The Hunting Season Author:John Coyne A house in the country....it's everyone's dream. Yet when the next-door neighbor is miles away, there is nothing more terrifying than knowing you are alone and that someone-or something-is out there watching, waiting for the right moment to strike. — April Benard is a young anthropologist at Columbia University. Her husband, Marshall, is a hard-d... more »riving wall street attorney. Theyare the perfect couple with two children. All they need to complete the picture is a country retreat where they can escape from the stifling-hot Manhattan summers.They find it in a picturesque farm in an isolated, upstate New York community called Mad River Moutain.
But there is a strange clan o0f people up in the woods. " Kin of kin, next of kin, and double kin" is how the town folk describe the shadowy, grotesque "pumpkin heads" living deep in the forest not far from the Benard's farmhouse.
April finds them strangely fascinating, but her husbanddreads them. The Benard children, watching them flit about the margins of the woods from the bedroom windows, think thet are like funny creatures from a fairy tale.
As summer draws to a close, and the rich New Yorkes return to the safe enclaves of the city, the Benards stay behind. But is a deadly secret that has been away for over a century on Mad mountain, and the hills come alive with the sound of chainsaws. And scurring footsteps. And screams.
Tourist season is over. The Hunting season has begun.« less