• The Well

  • By: Jack Cady
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-04-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (19 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Add to Library for $0.00

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Years earlier, John Tracker fled the insanity of his family and their house, a centuries-old monstrosity that his grandfather Theophilus rigged full of hallucinatory tricks and vicious death traps designed to capture the Devil. Now middle-aged, John receives word that the place is to be demolished to make way for a freeway, and he decides to revisit it with his girlfriend Amy Griffith before its destruction. 
But when a blizzard traps them inside the house, they will be forced to contend with the dangers hidden within: strange time-shifts, murderous traps, and something evil that stalks the halls in the form of John's grandmother Vera. As the terror mounts, John and Amy will make the horrifying discovery that Theophilus's mad ambition to trap the Devil may have succeeded only too well ...  
Jack Cady (1932-2004) has been recognized as a master American storyteller and was the recipient of the World Fantasy, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards for his novels and short fiction. This edition of The Well (1980), a classic of modern horror fiction, includes an introduction by Tom Piccirilli.
©1980, 2017 The Estate of Jack Cady (P)2018 Valancourt Books
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

 "[A] superior example of horror fiction ... a vision out of hell ... an original and awesome adventure that should be read in broad daylight, when one is not alone." (Publishers Weekly)
"It takes no special critical powers to recognize in Cady an exceptional writer, who is not just promising but has already achieved some remarkable feats." (Joyce Carol Oates)
 "[A] haunted house story ... intelligently written both in terms of concept and style ... Cady develops his horrors with subtlety." (Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Horror Fiction)
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Spooky Mike on 04-27-18

Winchester House meets H.H. Holmes Mansion

This setting is a twisted house that is a labyrinth of mazes with H.H. Holmes type rooms built on a more sinister version of the well from The Ring. This house reminded me a bit of the movie Cube. I always try to listen to older horror because those stories always set the foundation for current horror writers. Usually I can’t get into them as much as I would like, H.P Lovecraft for instance, but this one is definitely one to check out. Occasionally I got mixed-up on the timeline with all the different Trackers, but that is on me. Otherwise this was a haunted house story that was a unique and quite enjoyable tale.
I am not a huge fan of Tom Piccirilli and fortunately this audible book doesn’t include his introduction. Hearing that might have offered some insight into the story, but most likely would have started me out thinking negatively of the book. Having heard some of Piccirilli’s stories I can see how these authors are similar, but I definitely prefer Cady.
I enjoyed the story of John and Amy, discovering how they truly feel about each other while trying to survive the house. You get a lot of back story on the different Trackers and get to meet a few of them as well. I felt like the story got too wrapped up in the lineage of Trackers when I really just wanted to hear about the house. Given that the house is booby trapped at every step I wanted a little bit more horror. Instead of horror this provided a lot of anxiety and tension as the claustrophobic house continues on and on. Listening to this with headphones on I definitely felt trapped.
Been a fan of Matt Godfrey for a while and as always his tone of voice is set for specific books and he finds the right ones to narrate. I think he did great on this story. If very early 80’s horror is your thing I recommend this.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

Read More Hide me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas Evans on 05-22-18

Creepy Creepy!

This is a blend of history and horror! The nightmare that transcends several lifetimes. Destroying families and haunting. Its a story that is narrated by man remembering his boyhood and the odd secrets of his family. The devoured lives! The boy that is successful and comes back to stand triumphant against evil.

Read More Hide me

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews