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There are unexplained noises outside that can wait until morning. There are phone numbers that should never be called. There are places where being rich and famous means a fate worse than death. There are shortcuts you’re better off avoiding, like the space between house… Walk the paths of madness, horror, and revenge in the debut collection from author Christian Laforet, There are unexplained noises outside that can wait until morning. There are phone numbers that should never be called. There are places where being rich and famous means a fate worse than death. There are shortcuts you’re better off avoiding, like the space between house… Walk the paths of madness, horror, and revenge in the debut collection from author Christian Laforet, featuring ten stories that prove it’s always easier to see the light when you are standing in the dark. The Space Between Houses is a place where the illumination of our lives creates shadows of unfathomable depths. All of the short stories contained within this volume can be found lurking there.


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There are unexplained noises outside that can wait until morning. There are phone numbers that should never be called. There are places where being rich and famous means a fate worse than death. There are shortcuts you’re better off avoiding, like the space between house… Walk the paths of madness, horror, and revenge in the debut collection from author Christian Laforet, There are unexplained noises outside that can wait until morning. There are phone numbers that should never be called. There are places where being rich and famous means a fate worse than death. There are shortcuts you’re better off avoiding, like the space between house… Walk the paths of madness, horror, and revenge in the debut collection from author Christian Laforet, featuring ten stories that prove it’s always easier to see the light when you are standing in the dark. The Space Between Houses is a place where the illumination of our lives creates shadows of unfathomable depths. All of the short stories contained within this volume can be found lurking there.

30 review for The Space Between Houses

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Pieters

    This collection was fun and the prose flowed well, making it easy to read and hard to put down. It was a challenge, when I was otherwise busy, to not say to myself, "I'm almost at the end, just a few more pages. Oh, this next story's only 5 pages long, I'll just read it quickly," and then end up late. Which is a compliment to the author, of course. I can see his influences, which seem to be Stephen King, maybe Pulp Fiction (at least one scene), and the Made for TV horror movies of the 80s, maybe This collection was fun and the prose flowed well, making it easy to read and hard to put down. It was a challenge, when I was otherwise busy, to not say to myself, "I'm almost at the end, just a few more pages. Oh, this next story's only 5 pages long, I'll just read it quickly," and then end up late. Which is a compliment to the author, of course. I can see his influences, which seem to be Stephen King, maybe Pulp Fiction (at least one scene), and the Made for TV horror movies of the 80s, maybe a little Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt. They definitely have that feel. My only complaint is that a couple of the endings, particularly the last story of the book, and the one with the 2 sisters on the fishing boat, were left just a touch too wide open for me. Otherwise, excellent.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James Campbell

    Overall, a solid collection of short stories, by a new, up and coming horror writer. For the most part, these stories focus on human horror, with a monster story thrown in. A couple of the stories did truly stir me emotionally. Why? I can't say....you have to find out by reading this brief collection! Good job Christian! Loved the local flare that popped up. Overall, a solid collection of short stories, by a new, up and coming horror writer. For the most part, these stories focus on human horror, with a monster story thrown in. A couple of the stories did truly stir me emotionally. Why? I can't say....you have to find out by reading this brief collection! Good job Christian! Loved the local flare that popped up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    I was handed the book by a colleague who knew the author back in school. As an aspiring author myself, I was impressed by the diversity in the short stories. Topping the list was Summer's Friend finding a likeness to HP Lovecraft. I try not to compare amateur vs professional, but the author seems to take kindly to similar styles such as Clive Barker and Stephen King. I read the entire book in a little less than 2 days so I can say without a doubt that I was curious to see each story's end, and wa I was handed the book by a colleague who knew the author back in school. As an aspiring author myself, I was impressed by the diversity in the short stories. Topping the list was Summer's Friend finding a likeness to HP Lovecraft. I try not to compare amateur vs professional, but the author seems to take kindly to similar styles such as Clive Barker and Stephen King. I read the entire book in a little less than 2 days so I can say without a doubt that I was curious to see each story's end, and was pleased enough by each. I would have rated a little higher than 3 stars but that doesn't indicate a lack in quality of his stories. It's simply the fact that many of his stories felt a familiar tone to the aforementioned authors and I was hoping for a bit more originality. Congratulations on publishing this novel and I am looking forward to reading more of your stories in the near future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Edmond Gagnon

