My House of Horrors

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The hearse with the weird odor slowed to a stop before the entrance. The sound of pebbles could be heard bouncing on the ceiling. There were footsteps coming from the corridor, and there seemed to be someone sawing next door. The door knob to the room rattled slightly, and the faucet in the bathroom kept dripping even though it had been screwed shut. There was a rubber ball that rolled on its own underneath the bed. Wet footsteps started to surface one after another on the floor.

At 3 am, Chen Ge held a cleaver in his hand as he hid beside the room heater. The call he was trying to make was finally answered. “Landlord, is this what you meant by ‘the house can be a little crowded at night’‽”

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MHoH
我有一座冒险屋
我有一座恐怖屋
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SinsI
New SinsI rated it
August 3, 2020
Status: c487
Brilliant novel!

Scary and fun, with both serious and comedic moments perfectly balanced.
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sawwon
New sawwon rated it
July 28, 2020
Status: c928
this story slaps lmao... great mix of atmospheric horror (when the supernatural threats are strong) and slapstick comedy (when the protagonist's forces are stronger), 5/5 would recommend to anyone

the School of the Afterlife arc that takes place from chapters 761 to 906 is pretty weak though, which is why I stopped reading to write a review instead - it tries to be scary by threatening chen ge with imminent physical danger, which works to an extent but mostly serves to highlight the fact that he has plot armor and will... more>> never, ever take a serious injury

in general, the writing quality hasn't dropped off since the early chapters, but the author's dedication to the show-don't-tell style of narration has (since at least chapter 558 or so), which really lessens its impact as a horror story... it makes me worry that the author might have been running out of ideas or otherwise overcommitting to a rushed release schedule, which really dampens my enthusiasm for reading the next arc

also as a minor nitpick the story starts to get into uniquely chinese concepts of crime/punishment/guilt that I don't really understand, reading as a westerner... the translator uses the term "sinners", which I understand is the conventional translation, but nothing in the story has anything to do with sin lol <<less
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kkgoh
kkgoh rated it
February 4, 2019
Status: c525
"If there's something strange... who you gonna call?"

And so goes one of the most unique spins of the "system-leveling" Chinese genre, the addition of a modern horror theme. HIGHLY recommended for all the horror/adrenaline junkies out there.
Well ranked on Chinese sites, and official print novels were apparently on sale as of June 2019.

Edit / Potential Problem:
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Spoiler

Just a heads up, the novel was temporarily banned/taken off/censored by the Chinese authorities... apparently because supernatural/ghost themes are frowned upon in Chinese media. It was reinstated under the premise that author provide "scientific explanations"... I don't wanna jinx it but I doubt the novel can maintain it's level of quality after chapter 600++.

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PREMISE
A gutsy young man inherits a haunted house attraction and cell phone after his parents mysteriously disappeared. He struggles to find clues behind their disappearance while trying to make the enterprise profitable, and slowly discovers a hidden supernatural world that "levels up" his haunting prowess.

CHARACTERS
Protagonist is a plucky, street-smart youth with a background in engineering. He's got a good head for science but is open-minded to the spiritual world. You can't help but root for the guy as he's forced to go through horror scene after horror scene to "level up", while armed with nothing but bravado, wits and hilarious quips.

Better yet, he's surrounded by a cast of genuinely interesting humans/spirits, all complete with their own backstories, character dispositions and motivations. Even the numerous villains he faces are well-detailed from all walks of life!
Spoiler

A psychotic arsonist is driven to murder due to fear of abandonment. A beautiful ballerina commits suicide in an act of desperation. Goddamn dolls everywhere!

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COMMENTS
(1) Genius premise
The reason why horror works so well in games and novels is that the player/reader has real agency.
You make the choice to turn the page, go down that creepy corridor that will ultimately kill you, or put you face-to-face with grotesque exploding babies (Dead Space, anyone?).
In "My House of Horrors", the MC is similarly given real choices via the system, aka Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style. He, and the readers, are forced to go through grueling heart-thumping situations and investigate supernatural mysteries while constantly weighing risks-rewards.
Spoiler

What could POSSIBLY go wrong to undertake a mission to hold your breath under water at 344AM in a haunted house while a murderous spirit is clawing outside the bathroom door??

