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Doesn’t life seem nasty, brutish and short?

This horror novella and accompanying screenplay tells the story of Darran Jersey, a troubled teenager who moves into a house that’s inhabited by the malevolent spirit of his predecessor. As time goes by and the family begins to settle, Darran begins to take on more and more of the qualities of James, the dead teenager who committed a bloody suicide.

As tragedy after tragedy threatens to destroy the family, Darran’s mother Alice decides to leave the house behind and start afresh, but is it too late?

Find out when you Come On Up to the House…

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Doesn’t life seem nasty, brutish and short?

This horror novella and accompanying screenplay tells the story of Darran Jersey, a troubled teenager who moves into a house that’s inhabited by the malevolent spirit of his predecessor. As time goes by and the family begins to settle, Darran begins to take on more and more of the qualities of James, the dead teenager who committed a bloody suicide.

As tragedy after tragedy threatens to destroy the family, Darran’s mother Alice decides to leave the house behind and start afresh, but is it too late?

Find out when you Come On Up to the House…

17 reviews for Come On Up to the House

  1. Rated 3 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    This book was more of a horror comfort read rather than anything groundbreaking, especially for those of us who love to bingewatch horror films on the weekends, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

    To me, it felt a little like that author was writing what he thought readers would like by throwing in all the classic film tropes, rather than putting his own spin on things to create something new.

    It’s one of those rare examples of a story that really would be better on screen, which is what the author may have already had in mind given that the screenplay version of the same story is included in the book. It’s a very visual story and fits in well with my ideas of what a film version would look like, it’s a typical haunted house story but with a leaning more towards evil than some ghost stories.

    The characters are more sinister than complex, it’s difficult to understand their motives for anything they do and where the line is between their personalities and paranormal influences.

    That said, I absolutely love haunted house stories in any shape or form so I was happy to read this one to the end. The writing style is straightforward and paces out the story well, leading us from one horrific event to another with just enough time for the horror to sink in.

    I would personally recommend this book towards YA readers (16+ end of the spectrum, there is some graphic violence) because I know that it’s something I would have absolutely loved at that age. At this point in my life though, I’m more about the characters and the mythology/philosophy of the hauntings – which is why I could only give it 3 stars.

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    Books, Vertigo and Tea

    This is not my first experience with the author’s work. I previously reviewed No Rest For the Wicked and hosted a guest post by the author. After recently participating in a cover reveal for Come On Up to the House, I was happy to accept a copy of this hauntingly enticing novella for my honest review. This would be my first encounter with an actual novella followed by the screenplay. I welcomed the chance to do a brief comparison and share my thoughts.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Having read some thrillers yet not many about paranormal activity, I did rather enjoy this book. Knowing that it was a novella with a screenplay, I feel I enjoyed the book a lot more. This was due to the fact that I could envisage the story being acting out into a play/drama. The novella itself was rather descriptive which I felt made it a lot easier to read, with imagery flowing through my head. I feel this was a short, easy reading novella.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    J. D. DeHart

    I have had the pleasure of reading several books by Dane Cobain now, and this was yet another book in a long list of enjoyable titles.

    What was most interesting about this book was the way the author paired short fiction with a screenplay. It’s a great way to see the similarities and differences between forms, and Cobain guides us through both forms, providing some nice background information about why the book is set up this way.

    The story also works well, and just in time for Halloween.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    **Book gifted in exchange for an honest review**

    After having a few months off reading books I decided to start the year as I mean to go on. Come On Up To The House was the perfect starting point.

    I read this on New Years Day, night and although it’s been up as ‘currently reading’ for the past two months it was a short read which took a couple of hours. I loved both of Dane Cobains books even though they’re not my usual genre.

    The story starts with a look at the final hours of the previous owners lives within ‘the house’ and then we’re transported on to the Jersey family.

    It seems like a story that will grow more and more evil with each family.

    They’re a normal family. 2 parents and 3 children. They move in to the house and soon enough history starts repeating itself.

    I just wish that as parents they’d seen the signs before it was too late.

    The house is cursed by evil. I can’t exactly say what that evil is though because it’s such a strong entity within their lives.

    It’s not a ghost, just spooking them and it’s not poltergeist because it’s not tormenting them.

