Sunday, October 31, 2004

Early Start

It's not yet noon, but I haven't been able to sleep since last night, and waiting seems pointless. The sun is up, let's go let's go. Cam is on his way over now.

I went to Home Depot early this morning and bought some supplies for the trip. I already had a few essentials here, mostly electronics. We're taking:
  • two high-powered flashlights
  • a Canon digital Elph camera
  • a Sony mini-camcorder
  • noseplugs
  • Swiss army knives with built-in scissors
  • a laser pointer
Now and then I glance over at the gear, and chuckle. It's like we're going on some hiking trip. Except, Cam is bringing his handgun. That scares me more than anything right now. I don't want anyone to get shot today, even Sweatsuit Man, if he's home. If we need to involve police, the firearm will make things look worse. And lastly, it's not like he's going to unload a clip into the drywall.

We may have two more coming with us, two friends of Cam's who're along for the ride. I don't know either of them, but I guess the more the merrier. An outside perspective will do me good.

Connie won't be back from her mother's until about 4pm. I should be home long before then. The main objectives of this trip: 1) Confront Sweatsuit Man, find out who he is, and 2) document the house, including address info.

Update: Cam's friends can't make it. It's just the two of us. Well, that makes it easier to keep an eye on each other.

He's on his way up. Jen, I'm guessing you had to recharge your cell overnight or something. Call me.

Here we go.

248 Comments:

Blogger JennyLevin said...

Eric wait I just now got all your msgs!

Dont go just call the police or something! You told me the same thing when I wanted to go to Phoenix remember???

GAH now your not answering your phone!!!

11:02 AM  
Blogger JennyLevin said...

Please.... PLEASE answer your phone...
This waiting is killing me......

12:28 PM  
Blogger ohdanigirl said...

jenny levin where are you

the boys are all inside now

come and find us

the door is open

2:12 PM  
Blogger NekoFuzzic said...

happy halloween.

2:47 PM  
Blogger yndy said...

Bestest Hallowe'en ghost story in years...

*knock* *knock*

2:55 PM  
Blogger Darkling said...

Things fall apart;
the centre cannot hold;
mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned;
the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

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3:29 PM  
Blogger Tierus said...

Eric--

Realizing that this was a work of fiction definitely didn't diminish the creepiness of the work. It had me and about twenty friends returning to check it out daily.

I hope you do something like this again in the future. I understand that it's a lot of work, but I can't imagine that it's not rewarding! Good luck in the filmwriting--it's something that I want to do as well. This is a novel approach to drawing attention and showcasing your skill.

Chris

4:07 PM  
Blogger Darkling said...

It's not fiction.
It only wants you to think that it's fiction.
The greatest trick The Devil ever pulled is convincing the world that He didn't exist.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The5thRing said...

"The ironic part... is that your responses (via email and comments) may be what sells it to a studio."

I'll stop lurking for this one reason. Generally I don't do well for the haunted house story. As Ebert himself points out, why would you go into a creepy house (paraphrasing from his review of "The Grudge")? This at least explains why and does a brilliant job of it. As someone who laughs at most "horror" movies, kudos and well wishes.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Casey Leigh said...

Wait, does this mean that we are going to have to wait for a movie to come out to see how all this ends up?

Gah.

You're killin' me here, Eric.:-P

6:57 PM  
Blogger HillaryGayle said...

Bravo. Just bravo.

Even having investigated enough to be VERY certain this was only a story (we looked up names, events like the shooting that should've been in local media), my friends and I came back to check this site every time it was updated. I despise most scary movies and stories for their lack of plot and their heavy reliance on shock value. I didn't feel this had either of those problems. I loved it, and kudos to you for pulling this off. This was one of the best scary stories I have EVER read, and if this movie gets made, I'm THERE. You're totally going to make us wait until the movie gets made to find out what happens when they enter the house, aren't you? ^_^ EEEEEEEVIL.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Madonna said...

Wonderful.. Beautiful.. This kept me up nights, wondering about my own home, though I knew it was just a story. As a fellow writer, I'm extremely impressed with you, Eric. I feel so lucky to have stumbled on this link and this incredible story.

Good luck, and thank you for two weeks of wonderfully sleepless nights.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Wow. Excellently done. Hope all goes well with the film, I'd be eager to see it.

8:22 PM  
Blogger sun-cobra said...

Wow, I must say....This one story has more suspense than any movie iv'e ever seen. Very good job to the author of this.


P.S.: I got this link off of a Gaming site, and if it's at a gaming forum, you know it's going to be viewed by all kinds of people. Once again, awesome writing

8:48 PM  
Blogger Naessified said...

Absolutely great! I'd love to see more work from you, Eric, and this deserves twenty thousand times the recognition it's currently getting. I'm telling everyone I know to read from the beginning!

-Kristin

9:04 PM  
Blogger d said...

smarter thing wuld be 2 stay away......o well it wuz good nd u tryed at least.did it hurt wen it happend? j/w.......kings it makes gods and meener creatures' kings,

9:36 PM  
Blogger Bob The Cheese said...

Yeah, good work mate. I really don't think a movie will tell you what eventually happened, people.. that ruins the suspense of the thing...

The other problem with a movie was that people would KNOW it was a movie, and know it was fake. If it was done documentary style, on the other hand... well you saw the hype about blair witch project...

Yes, your story got as far as us here in Australia, but there are a few things which just ruined the realism for me... there were no comments or replys to anything on ohdanigirl's live journal... assuming that she was writing it for the benefit of her friends, there would probably have been some comments on there from them. Other than that, the only thing I found lacking was the news reports, but you can't really fudge them, unless you set p some website somewhere which nicked most of it's news from like the cnn site or some other small news site and you just planted those two stories in there... but then i guess there is al kinds of copyright laws and stuff against that... it would be something to think of for the movies... just to keep the illusion alive...

meh that's all for now...

9:54 PM  
Blogger Dionaea said...

YOU TOLD

NOW YOU WILL PAY

I'M COMING

10:22 PM  
Blogger Lexa said...

You have no clue how awesome this tale has been. I need to find out what's happened. I really wish it was real, I'd love to visit one of the houses. Or even see the house that inspired this.

*raises her hand for the house* You can take me next... please?

11:01 PM  
Blogger astrocoz said...

Just had to say my piece since I've been following the story all week. Thanks for making my week interesting. On my lunch breaks I kept checking your site for updates. I have to admit that I was skeptical from the beginning, especially upon a google search of your name. I found you were a screenwriter, so I connected the dots quite quickly. Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the movie. It looks like it will be a good one, one that is definitely worth seeing, especially since I am a horror movie junkie. However, being as I am a total junkie for this stuff, I am quite picky about the plot and quality of the story and I think this story has great potential. After all is said and done, I wish you luck in your movie making endeavors and I will keep my eyes peeled for a trailer for the movie.

11:10 PM  
Blogger The Kitola said...

Oh thank (insert diety of your choice here)! This was a wonderful read and had me royally creeped out. I am so going to see the movie if there happens to be one (and trust me, there should be!)

I've sent the link to this whole tale to my brother. He's a budding author as well, and I'm sure he'll more than enjoy it (he loves the creepy stuff).

Great work.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Mare_Imbrium said...

Hello Eric! I have a kind of different perspective: I knew going in that this was a story. That was okay with me. See, I'm not a horror kind of girl. I generally steer clear of the genre no matter what the media. But this was such an original way to tell a story I had to read it, and I was hooked. I've been checking your site for days and days. I think it was excellent and believable. Even though it was presented to me as fiction, I even found your website, in the back of my mind I kept wondering "what if it's not?"

And of course, big weenie that I am, I was quite spooked. But I admire you for creating this as a reading experience only. I often had a sickening feeling that I was going to be treated to some kind of jump-out-at-you horror, especially when you mentioned that there were pictures on the laptop. I'm very glad that wasn't the case.

Anyway, I really liked it, it's a fantastic use of technology to tell a story, and I hope they pick it up as a movie. Unfortunately I want to be able to sleep at night, so I won't be seeing it, though I'll root for it to do well. :)

12:01 AM  
Blogger Mark Hondrie said...

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1:39 AM  
Blogger Mark Hondrie said...

Those who know, we consume.

To those who doubt, we appeal.

From those who believe, we hide.

Those who know, we are.

Those who know, we consume.

There is no escape.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

::fangirl squeal!:: This keeps on getting better! Love the multiple account madness!

1:46 AM  
Blogger Leus said...

That was awesome. I made a blogspot account solely to comment on it.

I think horror movies are absolutely stupid, but this wasn't a movie, nor was it stupid. I don't really know how you'd make this into a movie; it just couldn't be presented in the same way. However, if this does become a movie, I will see it. No questions asked.

Also, the thing about ohdanigirl having no comments from friends? I never got any comments from friends on my dumb journals that I used to have.

Maybe Dani is a lonely girl.

1:51 AM  
Blogger kew said...

Thank's for the story - it was nevertheless entertaining, even when I bumbed in it quite late. But why limit the existence of the house only to USA?

4:56 AM  
Blogger eltrym said...

Move over Mr. King!

6:40 AM  
Blogger Ser said...

You've got to post more, the story is awesome. I really want to know the end.
I first found the link on Queen of Wands, an online comic, then I shared it with a bunch of my friends.
You had one of them creeped out really bad, I'd IM her and tell her that her dorm room was going to eat her, and she'd freak.
It kept me entertained inbetween classes.
Anyway, it was a great story. I hope to see it in theatre someday.
Good Luck!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Odiumm said...

