A Personal Bookbuying Achievement

Today, I finally managed to track down a copy of the Berkley paperback Houses that Kill by Roger de Lafforest.

Houses, from reports I’ve heard, details how hauntings and paranormal phenomena might concentrate upon locations in which right angles are absent.  Evocative of Lovecraft, this theory became part of the ritual aesthetic of Anton LaVey, and Lafforest’s book gained some importance within both the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set.  The lack of purchases of such cheap paperbacks by libraries and its popularity among these groups have made it very rare.  I’ve been looking for this book for fifteen years – even interlibrary loans have failed.

I managed to find it today.  And to sweeten the deal, it was the third book in a “buy two, get the third free” deal.

This is going to the top of the read pile, and I’ll let you know how it is.

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  1. Huh. Not too surprisingly, Clark Ashton Smith had a similar story about how a house’s geometry might make it more subject to haunting – and, natch, Frank Belknapp Long had “The Hounds of Tindalos” which is almost an inversion.

  2. I found that book a few years ago too. It doesn’t live up to the hype but it’s definitely worth reading. It’s truly bizarre in a way that paranormal books from that era can be.


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