The Dionaea House

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The Dionaea House is a horror hypertext fiction with a plot revolving around a predatory, supernatural house which exists in multiple places at once. The work's title references the Latin name of the Venus flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula), a carnivorous plant with multiple heads which uses scent to lure in insects, that it then traps and consumes.

The Dionaea House’s story is split into multiple, loosely connected parts, each either hosted as an individual website or a blog.

The central hub of the story was hosted on a website entitled "The Dionaea House: Correspondence from Mark Condry, September 6, 2004 - October 1, 2004". This site, maintained by a fictional version of the author Eric Heisserer, is split into into two sections. The first section details a series of emails received from Mark Condry, an old friend of Eric’s who has received a newspaper clipping in the mail describing a double murder and suicide committed by another old friend, Andrew. Mark decides to investigate, but disappears after sending a series of text messages from within a house that irrevocably changed Andrew.

The second section is told in a series of "updates" on the website with links to various blogs, all featuring their own narratives and extensively interlinking comments.

Eric Heisserer sold the rights of the story to Warner Bros. in 2005. A film version of the work never materialised.

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