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The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built After Craig Bellman a successful young New York lawyer is horribly injured in a street mugging he and his wife Effie retreat to the Hudson Valley to restore his health and save their relationship

  • Title: The House That Jack Built
  • Author: Graham Masterton
  • ISBN: 9780749320218
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • After Craig Bellman, a successful young New York lawyer, is horribly injured in a street mugging, he and his wife, Effie, retreat to the Hudson Valley to restore his health and save their relationship When they discover a derelict old mansion, Valhalla, Craig becomes fascinated by it He ignores Effie s misgivings and starts to make inquiries about buying it, undeterred bAfter Craig Bellman, a successful young New York lawyer, is horribly injured in a street mugging, he and his wife, Effie, retreat to the Hudson Valley to restore his health and save their relationship When they discover a derelict old mansion, Valhalla, Craig becomes fascinated by it He ignores Effie s misgivings and starts to make inquiries about buying it, undeterred by the expense and its history it was built by legendary gambler and womanizer Jack Belias and every owner since Belias has come to a tragic end Even today, Valhalla echoes with its terrible past Out of loyalty to her husband Effie tries to overcome her fears, but recruits a local spiritualist in an attempt to rid the house of its threatening vibrations But death and destruction return to Valhalla, and Craig, obsessed by the house, becomes of a stranger to Effie every day It would appear that the spirit of Jack Belias is still with them

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    1. Graham Masterton

      Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946 His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men s magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became Burroughsi novel The Wild Boys At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines At this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex how to books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide His latest, Wild Sex For New Lovers is published by Penguin Putnam in January, 2001 He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men s Health, Woman, Woman s Own and other mass market self improvement magazines.Graham Masterton s debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in 1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man It became an instant bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.Altogether Graham has written than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers The Sweetman Curve, Ikon to disaster novels Plague, Famine to historical sagas Rich and Maiden Voyage both appeared in the New York Times bestseller list He has published four collections of short stories, Fortnight of Fear, Flights of Fear, Faces of Fear and Feelings of Fear.He has also written horror novels for children House of Bones, Hair Raiser and has just finished the fifth volume in a very popular series for young adults, Rook, based on the adventures of an idiosyncratic remedial English teacher in a Los Angeles community college who has the facility to see ghosts.Since then Graham has published than 35 horror novels, including Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of America Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review of Books and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wilde s tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.He and his wife Wiescka live in a Gothic Victorian mansion high above the River Lee in Cork, Ireland.

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    1. Another great book by one of my favorite Paranormal-horror Authors, Graham Masterton. I decided I wanted to read this for spook season because I love to read some creepy books this time of year. I knew that I would not be disappointed by this one at all.In this book you have Craig Bellerman who stumbled across an old 1930's house named Vallhalla and he was determined to make it his, claiming the house was him. His wife Effie was discovering some pretty odd things going on in this house and she d [...]


    2. One of my favorite horror stories ever. Now here's a book that truly merits the title horror story. I stayed on this pretty much until I finished it because I just had to find out what happened. The scare goes on page after page and doesn't let the reader down.The story begins with Craig Bellman is hurrying off to join his partner at a restaurant where he & his law partner, along with a very important client, are celebrating a million dollar deal. He is in a taxi, and the the streets are gri [...]


    3. Let me start off by saying how much I love Graham Masterton's writing style. It is his prose that kept me reading it even after I became disgusted with the material. Some of the passages are so well-written that I re-read them a few times just for the pleasure of it. I may give one of his other books another try. The reason I'm giving this such a low rating is how degrading to women that it was. I could have stood it if it was just the man Craig's thoughts as he's supposed to be possessed by the [...]


    4. This is the 3rd Graham Masterton novel I've read and I've yet to 5-star the guy.Hopefully this is because I haven't read the best of him yet. Although a 2-star rating looks bleak, it does translate to It Was OK, and that's how I felt about it.The story had a great start to it, with a couple of gleefully horrific occurrences, and I thought I was in for a real treat here.It was an okay story, and a cool concept. My problem was character engagement. I really couldn't care less for any of them. Very [...]


    5. Of the Graham Masterton books I have read, this one drew me in and held my attention from beginning to end better than any of them. I love a good haunted house story, big creepy houses hold so many possibilities. The book starts out strong, we have a jerk named Craig who is a pretentious lawyer type who manages to get himself into some fairly gory trouble. Flash forward to his loving wife taking him on a trip to help him "sort himself out." There they stumble across Valhalla, the monstrous home [...]


    6. Graham Masterton wined, dined, and romanced me with his gory, viscerally rich ‘The Devil in Grey.’ Here he makes the past cross the lines with the modern again, this time, as before, dealing with devilish spirits up to no good.The plot is traditional type of ghost story, with possession, unexplained deaths, haunted houses, and mysterious ‘drawings’ to places and people of the characters. Sure, there’s nothing really new here, but it’s fun anyway.Pacing doesn’t hurt the book, either [...]


    7. Great story, really creepy but by the end of this story I didn't like any characters. Couldn't stand the people. The husband was a cheating jerk and got what he deserved in the first part of the book and later. The wife was tstl, she would set women back a long way with how she thought. Yikes. The 4 stars are for the excellent writing and the creepy factor. Characters sucked, in more ways than one.;-)I do recommend this book for people who love a good horror read. Just don't expect to feel attac [...]


    8. Though this book was captivating. I was disturbed by how the womens were treated in this book. The MC Effie was such a doormat women. I hate such womens. Other than that the book was nice. I like the concept. I was hooked.


    9. After the Harrow books by Douglas Clegg and this, The House That Jack Built by Graham Masterton, remind me never to invest in real estate near the Hudson river. Jeez.Yes, it's haunted house time again on my recent run of Leisure published haunted howlers. The last one I read was The Reckoning, by Sarah Pinborough. Whereas that haunted abode was a modest house in an English village, Jack's House is on a much grander scale. But do bigger houses produce bigger scares? Read on.Spot the lyric time? O [...]


    10. This is the first time I've read anything by Graham Masterton, and I honestly wish it wasn't. The first half of the book was amazing. I loved it. The atmosphere was creepy, extremely creepy from start to finish, he captured the haunted house feel perfectly. At one point I had to put the book down, as it made me cringe that badly, and made me feel sick in the stomach. The bad part was, that I ended up with rather high expectations for the rest of the book, and was greatly disappointed. Why? Becau [...]


    11. A dilapidated NY estate becomes the obsession of a NY attorney after he has a life-changing "accident". In pretty quick order, the builder of the estate, who disappeared in 1937 under mysterious circumstances, begins to possess the attorney, and his sadism, gambling and dark behavior follows.I thought the book was well written but was annoyed by a couple of scenes late in the book. An appraiser turns up with a fairly valuable piece of information that seemed odd to be in his possession. There wa [...]


    12. I loved this book. Oftentimes a horror book will creep me out a little, and then weeks later, I'll forget all about it.This one was very different. I actually read it months ago but just forgot to add it to my list of books here. It had some very interesting theories about haunting and time that were very intriguing and had an almost sci-fi tone to it, which I love.Definitely a new favorite book.


    13. This is one of the first books I ever readI was about 15 years old when I read it & I was completely blown awayars later, it still one of my all time favourite books! brilliant brilliant brilliant! ive read it about 6 times since & I enjoy it every time. just keeps you hooked on every page!! Love a good horror - Dont find many that are this easy to get into without being too dragged out & twisted. LOVED this one! Need to find a copy of this golden oldy!


    14. A vicious mugging proves difficult for successful lawyer Craig Bellman to recover from until he discovers an abandoned mansion while on holiday with his wife. Valhalla was built by a notorious playboy gambler who disappeared in the 1930s. Bellman is entranced by the old house, but of course there is more to it than meets the eye.Masterton is an accomplished writer in a number of genres, which in my opinion makes him a better horror writer as his novels are good stories with a horror theme rather [...]


