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USHER'S PASSING.

McCammon, Robert R.

ISBN 10: 0030618339 / ISBN 13: 9780030618338
Published by HOLT. NY 1984, 1984
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. SIGNED by Robert R. McCammon on title page. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 10673

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Title: USHER'S PASSING.

Publisher: HOLT. NY 1984

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Synopsis:

The dying Walen Usher must leave the family fortune to one of his three children--drug addict Kattrina, Boone, a drinker and a gambler, and black sheep Rix, who wants no part of it--as well as the haunted family estate and the Usher family's horrifying legacy

Review:

In this most gothic of Robert McCammon's novels, setting is key: the continuing saga of the Usher family (descended from the brother of Roderick and Madeline of Edgar Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher") takes place in the weird and picturesque heart of the North Carolina mountains. The haughty, aristocratic Ushers live in a mansion near Asheville; the poor but crafty mountain folk (whose families are just as ancient) live on Briartop Mountain nearby. At harvest time, when the book's action unfolds, the mountains are a blaze of color. Add to the mixture a sinister history of mountain kids disappearing every year, a journalist investigating those disappearances, a monster called "The Pumpkin Man," moldy books and paintings in a huge old library at the Usher estate, and a secret chamber with a strange device involving a brass pendulum and tuning forks--and you've got a splendid recipe for atmospheric horror.

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