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Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing 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 childrenNow, 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 third appendicesThe 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 outsideOf 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


10 thoughts on “House of Leaves

  1. Jake Thomas Jake Thomas says:

    So there s a definite cult around this book, and I am one of the many who drank the Kool Aide and never looked back Here s a little anecdote that speaks to the possibilities of this book I was an RA my junior and senior years of college One year I had a good friend of mine living in my building, and upon one of her visits to my room I put The House of Leaves in her hand, telling her that she should read it A couple of days later I was in my room, awake at some unholy hour due to my vampiric s So there s a definite cult around this book, and I am one of the many who drank the Kool Aide and never looked back Here s a little anecdote that speaks to the possibilities of this book I was an RA my junior and senior years of college One year I had a good friend of mine living in my building, and upon one of her visits to my room I put The House of Leaves in her hand, telling her that she should read it A couple of days later I was in my room, awake at some unholy hour due to my vampiric sleep schedule, and there s a knock at my door As an RA this is a rather unsettling experience On the other side of that door could be a drug overdose, suicide attempt, food poisoning or any other host of problems we re warned about as RAs So tentatively I open the door and am relieved to find that it is not some horrific medical emergency, but simply my friend Except my friend looks haggard Her hair is unkempt, there are bags under her eyes and she is slouched forward, breaking her usually quite nice posture In her hand is The House of Leaves We stand there, silently measuring each other up, and then my friend rears back and throws the book at me, then walks away Such behavior is not terribly unusual for this friend of mine, so I make a note to ask about this later and then go back to bed.The next day I call up my friend and ask her what exactly was the deal I hadn t slept in two days, she said That damn book kept me awake I couldn t finish it, I couldn t sleep with it in the room, I had to get rid of it That book fucked me up To this day she still can t bring herself to finish reading the book And so.The book has an amazing way of crawling beneath your skin and taking root When I read it my sleep schedule, already astoundingly bad, became evenirregular and bizarro I started looking at things differently The world changed Not in any big way, but there was a definite shift, and that s the way this book works It comes at you sideways People who just see it as a gimmick, in my opinion, are trying to hit the book straight on when you just have to give into it It s like music, which isn t surprising seeing as how Mark Z Danielewski s sister is the recording artist Poe, who came up with her album Haunted in tandem with Danielewski s writing of House of Leaves There are sections of this book I found so surprising and affecting that I had to put it down and give myself a minute to take in what I d read and go over it in my mind Every person I ve ever met who has read this book has had something to say about it, somethingpersonal than just Oh yeah, I liked that, or It s overhyped There s a visceral reaction this book can elicit, and I find that fascinating.I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and she mentioned something David Mamet said once, something along the lines of When you leave the theater wanting to discuss the play, that s a good play When you leave the theater wanting to discuss your life and the world, that s art I like that definition, and I think it applies to House of Leaves Conversations about this book never stay on the book, they branch out into other areas and interests, they can t help but grow longer and deeper, not entirely unlike a five minute hallway


  2. Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton says:

