What is it about dark attics and steep staircases that makes you hold your breath with anticipation? The creepy house is the one of the best elements of scary stories. I’ve compiled this list of my favorite:
Uncle Jonathan’s mansion in John Bellairs’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls. Not only did it have secret passages and hidden rooms, its walls also held a clock ticking down to Doomsday. That is my kind of story!
The Holiday House from Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always. This would be the perfect vacation house–Spring every morning and Christmastime every night. Except for the rather monstrous fish bobbing in the pond outside…
12 Grimmauld Place from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, etc. Tended to by a demented elf with dreams of having his head mounted on the wall, and guarded by a screaming portrait, this filthy house actually held a very important secret treasure.
And my new favorite: The Pink Palace from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. A dreary, boring old house, it has one very creepy element: a tiny door that leads into a mirror world. Yes, a portal!
Have I left any out?
Parker Peevyhouse has toured the houses of many, many authors–and some of those houses were seriously creepy.