Publication Date: May 2008
Series: 1st in a series
Book Acquisition: bought new paperback
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.
But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.
They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.
Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.
I have been craving some good, old fashioned, horror and The House of Dark Shadows delivered it right up! I pretty much couldn't put the book down once I started reading. I mean, come on, R.L. Stine recommended it ;)
Xander and his family move into a house that is beyond creepy. Full of the possessions of it's former residents, it's hiding much more then years of dust and bad wiring. Voices seem to come from everywhere at once, sounds travel through rooms in unexpected ways, a linen closet playing double duty as a portal to a building across town -- and that's just the beginning.
More then once I had that horror movie reaction of 'don't open that door!', 'why did you open that door!?', 'seriously, what the hell is wrong with you!' -- it was great!
Was I truly frightened? No, not really. But it was a thrilling read nonetheless. I really love old, creepy houses - in theory mind you. So, I loved following Xander and David as they explored their new home. I loved the mystery of it all.
I'm really happy this is the first in a series. With 6 books total I'm hoping to get through them all soon as I'm really curious as to where the King family is heading.
If you're a fan of R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike, I think you would really enjoy The House of Dark Shadows. Also, in the world of YA paranormal reads, this one offers up something a little different. No romance, no typical supernatural creatures - lots of thrills and action and lots of unknowns. I'm supper excited to get started on book 2.
1. House of Dark Shadows
2. Watcher in the Woods