    It’s almost as though the dead is still living.

    More like a zombie… but not one that you’d see in Thriller.

    For someone who doesn’t read horror it had the right amount of blood and gore, with enough detail to make me want to read through it quickly without scaring me poopless. What can I say I normally stick to mermaids and unicorns.

    Unlike with the first family we see two deaths… no sorry, 3. Okay the dog death broke my fictional heart… as did the kick but I took a deep breath and continued.

    There isn’t much personal information about the characters either which I guess is a good thing too because you’re not attached to them. They’re just pawns in the story. The story is the story.

    There’s nothing to cover their regular lives and routines. It’s the evil through and through. As as I said above though, it’s also the start of the cycle.

    Whatever it is kills and immortalizes James and I think in a way giving it a body. At the end, we see that family loyalty can sometimes pull through and in the hope of saving his sister, regardless, we see Darren succumbing to that same fate… makes you wonder what the hell would happen after the next family-and so on.

    If you’d like a quick read to tingle your dark side… download this book. (less)

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amber Garabrandt

    I consider this a novella with an accompanying screen play. Due to money, the Jersey family has taken moved to a new home. It’s obvious from the get-go that the family left in a hurry, leaving much of their things behind. Darren Jersey, fifteen, seems to be a fairly normal and adjusted kid at first. He gets along alright with his parents, and doesn’t have problems with his little brother and sister save bossing them around from time to time as all big siblings do. As they adjust to their new surroundings, though, there are unexplainable things happening. It seems that the house has seen tragedy. A boy, James, committed suicide in Darren’s room- and he isn’t gone. He wants blood and pain, and he finds an audience in Darren. As Darren takes more and more of James’ characteristics things start happening around the house. The family dog goes mad and keeps attacking Darren, people are getting hurt. The family isn’t happy, and no one is safe. Darren’s mother, Alice, decides to leave the house, but will they get out in time?
    First, it must be said that the novella and the screen play follow one another completely. I read both, but even the author says you don’t need to. Personally, I preferred the screenplay as it seemed to move more smoothly. Watching the change in each character was interesting. I did enjoy watching the house, and James, change them one by one. I was intrigued by the premise, and really liked the ending. I will admit that there were times when actions did not make sense, or the flow of the story stalled for me. With that in mind, I still really liked it and am giving it four stars.
    The adult content scale, is rather large. There is violence and a lot of language. Certain scenes are very disturbing. This is not meant for young teens. I give it a nine.
    I received an advanced copy of this book from the author for the price of an honest review.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This book introduces you to the Jersey family – especially teenage son Darran – and their house.

    With Come On Up to the House, Dane Cobain has created a horror story about a house, the evil spirit within, and a family. It is a fight between evil and not-so-evil; the horror is not limited to the evil spirit. Dane Cobain paints a clear picture of Darran while the gory story evolves. The other characters are of sufficient depth, supporting the novella-length story appropriately. The story has a good flow.

    This is a book for you if you like the macabre, novella-length horror stories with a psychological touch, and screenplays.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Fab book. Nice to see a story as a play too. My review is at http://www.acreativelife.co.uk

  9. Rated 3 out of 5

    Lieze Neven

    I am a very big horror fan. And I mean big. Not the gore kind. Don’t give me any of the Saw stuff. I can watch it. But it is not something I would search for actively. I love anything paranormal, anything that has to do with haunted houses, ghosts, demons or little girls climbing out of the TV.

    I was very happy when I received the book Dane sent me. I fell in love with the cover right away and could not wait to dig into the fresh, unturned pages. The story is about a normal, British family, hit by the recession that moves into a new house. ( Random but pleasant Poltergeist Flash-back) Although the family does feel that there is something off, and the next-door neighbour warns them to just pack up their stuff and go as far as possible from that damn house, they stay – with devastating results.

    It seems that the former tenant, James – a teenage metalhead that committed suicide, has unfinished business… and he will do everything in his power to reach his goals.

