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  1. says:

    first off although there is an Evil House at its center this is not a haunted house story not really it is rather the tale of two men pitted against ghosts of the distant past and the evils those ghosts have conjured up and a rather starry set of ghosts they are as they feature such celebrities as Aleister Crowley and Dennis Wheatley the narrative moves all over place through various locales and backwards in time as well but outside of the climax very little time is actually spent within the house in uestion at least in its modern and ghost ridden incarnationCottam is an effective writer and the novel is a good one he's also a classy writer one who puts characterization before special effects so I was spared a lot of eye rolling the novel recovers from a rather risible start sorry the image of a soldier dressed in his camouflage gear as he spies on a funeral made me snort a little but other issues come in to play mainly minor a tiring over reliance on dropping the names of oh so many songs and a tendency to include details that have nothing to do with anything whatsoever one major issue he leaves a couple very important scenes out scenes that would have strengthened the novel I suppose I understand why we don't get to witness the 4 girls and their prof's experience at the scary Fisher House that drive the narrative forward but gosh that would have been awesome; I am perplexed at why we don't see a very important confrontation and death happen at the end it's like the author didn't care enough about that characterbut despite the flaws I still liked this one several reviewers did not appreciate how the novel jumped all over the place but I thought that was one of the novel's strengths I would have loved to have read a story about people stuck in a haunted house but that's just not this novel and it is certainly not the novel's fault that it wanted to be something else demon hunting in Africa a sad visit to a Welsh village flashbacks to college life in 80s London I enjoyed all of that and thought it was well executed I especially liked the very lengthy flashbacks to the 20s I think that was the era the story of photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare's misadventures with a group of dastardly satanists were my favorite parts poor brave Pandora musical accompaniment Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidanandatalkdemonic mutinysunshineJimmy Scott All the Way


  2. says:

    When I was a kid reading a good book meant immersing myself in the story so deeply that often coming back to the real world was like waking up from a dream That rarely happens now that I'm an adult there's a part of my brain that always remains distant from the story and never really stops thinking about things like groceries and whether the dog needs a bath I miss that feeling of really losing myself in a book and am always on the lookout for a book that can help me recreate it I am happy to say that FG Cottam's The House of Lost Souls is that kind of a bookI find myself wanting to use the word atmosphere to describe Cottam's book Many times while reading I'll find myself skimming over the descriptions because they never stop being words on a page but Cottam can describe the way the afternoon light slants in through a window or the sound of a neighbor's stereo in a way that you can see and almost feel the reality of the scene Not only does this give his characters and story depth but it makes the scary parts much much scarier I found myself haunted by some of the scary images in Cottam's book the way I hadn't been since I first read The Shining And not necessarily even the climactic scenes in fact one of the scariest moments for me was when Paul Seaton notices a shopkeeper looking at him through a store window Paul is across the street in a phone booth the details are indistinct and they don't exchange a word but the scene is terrifyingThe only problem I had with House of Lost Souls was that when I was done reading it I couldn't settle down to read anything else Nothing else was as well written as atmospheric and most of all as frightening as Cottam's book In the end the only way I could solve the problem was by going to bookdepositorycom and ordering both his other books I may still be dissatisfied with other books but at least that gives me something to look forward to


  3. says:

    I hope for Cottam's sake that this haunted house novel didn't take long to produce since it reads as a half formed premise converted into a novel over a weekend an approaching deadline leaving no time for editing or re writes Summary The novel introduces a protagonist Nick Mason an ex soldier using his military training to spy on his sister as she attends a funeral for no reason that is apparent He is then almost immediately abandoned for the second protagonist Paul Seaton whose defining characteristic is being Irish We know he is Irish because every other character refers to it on every individual occasion on which they meet him Also he randomly uses a selection of cod Irish phrases which his companion of the moment never fails to react to with bemusement and confusionThe bulk of the novel consists of a backstory stretched across pages than it deserves and randomly parcelled out to the reader using such well worn techniues as old diaries discovered at opportune moments and the appearance of decrepit old friends and relations of the key characters of the past who recall just enough information to be sinister but not sufficient to explain clearly what's happening All these characters and long lost diaries are written in exactly the same style lacking almost any character distinction whatsoever We do however learn the motivation of our two protagonists Seaton learnt of the supposedly evil Fischer House whilst researching the life of long dead photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare an idealised glamorous flapper in order to allow his girlfriend an even idealised gorgeous fashion student to complete her degree paper on said dead photographer This girlfriend then left him apparently because he was spending too much time helping her cheat at her degree Meanwhile Paul Mason is involved in order to help his sister glimpsed at a distance in the first chapter and thereafter absent who was exposed to the house during a rather unlikely field trip for her own degree course and immediately and inconveniently commenced to run mad Several other students and their professor also visited the house and lost their minds but they are uickly relegated to collateral damage and removed from the story None of these events seem to make particular sense and no part of what is described obviously leads to the two characters’ assumption that they are destined to destroy the evil the house contains via some gung ho stupidity and essentially no plan whatsoever None the less this is indeed the conclusion of the book and a very weak conclusion at thatBasically a trite Satanist plot featuring two macho cipher characters performing a series of random actions in order to save a trio of female plot devices from the machinations of some famous occultists from history thrown in to the mix in the hope that some of their supposed glamour will rub off on the text It doesn’t Nor does it distract from the fact that there is no underlying logic to most of the characters’ actions beyond the need to further the story There is no real reason for any of them to visit the house There is no justification for Seaton and Mason’s belief that they can destroy the evil The conclusion is reached through no apparent pattern or rationality and is thus devoid of meaning; plus it is dull anticlimactic and oddly places a heavy emphasis on a boxer who has had nothing to do with the novel up to this pointIn conclusion I would ask that if Cottam indeed has neither the time nor the inclination to write horror stories as evinced by this text that he avoid any financial temptations and refrain from producing them regardless of ability and temperament thus avoiding wasting any hours of my life


