Slade House by David MitchellSlade House by David Mitchell

Slade House

byDavid Mitchell

Paperback | June 28, 2016

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A headlong adrenaline-rush of a new novel from one of our most beloved and original writers: Slade House, which has its origins in Mitchell's famously Twitter-released short story, is his most entertaining and accessible novel yet. A cycle of linked ghost stories perfect for any dark and stormy night.


An ordinary road in a town like yours: bus routes and red-brick houses. A dank narrow alley, easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. A small black metal door set into the wall: no handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it opens onto a sunlit garden, sloping up to a house that doesn't quite make sense. . . . Go through, and the door closes discreetly behind you. In David Mitchell's exhilarating new novel, five "guests" separated by nine years enter Slade House for a brief visit--only to vanish without trace from the outside world. Who draws them to the heart of Slade House, and why is the house missing from maps? Beginning in 1979 and ending in 2015, these five interlacing narratives will enchant Mitchell's readers, old and new, with a signature blend of mystery, realism, and the supernatural.
DAVID MITCHELL is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Bone Clocks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007 ("The most consi...
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Title:Slade HouseFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.57 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.2 × 0.57 inPublished:June 28, 2016Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345810201

ISBN - 13:9780345810205

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book was a really great and different take on haunted houses. It was spooky and fun to read.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great haunted house story Very spooky, and told almost like a series of connected short stories. Highly recommend
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great great story and characters
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Horror The unique concept of this novel was flawlessly delivered. It was creepy, thrilling and utterly horrific all at once.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from an interesting concept Mitchell has a great writing style but it could have been longer.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read I'm not usually a huge fan of horror but I am a big fan of David Mitchell's writing. It's always so detail oriented and different and slade house was no different. It was also more of a classic horror style of writing but still managed to keep you on your toes in many parts. I would definitely recommend it if you are more into a light horror that's more on the thriller side, and a quick read if you're in a hurry!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Was a fun, thrilling book to read. The ending was a bit of a let down. It could have been a chapter longer or just expanded a bit more - it kindof fell flat at the end.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun read This was a fun read ! Ending fell flat but overall enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Twas okay... Maybe a little repetitive due to the format, but somehow engaging nonetheless. Especially enjoyed those last two chapters (THAT ENDING THOUGH). Also, loved the clever nods to The Bone Clocks.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book. I purchased this book on a whim, I haven't heard anything about it. Reading the back of the books describe it "like Shirley Jacksons Hill House or the Overlook Hotel from Stephan Kings The Shining" I was instantly intrigued. I read this book in two days, I was hooked from the moment I picked it up and read the first few pages until I was done the book and wished there were more. David Mitchell is a great story teller and I recommend this book to anyone who has interest in horror novels.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Ghost stories and horror like poe
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good A good dose of horror for those rainy days :P
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great collection of ghost and horror stories. Mitchell is a master craftsman.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the story I could not put this book done, it is a must read!! If you love Gothic horror then read this book, you will not be disappointed. My only complaint would be is that it's too short.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reinventing the Haunted House Story I really am not sure what to say; I'm kind of speechless, but Mitchell always leaves me that way. A new take on the 'ghost story' or 'haunted house,' Slade House is a little bit Casper, Dr. Strange, Inception, Supernatural, and classic film noir mystery. And yet ... completely original. And if this review doesn't make any sense ... well, I guess you'll just have to read the book.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Changing Perspectives At first I wasn't really a fan of the changing perspectives every chapter but if there's anyone who does this best it's Mitchell and it soon grew on me. So for anyone who liked Cloud Atlas by the same author and Gothic horror is your thing that you'll like this, I think.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the story Totally works as a standalone, even though it is a companion to Bone Clocks. Very interesting premise. Watch out for mysterious alleys!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sure. Okay. I picked up this book blind—not aware that it's technically a companion piece to The Bone Clocks, though it can apparently stand on its own. It *can* stand on its own—the setup was really interesting, original and creepy. However, I was a little underwhelmed by the ending. I'm putting it down to the concepts/ideas/people originally introduced in the Bone Clocks (I'm assuming—not having read it). I feel it would/should have been exciting to revisit—instead, it was more of "why do I care who these people are?" I haven't written this book off at all—just saying I wish I would have known. The Bone Clocks may be in my future.