History NightmareFuel / HouseOfLeaves

24th Oct '17 9:33:55 AM KingLyger
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** The secret message in one of the letters, if you decode it.

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** The secret message in one of the letters, if you decode it. The first letter of every word spells out a plea for Johnny to come and save her, lamenting that she's going to die if no one helps her.
19th Feb '17 12:11:19 AM LB7979
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* Johnny's going to his workplace at a certain point and being told he hasn't showed up at work for ''three weeks'' while he honestly has ''no idea'' of that and thought he had been to work yesterday. Imagine not being able to account for your time (or actually, losing time out of your life) like that. It was already clear to the reader Johnny's state of mind was a mess by this point, but this scene really drives it home (to the reader, but it's also the first scene that Johnny himself is really confronted with his SanitySlippage).
22nd Jan '17 11:19:03 AM SorPepita
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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.

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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 utterly nonsensical and ''comprehensive'', that it has the effect of a trance.
11th Dec '16 12:50:45 PM urutapu
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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.]]

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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.]]]] There's also something deeply unsettling about the fact that most passages about it are completely struck out in a way that allows the narrative to function just fine with or without the [[spoiler:minotaur]] actually existing.
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.
** Only
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.
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