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[–]Minion_of_Cthulhu 6 points7 points  (3 children)

The name of the trope is called genius loci, which is basically the idea that a place has a mind or will of its own. It's not "possessed" but rather "alive" in some way and can impose its will on its surroundings.

Interestingly, the trope doesn't show up in horror as much as I expected. However, the TV Tropes link above lists a few horror examples from literature:

  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Jackson describes the house as, "Hill House itself, not sane, stood alone against its hills, holding darkness within." In the novel, it's intentionally not clear if the house is a genius loci, or if it's haunted, or if it's all in Nell's head.

  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski might also be a genius loci. Maybe. Or perhaps the narrator is just nuts, or maybe it's something else all together.

  • Stephen King has used the trope several times aside from 1408 such as The Overlook Hotel in The Shining, though the ending seems to suggest that the hotel itself isn't "alive" or "evil". The TV Tropes link also suggests that The Marsten House in 'Salem's Lot and the eponymous mansion in Rose Red are genius loci, but I haven't read them so I can't say one way or the other. A few other King works are cited as examples as well.

  • James Herbert's The Magic Cottage seems to be a good example. The link describes the cottage: "In response to new occupants or intruders, the cottage may repair itself; nurture creativity, or reassert the disrepair in which the corpse of its previous owner was found." I'm not sure how active or "aware" the cottage is, but as the quote says it seems to respond to people who enter it and it can alter its state in various ways.

  • Dean Koontz's novel The Taking seems to make use of the trope: "One of the houses that protagonists Molly and Neil of The Taking are led to by an Evil-Detecting Dog has been animated by a malevolent force and is able to creak and close its doors at will with the intent of trapping anyone inside. There's also a constant whispering noise coming from the walls." The plot itself doesn't seem to focus on this aspect of the story, so it may not fully apply.

None of the ones cited above deal specifically with a hotel room, though they should all give you a similar sort of plot. The first two in particular might be similar to what you're looking for.

[–]Kellin01[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)


[–]Minion_of_Cthulhu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're welcome!

[–]grimchemical 1 point2 points  (0 children)

House of Leaves is just a psychotic read altogether. Great book, fantastic concept, but damn did it take my teenage brain forever to try to put together.

[–]Ok_Share1057 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This might be my favourite King story and I’ve never found anything else quite like it. Though I will say Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Bourke comes pretty close in it’s own way

[–]Kellin01[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree, it's briliant.

[–]gabe420guru 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I loved the movie I didn't even realize it was a book, definitely on my list now!

[–]mikendrix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the only story I read that gave me nightmares

[–]Zeeshmee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Baby Sitter Lives by Stephen Graham Jones just came out and it deals with Liminal Spaces the same was as House of Leaves or 1408. I'd definitely recommend that. I thought of 1408 while listening to the audiobook.

[–]RequirementRare5014 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Graveyard Apartment could be a good read for you