The Importance Of Haunted House In Horror Stories

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When we read horror stories, we generally are intriged by the characters we believe to be evil or haunted. Readers can be facinated by the mysterious characters that appear that they may disregard the idea that it not always can be just the characters doing the haunting. Generally, what makes horror literture so interesting to readers, is its abilty to produce the reader with a sense of ambuguity. Authors may write their stories with intentions of leaving the reader to decide how they feel the story should be interpretated. Neverless, in horror literature, a haunted house can be significant to the stories horrific effects. Susan Hill’s “ The Women In Black” and Edith Wharton’s “Kerfol” illistate how some houses in horror gene can be haunted…show more content…
Typically when readers hear the word “ haunted house,” they think of an abondoned manson that is generally multistoried with broken or boarded out windows (Grider, 147). The house is commonly found on the top of a hill, isolated by a high borken fence covered with leafless vines (Grider, 147). A haunted house generally gains its repution souliy based on its appearances that closely resemble the apperences of a typical haunted house. Eel Marsh House, in the story “ The Women In Black” puts fourth some of these aspects by its odd and eary apparence. The house is described as its own little island seperatted by the nine lives causeway. Eel Marsh house then becomes imposible to get to once the tide comes in. With the house being isolated, we can begin to wonder why its isolated and how it being isolated is significant to the effects it produces to the readers. The house is large, with a rather ominus burial ground, enclosed by walls, loacted outside of the house. Susan Hill describes the burial grounds as “ fifty old gravestone, most of them leaning over or completly fallen, covered in patches of greenish yellow lichen and moss, scoured plae by the salt wind, and stained by years of driven rain (61). The burial ground gives readers a sience of uneasyness beofre the narrotor even steps foot inside the house. Eel Marsh House’s isloation by the causeway and its eerie…show more content…
In “ The Women In Black” we saw the house as eerie and creepy looking from them moment Aurther Kripps first encournted the house. This is a typical setting for a haunted house. In the case of the house in “ Luella Miller,” we found a house thats does not follow the typical form we think of as a huanted house, but yet as stated by Mary Wilkins Freeman “ young people would stare with a shudder at the old house as they passed, and children never played around it as was their wont around an untenated building” (255). The Luella Miller house was described as “ not a window in the old Miller house was broken, the panes reflected the morning sunlight in patches of emerald and blue, and the latch of the sagging front door was never lifted, although no bolt secured it (Freeman, 255). The house was one story and stood in the village street. The house described is not eerie and mysterious looking. Its not seculded from the rest of the town as we saw in “ The Women In Black.” So if the house doesnt follow the tyypical format of a huanted house, why are childrent afraid to play around it? The Luella Miller house had an evil name attactched to it. She was known in the village and that hosue she had lived in was known to much of the village as well. Luella Miller could be descried by some a
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