    If you want a really good, insightful review of House of Leaves that I didn t write , go read this one from Aerin.If you want to read mine, here you go House of Leaves isn t one of those tidy little things that holds your hand and wipes your bottom and tells you that you re special It makes you work, and what you get out of it depends largely on how much work you re willing to do House of Leaves is difficult at times, incredibly complex, occasionally pretentious, and view spoiler it doesn If you want a really good, insightful review of House of Leaves that I didn t write , go read this one from Aerin.If you want to read mine, here you go House of Leaves isn t one of those tidy little things that holds your hand and wipes your bottom and tells you that you re special It makes you work, and what you get out of it depends largely on how much work you re willing to do House of Leaves is difficult at times, incredibly complex, occasionally pretentious, and view spoiler it doesn t neatly wrap up some of the biggest questions it raises hide spoiler.When I finished it, I thought I was unsatisfied with view spoiler the ending hide spoiler , but it lived in me long after I closed the book I could not stop thinking about the characters, the puzzles, my various theories about the nature of the story and view spoiler whether Zampano existed at all, or was just invented by Johnny Truant hide spoiler Here s the thing about House of Leaves you can enjoy it simply as a horrifying story that could possibly be true You could enjoy it as a love story on a number of different levels You can enjoy it as a whole bunch of puzzles and codes and ciphers You can enjoy it as a unique reading experience that will make you fall back in love with actual paper books.But however you choose to enjoy it, you ve got to just commit to it Let the book s reality capture you, and ride it out until you finish the book When you re done, you ll probably find that the House has taken up some space inside you, and you ll wonder if the nightmares will actually come, assuming they haven t already.You ll go back to the beginning, and you ll reread sections large and small You ll take a magnifying glass to the pictures and you ll spend a long time reading message boards that haven t been updated since 2004 You ll grab that copy of Poe s Haunted that you bought before you knew House of Leaves existed, and you ll listen to it again in an entirely new way.You ll discover that you live at the end of a five and a half minute hallway.Or maybe you won t Maybe it won t live in you the way it lives in me but it s worth your time to find out


  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    Totally infuriating It made me feel dumb, bored, and annoyed all at once If I want that, I ll date my first boyfriend again.


  4. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    It s like one of those very psychedelic albums from the late sixties, where they do all those funny stereo effects, and all that phasing or whatever it was called all great fun but you still had to have good songs It s about the story of the book about a film about a house, but let s not overcomplicate things The film at the centre of it all is called The Navidson Record , and so is the book about it And so is the book about the book about the film STOP doing that Hmmm well, the house It s like one of those very psychedelic albums from the late sixties, where they do all those funny stereo effects, and all that phasing or whatever it was called all great fun but you still had to have good songs It s about the story of the book about a film about a house, but let s not overcomplicate things The film at the centre of it all is called The Navidson Record , and so is the book about it And so is the book about the book about the film STOP doing that Hmmm well, the house story is pretty good yes, stolen from numerous genre horror books and movies, likeNo, not that one This one but it s not bad, sufficiently interesting, even a little bit creepy But come on, by no means edge of seat keeps you up all night,Come on, dear, get a grip actually I didn t know there was a remastered full color edition, what the hell is that so I have to wonder about the encomium from Brett Easton Ellis he should get outHe should meet feminists with a full Black Decker power tool kitNow the story of the house is wreathed with hundreds of footnotes even the footnotes have footnotes, we are in David Foster Wallace country, textually speaking and I really liked them They re a kind of deadly straight faced parody of various kinds of commentators, some scholarly, some not Very funny stuff, in a solemn, unsmiling way Many intellectual jokes Not much knockabout But so far so good However, and here s the downside, the footnotes are themselves encrusted with the random autobiographical jottings of the guy who supposedly discovered the bookaboutthefilmaboutthehouse His writings comprise story number two, the tale of Johnny Truant And it s dire It s cringemaking It s lame It s stupid I found the events of the spooky housebelievable than I did the ludicrous cavortings of Johnny Truant gratuitous sex, drugs, tattoo parlours, and existential angst by the bucketful Channelling all the badboys he can think of, Bukowski, and that other fellow whose name I can t think of, and the other one, you know who I mean, yeah, him, Johnny Truant is inclined to spout off into pages of incomprehensible rantings at the drop of a tab, and it s just as interesting as someone describing their most brilliant acid trip, which is to say, it s really unbelievably tiresome Eventually I gotta say that JT and his pal Lude and his sexual fixations and his loony mother and his fights and his whole depressed, defeated and miserable schtick just serve to capsize what was otherwise an interesting and almost bold satire Final note like the movie 2001 which in the last part goes JUST CRAZZZEEEE so this novel when you get to the heart of the spooky ookums house horror goes CRAAZZEEEE with all this super lunatic typography like the pages containing just one sentence or three words written back to front, or pages withone sentence going up at a slant describing our hero surmounting an incline and I always enjoy this stuff, Alasdair Gray does it in Lanark and Janine 1983 and way back in the 50s Alfred Bester did it in his great sf novel Tiger Tiger and then there s the photos and poems in foreign languages et etc so anyway, given all of THAT, this is a 400 page bookposing as a 700 page book Still big, but not as big as you think Which may just be a neat REVERSE metaphor for the house in House of Leaves itself Damn


