History NightmareFuel / HouseOfLeaves

18th Aug '16 12:26:42 PM Jhimmibhob
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* The De La Warr account, particularly the fact that a) the labyrinth's staircase existed back in the 1600s, b) the whole meadow above the labyrinth was cursed by the house's influence, with the men describing it as icy, barren, and inducing nightmares in them, and c) only two of the three men's bodies were recovered. What happened to the third guy?

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* The De La Warr account, particularly the fact account:
** We learn
that a) the labyrinth's staircase existed back labyrinth--even its quasi-architectural physical features--predates the house, and even predates colonial settlement in the 1600s, b) the whole meadow above the labyrinth was cursed by the house's influence, with the men describing it as icy, barren, area. For all anyone can say, a hole in existence has simply ''been there'' for time immemorial and inducing nightmares in them, and c) only for no fathomable reason.
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two of the three men's bodies were recovered. What happened to the third guy?
5th May '15 6:02:15 AM Solle
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* Navidson's third dream jarringly being replaced by Johnny's dream, told very intimately and from his own perspective, in which you genuinely get the feeling that it's happening to yourself as you read it. And you realise that you've become [[spoiler: the Minotaur]].
5th May '15 6:00:21 AM Solle
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* The part where everything the house ''doesn't'' have is described. For best results, picture it as a [[MadnessMantra rant coming from someone who has COMPLETELY lost their mind]]. Then while the format of the book changes to make it into a literal textual labyrinth, pretend that the rant is still being spoken in the background while you're reading the other scenes. Or that they keep alternating. And then... "Picture that. In your dreams."

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* The part where everything the house ''doesn't'' have is described. For best results, picture it as a [[MadnessMantra rant coming from someone who has COMPLETELY lost their mind]]. Then while the format of the book changes to make it into a literal textual labyrinth, pretend that the rant is still being spoken in the background while you're reading the other scenes. Or that they keep alternating. And then... "Picture that. In your dreams."" It goes on for so long, and is so utteraly nonsensical and ''comprehensive'', that it has the effect of a trance.
21st Dec '14 11:56:57 PM mlsmithca
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* The part where everything the house ''doesn't'' have is described. For best results, picture it as a [[MadnessMantra rant coming from someone who has COMPLETELY lost their mind]]. Then while the format of the book changes to make it into a literal textual labyrinth, pretend that the rant is still being spoken in the background while you're reading the other scenes. Or that they keep alternating. And then... "[[color:red:Picture that. In your dreams.]]"
* The word "[[color:gray:house]]" itself in the black-and-white edition. In this edition there is only one understated PaintingTheMedium effect, and it's more effective than the more colourful ones sound to be. The word is always printed in grey and is randomly slightly displaced from the row of text in some direction by less than a millimetre, except when it randomly isn't. It varies page by page. Maybe that's even just a technical problem they were having with the different colour, but it works. Eventually you cringe every time you see the word. It really goes with the theme of how eldritch and uncanny the [[color:gray:House]] is.

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* The part where everything the house ''doesn't'' have is described. For best results, picture it as a [[MadnessMantra rant coming from someone who has COMPLETELY lost their mind]]. Then while the format of the book changes to make it into a literal textual labyrinth, pretend that the rant is still being spoken in the background while you're reading the other scenes. Or that they keep alternating. And then... "[[color:red:Picture "Picture that. In your dreams.]]"
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* The word "[[color:gray:house]]" "house" itself in the black-and-white edition. In this edition there is only one understated PaintingTheMedium effect, and it's more effective than the more colourful ones sound to be. The word is always printed in grey and is randomly slightly displaced from the row of text in some direction by less than a millimetre, except when it randomly isn't. It varies page by page. Maybe that's even just a technical problem they were having with the different colour, but it works. Eventually you cringe every time you see the word. It really goes with the theme of how eldritch and uncanny the [[color:gray:House]] House is.
5th Jul '14 3:55:33 PM Sullytofu
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* [[spoiler: The thing that lives inside the labyrinth. Accurately described as a "minotaur".]] It is formless, shapeless, soundless, senseless and mindless. It can be anywhere, at anytime, so long as one thing is done: [[spoiler: Someone reads about the house.]]
5th Dec '13 2:49:46 PM LahmacunKebab
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* The sections where Johnny starts analyzing ''[[FictionalDocument The Navidson Record]]'' a bit too deeply and [[spoiler:begins to believe he's being stalked by a monster "so quiet...you can only hear it as silence" and whose presence is completely undetectable until it rips your throat out.]] He then implies that [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou anyone else]] who reads the book will encounter it as well. It manages to turn the image of a simple house into something truly terrifying. And then there's the [[BiggerOnTheInside infinite physically-impossible labyrinth]] inhabited by nothing but a disembodied growl.

