The House of Lost Souls
F G Cottam
Thomas Dunne, 2009
Yes, October is gone but I’m still finishing up with some scary books that took me a bit longer to read than I intended. The first of those, The House of Lost Souls, is a recent entry to the haunted house genre. My initial impressions of the novel were extremely favorable but were later mitigated by a lengthy flashback sequence which interrupted what I felt was the stronger narrative thread and slowed the novel down considerably. The novel centers around the mystery and horror of the Fischer House, a brooding castle-like mansion whose former owner traveling in circles with likes of Aleister Crowley and whose legacy of dark magic still touches the world to this day. The novel focuses on two characters the nervous Paul Seaton, whose early encounter with the Fischer House has ruined him, and Nick Mason a special forces operative whose sister’s encounter with the house stirs the evil it contains.
Note: there are some spoilers towards the end of this review.