You have no idea how completely terrified you had me!

I somehow forgot that I have lived in an established two story house for 9 years after reading your story - and found myself so terrified of my own house that I slept with a hockey stick next to my bed and didn’t get to sleep until the early hours of the morning (4am) when the sun started to peek through. This carried on for around 3 days/nights.

I ignored the scepticism of my friends (who I had read this also) and continued to believe there was a group of houses out there eating people … and that somehow my house was going to transmogrify into one too.

It is rather embarrassing considering that I am 18 years of age. Rather impressionable aren’t I? :-S

This should be a great ego boost for you and your movie prospects.

Well done – you broke any previous standing record for “most days spent totally terrified following spooky movies and stories” that I ever had.

Much luck – And I’ll be glad to get real sleep again!

8:06 AM  
Blogger NiceRide said...

Hi Eric,
I thought your story was very interesting. I learned about it here: http://www.wahm.com/boards/Forum1/HTML/000872.html (Take a look to see what we have to say and feel free to say Hello to us there :) ) There was even research done to see what other works you'd done. I wish you the best of luck with your writing/films. You've already got a nice little fan base waiting for your next "story"!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Kielle said...

Another visitor who's created a journal just to comment on this... This was amazing. A friend passed me the link and I've been checking it again and again for days. Another friend I passed the link to said she had to sleep with the light on that night, and I don't think I've ever heard her say something like that!

As a writer myself (no one special, just someone with a love for words) and a huge fan of creative use of modern media, this site impressed the HELL out of me. And still is. *eyes some of the commenting accounts* Thank you, and good luck!

9:08 AM  
Blogger AllyKatt said...

Leus said...
Also, the thing about ohdanigirl having no comments
from friends? I never got any comments from friends
on my dumb journals that I used to have.

Maybe Dani is a lonely girl.
1:51 AM
that particular journal is not open to comments. you can set your livejournal posts so that nobody can comment on them, and all of hers are set that way.

just some fyi, that's why there are no comments.

personally, i think this thing was pretty well done. i liked the incorporation of an actual news article i remember reading about some bones in houston a few months back. that added to the creepy, at least for me.

also, having a group of friends with connections in dallas, houston and boise didn't hurt. ;_) i found that connection interesting, as i'm not sure if many people have a group that extends to those exact cities.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Sylentlucidity said...

Thank you for this fabulous piece of writing :) It'll keep me creeped right out for days :) Good luck on your movie prospects :)

9:43 AM  
Blogger Bradley said...

YAY!! Awesome.. good bit of fun..

I wish I had stumbled on this earilier.

The whole time I was reading this I was thinking.. wow this would be a REALLY cool way to do a work of fiction.

Thanks!!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Cindrew said...

I also want to thank you for a well crafted story, and have a question about the writing itself.

I wad wondering if "the door is open" is a bow to Epictetus (if I am getting my Greeks aright) who used that particular phrase as a metaphor for suicide.

10:08 AM  
Blogger SleepyGirl said...

Brilliant. Just brilliant. This was one of the most deliciously creepy things I've had the pleasure of reading.
Of course, now I have to sit and wait for the film...
Good luck!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Zel said...

Someone's been reading House of Leaves, it seems.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Mithanos said...

All I have to say is wow. When I first read this, I didn't know it was a story. Honestly, I didn't know what to believe, but I knew it was creepy. So, being the type of person I am, I immediately started researching it. The newspaper and hospitals mentioned exist, but the one thing that stood out to me was that the archives of the paper didn't have the article mentioned about Andrew's shooting. Then I started to get skeptical. I was then sent a link stating that it was, in fact, a story. But even knowing that it was a story, I continued checking to see what was going on. Did he find anything at the house? Who was the man? Things like that. And honestly, I still want to know. I'm an avid reader, especially of things like this, so I know that this will keep coming after me to find out what's going on. And in all honesty, I would gladly buy a ticket to see this if it ever hits theaters, which I fully believe that it should.

10:30 AM  
Blogger TexasMom65 said...

This was great! It ended way to soon though. So how about it? Are you going to take us into the house with you?

10:43 AM  
Blogger Ru said...

I created an account just so I could tell you how incredibly badass this was. I knew it was a work of fiction from the beginning, but I was amazed at your ability to evoke shivers and shock despite my knowing that. This is an incredible, brilliant way to tell a story, and I was absolutely hooked from the first e-mail.

While reading it I was actually hoping that this was some sort of movie promotion, because I would absolutely see this if it was made into a movie. I hope the proposal works, the studios have at least one guaranteed ticket-buyer in me.

10:53 AM  
Blogger johnnyk said...

Excellent job, really fantastic.

If you liked this story, you absolutely MUST read this one:

http://www.holyshiite.com/caver/

Its an account by Ted of a local cave he explores with his friend, finds a tiny little hole in the rock really deep into it, and drills and pounds his way through it to make it big and see so he can crawl through and see what's on the other side. A master work of suspense (and it might be real...)

I read Ted the Caver last Halloween, and have been waiting for another spooky internet docu-horror story for awhile now. Great work on pioneering a new kind of fiction!!

11:12 AM  
Blogger Neil said...

Wow, that was amazing. I know you're getting a lot of praise, but I figured I'd add my piece. I really enjoyed that, and totally fell for it at first, yeah I'm gullible. Once I clued in it didn't diminish my enjoyment though! Hell, I had to stop reading at one point because I was so freaked out!

Great job Eric.

11:23 AM  
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11:23 AM  
Blogger Leus said...

I don't know about that whole metaphor for suicide thing. I think that "the door is open" is merely an invitation.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Calbrena said...

Eric will you marry me? :p
This story is the best I've ever read on the internet, it's a pity I heard about it only earlier today. Hope it'll become famous and be adapted as a documentary or something ^_^ (as someone pointed out, I'm not sure the movie format would be ideal...)
I'm gonna tell all my friends about it anyway, so keep entertaining us :)

Thanks!!!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Padfoot said...

Thank you Eric! I get wrapped up in this stuff so easily, it's a great addition to the mind twisting stories I love. I can't wait to see more from you. I wanted this story to just continue, whether it had a bad ending or a happy one, I want to know it either way! Good luck where ever this thrill takes you!!!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Bartmoss said...

Great writing, loved it. I like the method.

However, the film translation would be difficult, the medium you used was derivative enough to make a fairly basic horror story new and therefore surprising. In a film it would be, oh look odd house, they scream alot and die...

It reminded me of a great book. House of Leaves. And anyone reading this who loved it, should by that book now.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Elisa van Helsing said...

My god that was brilliant!!! You managed to freak me out but good... reading your story, I remembered how crappy at times it is to live alone... any noise had me twitching. Someone called right as I was reading the end of your blog and hung up... gahh... :)

Well done. Now I must show it to everyone I've ever met. :)

4:01 PM  
Blogger Moona said...

Bravo and koodles, and all of that good stuff that everyone else is saying. It was catching, the plot was well thought out. Just wanted to say that I caught on that it was a story not by doing research like some of the others did, but just by paying attention to detail. The thing is there was too much detail. You did a wonderful job to make sure everything was explained and made sure there were no hangups. Lets face it, real life e-mail, postings, and journals aren't like that. But that was only my supporting evidence. The fact that in Mark's e-mail, dani's LiveJournal, and your blog all had the same the writing style did it in. Of course there were little corks here and there but it was definitely the same author.

*shrug* Maybe I hang out with idiots, but it's almost amazing to see e-mails with no spelling errors, and perfect almost grammar wise. It was especially amazing to see, I'm guessing a teenage girl's, livejournal the same way.

Despite all of that, it was a wonderful story, kept me interested till the very end, even after I figured it to be a story. I wish you the best of luck, and hope you go far in your career.

4:13 PM  
Blogger draclet said...

I have not been that scared since i saw thirteen ghosts...i know, i'm a wimp...but that was absolutely amazing, and i am passing this onto everyone to have them read from the beginning...and i didn't even read it until AFTER halloween!...please, please, please keep it up!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Fangirl Rusty said...

Add me to the list of those who created an account just to say WOW. Freakin' WOW.

I found this late in the game, but I must say I am impressed. I don't creep easily, and you have creeped me out but good. Well done. :)

I'm no horror fan, but I would certainly pay to see this film. Full price,even.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

"Zel said...

Someone's been reading House of Leaves, it seems."

Hehe, that was my first thought, as well. But it's still well done, and if a movie does come out I would see it. I can see House of Leaves being an inspiration...but since it's f*ing amazing, it's a well-deserving inspiration. :-)

I really like your work, Eric, and look forward to whatever you do next.

4:50 PM  
Blogger asmaria said...

Man. I made a blogger account JUST to post a comment to this. You had me believing this right up to the very end. I was actually a bit disappointed to find out it wasn't real. But it's just as awesome all the same. Very well written, and suspenseful, something to make the reader skeptical yet second guess their own judgement even still. I like scary stories and I'm a mystery NUT, but as someone who doesn't like the blood and gore associated with scary movies, I usually don't care for the genre. But this is DEFINITELY a movie I'd go see.

I can't wait!!! I hope someone picks it up!!

4:55 PM  
Blogger kenko said...