Given all the kingdom-building novels out there, how hard can it be to build a Horror-themed-Disneyland? =)

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(2) Great writing style/detailed environments
Any good horror novel fleshes out the environment with sufficient detail while leaving enough to the reader's imagination. And the author got this down in spades.
You can figuratively hear the clawing on the door that separates you from a vengeful spirit, the screams of the dying in their final hours, and the slow descent to madness of the clinically insane. Holy sh*t-snacks!

Spoiler

Phone buzzing with messages...
"Are you there?"
"Are you there?"
"ARE YOU THERE??"

Visitors in the haunted house attraction discover an old notebook ...
"I'm sorry.. I shouldn't have gotten close to you. I just wanted to help pick up the ball.."
"Teacher, I didn't mean to get my clothes wet. Nobody bullied me, it was my mistake."
"Dad, I promise I'll work hard, please stop beating me.."
"I'm sorry, I don't know why my smile annoys people, I won't do it again.."
"I'm sorry.. I'm sorry.. sorry"

A masked lady narrates a story..
"Let me tell you a story about my wife.
She's four years younger than me and works as a midnight radio host, so she's often back late. Shortly after we got married, I used to leave dinner out for her but I'd find the food untouched the next morning. Oddly enough, the cooking utensils appears to be used. At first I thought she didn't like my cooking and didn't think much of it...
Over the next few nights, I heard sounds in the kitchen and noticed someone was cooking with the lights off. She was holding blocks of meat and a kitchen knife... it looked like braised pork, but who makes that in the middle of the night?...
I love her, but it's starting to creep me out...
One night I hid in a corner and heard the sounds of teeth tearing into flesh.. munch munch
I stayed awake. When she slept beside me, she looked so beautiful. I noticed her belly looked a little swollen and hesitated to kiss her.. maybe it's just her idiosyncrasies, but I still love her.
I looked through the tr*sh bags outside.. at first it was just chicken bones. I'm amazed she could finish an entire chicken! Then it was fish. Then a dog, a cat...

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(3) Modern, universal horror
As with generational horror, the novel is a serious reflection of current social issues that plague us with anxieties. Post 9/11 (torture porn), an increasingly alienated/polarized society (xenophobia), domestic abuse (what goes on behind the walls?), gender equality (vengeful victims of misogyny), school/online bullying (social media, cell phone culture, etc)... the list goes on.

It also pulls in horror elements from ALL cultures, which is just amazing. Japanese high school horror, gruesome fairy tales, chinese mythology, western urban legends, shamanism, etc.

And all with a healthy dose of factual research on the psychological triggers that help make haunted houses... well horrifying.

(4) Kudos to the author
It may be hard for English readers to get full access to author's notes unless you read Mandarin Chinese (since Qidian freebies stop at Chapter 100), but let's just take a moment to appreciate the hard work the author put into this novel.
There's a reason why the author's pen-name is "I-fix-air-conditioners", because those were the odd-jobs he had to do to survive before writing this novel. That's passion right there. <<less
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clowred
clowred rated it
November 30, 2018
Status: c751
In the sea of novels filled with wuxia/xianxia/xuanhuan came a strange fish named horror. A genre that otherwise is forgotten as the protagonists of most stories engage in fighting gods and demons, can also be considered from the get to go a failure. But is this really true?

From the rating of this novel you might expect a failure, a novel that tried to soar in the skies only to burn in flames and fall to the ground. Yet, after passing the landmark known as chapter 2 the "dead" bird starts... more>> to move in a very intriguing manner. Leaving aside the metaphors, my house of horrors brings the reader in a world where being powerless is normal while the curtain between the strange and the normal is slowly lifted. And so we delve in the world of the paranormal. But how can one write a good story about ghosts when the horror genre in movies has declined to an extreme degree? The answer comes from going back to the roots. And this story does it perfectly. The horror of darkness, of the slight touch you feel on the nape of your neck, the cold that starts spreading around you and the reflection in the mirror that seems to mock you makes this story shine in a very special way.

The rest of the story is only a click away, and I certainly don't want to spoil anything. This story is the best at delivering the chills, and I really don't wish to make anyone miss such an experience. So please, take a break from the strong, proud and fearless protagonist and delve into the nightmare.

Edit: The rating has improved to show the true value of the "horror fish" and the story goes forward with its top quality story telling and awesome characters. No romance is forced down our throats and neither are any events feeling forced or cliche. The horror now has become more gruesome and I can say that I still feel that cold sweat on my back from time to time. One thing that I want to assure the current and future readers is that the story has a main story line, so it won't be just episodic expansions, instead we will enjoy horror that just grows in value. I have high expectations for this story and I hope people will throw a peek on it so that it's popularity will make the author deliver stories that are at least this good and heads over the rest of the recycled stories that seemed to be losing more and more originality.

