11. 666 by Jay Anson (1980)
Length: 280 pages
Started: 5 February 2015
Finished: 7 February 2015
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 2 February 2015
Why do I have it? I like horror and have read and enjoyed The Amityville Horror by this author in the past.
It’s the omen of ultimate evil…the sign of the Devil…the number of the Beast…666.
That was the diabolical number on the old house that suddenly appeared on Sunset Brook Lane. Yet, such an beautifully unassuming Victorian-style house couldn’t possibly hold something so evil, could it? Perhaps it could…
For stepping inside 666 Sunset Brook Lane could only bring with it eternal damnation. Inside, an infernal red light flickers from an unseen source…Inside, ghostly specters stare down mockingly from the windows in a grotesque mimicry of bloody horrors…Inside, an ancient supernatural relic waits for human hands to lift it, for human eyes to see its ghastly, demonic visions.
For this is no ordinary house. This is a house that appears and disappears, seemingly at will; inexplicably moving from time to time, place to place, to torment the lives of the innocent. This is a house where the same bloody, dreadfully gruesome, eternal crime occurs again and again, delivering its victims to the very brink of hell, straight into the hands of the Devil himself.
And for interior designer, Jennifer Olson – designing her first solo project – and her husband Keith, the house at 666 Sunset Brook Lane has just swung open its door in welcome…
I usually enjoy reading books about haunted houses, and 666 by Jay Anson was no different – I must say that I loved this book from start to finish. For a book written in 1980, I found that the horror held up strongly throughout the entire story. I also appreciated that the story held together until the very end; in my opinion it never fell apart, and the horror never became fanciful or far-fetched as I’ve noticed with certain horror novels. I would give 666 by Jay Anson an A+!
Actually, I owned a copy of this book in the past, but eventually I sent it to my sister who lives in Australia, for her to read. I had already read it once or twice about twenty years ago, and I hoped that she would enjoy it as much as I had. Several times during the ensuing ten or twelve years since I sent my copy of 666 to my sister, I’ve found myself wishing that I could read it again.
When Mareena first said that she had gotten this book for me as a ‘just because’ gift, of course I was delighted. However, I didn’t remember reading the book before – or even realized that I had wanted an extra copy to keep for myself – until I had read a couple of pages into the story. Now, 666 by Jay Anson is a definite keeper for me.
A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight