The Hunting Season Author:John Coyne A terrifying novel in which a woman's anthropological studies of a mountain community reveal a dark and nightmarish secret. — 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 watc... more »hing, waiting for the right moment to strike.
April Benard is a young anthropologist at Columbia University. Her husband, Marshall, is a hard-driving Wall Street attorney. They are 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 Mountain.
But there is a strange clan of people up in the woods. "Kin of kin, next of kin, and double kin" is how the townsfolk describe the shadowy, grotesque "pumpkin heads" living deep in the forest not far from the Benards' farmhouse.
April finds them strangely fascinating, but her husband dreads them. The Benard children, watching them flit about the margins of the woods from the bedroom windows, think they are like funny creatures from a fairy tale.
As summer draws to a close, and the rich New Yorkers return to the safe enclaves of the city, the Benards stay behind. But there is a deadly secret that has been hidden away for over a century on Mad River Mountain, and the hills come alive with the sound of chainsaws. And scurrying footsteps. And screams.
Tourist season is over. The hunting season has begun.« less