Edit2: This novel is a work of art. Nothing I ever read comes close it in its genre. I expected it to hit its peak shortly after make the last edit a 225 chapters. But this one is not stopping its ascension. It doesn't stop surprising, it evolves, it brings new things to the table and once you see about half of the whole picture you get shivers down your back. The horror remained great, but it's ability to delve deeper in your conscience increased as each arc seems to have links to each other. The line between good and evil is becoming increasingly small, while the protagonist has turned from a tri-dimensional one into one with a fourth and possible some more. The most recent ark is already in a league of its own and could be a novel in itself, but to be integrated in everything that was built until now makes me wonder why this author didn't start writing sooner to at least have one more masterpiece to read. At the beginning the novel captured my attention with the theme park but as the plot moved on the story surrounding the protagonist became the most captivating factor and at this moment it's evolving into a magnum opus of horror literature. If a series is made after this novel with the same budget as the Witcher or GoT received then it would most probably reign supreme. I can hardly wait to see how the author is planning to unveil all the mysteries but I'm sure he will keep delivering the same quality. <<less
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NaM
NaM rated it
February 16, 2019
Status: --
Amazingly satisfying read... Not necessarily scary but incredibly thrilling

Tbh, instead of horror, I see this novel as a psychological thriller. The terrifying existence here were not the ghost but instead the humans who manipulate ghost and those around them.

Ghost encounters isnt much a problem cause most of the ghost enemies can easily solved by his op ghosts but is often delayed cause of Some limitations, complications and unexpected handicaps. Ghost here are mostly like a interesting special quirk and not really the main thing. ghost hunting is like a... more>> part time work and solving cases, finding the manipulator behind-the-scene and then defeating them is his main job.

Novel also got comedy but it was mostly confined in his hunted house attraction and not included during his investigative mode.

MC is a fairly complicated character. Can be considered as a unique existence in the sea of chinese web novels. Even after 500 of chapters we only barely know him and dont know much about him. His only drive here is finding his parents, improving his haunted house and everything else is just an extra. He view himself as a normal guy but his mentality is way above anyone and most people around him see him as a monster like existence that is trustworthy and caring individual. He doesnt have anyone who he could call a friend and most people around him have a "acquaintance" "employee" "Costumer" Etc etc relationship status with him. The most trustworthy individual for MC are his Ghost employee and humans kinda feel like a bit distant and alien for him.

As for the side characters. MC have lot of interesting interactions with them and most of the time, without knowing much about them. can make them easily be subjected to suspicion. Everyone can be connected to one and another through different means. And most people around the MC can be someone connected to a case in one way and another. Many have secrets behind there smiles and so there is no character here with an absolute characteristic. They could change in any minute and you're gonna be in for a surprise.

Anyway. The one who should be thanked for bringing us this novel is the author. Author has loads of mystery trick inside his sleeves and most of his ideas are interesting and intellectual. There is no dull moment in his novel and I feel like author can do a detective novel without ghost with ease. So his work deserve more attention so we should support him!! I Highly recommend reading this!! <<less
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Bolsonaro
Bolsonaro rated it
December 29, 2018
Status: c150
Best novel I read this year, hidden gem make little of how f*cking good this novel is. This is not a hidden gem, its a f*cking hidden diamond.
+The plot is awesome well writted, everything linkes and makes sense, even with a lot of mistery all time, nothing is forgotten or badly resolved, I cant even fathom how the author can keep so much mistery having to release almost daily chapters on qidian, and the best, every misteries is nice written and reasonable resolved.
+There is a lot of good... more>> comedy in this novel, but in the right times, there is not a forced comedy moment. In a Horror focused novel, to have a nice comedy step is hard, but this one did it well.
+There is deepness and complexity in everything, all the way the author hints more deepness in his mistery, so there is nothing simple or shallow, a lot of things are linked.