That was astonishing. Only with the aid of obnoxiously cute anime playing on my computer, and a suitcase strategically placed in front of my closet did I fall asleep last night. Sir, you have my utmost respect. I wish you the best of luck in getting this wonderful piece onto the silver screen (hopefully Hollywood, or whichever venue you are eyeing, doesn't screw this one up)--when I stand in line for opening night tickets, I will proudly say to my friends "I read it first."

4:57 PM  
Blogger Marshall01 said...

holy crap dude.....that was seriously amazing. im a horror/mystery story/movie fan but it's hard to find ones that interest me. i too created this blog name just to say how awesome this story was. i stumbled across it on a music messageboard i frequent. i wish i would've found it earlier as i just found it today, november 1st. somethings made me think in the back of my mind that it was just a story, but i kept convincing myself there was some bit of truth. you had me every second nonetheless. i want to know how this ends! and i can't wait for your next story! i just hope i find out about it! good job, Eric!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Tiyger said...

very cool story, but how much of it may be based on truth? I was sitting on the edge of my seat while reading this. I'l admit, I'm gullible, and wasn't sure whether to believe it or not. But then, I've had some really weird things happen to me in my 24 years that makes this story at least somewhat believable.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Ixtab said...

I too just created this account to comment here. My friend sent me the link to you story and man that was the best read i have had in like my 18 years of living. It really had me scared. I read it at like 1 in the morning and i really had trouble sleeping that night i kept hearing all the noises of people snorring and coughing that was going trough my house at night and it relly made me jump. I had no idea that it was a stroy when i first started reading, it just seemed really real and indepth to be a story. Good Work, Eric.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Nagisa said...

Wow. I have to say... like everyone else, well done.

I got a link of this from someone on my LiveJournal friends list, and hopped over to check it out. From the very first email, I was intrigued, and kept reading and reading up to the end. And. Uh. Even though I knew, in the back of my head, through writing styles and the like, it wasn't real... I still Googled it afterwards just to be sure. XD;; Dear goodness, this story scared the crap out of me.

And continues to do so.
1) I hear people in my house talking outside my door and think I'm hearing voices in my hall in front of a door on a second floor that doesn't exist.
2) I'm terrified of open doors.
3) I'm terrified of shut doors, too. Crii.
4) Looking at things in all capitals gives me the chills.
5) The phrase, "The door is open" will be burned into my brain for the rest of my life.
6) I will never, ever play Red Rover again.
7) Baths now scare me. Yay showers! Sort of.
8) My friend is now scared of the same things, because I bugged her to read it.

Yeah. Basically -- your story was solid, the presentation was wonderful, and it was so realistic that even though I know it's not real, I'm having a really hard time convincing my brain of that fact. If it gets made into a movie, I'll go see it -- with a bunch of friends. And then I won't sleep for a week. :D

Thanks for one hell of a ride. I'm so paranoid my house is trying to eat me, now. T_T

8:09 PM  
Blogger Xander said...

Wow! Great story. Gotta say it did have me going for a while, and even when it didn't, the story was just darned creepy. Though I think that for myself might have been because of the way things seem creepier in my mind that on a movie screen. I really hope this becomes a film though, it'd be great to see how it all came together!

8:25 PM  
Blogger devlish1 said...

Awesome story. I am definately impressed. Am not the type of girl who gets scared, but I was like...whoa, holy crap. That's weird. Right? Excellent. purely excellent. if you publish a book or something, lemme know. Stephen King...WATCH OUT NOW!

8:40 PM  
Blogger OpenGL Aaron said...

Nicely done. As others have said, I knew this was fiction (more or less) before starting to read. Still, It was about the best horror I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Your application of the internet as a new way to experience such a story is truly inspired, and even though a movie adaptation would be cool, the movies simply can't allow the non-linear exploration of the story like the internet can.
Going through the mail updates, I fully expected to see a "spook" picture that would make me jump out of my seat. There wasn't really any indication that this would ever happen, but it's an indication of how truly creepy the story was.
By the way, I followed a link from www.queenofwands.net in case you were wondering.
Best of luck!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Mapetite said...

I have to say, that Im totally impressed! Very very well done! Congrats!

8:52 PM  
Blogger shazzospazzo said...

what? it wasnt real? I knew that *shifty eyes*

I'll believe anything *pfft*

8:53 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Oh my god!

You people are incredible. Absolutely, without a doubt, amazing.
I've already gotten a call from two producers. The effect is starting to build.

Who knows? This may be the first feature that was created from an Internet following, instead of the other way around.

You're making history, folks.
And you've just floored me.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hehe, yet another person who made a blog just to comment. ^.^

Congratulations on getting the calls! I hope this will be made into a movie. You really had me going, and things that I read don't usually really scare me. It was really well done. This makes me glad that I have a wardrobe instead of a traditional closet...

*bows* Excellent story. :)

9:33 PM  
Blogger Monkeh said...

This was awesome, I have to say it was the most creepiest things I have ever read, and I don't scare that easy. I would love to see this made into a movie, but like others have said, if its made more like a documentary it would be better. Also, I was wondering something, did everyone start reading this from the dionaea-house website or from one of the journals? I started reading this from ohdanigirl's LJ and saw all the posts up until the last one, and I think it was more interesting that way because it made me want to find out the explanation to all the things she was talking about. Just something I wanted to say other than Eric, you are a genius and I love you.

9:37 PM  
Blogger redhairblueface said...

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9:42 PM  
Blogger Intrigue said...

THERE BETTER BE A MOVIE DAMNIT...ME AND A FRIEND HAVE A BET GOING ON THE NAME!!
LOL
I am serious though...if there isn't a movie soon I will find you Eric...(JOKING)

PLEASE MAKE A MOVIE

Intrigue

9:45 PM  
Blogger Leslie Stein said...

All right.... here I am, (slightly) freaking out, and wondering what is going on. I at first thought it was a story, then thought it was real, then thought it was a story again, then just HAD to find out, so I sent the author an email... only to realize that a certain blog had SIXTY-NINE comments, so I knew something was up. So, what's left to say now?

Well, it was a good scare. Very good scare. It reminded me wholly of Mark Z. Danielewski's "House of Leaves". Scary corridors, chills in the air, mystery of the unknown. Very, VERY good experiment in the world of Technology and Curiosity! I applaud you!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'm yet another person who registered an account so I could past here. What can I say? It's extremely well written, it's EXTREMELY creepy, I'll probably never shake it from my brain entirely. I wish you nothing but the absolute best of luck in getting this made into a feature.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Melissa Pang Has Punctum said...

Amazing. Let us know of any developments movie-wise? The slow progress of insanity is so seductive...I am wildly impressed with the astonishing effort you have put into this...

10:29 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Wow. I finished reading this at about 4 AM last night, then proceeded to have nightmares about something coming out of an open door to get me. I was afraid to close my eyes in the shower and kept looking up at the bathroom door to make sure it was still closed. Today, I also noticed that there was water dripping from the ceiling in the shower while I showered and it nearly scared the crap out of me.
I would LOVE to see this made into a movie, and I'm generally not one to watch horror movies unless they're the kind that are so bad they're funny.
I'm currently linking all my friends and laughing at their misery. Thank you, this rocked.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Mare_Imbrium said...

For the person who asked where we found the story, a friend posted both the links to the emails and the livejournal on our message board, but she told us to read the journal first and then the emails. That certainly lent to the trepidation when I opened the second link. I then stopped going to ohdanigirl's livejournal, as I figured that part of the story was over. This morning I happened to go over there and when I saw the "found you" entry boy did I jump! Even though the story is technically "over".

Eric, I'm glad this is working out for you! If you're making buckets of money from this you'll be able to pay the bill for my therapy, as I too was afraid to close my eyes in the shower this morning. ;)

11:29 PM  
Blogger Clara said...

Despite the fact that I knew this was a story from the beginning, it still intrigued me enough to keep me regularly checking for updates on the many blogs involved, and reading to the very end.

Kudos to you, and I hope you do well with your movie prospects.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Lexa said...

Oh wow. I'm glad you got calls. I really hope it goes well for you. Please let us know what the title of the movie turns out to be. I usually HATE horror flicks, but I'll go see this! Please Please??

12:51 AM  
Blogger Josh Meister said...

Yeah! Loved it, the format, the writing, the premise. If there is a movie, I will definitely see it. I have to find out what happens at the end! Now I have to stay up and watch some happy cartoons so that I don't have this creepy story running around in my brain when I go to sleep.

1:06 AM  
Blogger GhostGirl said...

Eric, as someone who is a devoted horror fan in all it's forms, this has been perhaps the best story I've read in a very long time. The use of the website, of the LJ's and blogs, have been so amazing. I'll tell you that it's hard to creep me, and my hair stood ON END. I passed along to all my friends to read, made this Halloween just a little spookier. As a writer, a film major and horror-lover, I tip my hat, man. Publish this baby, make a movie, all the best to you. Can't WAIT to see the film.

1:37 AM  
Blogger haydesigner in SD said...

Close the door behind you

4:41 AM  
Blogger Alexius said...

This Is The First Thing To Spook Me Since I Was A Child, Despite Many Things That Had Many Attempts. Very, Very, Very Nice Job.

My Girlfriend And I Have Been Joking About How I Used To Not Be Afraid Of Anything, And Now I Have Only One Fear: One Story Houses.

6:12 AM  
Blogger sukieo said...

What a story!
I haven't been so entertained online in a long while, amazing job, hope you do more stuff like this in the future.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Taeliesyn said...

Add me to the list of many who created an account simply to post a comment.

Freaking wonderful story, I came across it from www.queenofwands.net But wasnt sure if it were real or fiction to begin with.

