We are the Night (2010)
anybody read this?
i didn’t pick it to read right nownah i totes had a change mind so yeah i am reading it, but some input would be kind of nice because, well, it seems a tad odd
the way it’s set up
it was mentioned quite a few times in my internet perusing, and a lot of people were talking about how long/hard (i’ve been reading for 7 months…) of a read it is so of course i had to buy it
and i mean, it’s a big book, gotta be at least 500 pages (i didn’t check) but
let me show you
any input you can give me on what i’m getting myself into here would be cool
This is the best book i have ever read, it took months to read it and i couldnt even finish it the second time round, i seriously recomend it though
This book is the bomb. It is awesome. It is terrifying. I haven’t yet had the leisure to just read the bloody thing start to finish, but it’s one of those books that you’re reading all haha this isn’t scary and then you look up and the walls are closing in around you and your hallway may or may not be there it might be stretching it might be shrinking it might be nice to close that door now. I went to the 7-11 to get a snack in the middle of reading this book. All the shelves had been rearranged. Nothing was where I left it. It scared the shit out of me, I had to take some very deep breaths here. And you would know why if you read this book, which could be catalogued as ‘architectural horror’.
This book put me through hell and back but it was totally worth it
I tried reading this on my break at work one night, and I got to a page where the words spiraled around the entire page, forcing you to turn the book around and around to read it and when I went to turn the page I glanced up to see my coworkers all just gaping at me like I had lost my mind. I’d also try to read both stories at once (there is a second story that runs in the margins of the book that ties in to the main one) so I’d be flipping back and forth from one page to another and back again like a lunatic with a short memory. I finally realized it’s one of those books that you have to read in the privacy of your own home, as terrifying as that may be.
Also, the author is the brother of Poe, and her album “Haunted” was released as a counterpart to “House of Leaves.” They wrote the book and album as a tribute to their father, a film director, after his death when they discovered a series of audio recordings that went all the way back to their births. From Wikipedia: Thus, the album is usually interpreted as a real woman (Poe) singing tributes to her deceased father (who sings back) even while telling the story of a group of fictional characters (from House of Leaves).
The somewhat creepy part of all this, is that I had purchased “Haunted” around the same time I bought “House of Leaves” without knowing any of this and would often listen to the album as I read because it just seemed to enhance my overall experience with the book. When I found out later that they were meant to go together, I got such a chill up my spine.
If you haven’t read the book yet, I highly recommend obtaining “Haunted” and, if you’re the type who can have music on while reading, play it while you read. The experience is truly amazing and, as the album title suggests, somewhat haunting.
- Actual conversation that just happened:
- Me: “Dolly Parton is my Spirit Animal.”
- Friend: “I thought Pippin was?”
- Me: “Him too. Both of them. Pippin Parton.”
- Friend: “Could you imagine Pippin singing ‘And I Will Always Love You’ in the great hall?”
- Me: “Could you imagine a hairy-footed hobbit with huge tits?”
- Both of us: “…..(crying tears of laughter)….”
- Me: “Well, now I know what my Halloween costume is going to be next year!”