  4. says:

    Excellent book and I can't for the life of me understand some of the low ratings I think when you choose a book like this one to read you kind of know what to expect? Maybe It's about a haunted houseor is it about a group of haunted people?It starts with a man watching a burial with a funeral party standing by He's a short distance off in a camouflage blind watching one of the mourners his sister Odd thing is he notices that there's one 'extra' mourner the girl being buried Yep it's there but it's subtle Everything about this book is subtle laid on in thin layers until you're finally smothered in six layers of too sweet too delectable and highly addictive chocolate cream frosting It sort of creeeeps up on youThis is no spoiler; it starts out the book in the first pages Then we jump to the MC Paul Seaton who's been haunted by a series of events for the last ten years or so It seems he's been asked to revisit a house which he last was in years ago The problem a second group who have gone to this particular 'haunted' house are all suffering from dreams nightmares visions etc One of the group even committed suicide Can Paul help? Well he takes us back to where it all started for him and then forward to the present as he tries to sort it all out Some of the images in this book will last with me forever What Paul sees and hears and thinks as a series of horrific events play out like a reflection from a warped mirror Ever see one of those in an old house? Where if you move up and down or back and forth the backing of the mirror which has slipped and slid down makes you look all fuzzy or wiggly? Yeah it's like a haunted house mirror in a fairground except you don't expect it in an ordinary houseAnyhow this book did give me the shivers and glad I was to be reading it in my own cozy well lit house with three other family members nearby I read some of it in bed one night and usually I set the book on a nearby table when done However I didn't want the darn book in the same room with me while I sleptNo Kidding It's got ritual and sacrifice creepy house and creepy ghosts and references to a lot of 1980's era music as well as historical background from the 1920's and 30's But overall it's a rare gem of a vastly intricate and well plotted storyI loved it I borrowed this copy from my library but I want to own it Five stars


  5. says:

    I truly savored the last few pages of this book I could have finished it MUCH SOONER but I just couldn't bear to say goodbye to it it kind of reminds me of how I felt reading December a book I was very sad to see end I CANNOT wait to read this author's new books I think Dark Echo Magdalena's Curse are the other titlesSuch intricate orchestration of multiple timelines leading to a present day conclusion I love that theme in films as well as books Such poetry of prose The English especially the King's English or should I say ueen's? never looked or sounded as good as it does as you read hear in your mindthis book The impending doom mixed with horror but there's no overindulgence or gratuitous violence – even the book cover is un nerving a photo of a 20s girl with her face scratched out looks like with an exacto knife entering the gates of a gloomy English country houseContains my favorite themes 1920s 1930s the UK haunted people and places multiple time periods secret rituals real people as characters and ALL the characterizations are realistic in portrayalThe use of music as another theme of menace ragtime modern songs “Imagine” the Fairport Convention songs given a ragtime kilt gives so much depth to the story This is by far THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ this year and I have been SO Lucky in my choicesIf you like atmospheric edge of your seat psychological suspense that's not to say that there are some very sedate almost pleasant scenes within READ THIS BOOK


  6. says:

