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On almost every street there is that one house with its story and secrets that everyone avoids. On this street the house was number 13. For two adventurous cousins, the reputation this house has acquired is based on rumor, and they're determined to find out if there is any truth in it. They decide to explore the house to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. As so On almost every street there is that one house with its story and secrets that everyone avoids. On this street the house was number 13. For two adventurous cousins, the reputation this house has acquired is based on rumor, and they're determined to find out if there is any truth in it. They decide to explore the house to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. As soon as they approach the house, they become aware of a menacing presence. Their plan was to spend the entire night in the house, but with each passing moment the house slowly comes alive as a cold terror creeps in. Will they make it through the night?


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On almost every street there is that one house with its story and secrets that everyone avoids. On this street the house was number 13. For two adventurous cousins, the reputation this house has acquired is based on rumor, and they're determined to find out if there is any truth in it. They decide to explore the house to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. As so On almost every street there is that one house with its story and secrets that everyone avoids. On this street the house was number 13. For two adventurous cousins, the reputation this house has acquired is based on rumor, and they're determined to find out if there is any truth in it. They decide to explore the house to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. As soon as they approach the house, they become aware of a menacing presence. Their plan was to spend the entire night in the house, but with each passing moment the house slowly comes alive as a cold terror creeps in. Will they make it through the night?

30 review for The Number of the House is 13: A Short Ghost Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Jett and Cody investigate a house of horror in the neighborhood. What happened to Mr Bishop after his jealous wife murdered his mistress? What do they come across in this haunted house? Very uncanny setting (the house and its staircase), interesting backstory (a diary) and unsettling action (noises and movements) in the Bishop House. Really enjoyed this compelling tale with its classic ending. Old fashioned, to the point horror for the quick thrill. Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    EDITED! I read this story on 9/21/14 and below is my original review. I gave it 3 stars. HOWEVER, on 9/23/14, I listened to a Librivox recording of The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood. I could not believe it. calling this a retelling would be a stretch considering the only thing changed was the characters. in Blackwood's story the characters are a guy & his Aunt Julia. this story, it's guy & his cousin. there is no way this story is just a coincidence. I checked the description of the story & EDITED! I read this story on 9/21/14 and below is my original review. I gave it 3 stars. HOWEVER, on 9/23/14, I listened to a Librivox recording of The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood. I could not believe it. calling this a retelling would be a stretch considering the only thing changed was the characters. in Blackwood's story the characters are a guy & his Aunt Julia. this story, it's guy & his cousin. there is no way this story is just a coincidence. I checked the description of the story & the copy I received and I could not find "inspired by, a retelling of", etc. acknowledging Blackwood's story. I'm very disappointed and I feel tricked. Just read Algernon Blackwood's version. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I liked this story! The atmosphere was good & spooky and the house was interesting. As with other short stories I've read, I wanted more back story (of the house). I loved all the descriptions and personifications! This is a great short story to read around Halloween season- which is when I read it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keep Calm Novel On

    I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review from the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal (LoP). The reader is drawn into the spooky short story immediately. The descriptive language sets the tone for the horror that is to come. Jett and his cousin, the narrator enters a house that is haunted according to all accounts. Upon opening the door of the house the reader feels their fear. The Number of the House is 13 would be a great read aloud short story at a Halloween party. The I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review from the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal (LoP). The reader is drawn into the spooky short story immediately. The descriptive language sets the tone for the horror that is to come. Jett and his cousin, the narrator enters a house that is haunted according to all accounts. Upon opening the door of the house the reader feels their fear. The Number of the House is 13 would be a great read aloud short story at a Halloween party. The listeners would be seated at the edge of their seats waiting for the next door to close. It is a spine-chilling read to say the least. Will this night be fatal?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    The Number of the House is 13 by T.R. Sutherland Two cousins decide to spend the night in the creepy house down the block that happens to be number 13. But they are in for a surprise, the house seems to come alive and they are in for the fright of a lifetime. A great spooky short story. I feel Y/A as well as adults will love this read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    This short story takes us into the world of a haunted house, where the shadows come to life and an unholy stench hits the human senses with a vengeance. It's a place I would dare not go. But two young lads go there indeed. The story is well written with good descriptions of events, however I was hungry for more ghostly happenings and more of the scare/chills factor than I got. I thunk more could be added to really make this story one to remember. What are the secrets the house holds that the lads This short story takes us into the world of a haunted house, where the shadows come to life and an unholy stench hits the human senses with a vengeance. It's a place I would dare not go. But two young lads go there indeed. The story is well written with good descriptions of events, however I was hungry for more ghostly happenings and more of the scare/chills factor than I got. I thunk more could be added to really make this story one to remember. What are the secrets the house holds that the lads discover? Overall it's an easy read, not terribly scary however in my opinion. I received a copy of this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review! many thanks.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Al

