House (novel)

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Author Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror
Publisher WestBow Press (USA)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback and Paperback)
Pages 400
ISBN 1-59554-155-1 (hardcover)
OCLC 62782137
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3566.E691317 H68 2006

House is a 2006 horror novel co-authored by Christian writers Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. It loosely ties in with Dekker's Books of History Chronicles via the Paradise books.

  • Tagline: The only way out is in.

Plot summary[edit]

Jack and Stephanie Singleton, a married couple on the verge of a divorce, are driving to a counseling session when they find themselves lost on a deserted road in Alabama. Taking the advice of a highway patrolman, they head down a long dirt road, where they run over spikes, flattening all of their tires and stranding them. Fortunately, they are near an old Victorian house in the backwoods of Alabama, occupied by a family of three and being used as an inn. They check in and have a strangely mysterious dinner with them, as well as another dating couple, Randy and Leslie. Things begin to go bitter, however. One of the family, Pete, begins staring down Leslie, stating that he wants her as his "wife." Betty, another one of the family members, keeps hounding Stephanie to get her more ice.

Then, to make matters worse, the lights turn off, and a serial killer named White locks them inside of the House. He throws a soup can down through the chimney with a message scrawled on it. The message states that he has killed God and will murder all seven of them unless they kill one of their own by dawn.

All the people frantically move through the house, but just get trapped in each new room while trying to avoid the man in the mask.

Connection to The Books of History Chronicles[edit]

House takes place in the same universe as The Paradise Novels (Showdown, Saint, and Sinner). In Saint, it is mentioned that Barsidious White was written into existence by Black.


A film adaptation of the novel was released November 7, 2008.[1] It was rated R for some violence and terror. It was the third film based on a Frank Peretti novel, and the second based on a Ted Dekker novel.


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