  5. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    This is not for you Or maybe it is House of Leaves is not an easy book to read It will not only challenge your ability to hold a weighty tome at numerous different angles for prolonged periods of time as you endeavour to read text which is upside down, back to front and shoots vertically or diagonally up and down the page, but it will challenge your idea of what a novel is and how a novel should be presented Normally I like to try and keep my reviews short None of you this is an assumpt This is not for you Or maybe it is House of Leaves is not an easy book to read It will not only challenge your ability to hold a weighty tome at numerous different angles for prolonged periods of time as you endeavour to read text which is upside down, back to front and shoots vertically or diagonally up and down the page, but it will challenge your idea of what a novel is and how a novel should be presented Normally I like to try and keep my reviews short None of you this is an assumption, but a fair one I think want to endure an Nth to the power of monologue about a book Generally requirements from a book review are fairly short is the book good, bad or ugly Does it contain anything that might engage you or enhance your appreciation or understanding of the spinning ball of rock to which you are currently standing upon lying clinging to Is the person writing capable of injecting a heroin shot of humour into the sinewy arm of the review in order to elicit a subdued snort of mirth This is my criteria anyway Each to their own I ll begin by summarising the story This is not for you either This is for me, for my own sanity and clarity of thought which has been somewhat muddied in the reading process And by muddied I mean dirtied and sluggish with the consistency of a KFC Krushem TM House of Leaves is a book about a house The house has unexpected spatial characteristics it is larger on the inside than it is on the outside The spatial characteristics are discovered and investigated by the owners of the house and their friends They film these investigations These investigations are then compiled into a series of short films called The Navidson Record The Navidson Record becomes cult viewing and copies of ever decreasing quality circulate amongst academics, the media and stoned students A blind man named Zampano attempts to assess the quality and verity of The Navidson Record including the films and the vast body of white and grey literature generated by academics in order to clarify once and for all if the film was the real deal or one of the most elaborate hoaxes of the 20th century Zampano dies before completing his magnum opus and the disordered, arbitrary scattered notes and fragments of his work are discovered by his next door neighbour, a drug hoover named Lude Lude calls in his friend Johnny Truant JT JT develops a fixation with the Navidson Record and attempts to complete and order Zampano s life work in order to draw his own conclusions about what actually happened in the house on Ash Tree Lane Truant himself who may or may not be the final architect of the work which forms the core of the published version of House of Leaves begins to suffer a mental breakdown JT s story runs concurrently with the Navidson Record but is only ever presented as a series of footnotes The result of this is unclear but one way or another, at the hands of a series of anonymous editors Ed the book makes its way into circulation Is this still for you Maybe The problem interpret the use of the word problem here as being either good or bad depending on your own perspective with House of Leaves is that while the words printed inside the pages leaves are telling you one thing and sending your thoughts in one direction, the actual layout, font, size and colour of the text are sending out a whole other set of messages Which ones do you listen to I think you re supposed to pay attention to both but this may cause your cerebral cortex to cleave in two so this is a choice that you make early on, and at your own risk As a work in its own right, and not just as a story or series of conjoined narratives, House of Leaves will probably mean different things to different people I was very interested in the Navidson Record and the presentation of a multi dimensional qualitative space You might beinterested in exactly which screws are coming loose in JT s brain or what motivated Zampano in the first place Much like the choices faced by the people exploring the inner corridors of the house, you will be forced to pick your own path through the book and once you have done that there is no turning back or you will have to start from scratch Is this the end of the review Yes I cannot break this down further in constructive sentences and the brain dribble is now getting into the cracks between the keyboard I can however, much like Zampano and his snippets, notes and scribbles, provide a non linear collection of random thoughts and observations which might act like the mythical skein to help you weave your own way through this labyrinthine text what you do when you reach the Minotaur at the centre is entirely up to you 1 Symbols and code Allegedly there are a lot of hidden codes within this book These might be numerological, symbolic, visual or in any other semantic form you can think of The internet is awash with web pages and forums dedicated to HoL and the discussion of coded meanings Seek them if you will, but don t expect them to actually clarify anything One code I did pick up on was the use of random symbols, frequently those used in ground to air visual communication these were used instead of a numeric reference system for the footnotes Did they have any direct bearing on the text Dunno The one that really did baffle me was the insouciant and sneaky symbol which appeared for no fathomable reason at the bottom right hand of page 97 2 Capitalisation Adjectives with capital letters where no capital letters are required by the dictates of English Grammar Similarly deliberate mis spellings Go figure 3 Inversion Inverting of main text and footnotes so that the main text becomes a foot note and vice versa Is this symbolic of the main text becoming a sub text for something greater 4 Colour The significance of the word house highlighted in blue wherever it is mentioned This remains true for the cover, footnotes, end notes, index, appendices and publication information Blue can confer the idea of calmness, a natural environment or stability It can also confer the notion of authority and power It is a primary colour and therefore is at the root of many other colours and could be interpreted as a starting point It can represent sky and water, two elements which are necessary to human survival But blue can also mean depression and coldness So what does it mean in the context of House of Leaves Everything, nothing, something I can offer no conclusions here and it is never explained 5 Displacement of objects At one point Karen Navidson s children tell her that all of her Feng Shui artefacts have vanished from the house I m not a believer in Feng Shui but I also believe that anyone who believes that a crystal bullfrog or a well placed water spout can cancel out the possible malevolent evil of a room withdimensions than a 3D hologram is possibly a little crackers anyway Note, if you will that the exact list of missing objects in the exact same order is recited in the interview with Hunter S Thompson on p363 He used them as missiles rather than sticking to their traditional Feng Shui purpose What does this all mean No idea Objects are disappearing through the house and moving into different spaces within the book Go figure I could go on And I will probablythan you would like , but for now this will have to suffice as I need to pop out and get some crazy glue with which to stick my cloven grey matter back together


