Called an"excellent Haunted kouse/ghost story", "Elsewhere" was not quite what I expected from Blatty. It started out slowly with a set up of characters; one a realtor who has gathered a book writer, a physic, a professor and writer of the paranormal to spend tine at Elsewhere to prove that it is not haunted so that she can put it on the market and make a killingon the sale. Soon they learn the story behind the house; and the plot picks up with strange occurrances, a seance, a strange house keeper and a crypt in the basement of the house. The story progresses and just when you think al is well and the house will be sold - Blatty takes you on a trip into another world that only he could have conspired. This is not my most favorite of Blatty's books, but well worth reading.
A total disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
'Elsewhere' is a mansion built in the 1930s and situated on Craven's Cove, a tiny isolated island in Manhattan. Realtor Joan Freeboard - in an effort to dispel the mansion's eerie reputation, obviously fueled by decades of persistent rumors of unexplained activity in the house - arranges for a psychic, a parapsychologist and a noted author to move into 'Elsewhere' with her and ultimately declare it ghost-free. Isolated from civilization by a storm, and stranded on Craven's Cove, the four would-be researchers become absorbed by the house and its growing sense of strangeness. Inevitably, exploring the house's secrets exposes their own - 'Elsewhere' forces them to accept the individual realities that they have created for themselves.
Elsewhere by William Peter Blatty was really very good. In my opinion, the author builds the tension very admirably throughout the book, so it was a quick and easy read for me, filled with many satisfactory instances of thrills and chills. Elsewhere was perhaps not up to the caliber of The Exorcist, when it comes to the 'fainting in my seat, rushing back into my Church' level of horror, but Elsewhere was still very good and I give it an A!
Well, I was expecting quite more of this rerelease of a 1999 novella by William Peter Blatty. Elswhere is the tale of a realtor who decides to bring an author, parapsychologist and a psychic to a rumored to be haunted house to dispell the stories and prove it ghost-free so she can sell it. Slow-moving and not really scary at all, it is definitely a haunted hosue story, but not what I had envisioned. The "twist" ending was more "cute" than anything else and I could picture it as more of an episode of The Twilight Zone than a novel by the writer of The Exorcist. All in all, I finished it in one sitting, so I can't say it didnt keep my interest. Just don't read it if you are expecting to be kept up all night with the creeps.