I shared it with several friends who after reading, them and myself were leaning toward fiction. That said this is the first story in a freaking long time that has been able to give me an uncomfortable feeling and shivers.. Hell im getting them now just thinking about it.

I want to see a documovie done based on this story. Done properly... it would rock and scare the bejesus out of many people I think.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Girl said...

I am ADHD (diagnosed) and have a hard time reading the things my friends post, but I couldn't stop reading this. It even got my mind off the election for a couple hours.

I understand all of the references to House of Leaves, which is one of my favorite books, but I think that comparison takes away from the originality of your story. While they are both about houses with questionable dimensions, I got the impression that the houses in each story represented a serious and universal human fear. I could seriously write a hell of a lot more about what I thought the fear was to represent but I'm sure no one is even reading my comment at this point.

I am not easily duped and I had to google this to figure out if it was real. And this is not a horror story like we are traditionally used to. It's psychologically disturbing, making the reader question the permanence and inevitability of things we always considered to be unchanging.

Bravo

1:26 PM  
Blogger GothikRoze said...

...just sorta blinks..has re-read everything and blinks several more times. I bow down berfore the new master of suspense. Needless to say when this comes to the movie screen I'll be going to view it. I feel..well lmao kinda odd becuase I so thought it was real got it off of the Queen of Wands comic and well here I even emailed Eric giving my opinion to find out it was a story not real very and I mean very well put together

2:50 PM  
Blogger scottie said...

i didn't even really know blogspot existed before I found dionaea house, and I also made an account to comment on it. I'm just glad I'm not alone in that. Kudos Eric, you have skills, man!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I hope blogspot doesn't mind all of us creating accounts just for this -- I'm a LJ user myself.

I wanted to add my praise here as well. (I found the link from Queen of Wands, too) And I wonder, if maybe besides a big movie deal, if there would be any business interest in doing more works like this (on the internet) in the future. I would imagine it would be difficult to come up with something of this calibur of creepiness, of course.

Oh, and I've heard House of Leaves mentioned as a similar work or inspiration. I wanted to mention for any who may be interested, that if you liked this, you might want to try the Silent Hill series for Playstation and PS2.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Kakumei said...

Yet another person who's made a blog solely to comment on this one. I know it may seem redundant, with all the people that have done so, but I figure the more people that express their interest, the better chance this thing has of getting turned into a movie. And--I think most of us would like to see this on the big screen. I know I would, as this has gotten into my head as so few other things have ever done. Very, very nice. I wish there were more for me to read, though.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Tegan said...

Wonderful.

I read this all in one sitting yesterday. The whole story came together wonderfully, and I can't wait to see it in movie form!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Calbrena said...

I think blogger should actually pay Eric, thanks to him lots of people have registered to this site ;E

Anyway, good to know you've already got calls from movie companies, good luck! ^__^

5:53 PM  
Blogger Anima said...

I second the notion of blogger offering something for the advertising. I only joined to add a comment.

I was going to suggest- If you managed to make a documentary out of this (and I hope you do), it would be awesome to actually be able to visit one of these houses. I know I seriously considered spending my Halloween driving around Pecan Grove Plantation and seeing what I could see. It was definitely awesome to see specific street names, and I live near Gessner and Braeswood, so it made it hit home even more.

Once again, excellent job, Eric, and best wishes!

9:14 PM  
Blogger BumblebeeZ3 said...

So, are these comments really real, or all just a part of the intrigueing mystery?
Thats why I'm posting a comment after having gone to the trouble to sign up.
If I can truly post that'll answer my skepticism to a degree.

of course he/you could just be tossing in made up stuff with the ghost accounts in with real comments...
gah!
found this thing from a link in a post by del on the forum at http://www.toymania.com

10:21 PM  
Blogger brandon said...

first off, I would like to say that this was an amazing story, an incredible idea, and well executed. Secondly I would like to state that this should never be turned into a movie, "gasp" i know " heres why:
1. by default movies aren't scary, why? because they are movies, they were produced, they aren't reality and everyone above a certian age understands this...that would detract an incredible amount of validity that i felt reading this story.
2. it would be really hard to pull off this story in a movie format, it is based on disinformation and the medium used. it would not work as a movie

I know alot of you will think that this was a bad comment or rude or something along those lines, but I think that the story was absolutely amazing, and any person i tell about this i just say, "hey! i found this creepy thing...." or "check out this website, i can't tell if it's a joke or not"....that way it sets the mood for the whole thing...i suggest you all try the same, because that made my night reading this much much more rewarding =P

1:06 AM  
Blogger Kismet said...

This was a great story. Completely freaked me out to the point that I felt it neccesary to share the story with my Mother who also got freaked out. I have to admit I was greatfully relieved to found out it was just a story. hehe. Wimp I know. I too signed up on blogger just to post to you, Eric. I'm not sure how this would go over as a movie but if you do get it out there, I'll check it out "to see if it's better than the 'book'"! At any rate I hope something good comes of this for you.
I also think that you have such a following here that you should keep this blog open to post your real updates on getting your work out there. Let us know when new things come about for you. Please do. Thanks for trying the net out on your story.

1:47 AM  
Blogger KLCtheBookWorm said...

I came in late and got to read through everything. I also already had a Blogger account. :D

This is the finest example of hyperfiction I have ever found. I think the only thing that you could add now, would be the low res picture that was taken with the camera phone.

Good luck with the producers. And the movie version should keep the Internet/cell phone connection. Not sure how, but it should be there.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

This was a great story. I love stuff like this. I heard about it over on forum.rpg.net, so I knew it was fiction from the beginning. Still creepy and well done. I like how the Evil is pulling more and more people in. One question I have... whatever happened to the dog that Andrew was also watching?

Good luck with the movie deal, sooo envious of that. A great idea and you deserve all you can get from it. Godspeed!

Oh yeah, I already had a blogger account. ;-p

10:45 AM  
Blogger EccoTheSecond said...

Yet again, I am one of the many who made a name on Blogger merely to comment here and help your chances at getting a movie out of this! All I have to say is 'Oh My GAWD.' I found this from a friend's livejournal and when I starting reading it, I had no idea it was a work of fiction. I absolutely hate horror movies, books, any medium. I am very easily scared. But anything that fools with your mind like this just draws me in. When I found it, it was already over and I'm glad it was.. or I would have spent many nights not being able to sleep! I want to see this continued! What happens to Eric in the house?? I also want to see some of your other works.. you are a fantastic author! I give you a standing ovation! Since, I have posted links to the Dionaea House everywhere I can to get more people into it and freaked out several other people. Someone mentioned that they didn't find it from the beginning site (Mark's e-mails) but found it through Dani's livejournal. I think that would have been even more intersting because it would be more like a wild goose chase and I would have felt like I was discovering these connections myself. Once again, fantastic job Eric! Please let us know what comes of this or about any future works!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Tifaria said...

I too created an account solely to comment on this.

I just want you to know that I read this over a week ago and I STILL can't sleep properly. Normally I have no problems staying up on my computer into the wee hours of the morning, but the room is set up so that my back is to a darkened hallway, and it has never bothered me until now. Every door I pass at night freaks me out, whether it's open or closed. I'm starting to worry that a second story will spontaneously appear in the house. Thinking about what happened to Mark and Eric and Jen makes my head hurt and scares me even more in the process.

I've dabbled in some writing myself, but never any kind of thriller/horror story. This was so well done.. I was honestly fooled at the beginning. Dani's LJ sent shivers up my spine, especially that last entry. I just.. don't even know how to articulate my appreciation for this. I should probably be upset because I still can't sleep, but I have to praise your ability to make me scared of something that I know is not real. Good luck with the movie! I don't usually watch many scary movies because I'm a complete weenie, but I'll probably watch this one, and I'll probably be scared senseless again by it. And I'm okay with that.

6:45 PM  
Blogger meghan said...

wow. this was so well done. i must admit that when my friend sent me the link to it i was like "wtf, mate?" but after reading a few entries, i was stuck like a fly in a venus fly trap (i'm so clever =P) good job, man. can't wait to see the film.

meghan

9:43 PM  
Blogger Nhari said...

Eric, I loved it. Wonderfully done, although I have not had the strong fear reactions of some. Creepy-horror that draws you in so slowly is underrated in America. Not as fond of slasher-horror, the sort that any unbalanced person could pull off.

The format was... amazing. By the third or forth email entry, I was thinking what a great story this would make... not realizing it already WAS a story! (laughs at herself) I wasn't warned. And one of the things I enjoy about myself is being able to "fall into" a story and believe it for the time I'm reading it.

Oh, the Venus Flytrap connection...! MAN, that was a wonderful connection. And the dirty pickup truck, and the way the houses were all the same... So many things I adored about this work. I enjoy writing and drawing very much myself, and look forward to reading more of your work. Or seeing films you've had a hand in!

I think this could be done on film, if you have the right director/producer working on it. I can also see it as a play, done mostly, if not completely, by only two people, and only rarely having both on stage at the same time. The two men; they only sometimes exchanged info; usually it was just Mark talking in the emails. Then it was Eric doing all of the "follow up" posts as more info "came in". I could really see this done as a play... And as a play, you could more directly show all the scenes if you chose, of course. More players and all.

So very cool, and thanks for all the effort you put into this!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Skylemandia said...

