House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski, is an unconventional novel that makes use of typeset, page layout and style to tell a story. It’s classified under a bunch of genres including horror, postmodernism and romance. The book took ten years to plan and write.
On the surface, it seems to be about a family who finds their house is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. But it has three converging stories presented in the format of an academic research paper.
It started from Danielewski’s theoretical essays and philosophical ideas. The book was released on the Internet, page by page, for over a year leading up to its publishing date. The planning involved in writing such a complex book and also to market such an odd concept was extensive.
Today, House of Leaves is studied in universities as a satire of academia and a form of ergodic literature. It is a cult classic.
2 thoughts on “House of Leaves”
wow! 10 years to complete! Mad props to Mark! Yeah, Mark is really a good project manager in this one, he is able to see 10 year forward what this book will have an impact to the world! such visionary is important for leaders actually.
I think even for me it is hard to work on a project for 3 mths …10 years is really no joke. By the way, I have yet to borrow this book from you =P