That was the hell-black number on the old house that suddenly appeared on Sunset Brook Lane. Inside, a red light flickers from an unseen source...Inside, mocking figures stare down 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 diabolical visions. For this is no ordinary house. This is a house that appears and disappears from time to time, place to place, to haunt the lives of the innocent. A house where the same bloody, dreadful, eternal crime occurs again and again, bringing its victims to the brink of hell, into the hands of the Devil himself. And for Keith and Jennifer Olsen, its door has just swung open...
Well, I suppose I will have to be the first to write a "real" review of this book. It's another horror novel from the 1970's by the same man who brought you "The Amityville Horror". It's about a mysterious house and an even more mysterious owner and the strange goings-on inside of it. It's not exactly a haunted house story, but I'm not sure how else this would be classified. A husband and wife duo become entangled with the house and its occupant(s) when the new house arrives in their neighborhood. There are one or two plot-holes that I would have liked to have had fixed, but for a day's read, it's not bad. It's more than a bit dated, and ever so slightly predictable, but still enjoyable.
It is Tuesday, April 10, 1979. A nice young married couple, Keith and Jennifer Olson, arrive home at their house in New Castle, New York, to discover that in the few days they have been on vacation, something unexpected and startling has happened. A house has mysteriously appeared on the vacant lot across from theirs-a house that soon begins to exert a powerful, frightening, demonic influence on their lives...
666 takes the reader into the world of evil that Jay Anson so brilliantly explored in The Amityville Horror-an evil that lies unexpected behind the door of an ordinary looking house, a house that reappears from time to time near any city, waiting invitingly, innocently, for someone to rent it, a house in which a dreadful, bloody, orgiastic crime recurs again and again, bringing its victims screaming to the very brink of hell-and into the hands of the Devil himself.
As Keith becomes more and more obsessed by the house, with its intricately carved beams that seemed to have witnessed every human crime and its strange, etched windows that glow with a malevolent light, Jennifer finds herself drawn to her friend David Carmichael, a handsome, self assured man who is everything Keith is not...Inexorably, without their realizing what is happening to them, their lives are being changed by a presence in the house, a powerful force who lets nothing stand in his way-and who at last appears to his victims in a heart-stopping scene of gruesome violence you will never forget.
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.
Wow! this book is gooood. The ending definitaly the best part. the whole story was suspenceful, building up to this awsome ending.
I do wish they went explain a bit further what happened to Paul.