    Disclosure: I have known this author for a few years, but had never read any of his work. We shared table space at a book show, and to overcome the boredom I purchased this book. I've never been a fan of horror stories or movies, but I have to admit I liked The Space Between Houses. Not being a horror fan, I was pleasantly surprised by Laforet's masterful buildup of suspense in his stories, to a climax that doesn't necessarily vividly describe the blood and guts and colorful details of a victim's Disclosure: I have known this author for a few years, but had never read any of his work. We shared table space at a book show, and to overcome the boredom I purchased this book. I've never been a fan of horror stories or movies, but I have to admit I liked The Space Between Houses. Not being a horror fan, I was pleasantly surprised by Laforet's masterful buildup of suspense in his stories, to a climax that doesn't necessarily vividly describe the blood and guts and colorful details of a victim's death. Instead, the author takes you right to the edge of the story, and in some cases gives you a nudge over the cliff, but in others he leaves you hanging there. The stories are short, but fill your imagination. There are even underlying moral questions that the reader can ponder or maybe even fret over. I thought this book deserved four stars, but couldn't think of anything wrong with it, so I felt it deserved a top rating.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Christian Laforet's collection, The Space Between Houses is an excellent collection. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually ended up enjoying this one. I can't believe more people aren't talking about this, because it's a truly satisfying and excellent collection. The first story, "Trent and Son," was my favorite and one of two truly disturbing tales in the collection. A family gets a flat tire on a back road and seek help in an isolated factory building they spy nearby. What waits ins Christian Laforet's collection, The Space Between Houses is an excellent collection. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually ended up enjoying this one. I can't believe more people aren't talking about this, because it's a truly satisfying and excellent collection. The first story, "Trent and Son," was my favorite and one of two truly disturbing tales in the collection. A family gets a flat tire on a back road and seek help in an isolated factory building they spy nearby. What waits inside for them is truly horrific, and there's a certain part here (that I won't spoil) that truly gave me chills. In the second tale, "Summer's Friend," a little girl's beastly friend saves her from a human monster. This one was unexpectedly sweet, although warning - there is brief mention of dog death here. "Henry" actually made me a bit sad. Although it's easy to see where this story of a blind man living alone is going, the payoff is still effective. "One Way Road," about an older woman searching for the hit and run driver that killed her family, is well written but suffers from a bit of a weak ending. "A Fine Tradition," a grisly tale of cannibalism (the titular tradition) is the longest story here and definitely benefits from the character development allowed by the length. Two friends attempt to run drugs between Canada and the U.S. in "The Border," which isn't strictly horror, but is still a fine example of how well Laforet can ratchet up tension and suspense. "Old Wounds" concerns George, an older man who is being held at gunpoint by Ricky who is convinced George is the serial killer responsible for his sister's death. Another expert exercise in suspense, for most of the story we're left wondering if George is guilty or if Ricky is making a huge mistake. I loved "A Halloween Story." I was caught off guard by the ending, and I relished the surprise. Read this one for yourself, because I don't want to give anything away. "Secrets and Ashes" was the collection's weakest story, and other than with "One Way Road," the only time I was really left unsatisfied by a story in the book. In the superb "Relict," Maggie comes home to find a masked intruder with a knife waiting for her. Though I guessed the twist, it was still a satisfying ending. I could easily see this story as an episode of Tales from the Crypt or a similar TV show. "(333)" is a brief tale about a mysterious phone number. This one had a payoff that was nice and gooey. "Driving Through Time," the collection's briefest entry at only two pages is a tragic tale of a desperate man trying to change his past. Finally, "Trapped," is, along with "Trent and Son," one of the collection's most disturbing tales. A couple arrive at the wife's parents' home to find it in disarray. Where are they and what are those mysterious noises coming from upstairs? This one made my skin crawl. I highly recommend this collection. Laforet is an excellent horror writer, adept at both quiet suspense and gorier scares. He definitely deserves to have more people talking about him.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine Hayton

    Disclosure: I purchased my signed copy of The Space Between Houses from the author. We are both members of the same writing group, but do not communicate outside that group. I have never had any communication with him about this book except at time of purchase. The comments that follow are my own personal opinion. I received NO compensation of any kind, or from any one, to provide this review. This is one creepy book and I loved it. It incorporates ten short stories covering all kinds of situatio Disclosure: I purchased my signed copy of The Space Between Houses from the author. We are both members of the same writing group, but do not communicate outside that group. I have never had any communication with him about this book except at time of purchase. The comments that follow are my own personal opinion. I received NO compensation of any kind, or from any one, to provide this review. This is one creepy book and I loved it. It incorporates ten short stories covering all kinds of situations that leave the reader looking over his shoulder and turning lights on. Henry, Old Wounds, and Trapped I really enjoyed, but Summer’s Friend was definitely my favorite. This writer leaves the finale to the reader and sometimes it’s frustrating, but overall this book is great fun. I loved it and anyone who enjoys a good scare will find everything they want in this little package. This is the author’s first book and I’m waiting patiently for his next one. His style is unique and worth reading. I would recommend The Space Between Houses to any horror lover.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bryant Blair

