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The House That Death Built

A Novel by John Llewellyn Probert

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Published: October 3, 2012

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Published in the UK: October 3, 2012
Published World-Wide: April 2013

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Published: October 3, 2012
“Fancy a night in a haunted house?”

The Dark Manor isn't just any old haunted house. Built on the site of a stone circle, from bricks saturated with pain and agony, windows that have seen terror beyond insanity, and doors that would scream if the wood from which they were fashioned could voice the appalling acts to which they have been witness, the house was designed with evil in mind and deliberately constructed to bring William Marx, the wealthy industrialist who built it, into contact with the spirit world.

But Marx hasn't been seen since he entered the repository of death and madness that is The Dark Manor, and neither have any of the people who have gone looking for him. Now Sir Anthony Calverton has purchased it and needs the place investigating properly, which of course calls for some proper supernatural investigators.

You are cordially invited to join Mr Massene Henderson and Miss Samantha Jephcott, specialists in paranormal adventure, as they embark on their most perilous case to date.

Who will survive The House That Death Built?

Only time and the pages within will tell…

Praise for The House That Death Built:

The Dark Manor, constructed atop one of England's ancient stone circles, radiates malevolence and hostility. Wealthy industrialist William Marx built the house in hopes of connecting with the spirit world, though Marx was never seen again after he entered the house. Its current owner, Sir Anthony Calverton, contacts a pair of paranormal investigators, Mr. Massene Henderson and Miss Samantha Jephcott, to furnish him with proof of supernatural activity in the house. The inclusion of four other investigators, including Sir Anthony's niece, her physicist husband, and a famous TV "psychic," sets the stage for a classic horror tale with a mystery at its heart. VERDICT: Probert's début novel presents the first full-length adventure for paranormal investigators Henderson and Jephcott, whose previous cases have been chronicled in the collection Against the Darkness. Although the setting is contemporary, the protagonists display an endearing Victorian archness. This is a delightfully scary book.

—Jackie Cassada, Library Journal (4/15/2013, Vol. 138 Issue 7, p61)

One of the things I love about the horror genre, is the range of styles that the genre can take. …and still have space in the genre for someone like John L. Probert.
    The House That Death Built is perhaps one of the most joyous reads I have had in a long time … a gloriously cinematic escapade.
    I became fully immersed in the story's plot and cast of wonderful characters … even the subsidiary characters … are given a life and more importantly a voice of there own.
    And this brings us to the the main protagonists, of Mr Henderson, and and Miss Samantha Jephcott, and boy O' boy are these a right pair of characters. I loved these two characters, the way interacted with each other and the other characters of the book was pitch perfect. … They never undermine the narrative… Henderson and Jephcott are a double act of the highest order.
    The House That Death Built reminds me of why I love horror. …
    Please believe me when I say you need to read this book!!! [reviewer's formatting emphasis]

Jim Mcleod (The Ginger Nuts of Horror, November 19th 2012)


Advance Praise for The House That Death Built:

I’m delighted to learn that Probert will be returning to these characters in the future, with a novel (his first)… That as yet unnamed novel will be published by Atomic Fez, a Canadian publisher whose launch titles include another Probert collection, Wicked Delights (Atomic Fez hardback, 352pp, £22.99)…"

Peter Tennant (Black Static, Issue 17, p.60; July 2010), about Against the Darkness


To read a short interview with Mr. Probert, head to this page
which is part of the Atomic Fez Group on


Praise for Mr. Probert:

The delightfully wicked Mr Probert wields his prose like a scalpel. His imagination is impressively warped and gruesome, and yet his tales have an unrepentantly English reticence. There's dark humour here, and unexpected poignancy — indeed, the book is as full of surprises as the man himself. Horror is lucky to have him.

Ramsey Campbell (author of Just Behind You and Creatures of the Pool)

John Llewellyn Probert is one of those writers for whom the story is everything. There may be serious concerns at back of his fiction… but if so they are always subordinate to the demands of the story, the need to keep the reader turning pages. First and foremost, Probert is an entertainer… imagination and audacity count for as much if not more than credibility…

Peter Tennant; Black Static

[John Llewellyn] Probert clearly possesses considerable skills.

Cemetery Dance Magazine

John Llewellyn Probert writes with some of the same warped humour as the late Robert Bloch.

The Zone Review

John Llewellyn Probert is a master of terror; his eloquent prose providing a roller-coaster journey and an education in the art of fear.



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