Last month I was very fortunate to be gifted Come On Up To The House by Dane Cobain, in return for an honest review right here on my blog.
Upon receipt of the book, I was surprised to find that not only did it feature the novella, but also the screen play Come On Up To The House originated as – how novel! No pun intended.
The story begins with the Davies family, a family of 5, who seem to be having a hellish time. From our fleeting introduction to the family, we gather that the oldest son, James, is in a dark place – neglecting his personal hygiene, ignoring his family, and listening to some vile and twisted music. His behaviour is pushing his parents to the edge, but they’re not prepared for the devastating action James’s behaviour will lead him to take or the consequences it will have on the whole family.
Two years later, James is now tormenting the Jersey family who have moved into his old home. He concentrates all his energy on the oldest son, Darran, who used to be a “good kid”, but slowly begins to change into a moody teen who neglects his personal hygiene, ignores the rest of his family, and listens to inappropriate music . . . sound familiar?
A neighbour warns the Jersey family that the house is haunted by something undead and pure evil, and begs them to leave, but who ever listens to the crazy old man across the street? Certainly not the Jersey’s, but they’ll wish they had.
Cobain’s novella is packed with gore and the dark mood imposes upon the reader. I feel that it was slightly rushed and I finished the story with unanswered questions. I would have liked the origin of the evil to have been explored more, as it was implied that it didn’t directly come from James. The old neighbour, Mr Rombach, referred to the house as being “cursed” and mentions that he tried to warn the Davies about the evil, long before James became possessed.
It makes for a creepy read, but if the background of the characters and house were developed more then it would leave the reader feeling satisfied . . . as well as uneasy – James’s personification of evil is downright horrifying!
All in all, I’d say Come On Up To The House is better suited as a screenplay and I, for one, would be very interested to watch it.