    15. Ive read this book 6 times and i love it!!! its one of them books which is easy to read, and realllly easy to let the mind flow with the story line. i LOVED it. im normally a richard Laymon fan but Graham masterton has wrote an amazing book here. creepy in places, sexual in others but gripping all the way through. Loved it.


    16. Creepy, classic ghost story with vibrant imagery and original characters; if you're a fan of haunted houses and eerie mysteries, or if you love the nostalgia of paperback horror novels like Stephen King's or Dean Koontz's, I highly recommend it.


    17. This is not your run-of-the-mill haunted house tale, I promise. When Effie and Craig visit a derelict mansion called Valhalla, Craig is immediately and irresistibly drawn to it. Effie has misgivings--the house is falling apart, quite literally, and it would cost millions to restore--but since Craig's emotional and mental health has been so precarious, Effie grudgingly agrees. Once they begin the restoration, though, changes are evident in Craig's physical and personal traits. His former quiet, d [...]


    18. The House That Jack Built tells the story of Craig and Effie Bellman who after Craig's mugging stumble upon the infamous house, Valhalla. Craig becomes drawn to the house in an unnatural way, and Effie becomes concerned about where this house begins to lead them. Meanwhile, typical creepy haunted house activity gives way into a visceral narrative of sex, sadism, misogyny, and supernatural intrigue. From the opening chapter, Masterton had my attention. Craig was still an unlikable character, but [...]


    19. Anyone looking for a fresh gothic ghost story with a twist and then some, will love this book. Fast paced, well written and psychologically horrifying! I loved it! I could say more, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. There's even a nice selection of gruesome death scenes. What more could a girl want?


    20. I went on a Graham Masterton Jag and read several of his books. This one was my favorite. Plus, anytime an author uses the word "vulva" in a book, it has to be worth reading, right?! It was a scary story, not "Keep me awake" scary, but I am scarred from too much horror (novels and Netflix), but it was a good read.


    21. This book wasn't good as it was made out to be, I absolutely love Graham Masterton books but this one seemed a bit poor compared to his others. I borrowed this book off my boyfriends father, as he's a big fan as well. I put it down for a couple of weeks, and finally picked it up when I was on holidays. It was okay, but the characters and story line wasn't all that good.


    22. Good readever since *The girl with the dragon tattoo*, I have enjoyed thrillers by Swedish, Danish, Finnish authors.cially mysteries with the main character a detective with drama. This one did not disappointgood plot, great characters.will look forward to more books by this author.


    23. This is one of my favorite horror stories. I read around 10yrs ago & I still remember being frightened by it. It is what earned Graham Masterton a permanent spot on my list of favorite authors. As far as I know, I have read everything he has written.


    24. This is one of the all time best haunted house novels ever written! Take a house with a past + a couple with marriage problems and what do you get? Terror! But there is oh, so much more to this book!


    25. I was surprised to see how many books we have of Graham Masterton and how many of his works I've read already. This one did not disappoint. Have to see if I can find me a few more next trip to the book store.


    26. The haunted house is a horror staple and only the true masters can make an old story exciting and interesting. Chilling and gripping, this novel proves that Masterton is one of these old masters.


    27. Enjoyable classic haunted house story, even if the idea has been done a million times before! (Just ignore the weird sex scenes)


    28. This, I believe, was the first Masterton book I've ever read and it left an indelible impression. His imagination and style are just so great. I love his books.


    29. I'm wearing a striped tanktop and navy blue shorts while writing this review. The way characters are described in this book makes me feel like it's important to mention that.You know those horror movies where you keep shouting at the characters not to walk down the dark spooky hallway alone, and they do it anyway? Well, the entire book was like this to me. Every character was so incredibly naive that I didn't care for any of them. Furthermore, the numerous sex/rape scenes made it feel like I was [...]


    30. 2.5 Trochę się przy niej nudziłam, ale duży plus za ogólną historię.I znowu. Czemu taki polski tytuł. Tak na marginesie, Walhalla na początku skojarzyło mi się z jakimś złym duchem, nie wiem czemu, bo to zupełnie co innego.


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