"The House on Ashley Avenue" has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award!
"The House on Ashley Avenue" has been selected for The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 5
"There are haunted places in the world, all existing in reality and every bit as tangible and accessible as the house next door. Sometimes it is the house next door."
In this brilliant debut collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. The landscape of death becomes the new frontier for scientific exploration. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil...for a price. With remarkable deftness, Rogers draws together the disturbing and the diverting in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh.
...the 22 stories in Rogers's debut collection demonstrate the author's talent for finding the terrifying in the seemingly ordinary... This work of classic horror in the style of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, and early Stephen King should attract fans of a more refined kind of horror.
– Library Journal
...an imaginative and original writer with the skill to fully execute his plots.
– Publishers Weekly
Ian Rogers' stories are old-fashioned in the very best sense: classic chillers in the spirit of Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson. Every House Is Haunted is full of well-crafted, satisfying twists, a fine companion for any reader of literate horror.
– Andrew Pyper, author of Lost Girls, The Killing Circle, and The Guardians
Wry and stylishly bizarre, Rogers hits the mark dead on . . . I hope he's on the job for years to come.
– Laird Barron, author of Occultation
...the author’s facility with character and atmosphere makes for some provocative journeys into the dark and the frankly weird... His best stories resemble the work of Joss Whedon: contemporary fantasy in which quirky characters confront the uncanny with deadpan aplomb and an appealing degree of competence... I would be very curious to read a full-length novel from Rogers that provides a fantastic premise and proceeds to fully explore its consequences.
– Quill & Quire
...nothing less than a brilliant short story collection... Every single story in this 300-page volume is a stand-out—so much so that it is impossible to choose a favorite. Or even several favorites. They all strongly remain with the reader days after turning the final page.
– Shroud Magazine
...Rogers offers some real gems. Every House is Haunted is a harbinger of great things to come.
– San Francisco Book Review
Every House is Haunted, in addition to having a great title, is about as assured a debut collection as you’re ever likely to find... what makes Ian’s stories so good is their very human heart. While often ominous or creepy (and occasionally very funny), the stories in Every House is Haunted never feel the least bit mean-spirited. There’s always a warmth and sympathy at the center of each story, no matter how grim the subject matter becomes.
– Orrin Grey, author of Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings
Ian Rogers' EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED is one of the most enjoyable collections I've read in a very long time.
– The Man Eating Bookworm
Ian Rogers must love Shirley Jackson, for his stories are often like hers, gentle on the surface, but with a knife thrust from below.
– Fantastic Literature
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