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Owen West Pseudonym. Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate—and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands…Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children—Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival.
A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands…Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children—Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school.
But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pay for her sins… Because Amy is pregnant. And the carnival is coming back to town. With a new afterword by the author Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June by Berkley Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Funhouse , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Funhouse. Dec 06, Alejandro rated it really liked it Shelves: horror , novel. Creepy fun, in the right way! But it was a creepy fun indeed! This novel was written by Dean Koontz but when it was originally published it was under the pseudonym of "Owen West". The decision to do it under other name I think it was because it was the novelization of a movie and so Dean Koontz wasn't too eager to be related with it if it happens to be bad.
Well, the movie was bad BUT the book was good, real G Creepy fun, in the right way! You will notice that almost all people refer negative to the film, however there is a lot of praise to the book version. So, it wasn't any surprise that when they decided to re-publish the novel, they did then with Dean Koontz name real clear and big on the cover.
BLOODY GOOD EDITION I was lucky to get the book in its first paperback edition I don't know if there was any hardcover with this art , since the letters on the cover were with protusive effect and even there was an inner art right behind the page of the cover covering two pages on prestige paper full color with a beautiful painting and in there, the legend In funhouses, people are supposed to scream.
That phrase sold me the book totally. Anyway, the presentation was so gorgeous that I knew that I want to buy that book. Also, until that moment, I was reading novels of Dean Koontz but in Spanish-translated editions, so this was my first novel by him on its original English language format. I quite remember that without using much time, I read it in a week back then in , but investing just like an hour per day I couldn't use more time at that moment so I'm sure that even quick readers can cover it in a night without much trouble.
It's a wonderful page-turner. The characters are very well designed and you will find the scenes really frightening. I won't say that it's a masterpiece of horror but I think that if you give it a chance, you will have a delicious creepy time with the book. View all 8 comments. May 13, Edward Lorn rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. I remember buying this off the rack at Lucky's in Fontana, California, taking it home, and reading it all in one sitting.
Teenage E. It was violent and creepy and quickly became one of my favorite Koontz novels. I even love the Tobe Hooper film based on this story. All I can say is, Teenage E. This book is terrible. Nobody acts believably. The horror is hokey. The dialogue is To anyone I ha I remember buying this off the rack at Lucky's in Fontana, California, taking it home, and reading it all in one sitting. To anyone I have ever recommended this to, my deepest, most sincerest apologies. In summation: Teenage E.
Adult E. I made it to around the halfway mark and stopped. Final Judgment: One of Koontz's worst. View all 9 comments. Jul 31, Delee rated it did not like it Shelves: suspense , horror-medium-rare-not-too-bloody , group-or-buddy-read , banana-fanna-fo-fedward , ivonne-is-a-big-chicken , want-to-re-read , own.
First reading- Oh so long ago Second reading- as a View all 15 comments. Boy, did I ever hate this book! It was originally released decades ago under a pen name. When the audio came up for free, I jumped on the chance, because I loved Dean Koontz back in the day. I thought that because I enjoyed his older books like The Watchers, that I would enjoy this one.
I was wrong. There were so many cliches in this book, it became sad. The characters were predictable and surprise! There was potential here but nothing original came out of this story. The narrator was Boy, did I ever hate this book! The narrator was okay, but the voice of the character of Liz almost drove me insane. If there were ever a character targeted for death in a novel, it was her.
I just don't know why we had to listen to her whine so much-just kill her already. I would have been pissed if I had paid money for this audio book. I'm sorry, but I can't recommend it for anyone-least of all fans of horror.
View all 20 comments. Pretty cringey. Poorly written. A swing and a miss. View 2 comments. Jun 02, Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it. Not what I was expecting, and I'm pretty neutral towards the story, I didn't love it but I didn't hate it, either.
Block screenplay, which was made into the film The Funhouse , directed by Tobe Hooper. As the film production took longer than expected, the book was released before the film. Koontz originally published the novel under the pseudonym Owen West. In , Ellen, a young woman tired of being oppressed by her meek father and psychotically religious mother, falls in love with a barker from a traveling carnival named Conrad.
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Look Inside. Evil comes in frightening and familiar forms in this terrifying novel from 1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate—and gave birth to a child she could never love.