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* The sections where Johnny starts analyzing ''[[FictionalDocument The Navidson Record]]'' a bit too deeply and [[spoiler:begins to believe he's being stalked by a monster "so quiet... you can only hear it as silence" and whose presence is completely undetectable until it rips your throat out.]] He then implies that [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou anyone else]] who reads the book will encounter it as well. It manages to turn the image of a simple house into something truly terrifying. And then there's the [[BiggerOnTheInside infinite physically-impossible labyrinth]] inhabited by nothing but a disembodied growl.
3rd Jan '13 2:18:19 PM Gregzilla
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* The scene where the house actually starts trying to kill the occupants. All this time, it had just been a static anomaly, safely locked away... then suddenly it isn't. OH GOD.
** Especially the description of how the ashy black color from inside the labyrinth creeps across the previously normal walls of the house like ink spilling across a page.
* The part where everything the house ''doesn't'' have is described. For best results, picture it as a [[MadnessMantra a rant coming from someone who has COMPLETELY lost their mind]]. Then while the format of the book changes to make it into a literal textual labyrinth, pretend that the rant is still being spoken in the background while you're reading the other scenes. Or that they keep alternating. And then..."[[color:red: Picture that. In your dreams.]]" Gives me the chills.
* The word "[[color:gray:house]]" itself in the black-and-white edition. I can't speak for the other editions, but in this one there is only one understated PaintingTheMedium effect, and it's more effective than the more colourful ones sound to be. The word is always printed in grey and is randomly slightly displaced from the row of text in some direction by less than a millimetre, except when it randomly isn't. It varies page by page. Maybe that's even just a technical problem they were having with the different colour, but it works. Eventually you cringe every time you see the word. It really goes with the theme of how eldritch and uncanny the [[color:gray:House]] is.

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* The scene where the house actually starts trying to kill the occupants. All this time, it had just been a static anomaly, safely locked away... then suddenly it isn't. OH GOD.
**
Especially the description of how the ashy black color from inside the labyrinth creeps across the previously normal walls of the house like ink spilling across a page.
* The part where everything the house ''doesn't'' have is described. For best results, picture it as a [[MadnessMantra a rant coming from someone who has COMPLETELY lost their mind]]. Then while the format of the book changes to make it into a literal textual labyrinth, pretend that the rant is still being spoken in the background while you're reading the other scenes. Or that they keep alternating. And then..."[[color:red: Picture "[[color:red:Picture that. In your dreams.]]" Gives me the chills.
]]"
* The word "[[color:gray:house]]" itself in the black-and-white edition. I can't speak for the other editions, but in In this one edition there is only one understated PaintingTheMedium effect, and it's more effective than the more colourful ones sound to be. The word is always printed in grey and is randomly slightly displaced from the row of text in some direction by less than a millimetre, except when it randomly isn't. It varies page by page. Maybe that's even just a technical problem they were having with the different colour, but it works. Eventually you cringe every time you see the word. It really goes with the theme of how eldritch and uncanny the [[color:gray:House]] is.



* Johnny's attack in the tattoo parlor, where he panics, seizes up and loses his ability to breathe, afterward finding ten finger marks on his throat. Scary, but only becomes real HONF when [[spoiler:you find out later in the Whalestoe letters that his mother tried to strangle him as an infant, and for whatever reason the sensation has repeated itself years later.]]
** Or alternatively, it can be just as creepy if [[spoiler: he'd lost it so badly that he'd literally been strangling himself with his own hands, in a re-creation of that event, without even realizing it]].

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* Johnny's attack in the tattoo parlor, where he panics, seizes up and loses his ability to breathe, afterward finding ten finger marks on his throat. Scary, but only becomes real HONF when [[spoiler:you find out later in the Whalestoe letters that his mother tried to strangle him as an infant, and for whatever reason the sensation has repeated itself years later.]]
**
]] Or alternatively, it can be just as creepy if [[spoiler: he'd lost it so badly that he'd literally been strangling himself with his own hands, in a re-creation of that event, without even realizing it]].