    An ethics class inuiring into the nature of evil visits the Fischer House an ancient mansion on the Isle of Wight Now one of the girls is dead and the others are deteriorating The enigmatic Malcolm Covey asks Paul Seaton to help them Paul visited the Fischer House twelve years ago and while it destroyed his world he still survived it Will the Fischer House let him survive a second time?The set up of House of Lost Souls describes a haunted house story but the bulk of the narrative concerns the events leading up to Paul's first visit Lucinda Grey Paul's love interest is working on a dissertation about little known Flapper Era photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare Unfortunately Pandora's early death by suicide presents a dead end in Lucinda's research Paul with his crime beat reporter background agrees to take up the huntPaul's discovery of lost diary reveals that Pandora was involved with notorious occult figures Aleister Crowley Hermann Göring Dennis Wheatley and Klaus Fischer Pandora grows uncomfortable with their practices leading up to a dark event at the Fischer House where her diary abruptly endsFG Cottam is a strong writer but a experienced writer could better handle the levels of narrative found in House of Lost Souls The driving action should be in the present day where Paul must once again face the Fischer House but we spend too much time dwelling on the flashback of a flashback Cottam further muddies the waters with Nick Mason brother of one of the afflicted students who reminisces on an occult experience in Africa Then when it seems like the plot is finally moving forward we take a detour to France and WalesThe problems in the novel's structure could be forgiven by a strong ending but the inevitable showdown ends on a disappointing note a cheat really It's a shame because the parts that work in the novel work really well Lost Souls is never scary but it is unsettling and its tortuous route would otherwise warrant a re read


  7. says:

    House of Lost Souls was touted as a thrilledhorror novel but I wouldn't put it in either classification It's too focused on the inner workings of the main character's mind to ever really evoke any feelings of terror I never approached a point where I felt drawn to the character or wondered what had happened during his lifetime to make him into the man he had become The secondary characters were really useless and could have been omitted all togetherThe plot of the book was a mishmash of what should have been three independent stories none of which when added to the rest made the book any better A good editor would have helped immensely especially with regard to continuity and purple proseThe ending was ridiculous on a level that made me literally laugh and yet completely vague to the point where the reader is left wondering exactly what the hell just happenedThe only reason this book gets two stars is because of the descriptions of the places the characters visited especially the monastery; they were vivid breathtaking and immersing And the parts written in diary format while they only lasted 15 pages or so helped me get through the heavily sagging middle part of the book when I had gotten so bored as to want to give up reading entirely


  8. says:

    For starters this book is wildly unnecessarily wordy Cottam never uses one word if he can possibly find three to use instead or just repeat himself Take these two examples which occur on the same page in a minor scene of our main character Paul chatting with his friend Mike It's not for me It's for my girlfriend It's for Lucinda Lucinda owned a good camera Mike knew she did Mike also already knows Paul has a girlfriend named Lucinda so why are you making such a fucking point of telling him? And same scene Thanks he said to Mike in Arthur's cafe the June heat sending a trickle of sweat between his shoulder blades He looked at their plates I'll get this one This one's on me JESUS CHRIST PICK ONE WAY TO SAY IT And we know it's in Arthur's cafe a place that is not relevant to the story at this or any later time but which we got a whole fucking page describing because the author said so at the top of the scene and we know it's June and hot out because the author has mentioned it fifteen million times already My favorite example which I wish I had marked because I can't find it now is when one character almost vomits with nausea Just pick oneYou get painfully boring three line long train itineraries I did not read this book to learn which trains I would have needed in 1995 to get from London to Wales but then only vague allusions to the details of the actual story Entering the titular house is supposed to be sanity shattering leaving people so haunted they inevitably kill themselves But instead we're told survivors hear sourceless music oh and get ready for endless musician name dropping and see ghosts but we don't experience with the characters the seeing of ghosts the way we do say experience every detail of picking up a fucking rental car Not a jokeThings pick up a bit on page 300 of 343 when some actual action and actual specific horror starts happening But then the fucking ending view spoileron page 339 four from the end mind you Paul discovers he has some unspecified power that was in him all along but never even alluded to in any way before that enables him to fucking send bones through physical space from the Isle of Wight to Wales and glue matchsticks to the table and then he just wanders away to row a boat across the Solent hide spoiler


  9. says:

    I should have liked this book After all it's about the paranormal the occult 1920s flappers and has a pretty cover to show for it And yet it wasn't as good as I expected at allSome of the detailed descriptions in this book were amazing and there were some interesting moments as well However for the most part I found it to be extremeley confusing for one thing After having read it I'm not uite sure I'd understood everything The first two chapters of the book were uite difficult to get through So I'm not much of a fan of the writing style Or perhaps I just can't read through a novel about the paranormal without getting confused Sure it's 'atmospheric' and maybe you could consider it 'well written' but to me nothing in this book explained why it got such good reviews everywhere


  10. says:

    i really liked this book the ending was a little anticlimatic but all in all it was good


