There was manifestly nothing in the external appearance of this particular house to bear out the tales of the horror that was said to reign within. It was neither lonely nor unkempt. It stood, crowded into a corner of the square, and looked exactly like the houses on either side of it....I do love me some haunted house stories around this time of year!
And yet this house in the square, that seemed precisely similar to its fifty ugly neighbors, was as a matter of fact entirely different -- horribly different. (p.6)
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