By Robert R. McCammon
From the British Pan paperback:
"You can't flip your again at the Usher background, regardless of how tough you try...."
In Edgar Allan Poe's vintage story of the darkish powers of insanity and evil, Roderick Usher and his sister Madeline perished. yet supposing there were one other brother to hold the hideous legacy into the future....
Walen Usher is slowly demise. Deformed, ugly, reeking of degradation, he summons his 3 kids to the huge North Carolina property in which successive generations have hid a mystery so diabolic that it drove Roderick to insanity.
As Rix Usher waits to work out who will inherit Usher Armaments, he starts to delve into the relations files, uncovering a frightening background of insanity, homicide, and unexpected demise. while, the insidious evil that for over a century has formed the Ushers' future prepares to unharness its such a lot devastating onslaught opposed to an unsuspecting world.
In the haunted middle of Usherland---in the Devil's sanctuary---Rix Usher needs to face either who he is---and what he is....
In this so much gothic of Robert McCammon's novels, environment is essential: the ongoing saga of the Usher relations (descended from the brother of Roderick and Madeline of Edgar Poe's "Fall of the home of Usher") happens within the bizarre and picturesque center of the North Carolina mountains. The haughty, aristocratic Ushers stay in a mansion close to Asheville; the negative yet artful mountain people (whose households are only as historical) survive Briartop Mountain within sight. At harvest time, while the book's motion unfolds, the mountains are a blaze of colour. upload to the combination a sinister background of mountain young ones disappearing each year, a journalist investigating these disappearances, a monster referred to as "The Pumpkin Man," moldy books and work in a major previous library on the Usher property, and a mystery chamber with an odd equipment concerning a brass pendulum and tuning forks -- and you've bought a well suited recipe for atmospheric horror.