PLEASE READ IT, THIS IS SO f*ckING GOOD!!!! <<less
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Suzzie
Suzzie rated it
December 16, 2018
Status: c127
This novel has to be one of the finest horror novels you’ll find browsing this site. Wasn’t expecting too much since this was on qidian but after the first few chapters I was hooked. The author knows how to grab your attention and not let go. I don’t know about you fools, but reading this at night in pitch black alone just makes it even more thrilling.
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crazykat
crazykat rated it
December 2, 2018
Status: c217
I wasn't expecting much while going into this novel, and to add to that I honestly don't like/read horror genre at all (its mostly all just gore and nothing else) but after reading this novel to the point I am at currently, all I can say is you don't want to miss out on this novel, trust me.

As I started reading the novel, with every new chapter I read I got pulled in deeper into the story. It just has that way of making you just want to... more>> keep reading the next chapter. Again I really recommend everyone to try this novel, it's truly one of the real hidden gem in this website.

One last thing, for people who want to start reading it or those who just started reading, I advise you try to stick around till roughly ch 20-30, if you don't like it by then, than its probably not a novel for you. <<less
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DarkD
DarkD rated it
February 2, 2020
Status: --
This is a series that gets by having a startlingly original concept, but the execution is mostly mediocre. I will say that the author is very good at making interesting ghost stories, however, they're at interesting, not scary. Nothing in this story will scare you.

My biggest gripe with the fiction is how the author abandoned his best story element. I'm talking about nightmare missions and Chen Ge's livestreaming haunted houses. When those were a thing, I would give story a 4/5 maybe even a 4.5/5. Currently I would give the... more>> story a 2/5 because the charm is completely gone.

My second biggest gripe is the repetitive nature of the fiction. After stripping away nightmare missions and livestreaming, Chen Ge basically expands his haunted house by surviving a real haunted house, then he gets challenged by a neighboring theme park or some cocky tourists. They come into his new house and get scared into fainting. This cycle has repeated about 5 times.

I would definitely recommend you read this. It's great and I think you should just read until it gets boring. Honestly, I don't mind the type that gets boring like this. At least now I'm not going crazy for a sequel that will never happen. I just have a clean break where the book repeated itself into mediocrity. <<less
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Piknos
Piknos rated it
October 15, 2019
Status: c760
This novel is the epitome of what a thriller novel should be, suspenseful story telling interspersed with heartwarming moments to contrast.

The only real objective criticism that I could give is that the writing itself isn't horribly frightening, not enough to make you go to sleep with eyes wide open but neither does it brush off that element. The scenarios described within are definitely horrifying concepts if nothing else, you'll be looking twice in the mirror at night if you're the of the imaginative faint-hearted kind. This is coming from a... more>> guy that has never successfully finished a single horror movie and is reading My House of Horrors in the dead of night. Other than that, I've really enjoyed the story. Nothing is rushed to finish, but neither is anything drawn out for the sake of word count. I can't recommend it enough. <<less
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Seregosa
Seregosa rated it
June 11, 2019
Status: c565
The novel that made me realize that horror can be done decently in a novel format!

This novel was a clear 5/5 star for the first 200-300 chapters, it was awesome, refreshing, unique and mixing heartracing horror/creepy stuff with plenty of comic relief placed at good times which truly made me laugh a lot. It's pretty much half comedy, half horror. While it tends to have some comic relief even in serious arcs, it's mostly about cycling between horror ---> comedy ------> horror -----> comedy.

However, sadly, it ends up being kinda... more>> dull after several hundred chapters. I started noticing around 300+, especially around 400+, that I was starting to become less and less interested in what was going on. While the author made everything quite well, he kept things on repeat after a while. After the first round of exploring most stuff, we know exactly what to expect all the time. The MC will take care of his haunted house, then get a mission or get into a police case which makes him get into danger of some kind and having to deal with ghosts, psychos or a mix of both, he will get into danger but unlike the start, it's no big deal. Then he finishes up and goes back to take care of the haunted house and some people will come to court death and kindly "test out" the newest scenario which will result in a lot of comedy, rinse and repeat. This formula is rarely changed.

The author dropped earlier awesome ideas like the MC livestreaming some missions and dealing with the community. It was hilarious and I always looked forward to their reactions, but the MC started to do his own stuff instead and just stopped streaming altogether. At the start, the system/cellphone gave out quite a few cool "nightmare" daily missions which had to do with doing occult stuff, such as summoning a mirror ghost, finding out who enters his room at night, staying underwater in his bathroom at a certain time during the night. This also used to be livestreamed for the community and reactions. It was cool and exciting while being quite creepy and to top it off, it would give the MC personal enhancement rewards. The author made those things extremely rare after a while.

