Book Review: The House by the Cemetery by John Everson | More2Read

The House by the Cemetery by John Everson

Rumor has it that the abandoned house by the cemetery is haunted by the ghost of a witch. But rumors won’t stop carpenter Mike Kostner from rehabbing the place as a haunted house attraction. Soon he’ll learn that fresh wood and nails can’t keep decades of rumors down. There are noises in the walls, and fresh blood on the floor: secrets that would be better not to discover. And behind the rumors is a real ghost who will do whatever it takes to ensure the house reopens. She needs people to fill her house on Halloween. There’s a dark, horrible ritual to fulfill. Because while the witch may have been dead… she doesn’t intend to stay that way. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices

Praise for The House by the Cemetery:

‘The House by the Cemetery is a thoroughly enjoyable read, quickly paced with great writing, an interesting plot, some obscure references that were a lot of fun, a completely unforgettable climax, and good story resolution.’
– Don Gillette

‘This is a book that is hard to put down. I devoured this book in two sittings, furiously turning pages towards the blood-soaked conclusion.’
– John DeNardo for Kirkus Reviews


A darkly disturbing tale as many people descend and juxtapose upon a house near a cemetery that has it eery unsettling past. Who in their right mind would embark upon such a adventure beats me but everyone will get their fears, but at what price?
This a fear and self-preservation in The House by the Cemetery. Fear, come to the characters in high on the fear meter with reanimated scenes from horror movie classics, with themed room walkthroughs. Preservation, well there is some of that, with one just a bit too selfish in this tale.

Quoting on a recent tweet from master hour writer Stephen King and mentioning a new remake on haunted house movie he say, “THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, revised and remodeled by Mike Flanagan. I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.”
Yes there is that Shirley Jackson tale, and one of my favourites Hell House by Richard Matheson.
Before you set your eyes and time into that binge watching maybe as you start to read more horror tales, as such is the trend nearing the end of October, you may want to add this to your fear radar and rake in some disturbing reading.
Reading with plenty redrum and crimson, for mature audience, not for those easily scared, frailty, and prone to anxieties.
The tale was handled with right craft in writing a horror tale, chapters sizes, dialogue, and scenes, all straight to the meat of the tale.

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 18 October 2018