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I loved the premise of Slade House. This is the first David Mitchell book that I’ve read (although I’m still working my way through The Bone Clocks). This was a really quick read! I liked the way each chapter followed a different character, and each chapter built on the previous ones. I also enjoyed the way the story moved through time, with each set in a different decade. The writing was great, and there were some creepy moments (although I wouldn’t call this a scary book, so don’t be put off if you’re interested in Slade House but worried it will be too scary). Recommended! (I received a copy from the publisher for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best creepy read in years This is the best unsettling novel that I have read in several years. The entire time, I had that queasy feeling, that I just couldn't get comfortable. Then again, the guests/visitors to Slade House weren't quite comfortable either. They might have been when they first squeezed through that small wrought iron gate, but eventually they realised that not all was as it should be within that house. Slade House, and the narrow Slade Alley are enigmas to those who've heard about about and tried to visit uninvited. Even the police find no clues to those missing persons with links to the house. How can this be. Things are not adding up. What is a ritzy house belonging to Lady Grayer doing in a low rent neighborhood. Author David Mitchell has woven a tale that is captivating and chilling at the same time. He has created several likable characters that I was starting to care for, and then, wham, their time in the story ends. I didn't even have time to mourn for them and he'd be on to the next plot line. This created a careful balance of anticipation, frustration and unease. I'd put the book down to regain my equilibrium, and then almost instantly I'd pick it up again and continue reading. I had to know what would happen next. A very enjoyable though creepy read.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mitchell Does it Again Goodreads Giveaway. Advance Review Copy (ARC). 4.5 Stars. There is a tradition in the comics' community, of which author David Mitchell seems familiar, to do a "one-shot." One-shots are standalone, single comic issues that contribute in some way to the existing mythology of the universe,to highlight an ancillary character or story, and is generally self-contained. Mitchell's latest novel "Slade House" is a one-shot story that builds upon the foundation of his über-novel (read: look it up), but also provides a compelling and creepy done-in-one tale that differs from the author's output to date. There has been a fair amount of mystery as to the subject matter of Mitchell's latest short novel, and it is best put as a haunted house story with a postmodern twist. Employing the structure of interlocking narratives as he has done to much success in "The Bone Clocks" and "Cloud Atlas," Mitchell provides shorter, punchier stories that revel in their genre elements. Each of the six point-of-view (POV) characters was memorable and relatable, and their varying levels of skepticism about the proceedings made for some genuine gasps when the guillotine fell. Indeed, this book steered much more towards horror than I had expected, while also offering a tale that allows Mitchell fans to appreciate "The Bone Clocks" in a new light. Despite the strong ties to "The Bone Clocks," "Slade House" is enjoyable in its own right, and I believe that the horror sandwiched in these brief 230 pages would be heightened without preexisting knowledge about what might be going on. For the veterans, brush up on your Atemporal knowledge, but prepare for an entirely different ride than Mitchell's previous output. Why not a full five stars? Well, there is a bit of a repeating narrative that becomes slightly predictable as the stories progress. This is not to say that they are rote copies of one another, but that they all resolve in a similar fashion. Mitchell, however, subverted this reader's expectations with different characters making different choices in a familiar situation, with slight adjustments on a familiar machine. What's more, there is a sense of dread that begins to hang over the proceedings as the chapters progress, and I hoped against hope that the characters would escape the nasty traps laid for them. "Slade House" is also one of Mitchell's most surrealist ventures to date, which left me constantly questioning, turning pages, and keeping my eyes fixed to the pages as the hours quickly slipped away. In point of fact, the book is a very quick read who's thriller-like pacing makes it even quicker. Mitchell continues to astound with his writing, and "Slade House" is yet another feather in his cap as he once again demonstrates his virtuosic ability to bend any and all styles and genre to his pen. Continuously, Mitchell writes entertaining sentences that show a deep understanding of dialect and a voice that is able to shift with what seems the greatest of ease. "Slade House" reads like a trip through a house of mirrors on a bad batch of your favourite hallucinogen, but remains compelling and relatable on a human level. When this one drops in late October, be sure to brew a full pot of coffee, draw the curtains, and enjoy this weird and wonderful ride.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nifty companion to The Bone Clocks I would never want a mind like David Mitchell's for I wouldn't know what to do with the brilliance of it. I suppose that is what makes Mitchell such a unique genre-bending storyteller with his uncanny ability to transport readers to places and times away from ours. Again and again, I'm blown away by how he creates worlds and characters that are beyond my puny imagination. When I met Mitchell last year before the publication of his last work, he mentioned how he was about to embark on a Twitter story: a series of narrative tweets that led up to the September release of "The Bone Clocks". And oh my, how The Right Sort tweets have evolved into a novella of its own that packs just as much of a punch as its origin and its counterpart. "Slade House" is set in the same universe as "The Bone Clocks" with overlapping characters. It doesn't really matter which you read first, in my opinion. "The Bone Clocks" as the introduction to this universe gave me a newfound appreciation for it as a backstory is expounded on; if I'd come into contact with "Slade House" first, it would have piqued my interest greatly and made me want more of it. In any case, the latter works stupendously as a nifty companion - a paranormal mystery that has recurring horrors to draw you in and fright the living daylights out of you.
Date published: 2015-07-20

