the Maine woods.

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y Duryea's tall stature, coupled with a slenderness of frame and a sleekness of muscle, gave him an appearance that was unusually gaunt. His son couldn't help but think of that word as he sat on the rustic porch of the lodge, watching his father sunning himself at the lake's edge.

Henry Duryea had a kindliness in his face, at times an almost sublime kindliness which great prophets often possess. But when his face was partly in shadows, particularly about his brow, there was a frightening tone which came into his features; for it was a tone of farness, of mysticism and conjuration. Somehow, in the late evenings, he assumed the unapproachable mantle of a dreamer and sat silently before the fire, his mind ever off in unknown places.

In that little lodge there was no electricity, and the glow of the oil lamps played curious tricks with the human expression which frequently resulted in something unhuman. It may have been the dusk of night, the flickering of the lamps, but Arthur Duryea had c

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***

This horror short story has a slightly different take on the vampire theme. Kind of reads like a Twilight Zone episode, especially the ending. The writing's a bit overblown, but it's still good for some mindless entertainment.



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