  10. Rated 3 out of 5

    Kaitlyn King

    This book was kindly sent to me by the lovely author, who I’ve done reviews for before. I know that he is good at creating a creepy environment for a story so I was excited to get started on it.
    There were a few things that concerned me when I started reading this book, but I’ll get to those after the description. Once I came to terms with what the book was I enjoyed it a lot more.
    Let me tell you about it:

    The Jersey family has just moved to a new house with the hopes of starting over. What the family doesn’t know is that there has been a dramatic disaster that has taken place there, cursing the house and all who live there. Only the neighbour knows the true horror but the family thinks he is just another crazy.
    Soon, the evil spirit of the son begins taking over the families oldest son. Within days of moving in things start to escalate putting the whole families lives in danger. From their neighbours house he can only watch as the family is very quickly torn apart.
    Before the family is able to escape the terror more than one life will be ripped away from them.

    The biggest problem I had reading this book was my own fault. I didn’t realize that the last half of the book was the screen play. If I had looked at when the book ended I would have seen that it was a lot shorter than I had thought going into it. While I was reading I couldn’t help but feel that things were happening too fast. After finishing the book, and realizing the actual length, I didn’t have that problem anymore.
    For such a short story, only about 100 pages or so, I thought it was really well done. The atmosphere was well written to create an eerie feeling in a house, which should have been a happy environment. The characters may have had strange reactions to the events happening but it’s hard for me to tell how anyone would really react to such a situation.
    In the end it was a pretty good book.
    Characters: B-
    Plot: B+
    Pace: A-
    Setting: A-
    End: B
    Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Have a great day everyone and happy reading!
    – K

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Book Geek

    **Book gifted in exchange for an honest review**

    After having a few months off reading books I decided to start the year as I mean to go on. Come On Up To The House was the perfect starting point.

    I read this on New Years Day, night and although my it’s been up as ‘currently reading’ for the past two months it was a short read which took a couple of hours. I loved both of Dane Cobains books even though they’re not my usual genre.

    The story starts with a look at the final hours of the previous owners lives within ‘the house’ and then we’re transported on to the Jersey family.

    It seems like a story that will grow more and more evil with each family.

    They’re a normal family. 2 parents and 3 children. They move in to the house and soon enough history starts repeating itself.

    I just wish that as parents they’d seen the signs before it was too late.

    The house is cursed by evil. I can’t exactly say what that evil is though because it’s such a strong entity within their lives.

    It’s not a ghost, just spooking them and it’s not poltergeist because it’s not tormenting them.

    It’s almost as though the dead is still living.

    More like a zombie… but not one that you’d see in Thriller.

    For someone who doesn’t read horror it had the right amount of blood and gore, with enough detail to make me want to read through it quickly without scaring me poopless. What can I say I normally stick to mermaids and unicorns.

    Unlike with the first family we see two deaths… no sorry, 3. Okay the dog death broke my fictional heart… as did the kick but I took a deep breath and continued.

    There isn’t much personal information about the characters either which I guess is a good thing too because you’re not attached to them. They’re just pawns in the story. The story is the story.

    There’s nothing to cover their regular lives and routines. It’s the evil through and through. As as I said above though, it’s also the start of the cycle.

    Whatever it is kills and immortalizes James and I think in a way giving it a body. At the end, we see that family loyalty can sometimes pull through and in the hope of saving his sister, regardless, we see Darren succumbing to that same fate… makes you wonder what the hell would happen after the next family-and so on.

    If you’d like a quick read to tingle your dark side… download this book.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alejandra

    Come On Up to the House is… a raw book. When I say raw, not only for the language (but the main character is a teenager…a troubled one) but because… well you know that mixed feeling when you read something that is so detailed and so disturbing, that is invading your energy? Now mix that with a sleep deprived mum…

    The 1st night I started reading the book, I was constantly closing the book and opening it. it was giving me the creeps but that meant that it was a good book. A horror book that makes you feel uneasy… it’s because it’s well written.

    But I just couldn’t stop reading it, so in 3 days I read the whole book.

    Do you love a good gory horror book/movie? Than take a look at Dane Cobain’s book. Definitely recommend it!

  13. Rated 3 out of 5

    Katie Lewington

    Why is it we always start to read a horror novel at bedtime, aware it will probably give us nightmares?
    Come on up to the House is the book you should read if you want something that is bloody and downright creepy.
    Understandable, given this started out as a screenplay, Come on up to the House does have little in the way of description and flimsy characters.
    Nonetheless author Dane Cobain does have a writing style that is unique and, although at times the action in this novel does stall, and the premise is not too original, it is this writing style that is ultimately the carrier. I think this is the sign of a natural story teller.