As if that wasn't enough, the author made the MC more powerful without increasing the difficulty of his foes. As this is a horror novel, that means that this guy, after a while, started to become more and more aggressive. Most ghosts cower before him and he isn't really afraid of those that he can't beat easily either as he has the ability to run away. He has one of the strongest beings in his shadows that will always save him at the lost moment if really needed. It's funny how he starts running around beating ghosts up and how his worldview differs so much from others (like when someone said that a guy had tried to summon some ghost in a sewer, he felt sorry for the ghost and asked if the one who tried the summoning even thought about the ghost's feeling for being summoned in a sewer) and chasing murderers down with a huge hammer (he'll beat them half to death and pretend to be the victim because they tried to attack him first... Well, later on they know he means business so they'll just run, makes you wonder who's the real psycho). While this is hilarious, it severely affects the scariness and creepiness of the novel as he'll just beat everything. It also stops being that funny after a while because the same gags are used over and over and over again.

So, it honestly become way more of a comedy novel than a horror novel after a few hundred chapters. While it's still quite good and readable, it stops having that special feeling that you can't put it down or wait to read it. The "horror" and "creepy" moments starts to become more depressing, dark and dreary (like talking about some people's sad lives, including a self-insert by the author, and talking about twisted philosophy and reasons for everything) instead of interesting and exciting, more about negative aspects of life than the supernatural, it's a huge flaw, we want action and clear, scary, heart-throbbing plot, not the life stories of sad people that hates their life and pities themselves, that's just not what I signed up for and it also wasn't what we got the first few hundred chapters, truly changed for the worse later on.

I liked this novel a lot and I don't want to scare new readers away, that's why I gave it a 4/5. I personally feel like 3.5/5 might be more apt, but do remember that the first few hundred chapters are a 5/5, no doubt about it. A lot of laughs and scares waiting here! Recommended.

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By the way, there is "romance" in here but not real romance. It's really not a focus of the story and the "romance" is with the red specter in his shadow, an extremely OP yandere-type character that doesn't really speak but gets jealous easily and stops the MC from having any romantic intereactions with other females and might prefer it if the MC joined her in death and became a specter rather than staying alive... So, it's more of plot armor mixed with comedy and romance repellent.

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Renjisea
Renjisea rated it
March 10, 2020
Status: c900
The Haunted House owner has the power to control the entire city from the dark but no he will be just a normal good citizen hahah, please note that he is invincible with his Red Clothes and Black Cloth, you will know what I mean later on. He can kill or control anyone at well in real life but instead his real city life seems more difficult and his ghost scenario life. This kill the immersion big time.

I don't really enjoyed any chapters he interacts with the real human world... more>> because it is fake as hell. 0 stars for that and 4.5 stars for the ghost scenario story. <<less
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cleesus
cleesus rated it
August 25, 2019
Status: c567
Real rating is 3.5

I think the story is overall fine, but it starts to get repetitive around chapter 200 when it becomes extremely obvious that everything is rinse and repeat with different characters. The main character is kinda basic and after awhile I honestly started finding him kind of annoying.

They should rename this, life stories: the novel, because thats the majority of what you will be reading

... more>> The ghosts are the most interesting characters in the story, then some of the side characters and then the MC in last place.

A few issues I had with the MC is the fact that he works against himself in several ways and acts kinda s*upid at times. He feels like a JP protagonist at times the way he tries to act clueless about obvious stuff.

He complains about not having people who he can hire and help him in the house or in general, but every time he comes around someone like him who has a supernatural ability or sense he makes fun of them and acts like ghosts and stuff arent real like a jackass. Its not wonder you can find anyone if you alienate them.

Next, everytime he gets a new scenario unlocked and placed in his haunted house he always needs to clear the one or two hidden missions in that scenario and get rid of any hidden dangers inside. He states this a few times in the beginning and then promptly forgets or stops caring about this and just immediately opens it up to the public.

Once the public tries it, something tragic that wasn't supposed to happen, happens. Then he has to save the customers and close down the new scenario until he completes the hidden mission to make sure it is safe. It gets annoying after a while since you know its gonna happen exactly like this and every time he tries to act surprised.

The haunted house has security issues and he lets his employee just walk around like sh*t might not get real for her.

The missions start to become less interesting and drag on and the sense of danger disappears once he gets the red spector, especially after he gets past the first 3-star mission.

