The House by the Cemetery by John Everson

I watch a lot of horror films. A good chunk of them don’t scare me anymore. Especially haunted house films. Seriously, how many times can you see pretty close too the same story line in a film. Group of friends go into a “haunted house” and then ghosts try to get them. They all die and one escapes to tell the tale. It is a story that is told over and over again. What if the ghosty in the haunted house wins? What would happen then?


Summary: A dilapidated house located by a cemetery is setup to be a haunted house for Halloween.

What I liked: I enjoyed the cheese factor. It really reminded me of 80s teen slasher films especially the end. The concept of the story was intriguing. I loved the whole haunted house becoming a fake haunted house. My favorite part of the story was the last 25% of the book.  I loved the idea that a house that was a slaughter house ended up being a real slaughter house.

What I didn’t like:  I would have liked more of the houses backstory. We got quite a bit of Katie’s backstory but not of the house really. Especially the little room. I wanted a bit more of that.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: So there there is something that I am not a big fan of that was done in The House by the Cemetery a number of times. I have a pretty good memory. I can usually remember a character based on their name. I am not a fan when authors consistently describe a character by their ethnicity or a defining feature especially if that was how they were introduced. If a character is surly I will remember that the next time this character is brought up. It is a small thing but for me that drives me nuts. Unfortunately, Everson does this through out the book.


2 thoughts on “The House by the Cemetery by John Everson

  1. chucklesthescot September 25, 2018 / 5:50 am

    I’m never sure about Haunted House books. There is the odd good one but a lot can be so slow to get into it. An 80’s slasher vibe might be my kind of thing though!

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    • Toni_The_Reader September 25, 2018 / 6:46 am

      The concept of the story is really cool. It is like a slasher combined with a haunted house book. But it really reminded me of the movies that I grew up watching with a bit of cheese. But defiantly check it out.


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