Hidden House

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
A pair of young boys find more than they bargained for when they visit the haunted house down the street. It's a story of murder, of pain, and of sad understanding that maybe sometimes there are such thing as ghosts.
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About Bobby Mathews

Bobby Mathews attended Troy University, where he majored in journalism and minored in theater and English. His checkered past includes stints as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, where he won awards for his writing, editing and leadership. No, he has no idea what the contest judges were smoking, either.

He's also been a bartender, paralegal, and bum, occupations—or sidelines—that creep into his stories and novels.

"I write weird stories about monumentally fucked-up people," he says. "That's what interests me. I hope it interests other readers, too."

Mathews lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Review by: Mike White on March 26, 2016 :
This story has all of the creepiness you need from a haunted house story, and yet there is something weirdly identifiable about it as well.
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Review by: Erica Higgins on July 31, 2015 :
I think we all have a "haunted house" story from our childhood. Whether we actually got up the nerve to explore an abandoned house or we knew someone who knew someone who saw a ghost in the old mansion up the street.

However, this isn't your typical haunted house story. There's a a darker underlying - yet extremely human - issue that becomes more apparent at the end.

The unnamed narrator is a little wary of the house up the street. It was something of a local legend, as a pretty grizzly murder was committed there a few months before this story was told, by a teenager who had babysat the narrator and other neighborhood kids numerous times. And, true to childhood imagination, the house had taken on a life of it's own. "The windows were blank, expressionless eyes...it gave the place an appearance of eternal hunger."

As the narrator and his best friend Tim Hutcherson explore the abandoned home, they weren't met with ghosts per se, but a sadness that had become trapped within it's walls. That home had seen so much evil and so much hurt that it needed to tell someone it's story, and it chose these two boys.

Mathew's story is tied together very nicely at the end and you're left satisfied. There were no unanswered questions. He does an excellent job of making the reader sympathize with the young murderer. Had it been me in the situation, I'd have done the same thing.
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Review by: homebrewandcigars on July 31, 2015 :
Really good, quick read. The author has a good sense painting the image in my mind. I can picture just about everything I read.
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Review by: Donald Broyles on May 6, 2015 :
This is a nice, creepy story.

Matthews' ability to create atmosphere and character is wonderfully done.

I admire this author's works very much.
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Review by: Scott Crowder on Jan. 23, 2012 :
A really well-written story with an emotional punch, and Mr. Matthews can craft a beautiful turn of phrase
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Jan. 21, 2012 :
I wouldn't call the descriptions in this story 'nice.' Gory comes much closer, even grisly. There seems much more to tell, in spite of the details.
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Review by: Misty Reigenborn on Jan. 21, 2012 :
Sad story but the writing is very good. Nice descriptions.
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