House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski (736 pages)
Don't let the number of pages scare you away.
From the Publisher:
Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it
was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which
would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have
anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would
soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth --
musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists,
and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the
hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those
strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives
of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this
astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the
original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and
The story remains unchanged, focusing on a
young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they
discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the
inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer
Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen
Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until
the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily
began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an
ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which
soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.