And now you can add yet another to the list of people who created a blog because of this story. Eric, it is amazing. I am difficult to scare or creep out, and this story had me giddy. I want to know how it ends. I want to know what the deal was with the Ellison family and there computers - do they "work" for the house? Were they studying it?
You can also add me to the list of people who want to see the house. I took my "nephew" trick or treating this year and I found myself studying the houses as we went past them. I know that it is all fiction but it's such good fiction. I haven't read House of Leaves (though it is now on my list of books to find) but I grew up on things like Lovecraft's Cthulu Mythos. This is excellent cerebral horror. It sticks in your head.
Good luck to you Eric, I hope this becomes a movie. I want to see it.
*Tips hat*
Barvo!

5:30 AM  
Blogger Max said...

I was hooked just on the idea of reading somebody's last few emails. And the frantic sounding text messages at the end was the perfect cap for that.

The problem I had was that I really had to make an effort to suspend disbelief because the base web-site is so slick! Someone who just dumped his friend's emails on the web wouldn't have photoshopped a title for it.

I understand in the long run you need to have those pages copyrighted, but it would be much creepier if it looked like a template from your job, like a company header and some broken links or something. Something that looks like you were doing it at work in just a couple minutes. Since most people don't know what dionaea is, the url doesn't matter as much, though it would have been fine to use a free webhost like geocities or something, the way you used the weblogs.

The blogs were fantastic! And that well-timed reminder to read them from bottom to top was really important.

Anyway, it was really cool work. I sent the link to a bunch of friends, and I don't do that very often. It's kept me thinking and inspired a few creative ideas of my own. I hope to see more!

btw, I also found this through queenofwands.net.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Sa said...

Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is a case of horror and suspense for the new generation where the turning of pages by dim candlelight on a dark and stormy night, has been replaced by the faint click of the mouse button through the glow of one's monitor within the confines of cubicle hell called corporate America.

Eric, kudos for a most excellent and immersive read, unlike anything I have delved into on the net thus far. To say it hooks you, is a definite understatement. It more likely snares you in a constricting net via a spring trap and squeezes every ounce of muchisimo out of you, until the hairs on the back of your neck begin to stand on edge, and your heart rate elevates.

If there is a studio willing to make this into some kind of movie, then I am a willing movie-goer!

Please....write more regardless of the time of year.

---Absintheur

11:34 AM  
Blogger kizzy said...

oh. my. god. I sat enraptured for over an hour. I wanted to think that it was fiction, but part of me wanted to almost believe that it wasn't.

It had perfect timing. Perfect pace, and the inevitable hook - it really sucked me in. Thanks!

wow - we'll be seeing this one in theaters. Hopefully soon.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Doran_Conall said...

I'm one of the many that has created an account to comment on your story. I too found it at Queen of Wands. After reading the first few lines i was completely drawn in, and thought it was a true story. I still do, better safe than sorry. It reminded me about House of Leaves almost immedietly. A book i love and hate, which still haunts me. Now your story shares that same honor. I may be gullible, but you gotta believe in somethings. Thank you Eric for sharing your magnificent story with the world.

12:34 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Eric, one more sucker who created an account just to comment. I gotta tell you, this kept me hooked to the end. My friend Jenny (coincidence?) sent me the link to this, and we both IMed back and forth commenting on it. We're from SoCal, and I know LA like the back of my hand. We were actually getting ready to scour the streets of LA in the neighborhood you described, just to look for the house! Excellent read. Creeped out a couple friends of mine too!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

to Eric:

I tip my hat to you. Completely. As an avid reader of all kinds of writing, books and such, I've just got to say...WOW. Everything was perfect, the pace, the writing, the suspense. Beautiful. Great work, and even though it may be a little difficult to incorporate this into a movie, i wish you luck. better yet, write a novel instead. I'd be first in line to buy it, as with movie tickets when DionaeaHouse comes out :)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Ian Jenkins said...

GOOD GOD.

I swear, you're a genius. You had me hooked, and I was this close to posting, "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T DO IT!!! PLEASE!!!"

Then I saw it was a story. Damn, man... you're good.

4:52 PM  
Blogger slh said...

the door is open

come inside.....

6:56 PM  
Blogger yawn said...

Yawn.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

If you'd like to receive periodic updates about this project as it evolves, I've created a Yahoo! email group for just that purpose. It's an email subscription group. More news may be forthcoming as soon as next week (11/8).

Thanks again for the support. It's made a huge difference. I'll post this on the Afterword as well.
- Eric

11:12 PM  
Blogger Czeltic Girl said...

Wow. Kudos, Eric. I came late to the party, but have been following the story for a couple of days now. Really enjoyed the read. Hope to see more from you. Good luck with the film.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Kielle said...

Eric,

Have you considered an LJ community in addition to/instead of a Yahoogroup? A lot of people no longer use Yahoo for interactive forums. I admit I'm tempted to set one up myself, but I defer to you as the owner/creator. :)

5:35 PM  
Blogger KT said...

Excellent story. Very spooky.

6:41 AM  
Blogger wieayb said...

*applauds*

Awesome. Just awesome. I got the feeling it was fictional after the first few Mark emails, but I kept reading nonetheless and I'm definitely going to recommend the site to friends.

Have you considered publishing it as a novel? The story reminds me a lot of a modern version of Dracula, in terms of narrative style - emails and blogs instead of letters and diaries.

Anyway, I'd certainly go see the movie of this, though I'd be worried that it couldn't do justice to the online story...

3:51 PM  
Blogger ichiban_gthumb said...

Eric -- glad to hear back from you! I never imagined you would have the time to answer fan-mail. I thought I should move it over to your blog since that was what everyone else was doing. Hey, I got the gift (package?) -- thanks! Does everyone get one of these? ...I have to be honest though, my neighbors !@#$ dog must have gotten to it before I picked it up off the porch, because the side is all torn out and the package was empty. Sorry! I hope it wasn't expensive. So what was it, cookies? Thanks anyway! - ichi

9:02 AM  
Blogger Cindrew said...

I think that if you want to do a movie you have to Blair Witch it, because the joy of you current medium is the ease with which the reader can suspend disbelief, and that doesn't transfer well to the big screen. As a play, as one comentator suggested, I think that Mark should never even appear--just be the person leaving the breadcrumbs that our intrepid hero is following.

As a book I also worry that you wouldn't be able to preserve the not sure of the source feel. I think that it's brilliant how you began the posting of the e-mails by seemingly addressing the friends of Mark, thus leading your readers to feel like outsiders to something real, which would be hard to do with a glossy cover on it all.

But having said all this, I fully support you finding someway to make money off of this, as you clearly deserve it for have brought so much joy--or fear--to so many people. And if nothing else, this is an affirmation of how fabulous your writing is and you should keep it up.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Daft said...

Whoa, this was just amazing! I got to all of this through a short entry made on a friend's livejournal, and I couldn't help but read it all in a day(yes, I'm yet another late reader), and I only recently finished it.

And I'm still shaking! It could be because at the way my computer is, I can look out a tiny window to the backyard, which is pitch black, I can look to my right and that's where my front door is, and behind me are very dark hallways. It's such an amazing story!

I would gladly dish out money to see this as either movie or, noted above, as a play of some kind. I would just hope the movie would do justice to this fantastic bit of writing!

Now, I have to go watch something vaguely Disney related, so I can stop shaking. Keep up the good work!

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good God.
That was AMAZING.
I'm not easily shaken. But that rocked the foundations of my being.

Rock on.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew it was a story from the get-go, however I completely enjoyed it. One of my friends was completely freaked out after reading this story. He has a friend named Andrew who your story reminded him of.

I really hope this gets made into a movie. I'd even be willing to put some of my own money into backing it to ensure it happens. I'd love to see this on the big screen :)

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity, where you originally saw the man, Olympic St. near LA I believe it was? Well, was that the Olympic St in Simi Valley, because that's the street I live on.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was too lazy to create an account, so i'm posting anonymously... i hate Hate HATE ghost stories, scary movies, and all things connected because i'm a wimp and get scared easily. a friend sent me the link to eric's website, and i started with mark's e-mails thinking that it could be real. then after awhile, i started waiting for the creepy picture to pop up and scare the crap out of me. still, i couldn't stop reading. i was completely skeptical about how "real" it could be, but i didn't want to ruin it by googling either. so i kept reading. this was just an absolutely fantastic read, and i'm super impressed eric. even though i probably won't sleep well tonight. i may be late in the game, but the read was well worth it. and using the internet to tell it is such a unique medium - something that couldn't have been done ten years ago. this was a truly awesome experience, and good luck in the future! (and thanks for the nightmares that i'm sure i'll be having) :D

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric, that was FANTASTIC. Forget the nay-sayers, I really liked how you tied things together, including the nose-plugs and scissors. As for allusions to "The Blair Witch", I understand that this was a "pencil test" for a script you have, and suggest you leave it at that. The guys that did "Blair Witch" released TOO MUCH on the Web before the movie opened so that I wasn't really shocked by anything. Nor was I scared, where if I didn't know all the details of things beforehand, I likely would have been. Best to you and I hope this becomes a feature!

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question is, who opened the door, and from which side. Ours or its?

This story is a classic, and was puled off so well. Man, if I could write like that.

http://angrychineseblogger.blog-city.com

2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was given the link to this story just a few days before it was completed, and even though I was told it was just a story, I still found myself terrified and wondering. I also shall never play Red Rover again. I love the intellectual horror, and the venus flytrap image. I hope very much to see this in theatres soon! Thank you for sharing this with all of us.
-Lisette

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flesh puppet...