  6. Cloudhidden Cloudhidden says:

    Looking for a spooky book to read around Halloween I was recommended this book by several others on a message board I frequent Quite a few people mentioned its brilliance and the fear it put in them.After reading it I could not disagreeThe story is this a family moves into a home and begins noticing physical features of their house changing They begin to investigate, which leads to a new doorway and hall appearing where there was not one The husband, being a world class explorer and f Looking for a spooky book to read around Halloween I was recommended this book by several others on a message board I frequent Quite a few people mentioned its brilliance and the fear it put in them.After reading it I could not disagreeThe story is this a family moves into a home and begins noticing physical features of their house changing They begin to investigate, which leads to a new doorway and hall appearing where there was not one The husband, being a world class explorer and filmographer decides to document the new house and in doing so creates a documentary, ala The Blair Witch Project But the book has a couple stories within the story It is written from the point of view of some young slacker who breaks into this dead old man s house and takes the notes for a book the old dude is writing The book and all of these notes are his reactions to watching the documentary film.The old man s ramblings reads like a textbook, replete with tons of footnotes, fake references, poems, rantings But we don t get to just read his reaction, or simply walk through the documentary, we have to suffer through the slacker s constant juvenile side stories and craziness.The premise is brilliant, and flipping through the book the first time, I was pumped at the prospect of the book The effort Daniel put into this book is exhausting to say the least This had to have taken countless hours for the detail to all of the fake references, quotes, drawings, and footnotes, but sadly at the center is a stupid story that goes no where I was never scared, but rather annoyed NOTHING seems to happen And as soon as the story begins to move, we get a long winded worthless conversation from our main character Nothing is ever explained, nor finalized This is seriously one of the most boring, meandering, monotonous books I have read.While reading the book I found a message board dedicated to the book and its absolute greatness It took all I had not to log in and question the taste and objectivity of these people, but if they like it, who am I to pee on them.I do not recommend this book, but if you do read it and turn out to enjoy it, please enlighten me as to what I missed as I fought falling asleep reading these boring passages