At a certain point, it's just a cycle of main mission, new item or ghost, a new scenario, the customer tries out new scenario, needs to be saved, do the hidden mission for that scenario to make it safe, then do another main mission or daily. <<less
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
June 29, 2019
Status: c601
This is an excellent suspense/horror/action/mystery/comedy series that keeps me on the edge of my seat. This is the first series I have used the download feature on the app, so I could read it during downtime at work when I didn't have internet access.

The translation quality is excellent. There are a few minor errors where quotes are missing or someone's gender changes, but they're not distracting and are easy to figure out.

The plot is exciting and lead by a active protagonist, who is also a hammer-wielding madman, and he does... more>> not wait for the mysteries and ghosts to come to him--instead, he chases down the stories. He has a penchant for exploring extremely dangerous haunted places in the middle of the night, which frequently results in evil ghosts or people trying to murder him.

Thing is, he's often scarier than the ghosts.

He has tremendous character depth and complexity, which forms an interesting and entertaining, charismatic MC. He's a college graduate who is focused on developing the haunted house run by his family while also looking for his missing parents. Even though I've read over 600 chapters of this series, I'm not confident about predicting what actions the MC will take.

The other characters show substantial depth as well and thoroughly fleshed-out with their own individual personalities, experiences, and philosophies. The MC is probably my favorite, but there are many others I like as well.

The setting is modern-day China with ghosts, specters, and nightmares abound. How do these entities form? How does a person become a specter after death? What are these red doors? Who is responsible for all these murders? These are a few of the many questions the MC looks into as he treks through his horror-filled world. Of course, most people are oblivious to the existence of ghosts or else pretend not to believe in them. Unfortunately for the MC, the ghosts are often not the most dangerous creatures he faces but rather the living people who murdered them in the first place.

There are a few distracting details that pull me away from the plot. I'm pretty sure the MC's first week of getting involved in the paranormal had more than seven nights. Key details like the opening and closing hours of the park and the working days are not given in the beginning of the story. Even this far into the story, only a couple of other attractions at the amusement park have been mentioned, so there isn't much detail about the location. The MC's lack of sleep becomes explained later, but other details like eating, bathing, buying groceries, or doing laundry or other chores are often neglected. At many points, I have wondered if this MC only bathes once a week or less. There also isn't much description about the layout of his home in the park. These missing points in the setting and background leave me confused from time to time.

Most of the cases have hidden meanings and subtexts that can be interpreted from the hints given, adding extra depth and volume.

For me, this is one of the best web novels on Web Novel. Strongly recommended. <<less
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
May 6, 2019
Status: c489
wow this is good. There's a lot of suspense and tension and some of it is super creepy. There's very little gore in the first part but things get messy later on. The comedy is used well to defuse otherwise tense situations and the characters are well written, especially the MC. The plot starts out simple but is very complex and so much is interconnected once you start exposing the layers within the more difficult scenarios ... more>>
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and it all leads back to the MC and the things he can't remember. He's still very mysterious, even after almost 500 chapters all we know is what was said in the beginning; he grew up in a traveling haunted house and quit his job to work at the one his parents were running after they disappeared. He went to college to learn ?? And his only friends as a child where ghosts. Oh, and someone tried to kill him when he was a kid. That's all we've learned of our MC.

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my compliments both to the writer and the translators for a job very well done!! This is the first story I've read on webnovel that is actually worth using stones.

@AneirinRose I'm not sure getting a cat would be as comforting as you think; mine tends to stare at things I can't see and startle at nothing late at night. <<less
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Mi_rei0
Mi_rei0 rated it
April 4, 2019
Status: c140
This story slowly creeps up on you. It's not outright scary but you'll keep thinking about it after you've finished reading. I love how the author uses humor to defuse the tension sometimes. If you want to have a break from cultivation and transmigration novels, this is it.
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CocaCola
CocaCola rated it
November 6, 2018
Status: c120
Fantastic novel! A breath of fresh air.

Don't think, just start reading and I guarantee your evening will be a entertaining one.

I have high expectations for this one.
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xVx_k1r1t0_xVx_KillMe rated it
July 10, 2020
Status: c1071
The story of Chinese, ghost-busting Steve Irwin I never knew I needed.

Reminds me of the Witcher series with how strongly it leverages folklore to add a fascinating backdrop to the world. But instead of Polish monsters, it's Chinese ghosts.