    I thought this short story started out well. A haunted house is a premise that’s been done before, which means originality is harder to find, yet it is also so well known that the setup is easy. This story started out feeling like one of those tall tales you might relate while sitting around a campfire late at night only with more detail and better descriptions. The narrator (who I don’t think was ever named) and his cousin, Jett, set off to explore the haunted house. The foundation was set, the I thought this short story started out well. A haunted house is a premise that’s been done before, which means originality is harder to find, yet it is also so well known that the setup is easy. This story started out feeling like one of those tall tales you might relate while sitting around a campfire late at night only with more detail and better descriptions. The narrator (who I don’t think was ever named) and his cousin, Jett, set off to explore the haunted house. The foundation was set, the tension was building, and then I started seeing holes in the story. A room was described as having thirteen walls, which set my mind off on a tangent, trying to picture how that could be and how plausible it was. One second it is so dark that Jett was groping in the dark, trying to find a candle that had gone out, and the next they’re able to see the detail of the candle well enough to see that it had been “stuffed out” with someone or something pushing the wick into the melted wax rather than blown out. Later they sense two “persons” (presumably ghosts) “with the slightest possible distance between them” go by, yet in the next breath the beings have changed directions with the follower “steadily getting closer.” (I thought they were just as close together as possible.) A ghost story, like any story containing things most of us are certain don’t exist, requires a reader to suspend disbelief. Usually I’m able. Here, with things I couldn’t picture and what seemed like one sentence contradicting the next, I wasn’t able. The story ends with the narrator making the statement that he wonders “what was reality and what was nervous delusion.” Unfortunately I was wondering the same thing, only way too early. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Jayne Briggs

    (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways). (This review may contain spoilers). This book was quite a short, easy read. I really liked the front cover of it and it was nice that the title of the book was taken from a quote one of the characters said in the book. I'd imagine it's quite hard to create a truly atmospheric story with a book of this length, but I felt the author did a really good job of that. There were some really quite creepy moments and although I woul (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways). (This review may contain spoilers). This book was quite a short, easy read. I really liked the front cover of it and it was nice that the title of the book was taken from a quote one of the characters said in the book. I'd imagine it's quite hard to create a truly atmospheric story with a book of this length, but I felt the author did a really good job of that. There were some really quite creepy moments and although I would have liked to see more of the ghost/s, what I did see was really effective. I would have liked to see a bit more about the two main characters who went into the house. There were bits and pieces shown about them, but it would have been nice to see a bit more background and the relationship between the two of them. I did think that this book was really well-written. The house itself was really well-described and the ghostly appearance was suitably creepy. There was at least one thing that I didn't see an explanation for, but it wasn't clear if that was just in their imaginations or if it was part of the general haunting. Although learning things through a diary isn't a unique plot device, it was still interesting to see the entries and learn what did happen in the house. This was a really easy story to read and although I would have liked to see it expanded a bit more, it was still an entertaining read and I would probably read more books by this author if given the opportunity in the future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Grampy