4:18 PM  
Blogger Marshall01 said...

or perhaps even a myspace group? i know a lot of people use it and id definitely be a aprt of it if there was one.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Wow... this story had me going til I read the confession.

It was extremely eerie for me, and that's partly because I had a friend named Andrew who played the same role in my pack of friends to the T. That thing about how he played Temco Bowl on Nintendo and wasn't good at it? Insane... that's precisely what this guy did. He even had the messy hair.

Now I'm sitting here, running it through my head with my group being involved instead... damn... even though I know it's fake, it's going to have me up all night.

Two side notes. One, I'm another one of those people who registered just to post here. And 'Mark''s last text message coming in at 5:77 pm... holy shit man, I don't know why but that was the creepiest part for me.

This story was amazing. Thank you.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only say holy sh*t... that was some creepy stuff, and I just spent about half an hour reading it all... ya better let us know how it turns out.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could talk to you over the internet, I would love to find out how you came up with this idea!! It is fake right??? If so you did a marvalous job with it! the text messages, the emails, the detail! It was creepy and a eye catcher. No way I could have possibly guest it was fake. But if it wasnt, then i really am interested. My name is Tori and you can send or leave me message at BearSn6@aol.com, I dont care if everyone here knows my email or such..I get spam blocker. Anyway if i dont here from you, then i figured you just didnt want to write me, its alright. Anyway..WONDERFUL job indeed!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Awsome!
My Boyfriend passed this to me knowing how I am interested in the whole ghost thing and haunted houses. I really enjoyed your story and was completely drown in by it.
Congrats on such a great story, and good luck on the movie thing, it will be quite interesting.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Artemis said...

Shit.
That was one hell of a story. Seemed almost real. Freaky, to say the least. Loved it.
May the road rise to meet you!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*stare* It was all fiction? Wow. I am just... wow. *jumps up* I WANT MORE! WRITE MORE! AND MORE! That was the single most creepiest thing. Wow. I want to have your love child now, I swear. O_O I am soo amazed. Everything fit so nicely together. Whoa. Wow. Thank you.

*loves*
Carly

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, as a fellow writer and an easy-to-scare guy, I must say that your goal was very well reached here. Right now I'm using my head and hands simultaneously, to type and look about the place. It's wonderful that I did this on a long weekend or it might be harder . . .

Unfortunately there's one problem, which is that I've heard of this kind of thing before. Again, as a fellow writer, I realize that it's been done before, but I mean that I know OF it.

I see ghosts.

Sounds really crazy, but in my culture this is not new. I see ghosts; spirits; wraiths. Perhaps more than anything this was what scared me about your story.

Good job, anyway, and I hope it sells well.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Kei said...

I couldn't sleep for a LONG time, but it's a really effin good story. Really, REALLY good. I was telling people all about it and I said, always, "I don't know if it's a hoax."
And it's the greatest scary story ever. Ah, now I can sleep.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another too lazy to create an account for this.

Great story!! I'm another fan of horror/mystery/suspense novels and this definately held my attention. I had seen it back around October 15th or so and then finally came back to see how it was going. I spent a lot of time flip-flopping over whether or not it could be real or not.

In regards to the movie and how to "keep the flavor" per se, I would recommend having the main character act it out precisely as you have in the story. Have him read/send e-mail, have him receive cell phone pages and texts, etc. Of course, in a movie, you could take the liberties of actually seeing a picture of the house, seeing the the "sweatsuit guy" and the pick-up truck. I think it could really work.

Best wishes to you and your future endeavors, this was excellent.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy shit dude,wow, thats all i have to say

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well maybe not, you have to make a movie, it's gonna be fucking crazy, so good luck

5:27 PM  
Blogger Banrion said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://darkspectre.livejournal.com (I'm not Anonymous, I just don't have a blogspot journal... Only an LJ)

OMFG! I thought it was real... A friend on LJ posted it in her blog, and I was curious and read the whole thing... I'm supposed to be listening to a lecture at class right now, but shit, I was too intrigued with your story that I kept reading...

You fooled me! I hate you! Hate, hate, hate! Nah not really, but a part of me realllllllllly wished that the story was real. I live about 30 min from LA and close to the 405, so needless to say, my eyes were glued to the screen the whole time, wanting to find out more info and where I could find this house in SoCal!

Your a genius! An inspiration to a fellow horror/suspense writer like myself. And for that, I bow down to you. F'ng awesome to actually have this on the net! So many hoaxes and whatnot are all over the place, but there are also a lot of dedication pages to those who have passed on, or are missing. So having read your first page, I swore this was real... and a dedication page to a missing friend. But the more scarier the story got, the more hooked and freaked out I became!

It's going to be tricky to make a movie out of this, but man! I'll be there on opening night! Might I suggest making it into a book? But then, who'd be tricked into thinking it was real... That's why having this on the net was really clever!

Your my hero! Haven't been that creeped out in the longest time, and I'm a big fan of horror!

Care to go ghost hunting with me one day?

7:27 PM  
Blogger Moghendhim said...

An excellent story. Although, I must admit, I took it for a Delphi-game, at first -- a game in which only the player doesn't know the game isn't real. It's a great setup for one...

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was soooo into this. i thought it might be just a story but i was really interested to see just how deep the rabbit hole went.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I enjoyed this story (I really did) I think maybe some constructive criticism might be of some use. I'm not sure exactly how you intend on making this into a movie and whether it will involve the email/text messaging/blog/lj mediums. But I give you a comment I made to my friend as I was reading through the story.

"hm... in terms of the plot itself, it seems pretty believable until you find out the whole business of the house (via dani's lj) and what not. then you're just like 'ok, this is some kinda crap horror story' (well, some people like those stories, i'm just not a big fan of wierd horror like this... like the ring. the whole idea of being creeped out even though it's entirely unbelievable... i dunno. just not a fan. i prefer horror like... saw. it's creepy cause theoretically, it COULD happen. it's not likely, but it's possible. anyway. that's my tangent on horror stories.)
in terms of the style of writing... i dunno. i guess it's hard to separate the writing from the medium, but if i were reading those as emails sent to me, i would think that something was off. people don't really write emails like that. it's too one-sided. i realize that he tried to make it less so by adding in the reply things, but there's too much 'story-telling' and not enough reminiscing to make it believable.
and then of course there's the fact that all of the ljs were created around the same time and lasted for only a month or so. and of course that's entirely separate from the quality of writing, but as a reader, it's kinda hard to separate the message from the medium. so it's complicated.
it's pretty cool though. i think it's one of the best email/correspondance/lj stories i've read thus far.
i think this form of writing is still being perfected. people are still working on it to make it as believable as possible. it's a difficult medium to work with i find. but this one is by far the best i've seen.
thanks for sharing it! i'm still trying to see how far it goes... that's another thing i like about this. it's more elaborate than most. there's about 4 or 5 separate pages for it. very interesting."

I don't quite understand how some people can be confused as to whether or not this is real. But the fact that they are is a testament to your ability as a writer. I must say you did a very good job. But like I said, it's a medium of writing that is still being perfected and I don't think we've reached that level yet.

I wish you luck with the movies. Any chance you might post ideas on how you're going to adapt the story for film? I think it would be very interesting to see that process.

Cheers,
Charlotte L.
Hamilton, ON. Canada

5:27 PM  
Blogger Banrion said...

Hey man,

I seen that you removed my last post. I'm not sure why. Sorry if I offended in any way. Just wanted to let you know I'm a fan of the story.

~Banrion

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering if andrew killed mom & stepdad?
and why didin't mom $ stepdad live together?
(or did i just read too fast & miss that part?)

anyway... Thjis was great, I also googled to see if it was real or not.
Please please keep writing, you are amazing!!!!!!

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. This scared the hell outta me well done! I thought it was all real, you're a brilliant writer, I hope ti all goes well and you get to put it on film! I will so go and see it!

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was sent to me from a friend just two days ago, so I read it all in one sitting. I was told, "hey, here's a great haunted house story," so I thought it was fake, but within the first two paragraphs you already had me fooled. I thought it was real and I couldn't put it down. I usually laugh at horror movies because they're unrealistic monster stuff, but you backed the theories up well, and I believed it could be possible. Great Job! and as far as the movie deal goes, Break A Leg. I'm looking out for it. And I'm sending this to everyone I know.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great story, really freaked me out. theirs just one thing, mark whent in the house in the 21st, but danni found the keys on the 14th. anywais, a movie would be great!I would definately see it.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh, damn, wow. This is cruel, to a level beyond anything else. I'm getting freaked out with my house, just because of this. I didn't know about the comments, so I just read up to teh Oct 31st, and started Googling everything I could think of, but didn't find much. Hell, you rock. I don't know how you're going to make a movie of this, but if you do, I'm there. Count on it ;)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. Just, awesome. I'm a horror fanatic, but what I really enjoy is not gore and all that, but something that can genuinely creep you out. You pulled that off beautifully. Because it's not what you see, it's not the details you get, it's the details you don't get. It's those missing spots in between that we as readers get to fill in and wonder about. As a writer myself, I have to say gorgeous job. Amazing.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Zerinity said...

I just wanted to say that you are a genius. I hope like hell we get a movie out of this and you keep us all on our toes for a long time.
Brillance is hard to come by in this day and age, so many people are remaking others work, while this may be remiunisant of House of Leaves, This stands on its OWN

GOOD GOD! Please .. never stop ... brillance is beauty. You are stunning!!!!

