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The House Next Door (1978)

af Anne Rivers Siddons

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An unparalleled picture of that vibrant but dark intersection where the Old and the New South collide. Thirtysomething Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of newly bustling Atlanta, Georgia. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors. Then, to their shock, construction starts on the vacant lot next door, a wooded hillside they'd believed would always remain undeveloped. Disappointed by their diminished privacy, Colquitt and Walter soon realize something more is wrong with the house next door. Surely the house can't be haunted, yet it seems to destroy the goodness of every person who comes to live in it, until the entire heart of this friendly neighborhood threatens to be torn apart.… (mere)
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This book was a fun, fast read. The characters are not the types I could identify with, but I don't think Siddons intended the reader to really like or relate to them, but rather observe them with a clinical, objective eye.

I liked the idea of a new haunted house; a structure not haunted by the ghosts of past residents, but a house cursed and possessed by some unnamed, unknowable force of nature that enjoys toying with people.

Some of the politically correct outrage I have read in reviews about the incident that precipitated the departure of the Harralsons is a little pathetic. So, to make things "equal and fair" all that really needs to be said is; adultery is adultery, regardless of the gender of the adulterers. Being caught in a nude embrace with your lover at your own housewarming party with your co-workers, employers, neighbors, spouse, adult children, in-laws all spectating will always be a social faux pas.

My main problem with this is trivial and it has to do with the cover art on the different editions of the book. I have never seen cover art that depicted the house the way Siddons described it. She made references to "flowing lines", "sweet curves" "nestled into its lot, looking as if it had grown out of the earth, a thing created by nature and not man". (I am paraphrasing here because I can't find my copy of the book right at the moment). In every cover the house is a stark, desolate, modern design, with lots of straight lines and planes and points, nothing like a house created by nature. I just wish some artist could have really caught the vision Siddons had for it. I picture it as a sort of Gaudi paired with Horta, art noveau looking house. Minor detail, I know, but still....it shouldn't look like some run-of-the-mill, uninspired Courboisier rip-off. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons

Told from the point of view of Colquitt Kennedy, a young woman living in an upper middle class suburb of Atlanta. The story revolves around the house next to The Kennedy's from the day it is built, with creepy vibes she gets from (the house). The Kennedy's befriend the families that come and go, witnessing mysterious and horrifying happening in this particular house.

A fantastic (horror) story written in the 1970's with a great forward by Stephen King. I liked the originality and the concept of the house being alive. Everything bad happening in the house has
happened due to the evil that dwells within the walls of the house. Overall I enjoyed The House Next Door and recommend to those who enjoy a good horror story. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Jan 2, 2021 |
Apparently I read it 14 years ago. Very creepy and unlike Siddons usual low country tales. A new house does horrible things to its various owners. Told from the perspective of the couple next door. Her writing is very good as usual. And it is a week away from Halloween so it is appropriate reading. But I have blocked it from my memory! Maybe for good reason. ( )
  LivelyLady | Oct 25, 2020 |
This book was Fan-Freaking-Tastic!

Our narrator, Colquitt, is a hoity-toity lady of society in Atlanta in the 1970's. She and her husband Walter live next door to a beautiful wooded lot with a creek and their life is nearly perfect. Until the lot is sold to a couple who plan to build a beautiful modern home with lots of glass and chrome. Once the house goes up, perfection leaves their lives forever.

I normally don't get into the plot in my reviews, and I'm not going to delve too deeply here, but there is one interesting thing that I would like to mention. I'm going to put a spoiler tag here, even though this is just an observation of mine, because it's something you should discover on your own.

At the heart of it, this is a haunted house book. However, not one supernatural thing occurred in this book, depending on how the reader views it. Each thing that happened could easily be the result of flawed humanity. It's just that the building of occurrences, one atop the other, leads the reader to believe otherwise. It caused Colquitt and Walter to believe otherwise as well.


The characters in this story are complicated and well drawn. Colquitt describes life in her "set" with humility and grace. It's funny, as this soap opera of a story continues, to find out what she discovers about some of her friends and neighbors; none of it is good. In my eyes, over and above the "haunting" itself, this is a tale of social classes and the differences between them. It's also a tad of commentary on the old south as well. Even though Colquitt does come across as humble most of the time, there are a few incidents where she is just downright snobby, and she doesn't even realize it.

All of this in a story told through outstanding, yet simple, prose. The atmosphere becomes palpable and the reader's dread just grows and grows. There is no true gore, there are no gross out moments...just a slow burning tale of something gone wrong with a house. And then going wrong again. And then going wrong again.

Do you dare enter The House Next Door? I highly recommend that you do! ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
This work of Southern gothic / horror fiction is a little slow to start but once it gets going it's riveting!

Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a lovely home in a friendly Atlanta suburb. They and their neighbors visit one another regularly, enjoy cocktails after work, play tennis on weekends, and attend parties at various homes. The Kennedys are pleased to live next door to a vacant lot whose narrowness and ravined terrain have always ensured it stays vacant, an oasis of natural beauty in their neighborhood. Until a young couple hires a hot-shot architect who designs a spectacular house that seems to just grow out of the land. The house is still under construction when odd things start to happen. Not just odd, but downright malevolent and horrific.

I stayed up way too late a couple of nights "waiting for that other shoe to drop." It left me on edge and vaguely anxious; spooked by noises in the night (or in the daytime). Reminds me of the hoopla around [book:The Amityville Horror|325534] - a book I read when it first came out in the late '70s. A perfect Halloween read! ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 15, 2019 |
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An unparalleled picture of that vibrant but dark intersection where the Old and the New South collide. Thirtysomething Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of newly bustling Atlanta, Georgia. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors. Then, to their shock, construction starts on the vacant lot next door, a wooded hillside they'd believed would always remain undeveloped. Disappointed by their diminished privacy, Colquitt and Walter soon realize something more is wrong with the house next door. Surely the house can't be haunted, yet it seems to destroy the goodness of every person who comes to live in it, until the entire heart of this friendly neighborhood threatens to be torn apart.

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