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The House of Lost Souls

REVIEW Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ò F.G. Cottam

Er House one of them has committed suicide and the other three are descending into madnessNick Mason's sister is one of them To save her Nick must join ranks with Paul Seaton the only person to have visited the house and survive But Paul is a troubled man haunted by otherworldly visions that even now threaten his sanityDesperate Nick forces Paul to go bac. I truly savored the last few pages of this book I could have finished it MUCH SOONER but I just couldn't bear to say goodbye to it it kind of reminds me of how I felt reading December a book I was very sad to see end I CANNOT wait to read this author's new books I think Dark Echo Magdalena's Curse are the other titlesSuch intricate orchestration of multiple timelines leading to a present day conclusion I love that theme in films as well as books Such poetry of prose The English especially the King's English or should I say ueen's never looked or sounded as good as it does as you read hear in your mindthis book The impending doom mixed with horror but there's no overindulgence or gratuitous violence – even the book cover is un nerving a photo of a 20s girl with her face scratched out looks like with an exacto knife entering the gates of a gloomy English country houseContains my favorite themes 1920s 1930s the UK haunted people and places multiple time periods secret rituals real people as characters and ALL the characterizations are realistic in portrayalThe use of music as another theme of menace ragtime modern songs “Imagine” the Fairport Convention songs given a ragtime kilt gives so much depth to the story This is by far THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ this year and I have been SO Lucky in my choicesIf you like atmospheric edge of your seat psychological suspense that's not to say that there are some very sedate almost pleasant scenes within READ THIS BOOK

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K into the past to the secret journal of beautiful photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare and a debauched gathering in the 1920s and to the dark legacy of Klaus Fischer master of the unspeakable crime and demonic proceedings that have haunted the mansion for decadesBecause now the Fischer House is beckoning and some old friends have gathered to welcome Paul ba. I should have liked this book After all it's about the paranormal the occult 1920s flappers and has a pretty cover to show for it And yet it wasn't as good as I expected at allSome of the detailed descriptions in this book were amazing and there were some interesting moments as well However for the most part I found it to be extremeley confusing for one thing After having read it I'm not uite sure I'd understood everything The first two chapters of the book were uite difficult to get through So I'm not much of a fan of the writing style Or perhaps I just can't read through a novel about the paranormal without getting confused Sure it's 'atmospheric' and maybe you could consider it 'well written' but to me nothing in this book explained why it got such good reviews everywhere

REVIEW Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ò F.G. Cottam

The Fischer House was the scene of a vicious crime in the 1920s a crime which still resonates as the century turns At its heart was a beautiful enigmatic woman called Pandora Gibson Hoare a photographer of genius whose only legacy is a handful of photographs and the clues to a mysteryJust weeks after four students cross the threshold of the derelict Fisch. first off although there is an Evil House at its center this is not a haunted house story not really it is rather the tale of two men pitted against ghosts of the distant past and the evils those ghosts have conjured up and a rather starry set of ghosts they are as they feature such celebrities as Aleister Crowley and Dennis Wheatley the narrative moves all over place through various locales and backwards in time as well but outside of the climax very little time is actually spent within the house in uestion at least in its modern and ghost ridden incarnationCottam is an effective writer and the novel is a good one he's also a classy writer one who puts characterization before special effects so I was spared a lot of eye rolling the novel recovers from a rather risible start sorry the image of a soldier dressed in his camouflage gear as he spies on a funeral made me snort a little but other issues come in to play mainly minor a tiring over reliance on dropping the names of oh so many songs and a tendency to include details that have nothing to do with anything whatsoever one major issue he leaves a couple very important scenes out scenes that would have strengthened the novel I suppose I understand why we don't get to witness the 4 girls and their prof's experience at the scary Fisher House that drive the narrative forward but gosh that would have been awesome; I am perplexed at why we don't see a very important confrontation and death happen at the end it's like the author didn't care enough about that characterbut despite the flaws I still liked this one several reviewers did not appreciate how the novel jumped all over the place but I thought that was one of the novel's strengths I would have loved to have read a story about people stuck in a haunted house but that's just not this novel and it is certainly not the novel's fault that it wanted to be something else demon hunting in Africa a sad visit to a Welsh village flashbacks to college life in 80s London I enjoyed all of that and thought it was well executed I especially liked the very lengthy flashbacks to the 20s I think that was the era the story of photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare's misadventures with a group of dastardly satanists were my favorite parts poor brave Pandora musical accompaniment Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidanandatalkdemonic mutinysunshineJimmy Scott All the Way

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  • The House of Lost Souls
  • F.G. Cottam
  • English
  • 14 June 2019
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About the Author: F.G. Cottam

Reading is a cheap and totally effective way of being transported to another world The same is true of writing Mundane concerns only afflict your characters if you decide you want them toUniversity was where I first thought seriously about fiction; hearing about Hemingway's iceberg theory and Eliot's objective correlative and having the luxury of time to ponder on the mechanics of the novel My