  7. Fabian Fabian says:

    Hey, is it just me, or is American Horror Story Roanoke episodes 1 5 a mega rip off of this Only those that have read House of Leaves can possibly knowAs avant garde as any novel s got the right to be It is all about condensing and expanding the parameters of the novel, heck, of the tangible object It makes a case of molding the form like clay doh a book is stationary noYou open the book and a dissection, an exploration is made You are the surgeon all this takes is your Hey, is it just me, or is American Horror Story Roanoke episodes 1 5 a mega rip off of this Only those that have read House of Leaves can possibly knowAs avant garde as any novel s got the right to be It is all about condensing and expanding the parameters of the novel, heck, of the tangible object It makes a case of molding the form like clay doh a book is stationary noYou open the book and a dissection, an exploration is made You are the surgeon all this takes is your time, your attention, your very personhood Can you imagine what Borges would have made of this House of Leaves A damn necessary read This will change your life in a compelling, unexpected way Trust


  8. Caz (littlebookowl) Caz (littlebookowl) says:

    4.5 5 stars I plan to do a video review of this soon, so look forward to that


  9. April April says:

    This is not for youthis will not follow the kind of reviews I usually do, so be prepared for a conglomerate of quotes, self taken photos and annoying html text Also this is quite long.All right so not only was I completely mind blown by this book, I was also overjoyed with the fact that I actually had an excuse to use my page markers I had orange for quotes, pink for ideas concepts points in story, green for layout codes and yellow for footnotes and references as I m sure you all wanted tThis is not for youthis will not follow the kind of reviews I usually do, so be prepared for a conglomerate of quotes, self taken photos and annoying html text Also this is quite long.All right so not only was I completely mind blown by this book, I was also overjoyed with the fact that I actually had an excuse to use my page markers I had orange for quotes, pink for ideas concepts points in story, green for layout codes and yellow for footnotes and references as I m sure you all wanted to know Of course in this book it was completely relevant to do so, as I m not sure where I d be now without them First off,I am haunted by this book s u o uo no ooq s o p u q plno s ll s ns no s no dn u u l q s l plno s no u uun q plno s no u o q plno s no ss o d u o no o q sn q us op l p ln d o uop sl u o s ln n no q s ll s u o no uuo s p o u dd ll s o u o l x o s no s s luO uo d p u pu p o q d p oN s no d ool uop nq u o s s s punos no s od so pu u l s s luo u no u nb os no uo u u sol l nb s u os s u no nq no o uo u u q no o p s o q no pu q q uo s l d d no puo q sn u oN d s o d s d pu s no l uop op no pu sp o s uo sn o s p q o I m not going to try and explain the plot, nor am I going to try to explain the story because that is something you simply cannot do in full length or detail I will only say that if you detest unanswered questions, the beginning quote is right this is not for you. To put this in very basic terms, the plot surrounds a man named Johnny Truant or is that his name Is he real Is what he s telling us true Wait no I won t get into that a seemingly normal, attractive young man working at a tattoo parlour He serves as one part of the dual narrative of this story He is basically informed of the passing of a blind man called Zampan who lives in the same apartment building as his friend Lude Following this, he comes across a trunk of Zampan s notes and papers about a movie called The Navidson Record, a documentary about a family moving into a peculiar house on Ash Tree Lane After moving in, Navidson s family discover a hallway that has suddenly appeared and seems to defy the laws of physics it s bigger on the inside See Not that confusing Except this Navidson record is told in extreme detail by Zampan a blind man, remember who includes tons upon tons of individual interpretations, theories and all sorts provided by various critics serving as the intellectual perspective of this gradually terrifying documentary It shows all sorts