The People From the Sea Author:Velda Johnston "Of one thing I can be almost sure. Those three who shared the house with me for a time last summer - that handsome trio who some may say had no existence outside my own disordered imagination - will not be there. Neither I nor anyone, stepping at dusk from the hall into the shadowy living room, will see Mrs. Woodhull's slender figure at the win... more »dow facing the dune. And neither I nor anyone will hear her daughter Sheila's silvery laugh, nor see her handsome son Derek, in his uniform from a half-forgotten war, stretch out his hand invitingly while a record of 'Harbor Lights' spins - or did it? - on the console's turntable.
No, those three have gone back where they came from, whether it was some corner of my mind, or beneath the sparkling sea."
Diana Garson had like the shabby old farmhouse from the moment she crossed its threshold. The atmosphere seemed friendly and homelike, almost as if it were welcoming her. David Corway, her friend and neighbor in Manhattan, had heard about the house and persuaded her to rent it for the summer. Here, in this quiet place on the Long Island shore, she hoped to recover from the emotional blows that had brought her to the brink of a breakdown. And for a while she did find a soothing peace. But she also encountered the people from the sea.
Whether they were in any sense "real," Diana did not know. Only one thing was certain: the evil in which she became enmeshed because of them was very real, as real as the hands that wrapped themselves around her throat one fog-shrouded afternoon on the beach.
Set against the background of Manhattan's West Side and the farmlands and wide beaches of the Hamptons, "The People From the Sea" is a provocative novel of supernatural suspense, a story of love and terror and of some very dangerous human secrets.« less