ELSEWHERE by William Peter Blatty (2009 Cemetery Dance Publications / 222 pp. / hc)
Originally released in 1999, CDP releases this small (but 'purdy) hardcover, complete with spooky interior illustrations by Alex McVey.
Real Estate agent / Manhattanite Joan Freeboard has a problem; she has to sell an isolated old house (located across from the city on a small Hudson-island) that holds a dark past. She manages to get a clairvoyant and a snobby writer friend to go with her and try to get to the bottom of the alleged hauntings.
This short novel from legendary author William Peter Blatty (THE EXORCIST) is a standard by-the-numbers haunted house yarn, complete with a 50's VAULT OF HORROR-type "surprise" ending that made my eyes involuntarily roll. BUT: what saves the day here is all the humor; in fact, if I didn't know better I'd think this was originally meant to be a satire on the haunted house subgenre. There's plenty of nifty sarcastic dialogue and eccentric characters to make this standard spookhouse a decent, quick read. Just don't expect anything you haven't read before (ghost/haunt-wise).