31 Shots of Shock: #9 – ‘The House of the Nightmare’ by Edward Lucas White

*Title: ‘The House of the Nightmare’ by Edward Lucas White.
Date Read: 09 October 2010
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: While driving from the mountains into the valley, the narrator’s attention is taken by a house which he gets occasional glimpses of through the trees. It’s not just a house which has grabbed the man’s attention though. There’s a tall white stone in the grounds of the house, and the narrator is sure it’s shifting position of its own accord.
Afterthoughts: If I’m being honest I found this story to be a bit placid and mundane, containing nothing to raise it above a million other average ghost stories. I expected more from a fantasist who has (had) such a high standing in the literary world, but if anything this story just came across as amateurish (a feeling strengthened by the fact that it also comes with an unimaginative, wholly formulaic ending). I only hope that the other White story that I have lined up (Lukundoo), turns out to be many times better.
Notable Quote: The tall stone caught my eye with a shock of surprise. Had I not thought it was opposite the house next the orchard? Clearly it was on the left-hand side of the road toward the house. My self-questioning lasted only the moment as I passed the crest. Then the outlook was cut off again; but I found myself gazing ahead, watching for the next chance at the same view.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

*Story read as part of my 31 Shots of Shock reading challenge.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. I hope the other stories you have lined up are mush better.