Here is a premise for a terrifying story: A house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside, and continues to grow… on the inside. That alone would make House Of Leaves a mesmerizing read, but apparently that wasn’t enough for Mr. Danielewski, so he dismantled the horror story and scattered its pieces throughout a complicated secondary narrative and a maze of visually perplexing text.
What if the story of the house were a documentary film? What if it was a documentary no one had ever heard of and the only frame of reference was a legnthy essay discovered in the apartment of a deceased blind man who had perhaps lost his mind while authoring the manuscript? The whole thing becomes an obsession for Johnny Truant, who may be losing his own mind because of it.
And what if you lose your mind reading it? The house keeps growing.
will you be offended? If you keep up with the bizarre pace of it, you’ll come across a couple of strong sexual situations.