“There are haunted places in the world, all existing in reality and every bit as tangible and accessible as the house next door. Sometimes it is the house next door.”
In this brilliant debut collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. The landscape of death becomes the new frontier for scientific exploration. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil . . . for a price. With remarkable deftness, Rogers draws together the disturbing and the diverting in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh.
“Rogers writes with all his senses, and his characters are deftly developed with an economy of language that is rare these days. . . . Amazing.” —Shroud Magazine
“. . . the author’s facility with character and atmosphere makes for some provocative journeys into the dark and the frankly weird. . . . His best stories resemble the work of Joss Whedon: contemporary fantasy in which quirky characters confront the uncanny with deadpan aplomb and an appealing degree of competence.” —Quill & Quire
“Rogers brings us into moral grey areas, encouraging us to question stories, delve deep into them and interact with them, and also reminds us that every story contains the potential for both danger as well as ecstasy.” —Speculating Canada
“Ian Rogers’ stories are old-fashioned in the very best sense: classic chillers in the spirit of Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson. Every House Is Haunted is full of well-crafted, satisfying twists, a fine companion for any reader of literate horror.” —Andrew Pyper, author of The Damned and The Demonologist
“Wry and stylishly bizarre, Rogers hits the mark dead on. . . . I hope he’s on the job for years to come.” —Laird Barron, author of Occultation
“Rogers has . . . a great dark sense of humor.” —CSI Librarian