The opening of this story was immediately gripping. the first paragraph gives the house a personality of its own which is instantly more intriguing than any character could be. That is, of course, until you meet the smiling demon from the cellar who raises several questions in the readers mind. Questions that never get answered, which is fine because this is one of those stories in which the questions don;t need to be answered, answers would only take away from the story. The story was mysterious and thrilling,. The author builds suspense wonderfully throughout. The story is also superbly written. This is easily one of the best short stories I've read in a long time.
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