    Excellent stories, varied and creepy. I felt nervous and worried for most of the characters in the stories. The author managed to get me more attached to the characters with few pages than some books can with entire chapters. If you are a horror fan and like short stories - this book is an easy choice. Pros: - Excellent stories for horror fans. - The writing gives the reader a sense of panic - in a good way. Cons: - A little on the short side at - wish there was more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Gouin

    This book contains 10 short horror stories. The author does a great job of telling each unique tale in a different, still chilling way. Most stories I was sad to complete. This aurhor has a great story telling gift that leaves the reader wanting more. Personal favorite - Ashes and Secrets. I need to know more! Recommend this book to anyone looking for quick and intriguing scares. Can't wait to read more from Christian. This book contains 10 short horror stories. The author does a great job of telling each unique tale in a different, still chilling way. Most stories I was sad to complete. This aurhor has a great story telling gift that leaves the reader wanting more. Personal favorite - Ashes and Secrets. I need to know more! Recommend this book to anyone looking for quick and intriguing scares. Can't wait to read more from Christian.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Drakich

    Ten tales of the macabre told with chilling resolve. The stories are, for the most part, short and deadly. The author weaves both mystery and horror into each tale, often leaving the reader wondering what next. If you like the grisly side with punch, you'll enjoy these twisted sojourns into the dark. Ten tales of the macabre told with chilling resolve. The stories are, for the most part, short and deadly. The author weaves both mystery and horror into each tale, often leaving the reader wondering what next. If you like the grisly side with punch, you'll enjoy these twisted sojourns into the dark.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Machele

    I wanted to creep down that space between the houses and find a few more stories!!!! Shades of Joe Hill( one of my all time faves) The first story truly made me sit up straight and wonder if I was grown up enough to handle more...I was

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vendetta

    10 quick shots of horror...some burn going down, some you savour and some you sip on because you do not want it to end...hoping for more in the future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barb Soulliere

    I read the book is was great. The storys I read I wanted to read more. They were very interesting enjoyable exciting and scary. You should read this book to find out your self.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Atkinson

    mini horror stories all different kinds my favorite one was the first one in the book......

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Love

    I loved The Space Between Houses, I had a hard time putting it down. I read at night so it's even worse. It's the kind of book that has you thinking about the characters after you're done reading. There were stories in the book that genuinely creeped me out. The only downfall, if you even want to call it that, was that I had a ton of questions about what was going on in the chapters or about the characters and the author left me hanging at times. But that's a good thing too because I cared enoug I loved The Space Between Houses, I had a hard time putting it down. I read at night so it's even worse. It's the kind of book that has you thinking about the characters after you're done reading. There were stories in the book that genuinely creeped me out. The only downfall, if you even want to call it that, was that I had a ton of questions about what was going on in the chapters or about the characters and the author left me hanging at times. But that's a good thing too because I cared enough about what was going on in the book to want to know more. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to be scared.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brie_reads

    First story was fantastic but the rest were just okay. Still very enjoyable!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dongen

    Do you like horror? Great! This is the book for you. It's got horror in spades. Not sure if you like horror, but like to read good stories, this book has you covered there too. Christian gives you a taste of every type of horror story in one convenient package. Each story gets under your skin and sticks in your brain in a different way. From creepy, to terrifying, disturbing to disgusting, I keep this book right on the shelf, where I can keep an eye on it. Do yourself a favour and get this book be Do you like horror? Great! This is the book for you. It's got horror in spades. Not sure if you like horror, but like to read good stories, this book has you covered there too. Christian gives you a taste of every type of horror story in one convenient package. Each story gets under your skin and sticks in your brain in a different way. From creepy, to terrifying, disturbing to disgusting, I keep this book right on the shelf, where I can keep an eye on it. Do yourself a favour and get this book before they are hard to find.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Edele Winnie

    A devil’s advent calendar of nasty surprises! You’ll savour each and try to save the next for tomorrow- but you won’t be able to!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ld Johnson

  19. 4 out of 5

    JC

  20. 5 out of 5

    Philip Reynolds

  21. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mirror World

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Johnston

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Yahya

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brittni Brinn

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kayla (Heroic Pages)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rasy33

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kat

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