This Old Haunted House

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Front Cover

Product Code: CHA0361

Publishing Year: 2008

Pages: 58

Cover Price: $12.95

Author(s): R.J. Christensen

Artist(s):

Setting(s): 1890s, 1920s, Modern

Format: MULA Monograph

Released as PDF: Yes

Contents

What is a Haunted House?

Is it a decaying mansion brimming with spires, turrets, and intricate grillwork? An abode of great age with its rotting façade and long-lost, eldritch secrets hidden inside, beneath decades of cobwebs and dust? Does it require spine-chilling drafts and creaking wood that causes stalwart investigators to calm their breathing in nervous anxiety? Or perhaps it is a house hand-built by skilled and discreet craftsmen who don’t mind an eccentric owner's request for a secret passageway or hidden room?

The ideal haunted house seems to issue from the 18th and 19th centuries. Nothing adds to a supernatural mystery than an old abandoned house, whether standing on some lonely country back road or in the middle of the big city. Where once a stately manor stood on a rural estate may now be rotting amidst a sprawling suburb.

Every small town has such an old abandoned house, inspiring local folklore with its spooky, mysterious past and its supposed horrors still lurking inside. Elderly neighbors whisper hushed rumors about previous owners, and what horrors occurred. Youngsters dare each other to enter; teenagers use them for reckless (or romantic) adventures; unknowing and long-lost relatives inherit them; and sinister persons (or things) use them as headquarters for nefarious plans.

Keepers of Unknown Lore are welcome to tweak the designs presented here, adding more secret doors and passages, and strange landscaping to whatever neighborhood they wish to place their own haunted house. Does your scenario needs an organ loft where mysterious music flows fourth at midnight? A Victorian-era tower turret is perfect. A hidden basement room where once Revolutionaries, Criminals, or Cults secretly met? A decaying Colonial cellar is just the place.

So go on, thumb through this collection and find the house of your nightmares!

Floor plans are provided for the following styles of houses:

 * Colonial Era Houses (1640-1770)
    o Cape Cod Style
    o Dutch Colonial
    o Georgian Style Mansion
 * New Republic Era Houses (1770-1850)
    o Exotic Tower Home
    o Gothic Mansion
    o Greek Revival Mansion
    o Greek Revival Farmhouse
    o Italianate Mansion
    o Swiss Ornee
 * Victorian Houses (1850-1900)
    o Doctor's Stick style Home
    o Eastern Victorian
    o Gothic Revival Mansion
    o Mansard/Second Empire
    o Queen Anne
    o San Francisco "Painted Lady" Victorian
    o Shingle Style Seaside Cottage
    o Stick style farmhouse
    o Suburban Romanesque
    o Urban Romanesque
    o Western Victorian
    o Victorian Stick Style
 * Early 20th Century (1900-1930)
    o Californian Craftsman
    o Midwest Craftsman
    o Late Queen Anne

Chaosium later published a second volume of haunted house floor plans by the same author(presented in exactly the same style), also as a MULA Monograph. That book is This Old Haunted House, Too.

Front Cover Text

A Collection of 25 Creepy Classic Home Plans for the Discriminating Keeper of Things Best Left Alone....

Back Cover Text

THIS OLD HAUNTED HOUSE

What is a Haunted House? A decaying old mansion brimming with spires, turrets, and intricate grillwork? An abode of great age with its rotting façade and long-lost, eldritch secrets hidden inside, beneath decades of cobwebs and dust? Does it require spine-chilling drafts and creaking wood that causes stalwart investigators to calm their breathing in nervous anxiety? Or perhaps it is a house hand-built by skilled and discreet craftsmen who don't mind an eccentric owner's request for a secret passageway or hidden room?

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