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January 3, 2013 6:46 PM Subscribe
What was this genre novel about a maze full of gruesome tableaux vivants?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks to metafilter's enthusiastic recommendation, I saw Sleep No More last night (and adored it). In fact, it reminded me of a novel I read in the mid-to-late nineties that I would love to find again.
It was shelved in the genre section of my local library. It was probably horror or fantasy but may have even (somehow) been science fiction. In it, I think there was some sort of charismatic patron of the arts (?) who built an enormous maze or structure filled with tableaux vivants, which became increasingly gruesome as one walked from room to room. I suspect this structure had been abandoned. I think this structure hinted at some deeper science or philosophy but I don't remember the details. The book scared the living crap out of me when I read it as a teenager.
That's pretty much all I remember. Any suggestions gladly welcome!