House of Small Shadows

3.41 based on 905 ratings & 189 reviews on Goodreads.com

The Red House: home to the damaged genius of the late M. H. Mason, master taxidermist and puppeteer, where he lived and created some of his most disturbing works. The building and its treasure trove of antiques is long forgotten, but the time has come for his creations to rise from the darkness.

Catherine Howard can’t believe her luck when she’s invited to value the contents of the house. When she first sees the

elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals and macabre puppets, she’s both thrilled and terrified. It’s an opportunity to die for.

But the Red House has secrets, secrets as dreadful and dark as those from Catherine’s own past. At night the building comes alive with noises and movements: footsteps, and the fleeting glimpses of small shadows on the stairs. And soon the barriers between reality, sanity and nightmare begin to collapse . . .

In House of Small Shadows, Adam Nevill explores a primal modern phobia - the fear of dolls and puppets - and spirals off into an exploration of a long-forgotten English folk tradition that is eminently believable at the same time as it is horrifying. A wonderfully creepy and disturbing novel.
The Independent
Nevill's latest horror is a compelling read where indistinguishable childhood dreams and fantasies merge with a surreal, nightmarish present.
SciFI NOW
House of Small Shadows is highly likely to induce nightmares set to the sound of the pattering of tiny wooden feet
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About Adam Nevill

Adam Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the supernatural horror novels Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual, Last Days, House of Small Shadows, No One Gets Out Alive and Lost Girl. In 2012 The Ritual was the winner of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel, and in 2013 Last Days won the same award. The Ritual and Last Days each won the RUSA for Best in Category: Horror. Adam lives in Birmingham, England, and can be contacted through www.adamlgnevill.com.

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Books by Adam Nevill

Under a Watchful Eye
Under a Watchful Eye
Lost Girl
Lost Girl
No One Gets Out Alive
No One Gets Out Alive
The Ritual
The Ritual
Apartment 16
Apartment 16
Banquet for the Damned
Banquet for the Damned
Last Days
Last Days