The Broken Hours

The Broken Hours

In the spring of 1936, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is broke, living alone in a creaky old house and deathly ill. At the edge of a nervous breakdown, he hires a personal assistant, Arthor Crandle. As the novel opens, Crandle arrives at Lovecraft?s home with no knowledge of the writer or his work but is soon drawn into his distinctly unnerving world: the malevolent presence In the spring of 1936, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is broke, living alone in a creaky old house and deathly ill. At th...

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Title:The Broken Hours
Author:Jacqueline Baker
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:1443425680
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Broken Hours Reviews

  • Jeff Raymond
    Jun 02, 2016
    I guess it was only a matter of time before Lovecraft himself started winding his proverbial tentacles into the New Weird as a character, but here we are with The Broken Hours, a quiet, creepy affair. The story is mainly about a man who takes an assistant position in an old house in...
  • Tom Cork
    Jul 29, 2016
    I really enjoyed this little novel. The ever-shifting narrative reminded me of House on Haunted Hill by Shirley Jackson. As the story progresses, little clues from the outside world begin to seep in, leading you to question what you've assumed to be true. I'm very glad this wasn't j...
  • Carrie Laben
    Apr 30, 2016
    An extremely quick read, capable of keeping this reader engaged even though ultimately the final twist managed to be predictable and at the same time not very psychologically plausible. Not a classic for the ages but good entertainment for the train. ...
  • John
    Sep 14, 2017
    In the midst of the Great Depression, Arthor Crandle is desperate for employment. He eagerly accepts a position as a live-in secretary/assistant for H.P. Lovecraft, a reclusive unpublished author and shut-in. When Arthor arrives, he discovers an elegant, two-story colonial with some ro...
  • Tobin Elliott
    Dec 30, 2016
    This book shouldn't have worked for me. I guessed the twist long before the end, and throughout its 300ish pages, very little happens. And yet, I couldn't read it fast enough. I soaked up every word, every fascinating interaction. Though it's billed as "a novel of H.P. Lovecraft," t...
  • Dan Schwent
    Jun 05, 2017
    When Arthor Crandle is down on his luck, he gets a job as a personal assistant to a reclusive Providence author whose initials are H.P. While getting increasingly vexed by his absent employer, Crandle is haunted by the ghost of a little girl... I had my eye on this one for a while b...
  • Annie
    Aug 14, 2014
    H.P. Lovecraft is experiencing a revival. The strange author of even stranger stories had a life, it seems, that was crying out to be turned into fiction. Within the last year, I've seen Lovecraft turned into a character in stories based in his fiction. His settings have been revived f...
  • Ryan
    Jun 19, 2016
    I haven't read a lot of H.P. Lovecraft's writing, nor do I really know much about his personal life, so when I stumbled upon this book in the store, and was captivated by the cover, I knew I had to give it a shot. Once I got it home, it stayed on my bedside table for a few days, but on...
  • Mike Perschon
    Jun 05, 2015
    I dislike giving the impression I'm a literary snob, so let me set the record straight, immediately: I love horror, and I love good writing, and I'm as likely to read Stephen King as a I am to read Shirley Jackson. Nevertheless, there are some who question if modern horror can ever tra...
  • Monique
    Aug 19, 2019
    Over the past few years, I?ve come to appreciate H.P. Lovecraft as one of our truly great horror writers. This book reads like a surreal love letter to his freakish madness, written so eloquently in a Lovecraftian voice, it almost could have been written by the author himself. I admi...
  • Amy Sturgis
    Jul 05, 2016
    This is a delicious slow burn of a reading experience. And "experience" really captures it for me; the haunting prose kept me in the moment, fully engaged with disbelief suspended. I purposefully did not try to anticipate where the mystery was going or what the end point would be, and ...
  • Vicki
    Oct 28, 2017
    When I selected this book, The Broken Hours, I assumed it was authored by H.P. Lovecraft, but alas, he is merely a character in this book by Jacqueline Baker, though she uses his style to shade the subtle creepiness that the protagonist Mr. Arthor Crandle is surrounded by once he is ...
  • Aksel Dadswell
    May 28, 2016
    I had mixed feelings about The Broken Hours. The book was not at all what I expected, in good and bad ways. The writing itself was spectacular, scalpel-precise but never too simple or sparse. Every word felt like it was exactly where it was supposed to be. There was a beauty and in...
  • Gail
    Mar 02, 2015
