American Literature · Contemporary · Excerpt · Horror · Mystery · Paraphrase · Postmodernism · Quote · Satire · Urban Fantasy

Mark Z. Danielewski

You might try then, as I did, to find a sky so full of stars it will blind you again. Only no sky can blind you now. Even with all that iridescent magic up there, your eye will no longer linger on the light, it will no longer trace constellations. You’ll care only about the darkness and you’ll watch it for hours, for days, maybe even for years, trying in vain to believe you’re some kind of indispensable, universe-appointed sentinel, as if just by looking you could actually keep it all at bay. It will get so bad you’ll be afraid to look away, you’ll be afraid to sleep. — Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves. (Pantheon, Random House March 7, 2000)

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