In the House in the Dark of the Woods

By Laird Hunt
Read by Vanessa Johansson

5.34 Hours 10/16/2018 unabridged
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“Once upon a time there was and there wasn’t a woman who went to the woods.” In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she’s been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes. On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along. The eerie, disturbing story of one of our perennial fascinations—witchcraft in colonial America—In the House in the Dark of the Woods is a novel of psychological horror and suspense told in Laird Hunt’s characteristically lyrical prose style. It is the story of a bewitching, a betrayal, a master huntress and her quarry. It is a story of anger, of evil, of hatred and of redemption. It is the story of a haunting, a story that makes up the bedrock of American mythology, but told in a vivid way you will never forget.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of 9 New Books We Recommend

“Once upon a time there was and there wasn’t a woman who went to the woods.”

In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she’s been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes.

On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along.

The eerie, disturbing story of one of our perennial fascinations—witchcraft in colonial America—In the House in the Dark of the Woods is a novel of psychological horror and suspense told in Laird Hunt’s characteristically lyrical prose style. It is the story of a bewitching, a betrayal, a master huntress and her quarry. It is a story of anger, of evil, of hatred and of redemption. It is the story of a haunting, a story that makes up the bedrock of American mythology, but told in a vivid way you will never forget.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hunt’s slim, dark novel reads like a fairy tale more twisted than Grimm…Hunt evokes countless stories embedded in the American consciousness—and then makes them even more terrifying…This is a perfect book to read when you’re safely tucked in your home, your back to the wall, while outside your door the wind rips the leaves from the trees and the woods grow dark.” New York Times Book Review
“Hunt’s accomplished prose creates the atmosphere of possibility and danger that lurks in the best fairy tales, where anything can happen but everything has a cost. Highly recommended for fans of that amorphous border between fantasy, horror, and literary fiction.” Booklist (starred review)
“The eerie, disturbing story of one of our perennial fascinations—witchcraft in colonial America—wrapped up in a lyrical novel of psychological suspense.” Bookbub
“It tackles witchcraft in colonial America, providing a mythology that’s sure to disturb.” BookRiot
“A wonderful, luminous, sly tale that orbits around a very grim core, growing darker and darker as it goes.” Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses

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Author

Author Bio: Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt is the author of several novels. His novel Neverhome was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, an IndieNext selection, winner of the Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine and The Bridge prize, and a finalist for the Prix Femina Etranger. He is on the faculty in the creative writing PhD program at the University of Denver.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 5.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English