Nastassia

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job, I've seen many stories like this idea of the house or some other thing eating people like this, but yours had the idea that it was real with the emails and text messages. It would be hard to make this documentary style but if you could I believe that it would be the best. It could have been a little better if you fine tuned some of the things but otherwise its great. I already know you won't read this, there are way to many comments already. I read half of the comments myself and just gave up. Im 15 and in highschool and right now I'm writing it down in my journal for english to see if I can scare the teacher. Don't worry Im not stealing your work, Im saying its a story thats suppossed to be true story that a friend told me about on the internet. Anyways Eric if you ever decide to do this again just contact me at twix19892004@yahoo.com(like I care about spammers), Id love to help out and maybe then you would have some different writing styles and it would look different and more believable. Hope I get a email yet I really doubt it.

Later,
Patrick

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOUSE OF LEAVES
HOUSE OF LEAVES
HOUSE OF LEAVES
HOUSE OF LEAVES

- Z

12:49 PM  
Blogger Wikie said...

I'm now depressed...I thought it was real...:(

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post was eaten by the house!

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like wow man!!!!!
I know this has come somewhat after the fact, but thAt has to have been one of the best pieces i have read in the last couple of years!!!
and to put that comment in perspective i read something along the line of 5 to 8 books a week on average ( and i mean real books 800 pages plus).

Best of luck getting this into big/small-screen format, i'll be hanging out for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to be honest i didn't catch on to the fact that it was fiction until the text message with the word "something" appeared as it was spelt "soemthing" a type only possible on a keyboard

but yeah...
MORE!! PLease...

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but that is really fuckin weird and freaky.. ive been following up and read the webpage and something isnt right that i dont get.. something must of been in that bookbag.. someone must've came into the house that didnt live there. somethings wrong. And i dont know if you know "Ohdanigirl" but what she posted stroke me very odd.. i dont know if she posted it to be funny or if you guys know her but i dont know im not tryying to be mean but remember Mark had stated that he was mumbling "the door is open" well what"ohdanigirl" posted just stroke me what she said.. Respond back
---Rachael

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This... is shockingly beautiful in the way only a fabulous horror story can be. I'm immune to horror tales now (though not to horror pictures, I admit. Such as the creepy girl from the ring) and I end up laughing when the characters are screaming and bleeding.

But this... this is a whole new GENRE in it's self! It's a REAL story! (I know it isn't true, of course). You are an amazing author. As a book lover, I think you could get this published, EASY.
As for a movie, go for it, man! This is a thing of beauty!

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite the striking similarity to House of Leaves, Dionaea House holds its own and bares no comparison. This some of the best stuff I've read in years.

Brian

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so,so,so incredible. It's probably the most fascinating thing I've ever read in my life. Please, please, please...do something with this! Genius. Pure genius. I worship you.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story works not because it's cookie-cutter horror, but because it's masterfully paced suspense. That's the ticket. Mysteriousness and foreboding atmosphere affect the mind in ways that cheap chainsaw-wielding-maniac knockoffs never could. If you can translate the feel of that written word to a visual (and it's certainly possible, "Psycho" anyone?), then this should be a hit no matter what medium the finished work ends up in.

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right...........venus flytrap house.........

FUCKING COOL! God damn my stupid brain, I probably should have seen something, obvious in how this ended on October 31st.....

Either way - GAH! DAMN YOU ALL THE KICKASSNESS OF YOUR VENUS FLYTRAP HOUSE! *SHAKES*

You all scared the crap out of me! Blah! Damn! Coolness!

Clearly, I don't know WHAT to say except - WAUGH!

You all get props, followed by shakings, followed by cookiees. Immense love from the me! Awesome story all!

Zippy~*~

8:08 PM  
Blogger Zan said...

You really had me thinking it was real. Although I consumed all of the story in 1 night, I still feel like a part of me is gone. You know? I felt like I was attached to something. Yet, it was false. Kind of dissapointing. All in all, you are brilliant.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this story works on so many levels for different people b/c we all had this one house that we lived near that we thought was haunted. I mean back in... 1995 I think it was, me and a bunch of friends had the erriest feeling about this one place that the lights would flick on and off, and the blinds would open and close all by them selves. And its not just that we thouht no one lived there it was the fact that we KNEW no one lived there. But all in all this was a great story, but i dont think it could make it as a movie.

-Mitchell Wodz

10:07 AM  
Blogger Xceros said...

Wow.. just wow. awesome story! some things gave it away as being a work of fiction (the way the 16yr old girl wrote, the way "the door is opened" appeared on the cell, etc.), but this was an AWESOME story, which had me devouring it, and reading it all in one go. awesome, couldnt stop reading, which is very rare for me. however, if this was ever made into the film, just a bit of helpful critism, i wouldnt leave the string incident in the movie, simply because it takes away from the realism of the story. other than that, awesome job! i hope to read more of your work in the future :)

6:19 AM  
Blogger Cath said...

Sadly I found this (via delphi) at the end rather then the beginning but that didn't really impact my enjoyment of a good scary yarn. Superb story and good luck making the transition to film - it's certainly something I'd pay to see :)

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An excellent story.

I think one aspect of it that you could have played up was the idea that once you know about the house you'll end up being consumed by it - that's an audience-involvement aspect that could really have freaked people out more - because you could have implied that they were now in trouble themselves just because they had read your story.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know if you have ever heard of Robert Heinlein, but he wrote science fiction stories like this I think you might like. Anyway, good story, I was looking things up on google the whole time i was reading so i knew it was fake but i still read all the way to the end. I guess that means it worked

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Eric
I'm a huge believer in all things freaky, and theres' only ever 3 things that have deprived me of sleep in my whole life.
The Ring, The Grudge, and The Dionaea House! Holy sh*t dude you fully had me sleeping with the lights on.
My mate passed on the link to our group of friends a few days ago - and in a way, I was disappointed to find out it was a story. Only because I love the adrenaline of being absolutely freaked out!
Anyways, that was awesome, you are a legend, rock on.
- JB

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really loved this, I went in thinking it was real, then I realized it couldnt be, but I still wondered and I couldnt sleep last night! Excellent!

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very impressed by your story. It reminds me a bit of "Dracula", (the original book), the way it's written in notes and journal entries. It's extrodinariy well written, also. The way people speak in it, and the motivations of everyone involved, are very believable, which puts head and shoulders above 99% of all the horror work ever done (where common sense seems to take a back seat to gore). The one thing I would do, knowing what "you" know in the story, is set fire to the house. Is there some reason that wouldn't work? And if if someone were to do that, what would happen to the houses it was connected with? Or are they all one house in a sort of multi-dimensional space? Anyway, I hope to see more out of you. Good luck on a movie deal.

-Derek Rich

www.geocities.com/songokuss3 if you like anime or cosplay, or just give a damn who I am.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im too lazy to create an account for this.But im Betty.

Now,I read this,And thought the whole thing was real!I had no idea it was a story untill I read the comments on this page.
And you know what,Eric,I hate you so much right now.Since I read this just today (december,17),And saw the last date of all this,I was worried like hell.I was wondering if you all died or something.

Awsome job man,Very realistic and scary.I love you aswll.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude. Friggin. Sweet.

I usually hate horror movies because they are usually stupid. I only get frightened by them because of cheap "BOO!" jump-out-of-the-screen-with-a-meat-cleaver shots, and otherwise I laugh at them.

But not here. I was so enthralled by this story I didn't even think about Googling it. I read to the end and was halfway-scared outta my boxers before I realized that a certain comment had a buttload of commenmts tagged to it.

And it got freakier for a second because of your artfully positioned girlfriend and house comments to the journal page. But then you confessed, and my heart finally remembered how to beat again. Ha!

THAT WAS FRIGGIN' AWESOME!!!

Nice job on the multiple-site multiple-account legwork you did to give it a solid feel, good luck on future projects, my friend... and I hope my writing can be half as strong as this.

-- Congrats, Ken.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Haleigh said...

Eric,
I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your story. I grabbed my sister into my room right as I began reading, "Hey, look at this." We read and studied it for hours! The way you write is absolutely terrifying. I must say, with the imagination I have, I believed it all the way! I was so fascinated with how well written it was, when I found out it was just a story I wasn't at all disappointed; it was more than worth the read. I wish you lots of luck with the movie, you deserve every bit of all this publicity, sheer brilliance.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW i totally and uterally thought it was real! i had my friends checking to see if it was real and everything. man you scared the living daylights outta me!! >_<

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! This is a cool story. I wish I had been in on it while you were telling it.

Doreen

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as horrible as it sounds. I wanted it to be real so bad. even if it meant your friend dying. people disappearing....Part of me wanted it all to be true...I am an independent Filmaker as well. So I definatly respect what you've doen here.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was absolutely one of the best pieces I have ever had the pleasure of getting sucked into. I started reading the website at about midnight. I didn't stop reading until I had digested the entirety of the webpage, blog, and the final few "comments" at about 1:30 AM. Then I went back and read the whole thing again. I LOVED how the story jumped from one medium to another. My favorite part: seeing Eric's final few text messages. I was completely creeped out by them, even on my second pass thru the material (just to make sure I hadn't missed anything). Dude! I'm a 26-year old hardened horror buff, and NOTHING has affected me this much in a long time. This was the first good piece I've read in which the characters used phones and the internet in a REALISTIC way, which is probably why it affected me so much; it hit close to home. Good luck in your writing/directing career!

