Maynard's House by Herman Raucher (1980)

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Maynard's House
by Herman Raucher
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Copyright: 1980

To most people, a house symbolizes warmth and security. But then, most houses are not like Maynard's House. This stunning new novel by the author of Summer of '42 is both a frightening tale bringing reality and the supernatural, and a love story -- the kind you've come to expect from Herman Raucher.

For Austin Fletcher, any place is Paradise after Vietnam, even an isolated house in Maine's frozen wilderness that is bequeathed to him by his slain buddy, Maynard Whittier. And it is a malevolent house in which no one dares live, a house fronted by a "witch's tree," for upon it a witch was hanged 350 years before and a devastating history thus begun.

Even as the house closes in about him, Austin is confronted by a girl who, in her own bewitching way, is far more frightening than anything else he must contend with. Too young to be a woman, too guileful to be a child, she is endlessly bold yet skittish as a doe -- and her presence threatens to absorb Austin's soul, for she seems to be of another time and place, though she is undeniably of today.

Soon both the mysterious girl and the strange rhythms within and without the house gnaw at Austin's tranquility. She arrives to stay the night with him but next day denies that the lovemaking took place. Maynard appears, seemingly alive, telling Austin that "things" are out of control, begging him to leave. And misshapen forms and predatory beasts slowly tighten the noose of time, causing past and present to meld into a nightmare in which Austin must face more macabre terrors than in all the combined hallucinations of his life.

Yet this nightmare is but a caprice when compared with the one forming just outside the house, where forces slumbering for over three centuries slowly awaken to make their terrible claim.

Read extraordinarily well-crafted, chillingly suggestive Maynard's House -- but not when you're alone.

Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover is discolored. Dust cover edges are curling. Dust cover flaps are darkening Top of back dust cover is ripped, torn and bent, darkening. Pages are tanned from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.

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