    Atmospheric and dark, this book is long on words and short on action. The protagonist, Arthor Crandle, accepts a position as personal assistant to an elderly author (H.P. Lovecraft, writer of horror stories) who lives in a shabby old house. He communicates with his employer by hand-wri...
  • Tarl
    Nov 28, 2016
    This is one of those books where you go through it and are trying to figure out what is going on, and then at the very end it all hits you, blowing your mind. I have to say, Baker has crafted an engaging book that contains a lot of elements that are beautiful in nature. Though this...
  • Barry Hammond
    Oct 02, 2014
    Fiction which uses real historical characters can be tricky and sometimes disappointing if the reader knows more about the historical figure than the author. Happily, this is not the case with this novel. Baker uses weird fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft as a character but has obviously d...
  • Natalie
    Sep 21, 2014
    An atmospheric and creepy tale told in elegant prose. ...
  • Autumn Is Azathoth
    Apr 04, 2016
    Review: BROKEN HOURS by Jacqueline Baker I have been extraordinarily blessed in the last few years by discovering several "perfect" books. BROKEN HOURS: A NOVEL OF H. P. LOVECRAFT is one. I don't even feel capable of doing this novel justice in my review. BROKEN HOURS should be an a...
  • David
    Aug 07, 2017
    I couldn't figure out where this story was going, which can be good or bad. In this case, it felt like the entire book was one long setup for a reveal at the very, very end of the book. When I got there it was like "Oh, that was it?" That said, it did keep me on the hook till the end, ...
  • Peter
    Dec 08, 2016
    An enjoyable, well-written, genteel, Lovecraft associated ghost story. ...
  • Joe Kilmartin
    Sep 19, 2016
    Not bad at all - a deftly written, literary deconstruction of life on 66 College St., where HP Lovecraft spent his last days. Very DEFINITELY a ghost story, and one that speaks to the HPL one finds in his letters and his much more sympathetic biographies. Recommended for those looking ...
  • Laura Jones
    Oct 14, 2017
    This is the most tightly written Gothic horror story I?ve ever read. That?s a seriously impressive feat for a book that relies heavily on atmosphere. It?s probable that my lack of knowledge about H.P. Lovecraft had a effect on my enjoyment of the novel. This a worthwhile read. I ...
  • Melissa
    May 17, 2016
    I got this book expecting a frightening story about H.P. Lovecraft. It was a good story that easily captured my attention but H.P. Lovecraft made few appearences in the story besides letters written to the main character Arthor. The beginning I thought set the stage for the rest of the...
  • Will Mayo
    Apr 28, 2016
    An excellent biographical novel concerning the American horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft in which three characters merge, become two and then one. I could see the ending coming but I followed it through to the end enjoying the read while remaining sympathetic to a long dead recl...
  • Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You
    May 23, 2018
    i will admit to some initial surprise at the lack of what one comes to expect from a novel of H.P. Lovecraft... but that hardly seemed to matter, as i tore through this book in one sitting (OK, i got up to make tea, so two sittings technically)... the writing for this tale was period p...
  • Emma Catanzaro
    May 09, 2017
    I gave this book three stars because I liked the style of writing. However, I don't know what happened! I was so confused and the end didn't really clear it up for me. ...
  • Connie
    Jan 06, 2015
    Jacquline Baker is not the first to portray author H.P. Lovecraft in a horror novel, but she does so with a great deal of talent. The sense of the surreal when reading her novel is not unlike that when reading one of Lovecraft's own stories. Lovecraft's contention that humans can only ...
  • Charlie Moses
    Jun 06, 2017
    Adult .... fantasy? Or not. I admit I read half of it, and skipped ahead to the end to see if I actually wanted to go there - and decided I didn't. 1) It's skillfully written. 2) It's wonderfully atmospheric. Truly creepy and on the verge of frightening. As the author meant for it to b...
  • Durand Welsh
    Dec 08, 2016
    I like Lovecraft's work, but I knew very little about the author himself before starting this novel. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I was more familiar with Lovecraft's life, because I felt I was constantly missing sly references and allusions. That said, I really enjoyed ...
  • Paul
    Apr 25, 2019
    I feel like this book got a lot of bad ratings just because the reviewers were looking for a different kind of story than what the author had in mind. I think it was simply a creative look into some of Lovecraft's last days, written in a way similar to his own stories and with a twist ...