Editorial Reviews

Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award“This compulsively readable, immersive novel is many things, but is mainly another brick in David Mitchell’s wall. . . . Mitchell is a detail obsessive, the mark of a storyteller, literary or genre.” —Brian Bethune, Maclean’s“Another genre-bending rush from the writer who does it best. Mitchell tackles gothic horror in his latest, where an old haunted house is the link between a cycle of fearful short stories that span decades.” —National Post (Best Book) “[A]n example of contemporary Gothic literature. . . . Mitchell works hard to make his fictional world coherent and logical. . . . This is a work which leaves a powerful trace of feeling in its wake, a chilling story that makes our ordinary human environment seem sinister.” —Philip Marchand, National Post “This addictive thriller will make you hesitate the next time an acquaintance invites you over. Haunted houses have nothing on this warped alleyway.” —ELLE Canada“A fresh twist on the haunted house genre.” —Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today“With its images of summer gardens and aristocratic decline, Slade House draws on the tradition of classic ghost stories that runs back through M.R. James to Henry James and others, yet as always with Mitchell, it is also able to be read as part of the larger tapestry formed by his increasingly interconnected body of work. . . . [T]here’s no denying the pleasure associated with watching its author unspool his narrative, or the expansiveness of the sympathy he extends to his wounded, awkward, engagingly flawed characters.” —James Bradley, The Sydney Morning Herald“Like most of [David Mitchell’s] novels Slade House is a page-turner, fast paced, hard to put down. And yet it is tightly constructed, offers a cast of varied, vividly portrayed characters . . . . This is what makes Mitchell so unusual: he combines literary sophistication with a talent for telling the kind of gripping story we normally associate with popular novelists.” —Brian Finney, Los Angeles Review of Books “‘Beautifully twisty’ is pretty much David Mitchell’s trademark, and Slade House does nothing to tarnish his rep. It’s a horror novel (which is something you just don’t see that much anymore) that covers the years 1979 to 2015, told with shifting main characters. And while there may be a bit of goofiness living at its heart, it’s still a worthy read simply because Mitchell is very aware of every trick he’s lifting from a thousand scary stories come before, and so are his characters—each one being just as jaded, just as suspicious and just as disbelieving of all this nonsense as we are. Right up until they realize that the trap has been sprung on them, too.” —NPR“[D]eliciously eerie. . . . It is all brilliantly done, spooky, tense and beautifully written, full of the writerly flourishes that Mitchell is rightly famous for.” —Daily Express“Every nine years, shape-shifting twins lure victims to their haunted home to extend their immortality in Mitchell’s ingenious novel.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)“[Mitchell is] like a sumi-e master of voice, sketching beautifully detailed characters with a few lightning-fast flicks of the brush.” —Jess Zimmerman, The New Republic “For too long David Mitchell has been known as the ‘author of Cloud Atlas.’ Hereafter it should be ‘author of Slade House,’ given the marvellously horrific, sharp and concise masterpiece he has delivered. Its brevity should not lead the reader to underestimate just how much punch Mitchell’s prose packs. His fiction is intoxicating and his ideas are hauntingly vampiric.” —The Lady“[A]n elegant fright-fest of the highest order. . . . Mitchell masterfully, humorously, combines the classic components of a scary story—old house, dark alley, missing person—with a realism, when describing the lives of the victims that is pacy, funny and true. Don’t let any anti-fantasy prejudices keep you from being swept up into his unreal reality.” —Melissa Katsoulis, The Times “[P]acked with heady ideas and pulsing with dark energy. . . . [D]azzlingly inventive and compulsively readable.” —Malcom Forbes, Financial Times “I gulped down this novel in a single evening. Intricately connected to Mitchell’s previous books, this compact fantasy burns with classic Mitchell-ian energy—painstakingly imagined and crackling with narrative velocity, it’s a Dracula for the new millennium, a Hansel and Gretel for grownups, a reminder of how much fun fiction can be.” —Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize“David Mitchell’s Slade House is a deranged garden of forking paths, where all the flowers are poisonous, and every escape is choked with thorns. Mitchell has long been acknowledged as one of the finest—if not the finest—literary minds of his generation; but he’s also one of the most suspenseful, and proves it in every gripping, vertiginous set piece. In some ways, the book is a little like Wes Craven hired Umberto Eco to reinvent Nightmare on Elm Street. But that doesn’t quite do justice to its white-hot intensity: I think five minutes inside of Slade House would leave Freddy Kreuger trembling and crying for mama.  I read in a constant state of terror and joy and could not turn the pages fast enough.” —Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns   “Sharp, fast, flat-out spooky, Slade House is such a hypnotic read that you are likely to miss your subway stop in order to keep reading.  And by you, I mean me.” —Daniel Handler, New York Times  bestselling author of We Are Pirates and The Lemony Snicket series   “David Mitchell doesn’t break rules so much as he proves them to be inhibitors to lively intelligent fiction. Slade House is a fractal offshoot crystallizing from his remarkable The Bone Clocks, an eerie haunted-house tale that takes as much from quantum mechanics as from traditional supernatural lore, a spellbinding chiller about an unnatural greed for life and the arrogance of power.” —Dean Koontz, 14-time #1 New York Times  bestselling author  “What can’t David Mitchell do? Slade House is a page-burning, read-in-one-sitting, at times terrifying novel that does for the haunted house story what Henry James did for the ghost story in The Turn of the Screw. It has all the intelligence and linguistic dazzle of a David Mitchell novel, but this one will also creep the pants off you. Just as Slade House won’t let go of its unsuspecting guests, you won’t be able to put this book down. Welcome to Slade House—step inside.” —Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles and The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize   “Fans of [David] Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas will recognize the interlocking narrative structure and literary-fantastical bent of this new work. . . . Pitched as his most accessible book yet, but, really, who doesn’t want to just drink up all of Mitchell’s writing?” —Library Journal