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Old Rambling House   By: (1920-1986)

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Old Rambling House by Frank Herbert is a gripping tale that transports readers to a world filled with mystery and suspense. Set in a quaint and seemingly ordinary small town, the story follows a young family as they move into an old house with a dark history.

From the very beginning, Herbert captivates readers with his vivid descriptions and atmospheric writing style. The old house itself becomes a character in its own right, with its creaking floors, mysterious hidden rooms, and eerie whispers that seem to haunt its halls. The author's attention to detail is impeccable, painting a picture so vivid that readers can almost feel the chill in the air and sense the house's secrets lurking around every corner.

The characters in Old Rambling House are well-developed and relatable, each with their own flaws and strengths. As the family settles into their new home, they become entangled in a web of inexplicable events that gradually escalate, leaving them questioning their sanity and the true nature of the house. Herbert masterfully builds the suspense, making it nearly impossible to put the book down as readers, along with the characters, attempt to uncover the truth behind the house's unsettling presence.

As the story unfolds, Herbert skillfully weaves in elements of the supernatural and the psychological, blurring the boundaries between reality and the supernatural. The subtle hints and foreshadowing keep readers guessing, and the plot twists and turns add an unexpected layer of complexity to the narrative. Herbert's clever use of symbolism and allegory adds depth to the story, exploring themes of guilt, trauma, and the consequences of unchecked ambition.

Old Rambling House is more than just a ghost story; it is a thought-provoking exploration of the human psyche and the nature of evil. Herbert effortlessly merges elements of horror, mystery, and psychological thriller into a cohesive and engrossing narrative that will leave readers breathless. Whether you are a fan of supernatural tales or simply appreciate skillful storytelling, this book is a must-read. Herbert's masterful prose and ability to create an atmospheric world make Old Rambling House an unforgettable reading experience.

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Old Rambling House


All the Grahams desired was a home they could call their own ... but what did the home want?

Illustrated by JOHNSON

On his last night on Earth, Ted Graham stepped out of a glass walled telephone booth, ducked to avoid a swooping moth that battered itself in a frenzy against a bare globe above the booth.

Ted Graham was a long necked man with a head of pronounced egg shape topped by prematurely balding sandy hair. Something about his lanky, intense appearance suggested his occupation: certified public accountant.

He stopped behind his wife, who was studying a newspaper classified page, and frowned. "They said to wait here. They'll come get us. Said the place is hard to find at night."

Martha Graham looked up from the newspaper. She was a doll faced woman, heavily pregnant, a kind of pink prettiness about her. The yellow glow from the light above the booth subdued the red auburn cast of her ponytail hair.

"I just have to be in a house when the baby's born," she said. "What'd they sound like?"

"I dunno. There was a funny kind of interruption like an argument in some foreign language."

"Did they sound foreign?"

"In a way." He motioned along the night shrouded line of trailers toward one with two windows glowing amber. "Let's wait inside... Continue reading book >>

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