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This article is intended to elaborate on the Haunted House trope encountered in Realms of the Haunting.

I know not how it was --but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible. I looked upon the scene before me --upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain --upon the bleak walls --upon the vacant eye-like windows --upon a few rank sedges --and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees --with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium --the bitter lapse into everyday life --the hideous dropping off of the veil. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart --an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it --I paused to think --what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?

—Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839 (excerpt).

Notable Edifices reminiscent of the Mansion in ROTHEdit

  • Exham Priory (Howard Phillips Lovecraft, The Rats in the Walls, 1923)
  • Hill House / Harlaxton Manor (Jan de Bont, The Haunting, 1999)
  • The Judge's House (Bram Stoker, The Judge's House, 1891)
  • House of Roderick Usher (Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839)
  • Belli Castle (Haunting Ground, 2005)
  • Salazar Castle (Resident Evil 4, 2005)
  • Collinwood Mansion (Dark Shadows, 1966-1971, 2012)
  • Oxford Street House (The Haunted and the Haunters or The House and the Brain, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1859)

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