of characters grips on reality turn tenuous and details their gradual descent into madness with sometimes dire consequences Except for one thing the movie doesn t exist. And I don t just mean in a fictitious manner i.e it s a book, Sherlock it doesn t exist in the story itself Johnny even says that these critics and celebrities such as King, Kubrick, Rice have never spoke with Zampan and none have ever heard of such a document Supposedly an extravagant amount of evidence exists footnotes footnotes footnotes that suggests it s a hoax when in fact it was never filmed to begin with The specificity for me enhanced the psychologically disturbing question I was asking myself throughout reading HOL what is real and what isn t XXXXXXXXXXXalwaysXXXXXXXXXX House of Leaves is like BOOKCEPTION A book within a book wiThin a book and so on It needs patience, I ll admit For some people tHe readIng Style exotic text, jumBled notes, 3446989465854 fOOtnotes, kooKy passage order, etc Will become agItating I personaLLy didn t find it necessarily diffiCult to read, just a little annoying Having to turn it Around to read upside dowN as well as diaGonally an excEssive amount of times, too, oh Yes That bOok was atrocioUsly heavy This book is all sorts of twists and turns There are codes you can decipher, heaps upon heaps of symbolisms accompanied by an unending sense of unknowing you are left almost bleeding for answers and trust me you are not going to find them. It s a labyrinth and labyrinth is a word you will come across or consider many times when you read this book once you begin, you cannot fathom an escape..epacse na mohtaf tonnac uoy ,nigeb uoy ecno koob siht daer uoy nehw semit ynam redisnoc ro ssorca emoc lliw uoy drow a si htnirybal dna htnirybal a s tI.meht dnif ot gniog ton era uoy em tsurt dna srewsna rof gnideelb tfel tsomla era uoy gniwonknu fo esnes gnidnenu tsomla na yb deinapmocca smsilobmys fo spaeh nopu spaeh ,rehpiced nac uoy sedoc era erehT.snrut dna stsiwt fo stros lla si koob sihTDue to the books ambiguity, a forum dedicated especially for discussing and sharing opinions has existed online since around 2000 or 2001 It s the House of Leaves category in MZD s forums Subsequently after completing HOL I signed up for it easily because although I would love to share the albeit minimal amount of codes I actually did manage to decipher here on GR, I wouldn t want to spoil anything for people about to read it first hand I have so many questions and the most frustrating thing was not being able to discuss the book with anyone There are endless slices of info I can dish out, i.e I could sit here and list the most terrifying moments FtairesAlways Echo. but they would mean nothing to someone who hasn t read the book for themselves So I feel the forum is the right place for that talkYou might try then, as I did, to find a sky so full of stars it will blind you again Only no sky can blind you now Even with all that iridescent magic up there, your eye will no longer linger on the light, it will no longer trace constellations You ll care only about the darkness and you ll watch it for hours, for days, maybe even for years, trying in vain to believe you re some kind of indispensable, universe appointed sentinel, as if just by looking you could actually keep it all at bay It will get so bad you ll be afraid to look away, you ll be afraid to sleep.Then no matter where you are, in a crowded restaurant or on some desolate street or even in the comforts of your own home, you ll watch yourself dismantle every assurance you ever lived by You ll stand aside as a great complexity intrudes, tearing apart, piece by piece, all of your carefully conceived denials, whether deliberate or unconscious And then for better or worse you ll turn, unable to resist, though try to resist you still will, fighting with everything you ve got not to face the thing you most dread, what is now, what will be, what has always come before, the creature you truly are, the creature we all are, buried in the nameless black of a name.And then the nightmares will begin I will sum up this book by simply saying known some call is air am s nb ns uou I am not what I used to be.


  10. Stephen M Stephen M says:

    I think this just about sums it up I think this just about sums it up