    ( I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review )

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Astrid W.

    *Book was given in exchange for an honest review

    I have never read a book quite like this before. It’s dark, gritty, raw and very different to your usual horror story! It was a refreshing change to the usual book formats I read, this one has a novella at the front and a screenplay at the back.

    It seems that anyone who lives at this house will be cursed by the same evil fate and it seems to grow stronger with each family that live there. By the end of the book, it’s hard to imagine the family or what’s left of them will ever be the same again!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    *Book Gifted for an honest review*

    This book is a horror and I’m not really a fan of anything horror. But when I read the blurb, I was intrigued by the book and the characters. The book is split into two sections, the novel and the screenplay. The story itself is very mysterious and dark. As you start the book, it tells you a tale of a usual family, moving into a house. Little do they know what has happened there. They are warned about the dangers of the house. As someone who doesn’t really like Horror, I found that once I started the book, it was hard to put down. As the story goes on, Darran the main character, is changing and is becoming more like the spirit James. You don’t really see the story through his eyes, and as a reader I would quite like to see why the story through his eyes and why he does certain things in the book. When I began reading the book, I couldn’t put it down and as the story went on, I found out that I wanted to know more. I felt like the story hadn’t ended and maybe there is more to come, maybe that is just me as a reader, I’d like to know what could happen next.

    Overall if you’re into horror and gore, then this is your kind of book.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    This book gives a nod to some of my favourite horror films such as The Amityville Horror and Insidious, as well as one of my favourite horror novels The Shining. A family moves to a new home and immediately are met with an unfriendly presence, strange neighbours and a handful of unexpected shock twists right up until the end. I highly anticipate this book being made into a Hollywood movie as I for one would be front row, edge of my seat with popcorn in hand!

    The story begins with the Jersey family on the journey to their new home and particularly follows the story of the angst-ridden teenager Darren as he struggles to cope with the family upheaval to a new location, but also with the dark secret that the house holds. As the story unfolds you begin to learn something isn’t quite right with the new family home and although the move seems to have effected everyone in the Jersey family, Darren’s character is beginning to darken as he becomes more and more withdrawn as the days go by. It got off onto a slow start but I got to a point with the story where I didn’t want to put the book down and wanted to continue to unravel the grim history that the house holds and exactly what was happening to Darren. Dane Cobain does an amazing job at bringing to life the story in my mind with his sufficient depth and creativity with words. The story had a clear, consistent flow and I didn’t feel lost or confused at any point thought the story. Below is a small extract taken from the book.
    “The window was open, and a cold wind blew from it. Something seemed odd. Then Dave remembered that the window had been stuck shut since they moved in. He stared at the blood on the handle and the branches of the oak tree stretching menacingly towards him.”
    When reading a novel I find myself connecting with one of the main characters but I didn’t really empathise with the main character Darren and wasn’t seeing the story through his perspective, which I felt would have been beneficial and crucial to the plot, understanding what was going on in his mind and how he was coming undone. Even though he is the main character I wasn’t feeling that connection with him which I think is the only thing that I would have liked to see, more of a bond and understanding with a main character. When something so dramatic is happening I want to see that characters feelings and thoughts coming out of the pages so I think for me that was the only thing lacking.
    The writing style is something I haven’t seen before, with half of the book written as a novel and the other half as a screenplay. The screenplay gave me a good understanding of the feel of the characters but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel, feeling perturbed when I approached “The End” because I wanted more!

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    Random Musings

    I love Dane’s writing style. It’s gritty and raw and it gets straight to the point. The story moves quickly and we soon meet the entity that lives in the house.

    Come On Up To The House isn’t a typical haunted house story. It’s gory and edgy and not for the faint hearted. But it’s also a story of family and the troubles that they have behind closed doors; the rebellious teenager and the younger child who just wants to be acknowledged by their older sibling.

    The sense of impending doom as Darran begins to change builds quickly and keeps the reader interested. The twist towards the end is a good one that you won’t see coming!

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