Regards,
Andrew Farmer
Charlotte, NC
(I don't have a blog on this site...thus the anonymous post... :) )

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an anonymous coward, yes it's true. (My name's Veronika, not like that will help, eh?) As with others, I was pointed here by Ms. Aeire (Queen of Wands).

Eric, I just thought you'd like to hear that you've reached an audience in Russia; I was born in Chicago and lived most of my life in Phoenix (AZ) and San Diego, but my family is Russian (parents defected from USSR in the mid-70's, right before I was born) and I'm currently in Moskva (Moscow to you heathen westerners :P).

This is truly a great story. I should have realized it was fiction by how it's adverted on QOW ("creepy and cool story") but I didn't; even when the weirder stuff happened I was more than half convinced it was real, and it took you specifically saying that it's fiction for me to be able to tell myself that my apartment won't eat me! :)

I do have to agree with others that this probably won't do well on film *AS IS*, but then, you probably have something else entirely for the script, yes? On the other hand, this *might* do good, as is, as a webcomic. Just a thought, but if I were you, I'd hire a cartoonist...

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Eric.
I am posting anonymously because I don't leaving a 'paper trail' for my friends to find. They are pretty good with computers (hell, all of us are; guess that comes with an MCSE and a CCNA).

Anyway, amazing story. Email me sometime, I want to see some of your other work, writer to writer. Simply amazing. merlyn2day@hotmail.com

I do have to say a few things on the realism though. As a practicing Occultist and an armchair/undergrad Anthropologist, these kinds of stories are not new. Nor are they considered stories in some instances. Case in point, the house that burnt down in Huntington Beach. The one that was across the street from the police department. It's an elderly condo lot now, but whatever lived there in the house hasn't left. And you can feel it.

Spirits, ghosts, specters, wraiths...they are all real. To a degree, anyway. I don't know if they are the shadowy reflections of the spirits of the dead, or if they are subconcious ways to "fill in the gaps" when something odd happens. Plenty of weird things happen every day that modern science cannot explain, like magnetism. I beleive that somewhere in the world there is a house, like your house, only smarter. It wouldn't let on to itself so easily. Mankind is the trump card to a house like that, but then again, we have forgotten our hidden knowledges.

I suggest that those that are affraid try taking a wooden disk and cutting a pentagram in one side (circle and all) and a seal of solomon (star of david) on the other side, and wearing it around your neck. It is best made from hawthorn or blackthorn, but oak or elder work well too.

Again, amazing narative. I hope the stories keep coming. We all need some scary stuff sometimes to help grease the wheels in our tired minds, and the fear we get helps us cope with our petty horrors of car problems and broken bones. This is a service that we need and you have a gift, a gift of the Skald. Good luck with your tale spinning.

In Love and Light,
Kuroukaze, Daniel AM/S

1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone suggested I read through this. From the beginning I knew it was a work of fiction, but I must say it hit pretty close to home. I attended all of jr. high and high school in Boise, ID. The small detail of Boise that you included that many people probably wouldn't even consider made it seem so much more real to me.

Great idea. As someone said I sense bits of House of Leaves in here, but the medium is original and refreshing. I look forward to seeing movies from you someday. Whether or not they are of the horror/suspense genre your work seems to have ingenuity and I always enjoy that in films.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add one more to what is becoming a sort of petition. Fantastic story. Had me from the start: I knew it was a story, was reminded of House of Leaves, etc, but still found the unique presentation and restrained terror completelt absorbing. A moive of this would be tough, but I'll be seeing it, regardless...

11:51 PM  
Blogger fair_catch said...

Well done mate. I found this story from Queenofwands.net and on a whim read through all of it. A very interesting and new approach to fiction writing through the use of the new medium of the internet. I think it plays well with the idea of "what is real" these days and what we see... with anyone able to post on the internet, photoshop and digital cameras etc.

It reminds me very much of the japanese horror stories, like The Ring or The Grudge, while keeping a close tie to the traditional horror stories we all know and love.

This also has the great use of it being scarier because we can't 'see' anything. All of it happens 'offscreen'. Our minds and imaginations create the horror and terror.

I think that if this gets made into a movie (congratulations on the calls by the way) then it should be handled in a documentary style, to keep closer to the story-telling method you have with the internet. I don't know how you would transfer all of this to film, but I will leave that to you.

Good luck and I hope to find out what happens!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even after my at least fourth time reading this (yes, I have no life) and knowing that it's not real this freaks me out. Awesome job. You need to go back and explain more things, though, just so I have more weird stuff to read. ;P

7:55 PM  
Blogger BE said...

This was definitely an enjoyable story. My only problem with the medium was the txt messages. Who is going to sit there and txt about someone else being in the house and that they are getting out of there... I see the device you were going for, but it just didn't cut it. Maybe somehow make it that you were VoIP his phone calls and have logs of them and have them linked so people can hear them.
Otherwise, very nifty. Good luck with a movie!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see a place that says it is fiction.. I probably missed a post..
Wow.. all I can say is wow.. I was truly convinced this was real! Not only did I get all cold and my heart is racing but the hairs on my arms and back of my neck are standing up like crazy! ..
Such an amazing story.. still cannot truly believe it was just a story.. that was the most amazing thing I've read in awhile.. I normally don't like horror or anything really.. that's more my husbands thing.
but I like those.. psycholigical (sp?) thrillers.. and this is one like that..

Best of luck with the whole movie thing.. I would see it! even though I read the story.. this is totally great! ..
wow, I'm still freaked out.. I'm going to hoave nightmares and my poor husbands going to have to protect me from them! Heh. ^_^;;

Keep up the amazing work!

~Yuki

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we get an update?

2:21 PM  
Blogger hot soup girl said...

This was fun.

However, in terms of realism, the fact that Eric and Mark (and later, Jen as well) all speak in the same voice, somewhat took the shine off. They all sound the same: vocab, sentence structure, etc.

But otherwise, nice.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap dude! i loved that. every now and then i would look around waiting to see somethin pop up and scare the hell outa me. if this becomes a movie...i would get all my friends to c this. its so freakin awesome!
good luck w/ more producers and more updates!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, that was awesome, had me believing there for awhile that this was real. I grabbed this from some other site that posted it, saying gotta read this...and as I read it, loving horror movies/stories that I do, I am alone in my room, we had a front moving in right now so the wind is like cranked outside and the house, being 50 yrs old was creaking as i was reading this, I even started to get chill bumps and weird feelings. This is a movie I want to see, if it gets made. And having a child put into this script is perfect, cause, kids and horror make the eerie stories awesome. Like the recent ones that have come out, Darkness. I cant wait til the next one comes out that you may do.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You, sir, are a man composed of pure genious. I followed a link from Chris Whetstone's No 4th Wall, and was immediately drawn in to the story. I love it, and request- no,demand- a film.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I just...wow. That was really interesting and entertaining. I completely put aside everything I was doing and ignored everything going on to read that.


-Tim
From: Alabama

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVED this...
Kind of a Donny Darko kind of a feel...

-Dave

3:08 AM  
Blogger Rusti said...

This is the most amazing haunted-house-type story I have EVER read. I especially like your style of writing. keep it up!!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Argh. So long sleep. Stupid horror things = lack of sleep and coherency.

This is, however, full of awesome. Good luck with movie-type things!

Got the link through no4thwall.com

2:45 AM  
Blogger Dez said...

It all started innocently enough. It was Fatal Frame 2 for the Playstation 2. Then it grew from the franchise into an insatiable hunger for more: more survival horror, more horror suspense. The Ring came into my life, followed by The Eye and Ju-On. Ever since then, I have to be scared out of my wits every so often, and the degree to the fear has grown. I thought Ju-On was the scariest thing I'd ever seen (but The Grudge was terrible...I guess I'm addicted to strictly Japanese Horror ^^;;;). I was wrong. I'd just finished reading this and though I was even later than the rest of you in experiencing this, I have to say this makes Ju-On like cookies and cake. This haunted house story is probably the best I've ever read.

I hope nothing else will be this scary. I don't think my heart could take it. ^^ Brilliant work. Absolutely genius. Just look at the fanbase. I doubt any author has this big a fanbase this quickly. I look forward to your future work, even if it isn't horror. Perhaps you and Koji Suzuki could collaborate on a sailing novel? XD XD

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric.
I've never been been to this site. I stumbled onto your correspondence merely by an check of a web comic site which I've never even been to before.


I'm speechless.


I'm not one for scary things, but my eyes were starting to water up, for whatever reason, I was getting into the story so much. I just may have a hard time sleeping tonight...

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo, Eric, if that is truely your name. I loved this bit of fiction, it even made me doubt my preconceptions (what few I had) a time or two. I love things like this and I'm a big fan of House of Leaves (that book creeped me out so bad at one point). I hope furthur plans for this go through. Maybe not a movie, unless you got an excellent director, but I could definately see this as a book. Good luck.

~Vantina Su-Lee Snake

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn it! Curiosity and skepticism are what sucked me into this story (this can't be real...or is it?...nah, it's not real...what is this?!). I loved it! I've still got the gooseflesh to prove it. And, thank you, I'll be sleeping with the lights on tonight.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Phalkon13 said...

I have to say, I read this before work, and it kept me edgy throughout my shift. Showed my girlfriend tonight, and it freaked her out. Even if it's only fiction, it's an AWESOME piece of work! Bravo!!!

2:53 AM  

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