    “The Number of the House is 13” by T.R. Sutherland is a story about a night spent in a haunted house, told in an almost academic style. It was actually quite interesting, I thought. Although there was a lot of frightening activity to entertain the two cousins during their ill-advised escapade, the story reads more like a news account or even a diary written well after the fact. Somehow that gave the whole short story an aura of truth, whereas a first-person, as-it-is-happening, haunted house sto “The Number of the House is 13” by T.R. Sutherland is a story about a night spent in a haunted house, told in an almost academic style. It was actually quite interesting, I thought. Although there was a lot of frightening activity to entertain the two cousins during their ill-advised escapade, the story reads more like a news account or even a diary written well after the fact. Somehow that gave the whole short story an aura of truth, whereas a first-person, as-it-is-happening, haunted house story often reads more like a feeble attempt to frighten the reader. Sometimes that method works, sometimes it doesn’t. But Sutherland’s effort works. “The Number of the House is 13” is a tale related by an unidentified person, gender unknown, who is tricked into watching a troublesome cousin overnight. As soon as his parents left the house, Jett dangled a set of house keys in front of his keeper, and announced his intention to spend the night at the haunted house down the street. Of course, his cousin must accompany him, or he might get himself into more trouble than usual. They left the house at midnight in good humor, walking toward the haunted house. However, as soon as the haunted house was in sight, and moreso when they climbed the porch steps, a foreboding miasma of evil intent seemed to embrace them. Their overnight experience proved to be far worse than their wildest imaginings could conceive. If you want to find out what happens, “The Number of the House is 13” by T.R. Sutherland is a very brief, quick read; that’s the only way you’re going to find out!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer McDonald

    The Number of the house is 13 is a captivating short story. The atmosphere is suspenseful and dialogue somewhat old-school. I loved the idea of the unnamed narrator. It was easy to identify with, and transported me back to when my friends and I would seek out alleged haunted houses and adventure inside. The writing is great, and the story an all around joy to read. And anyone who says teens today wouldn’t understand words like enigmatic, ascended, contemptuous needs more faith in young people. I The Number of the house is 13 is a captivating short story. The atmosphere is suspenseful and dialogue somewhat old-school. I loved the idea of the unnamed narrator. It was easy to identify with, and transported me back to when my friends and I would seek out alleged haunted houses and adventure inside. The writing is great, and the story an all around joy to read. And anyone who says teens today wouldn’t understand words like enigmatic, ascended, contemptuous needs more faith in young people. I shared this story with my son (who is fourteen and an avid reader) and he loved it as much as I did. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Lovers of Paranormal Goodreads group.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gladys

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal) If you want a quick read that will scare you, then this is definitely for you. Despite it being short, the author was able to describe everything in detail as if you're reliving the adventure yourself. A story being this short also has its own drawback. You're left wondering how everything happens in the first place. Like for this book, the background story of the house is limited. It would have been much better i I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal) If you want a quick read that will scare you, then this is definitely for you. Despite it being short, the author was able to describe everything in detail as if you're reliving the adventure yourself. A story being this short also has its own drawback. You're left wondering how everything happens in the first place. Like for this book, the background story of the house is limited. It would have been much better if the author retells the original story of the house at the end. With just a few more pages, it could have been a 5-star ghost story for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    The Number of the House is 13 by T.R. Sutherland I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review through the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com I have to begin by saying that this book would be a fantastic read aloud story on Halloween. The book is only 17 pages long and tells the story of the Narrator and her cousin who decide to spend a night in a haunted house. This book is a refreshing take on a ghost story. It is very well written, and the word imagery is fant The Number of the House is 13 by T.R. Sutherland I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review through the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com I have to begin by saying that this book would be a fantastic read aloud story on Halloween. The book is only 17 pages long and tells the story of the Narrator and her cousin who decide to spend a night in a haunted house. This book is a refreshing take on a ghost story. It is very well written, and the word imagery is fantastic. All in all an enjoyable and exciting read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal. I loved the idea of this short story but the execution was a let down. The writing was just so wordy and a complete mouth full. The sentences were very long and some were paragraph length. These over the top descriptions took away from the story. Even though I really wanted to, I just could not get emotionally invested.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ramona Plant

    Ramona Plant This is a fun little read. The author grabs your attention from the very first sentence and releases you at the end. That is exactly what a great author has to do giving the length of the story. The tensions builds up throughout. He is definitely a master of his craft. I would definitely read more from this author. I received this book from the author for an honest review (LoP, lovers of the paranormal)

  14. 5 out of 5

    omgreylo

    I wouldn't say I "liked it" but "it was okay". I have probably spent way too much time on Reddit's Let's Not Meet because this short story wasn't as creepy as I hoped it would be. Great command of words, though. I wouldn't say I "liked it" but "it was okay". I have probably spent way too much time on Reddit's Let's Not Meet because this short story wasn't as creepy as I hoped it would be. Great command of words, though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    COURTNEY HANNON

