House of Hell Gamebook Released for iOS, Android, and Nook
Ian Miller illustrates my nightmares.
You may not know Ian Miller; you may never have heard of him, but the chances are you know his work or at the very least recognise it. It looks like nothing else, and has a style which is almost completely unique. In Miller’s work, trees have faces which become walls which become people which become monsters. His art was used heavily by Games Workshop in their early days, and by the Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks.
House of Hell was one of the few Fighting Fantasy gamebooks that I never played much of, and it’s all down to Ian Miller. He illustrated the cover of the original release of the House of Hell gamebook, you see. I was six when it was first released, so I can’t have been much older than that when I first saw it. I don’t actually remember when I saw it for the first time, but I’ve never forgotten the cover in the intervening decades. It terrified me then and it still creeps me out today — even though I’m fascinated at the same time. That’s why I’ve used the full-sized version of the cover to lead this article — if I’m to be terrified, so are you.
So, it’s with a bowel-loosening mixture of terror and excitement that I share with you the release of Tin Man Games’ version of House of Hell for iOS and Android devices, and even the Nook e-reader.
I reviewed Tin Man Games’ release of Blood of the Zombies a while back, and I absolutely loved it. I’ll be reviewing House of Hell in the next few days, because I’m a fully-grown man and not a terrified child lying to his friends that he hasn’t played the book because he can’t afford it, and not because he’s too scared.
Hopefully I’ll still be able to string a sentence together by the time I’m finished.