House of Leaves - A Man's Descent Into Insanity

Today, we're going to delve deep into the Horror novel, House of Leaves. While it does play with many genres, I'm going to focus on the three main storylines, delving into Johnny Truant, Zampano, and even the hidden story of Pelafina. We even jump over to music to discuss Mark's sister, Poe, and her audio companion piece, Haunted (2000). So buckle up, cause we're headed straight into the heart of madness with House of Leaves!
In my YellowBrickRoad analysis, I mentioned that film was the closest we’d ever get to a House of Leaves adaptation. That, ultimately, was in reference to the way the land shifted around them, playing with concepts of time and space, as well as driving the expedition quite mad.

There are other films that pick up other aspects of House of Leaves, such as Johnny’s obsession appearing in The Number 23. 

However, none of them quite reach the book’s glory.

Seeing as there will never be a film adaptation of that novel, at least not outright, today, we’re going to talk about Mark Z. Danielewski’s debut novel House of Leaves.

Film Clips Used
Dave Made a Maze
The Babadook
The Shining
The Number 23

Game Clips Used
Silent Hill 2

Music Video Clips Used
Poe - Angry Johnny (1995)

Poe - Hey Pretty Music Video Official Label Video (Drive-By 2001 Mix)

Music Clips Used
Poe - Haunted
Poe - Exploration B

YouTube Clips
Dubious Consumption
YellowBrickRoad - An Existential Romp Through the Woods

P.T. - FULL Walkthrough PLAYTHROUGH PlayStation 4 HD 1080P | No COMMENTARY

Collative Learning
Film psychology THE SHINING spatial awareness and set design 1of2
Film psychology THE SHINING spatial awareness and set design 2of2

Image Credits
The Map of Hell by Sandro Botticelli

Riddled House of Leaves by Sebastiaan de With

Mark Z. Danielewski by Emman Montalvan


Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.