    Such a great read! It was so descriptive and painted an inventive scenery for my imagination to run with. I was able to really feel the fear and see the shadows within the house. And, it was the perfect length! I was able to experience all the ups and downs of the book during my lunch hour.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    When two Cousins spend the night in the creepy house down the block that happens to be number 13. They are in for a real surprise, The house seems to come alive and they are in for the fright of their life. An enjoyable spooky short story Y/A as well as Adults will enjoy this book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Louisa Black

    This story was well written and had great description of the situation the cousins found themselves in. A classic set up with great characters. I didn't feel it was haunting enough for me but I will be watching with eagerness what the author writes next. x This story was well written and had great description of the situation the cousins found themselves in. A classic set up with great characters. I didn't feel it was haunting enough for me but I will be watching with eagerness what the author writes next. x

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Chapman

    I want to like this story. It's a classic haunted house idea, a couple young boys trying to spend a night in a haunted house. However, the creepy elements are thrown at you in rapid fire fashion. It feels more like a walk-through haunted house ride than a story. The author develops one reason for the haunting but it's not clear how the other haunting elements fit in. It's also not clear why the boys are so set on staying. The motivation, other than it might be fun, is missing. I don't think they I want to like this story. It's a classic haunted house idea, a couple young boys trying to spend a night in a haunted house. However, the creepy elements are thrown at you in rapid fire fashion. It feels more like a walk-through haunted house ride than a story. The author develops one reason for the haunting but it's not clear how the other haunting elements fit in. It's also not clear why the boys are so set on staying. The motivation, other than it might be fun, is missing. I don't think they would stick around just for fun. Any why don't they bring a flashlight? Some exposition on what they do to prepare for their night would have been helpful. Some of the spooky elements are well done. There's a bit about some shadows that appear and disappear that is intriguing. Overall, the pieces don't fit together to make a complete story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lovers of Paranormal or LoP* Even though this book is only 17 pages, a lot happens. It starts like every great horror book/movie should, very slow and working its way to a grand finale. The house the boys want to go in is supposed to be haunted but like most of us, they want to see for themselves. They're both nervous but can't act too scared in front of the other. I love that there was a terrible occurrence that happened in the ho *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lovers of Paranormal or LoP* Even though this book is only 17 pages, a lot happens. It starts like every great horror book/movie should, very slow and working its way to a grand finale. The house the boys want to go in is supposed to be haunted but like most of us, they want to see for themselves. They're both nervous but can't act too scared in front of the other. I love that there was a terrible occurrence that happened in the house years ago that is the reason everyone believes its haunted. The ending was awesome, but I'm not one to give spoilers. It's a straight scary ghost story. Nothing gory, so I would actually share this with my daughter. 4 'spooky' Stars!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joanne LaRe Thompson

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the goodreads group, Lovers of Paranormal. Overall this was a great, quick read. The author pulls you into the story from the beginning. He takes you step by step into this creepy house, which has a known history of terror. His description of the house and events makes the reader feel like they are there with the characters. This would be a great middle grade or early YA read. Earlier than that and it would be too scary, someone older t I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the goodreads group, Lovers of Paranormal. Overall this was a great, quick read. The author pulls you into the story from the beginning. He takes you step by step into this creepy house, which has a known history of terror. His description of the house and events makes the reader feel like they are there with the characters. This would be a great middle grade or early YA read. Earlier than that and it would be too scary, someone older than that would need more than what is offered. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I felt like there was a big building up to a fantastic ending, but it never happened. The author does take the reader from start to finish, just no thrilling climax.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I received this book in exchange for a fair review. This book comes with a great description. It builds up suspense, but never really hits you with the punch. It is a good short story and it is well written. The boys reminded me of most young children taking up a dare or doing silly things for adventure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie Powell

    Although short, this tale did have the right ingredients to keep interest until the end. Reasonably atmospheric with a thread of humour. Good enough for a short story of this kind.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hyland

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I happen to like scary stories...this was not well written...not exactly Frankenstein. Don't recommend unless you're looking for a quick, mindless read. I happen to like scary stories...this was not well written...not exactly Frankenstein. Don't recommend unless you're looking for a quick, mindless read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Barnes

  25. 5 out of 5

    T.R. Sutherland

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kace

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emeline Pico

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robert Schneider

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Shelton

  30. 5 out of 5

    vandana pathania

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