Refreshingly, the tone of the story remains surprisingly positive. Amidst the depths of despair across this campaign of ghost stories, there's always at least one character still reaching for the light. So, while the content of some story arks get very dark, there's a consistent theme of hope. A comedic undertone even.... more>> And that's mostly thanks to the MC.

I love the MC as a character. He starts off normal (ish) but grows braver with each sally. He loves thinking things through from a madman's perspective. He hates being passive. He is amazing fun to follow as he matches wits and nerves with killers, psychos, and ghosts (oh my!). Sometimes, he even has fun himself. The crazy b*stard.

I really don't like horror myself, but I was actually fine because the MC helped me through. For people who like being scared, I'd also recommend. The ghost stories are thought provoking and touching. Without the MC, nightmare-fuel. If you want to, dwell on what would've happened without him.

Overall, I recommend everyone to try this story. It's got a rich and fascinating backdrop of Chinese ghost culture. It's got strong themes of finding light in darkness, and the bravery to smile and laugh after despair. It's got an endearing and wily MC. And constantly throughout the chapters, he'll grab his black phone, broken tape recorder, comic book, sledgehammer, and white cat, throw 'em in his backpack, and go on a fun adventure (for you anyways). Why not tag along? <<less
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procrastination_day
procrastination_day rated it
November 8, 2019
Status: c779
Surprisingly good on many fronts. It is quite slow-paced however in spite of the fact that a lot of things happen in every chapter.

Though it on the surface as a convenient setting to expand the protagonists haunted house, and for the readers to experience horrific situations it also explores deeper depths of psychology and death.

the characters in the novel are rally interesting and unique. All of the many people the MC initially meets are not as simple as they appear at first and with most of them, much like the... more>> horror in this novel will present themselves as a niggling suspicion that may not be confirmed even hundreds of chapters deep into the novel.

Even so, weather good or bad or grey, all of these characters come to grow on you as the reader and you start wishing the best for them.

The protagonist himself is also a controversial character, even though it is not obvious in the beginning the repeated horrors will gradually draw him to reveal some anti hero qualities. And it becomes tough for the reader to judge right and wrong since it is all from the MCs perspective.

The horror elements also change with the stories progression, and you might find yourself surprised the you had just thought you'd gotten used to the scariness.

Really an outstanding story, definitely worth to stick with even if you feel like your interest is flagging. <<less
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Berkyx rated it
May 6, 2019
Status: c388
Really thrilling horror experience ! Plot, settings and pace are all very well done and this thing is really chilly to read ! You can feel the terror in the caught up situations and the mystery is in every corner of this webnovel ! Its just keeps you wanting to read and read without wanting to put your device down. I read 388 chapter in one breath for 2 days the only thing I can say is, author kept the places on the plot minimal. MC looks like thrown on... more>> a big web of plot without of him knowing and every person he mets is somehow related in the big schemes of things. This thing can give you chills so if you can take some thrill, this is a must read ! Reading this on midnight with some creepy horror music on background can really satisfy your horror need definitely recommend ! <<less
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omgitsaray rated it
April 7, 2019
Status: c83
I'm not an actual fan of horror genres but if I watch a movie belonging to it, I have to do it at night and in the dark to get the full experience. I recommend new readers to read this at night by themselves without any distractions. The reason this is highly rated is because it will give you goosebumps and let your imagination run wild.
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Novirp13
Novirp13 rated it
June 9, 2020
Status: c677
This is a nice horror novel. Nowadays horror game/film/moving comic rely on jumpscare and those thing only, well, scared u. It doesn't plant a seed of paranoia inside ur heart, causing u to look over your surrounding twice and fear for the nonexistence being under your bed. That's what this novel did to me and I love it to bits!

My only gripe is that Chen Ge tried so, SO hard to convince us that he's a nice guy. I don't mind if the author describe that trait in a paragraph... more>> or other character's POV. But when Chen Ge said that with his own mouth, he doesn't sound like a nice guy but a narcissist.

So, in short. Chen Ge is not a kindhearted man with a cunning streak. But a cunning man with a kind heart :'D

I want to give it 4, 5 rate but this site doesn't allow me to do that. So 4 rate it is. Cuz the writing of the novel/translation sounds amateurish sometimes (like my own review lol! English is not my main language, sorry) and at one point, it even break the fourth wall. That one instance honestly crushed my concentration wth. I don't remember at which chapter, but it was around 600. Just my personal nitpick, is all. This novel is still good, so please read it~~ <<less
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