* The sections where Johnny starts analyzing ''[[FictionalDocument The Navidson Record]]'' a bit too deeply and [[spoiler:begins to believe he's being stalked by a monster "so quiet...you can only hear it as silence" and whose presence is completely undetectable until it rips your throat out.]] He then implies that [[NoFourthWall anyone else]] who reads the book will encounter it as well. It manages to turn the image of a simple house into something truly terrifying. And then there's the [[BiggerOnTheInside infinite physically-impossible labyrinth]] inhabited by nothing but a disembodied growl.
** For some reason the [[spoiler: the black square]] was one of the scariest things about the book. That and [[spoiler:"[[strike: Picture that. In your dreams.]]"]], because it seemed like Zampano was speaking directly to the reader. Chilling stuff.

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* The sections where Johnny starts analyzing ''[[FictionalDocument The Navidson Record]]'' a bit too deeply and [[spoiler:begins to believe he's being stalked by a monster "so quiet...you can only hear it as silence" and whose presence is completely undetectable until it rips your throat out.]] He then implies that [[NoFourthWall [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou anyone else]] who reads the book will encounter it as well. It manages to turn the image of a simple house into something truly terrifying. And then there's the [[BiggerOnTheInside infinite physically-impossible labyrinth]] inhabited by nothing but a disembodied growl.
** For some reason the [[spoiler: the black square]] was one of the scariest things about the book. That and [[spoiler:"[[strike: Picture [[spoiler:"Picture that. In your dreams.]]"]], "]], because it seemed like Zampano was speaking directly to the reader. Chilling stuff.reader.



* This troper was very chilled by the De La Warr account, particularly the fact that a) the labyrinth's staircase existed back in the 1600s, b) the whole meadow above the labyrinth was cursed by the house's influence, with the men describing it as icy, barren, and inducing nightmares in them, and c) only two of the three men's bodies were recovered. What happened to the third guy?

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* This troper was very chilled by the The De La Warr account, particularly the fact that a) the labyrinth's staircase existed back in the 1600s, b) the whole meadow above the labyrinth was cursed by the house's influence, with the men describing it as icy, barren, and inducing nightmares in them, and c) only two of the three men's bodies were recovered. What happened to the third guy?
21st Sep '12 9:18:47 PM thesunisup
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** Especially the description of how the ashy black color from inside the labyrinth creeps across the previously normal walls of the house like ink spilling across a page.


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* Holloway's last recording. It's disturbing to see (or read a description of) a tape of a man who ''knows'' he's about to die, and who's trapped all alone in a cold, dark, endless labyrinth haunted by an unseen unknowable monster.
* When the characters discover that objects left behind in the labyrinth will get nibbled away by ''something'' over a period of a few days. And it's not like they neatly vanish they get torn up and shredded, like they were savaged by some creature.
* This troper was very chilled by the De La Warr account, particularly the fact that a) the labyrinth's staircase existed back in the 1600s, b) the whole meadow above the labyrinth was cursed by the house's influence, with the men describing it as icy, barren, and inducing nightmares in them, and c) only two of the three men's bodies were recovered. What happened to the third guy?
28th Jul '12 1:29:00 PM Doryna
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* The sections where Johnny starts analyzing ''[[FictionalDocument The Navidson Record]]'' a bit too deeply and [[spoiler:begins to believe he's being stalked by a monster "so quiet...you can only hear it as silence" and whose presence is completely undetectable until it rips your throat out.]] He then implies that [[NoFourthWall anyone else]] who reads the book will encounter it as well. It manages to turn the image of a simple house into something truly terrifying. And then there's the [[BiggerOnTheInside infinite physically-impossible labyrinth]] inhabited by nothing but a disembodied growl.
** For some reason the [[spoiler: the black square]] was one of the scariest things about the book. That and [[spoiler:"[[strike: Picture that. In your dreams.]]"]], because it seemed like Zampano was speaking directly to the reader. Chilling stuff.
3rd Jun '12 3:56:56 PM SharleeD
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** Or alternatively, it can be just as creepy if [[spoiler: he'd lost it so badly that he'd literally been strangling himself with his own hands, in a re-creation of that event, without even realizing it]].
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