I really enjoyed this very intense horror novel. McCammon does a great job of updating Poe's story of the Usher family. I have enjoyed other McCammon novels including Mine, Boy's Life, and Gone South. McCammon's style reminds me a lot of Stephen King and this novel compares favorably with some of King's best. I highly recommend this one!
The House of Usher has towered over a century with its apocalyptic warning against the powers of madness and evil. Yet the House of Usher is no mere tale. And neither did it really fall. Today the House of Usher is a multibillion-dollar corporate empire standing poised on the brink of its most devastating onslaught against an unsuspecting world...crafting fantastic superweapons that can level the planet...summoning demons of destruction from the darkest reaches of the earth. Unless one young heir to the House of Usher can, at long last, break the unyielding spell of terror. Before it breaks him.
Great idea for McCammon--southern-fried sequal to Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher". If you can throw yourself into the plot, it will work for you.
Robert McCammon is a true genious writer of horror fiction. I dont know why some have underrated this book, it kept me interested the entire way thru. His writing is so good you never want thet story to end!!
The Usher family has secrets upon secrets and its current head is dying. Who will take over the billion dollar empire? Why are children disappearing from the surrounding mountainside year after year? Everything this man has written needs to be read and read again. AWESOME!!
I was reluctant to read this book because I wasn't interested in a reworking of Poe's The Fall Of The House Of Usher. I'm so glad I read this anyway because it was brilliant! It has pretty much nothing to do with the Poe tale. It is its own story. Intriguing, creepy, and just plain scary. The way the house is described and literally brought to life is storytelling at its finest! I urge all horror lovers to read this book!
Did you like the stories of Edgar Allan Poe (who, incidentally opens this volume?) Were you fascinated by August Derleth's strangeness? How 'bout H. P. Lovecraft's eerie tales of the elder gods? McCammon tells a story that you do NOT want to read on a dark and rainy night! Make sure that you read it with all the lights on, and with at least one other person at close hand . . .
From back cover:
THE HOUSE OF USHER IS BUILT ON DEATH ITSELF -- AND NOW IT HAS A NEW MASTER...
For generations the House of Usher has grown wealthier and more powerful on the invention and sale of murderous military weapons. But another evil has lived and grown within the House of Usher -- a legacy of depravity and bloodshed that goes back generations, and stains the hallways of the family mansion.
One young heir, Rix Usher, is reluctant to return home. But the House of Usher has chosen him to take the reins from his dying father... to learn the house's terrible secrets. Joining in a ritual of fantastic evil, he will be forced to unleash the dreadful powers of Usher...
This convoluted tale of evil occasionally rises to the level of scary, but mostly just oozes along at a snail's pace as it tells the story of the Usher family (yes *that* Usher family) over 150 years of madness and destruction.
I highly enjoyed this book, it was such an interesting expansion of the Poe story. I thought that the plot was subtle and twisted. I would definitely say it is worth a read (or in my case, a re-read) and would recommend it!
This was an interesting book, especially after reading Poe's original story. Not spectacular, nor is it McCammon's best, but it is enjoyable.
When I read this, I had just finished Swan Song for the second time. So, I was coming down from a pretty awesome book in my mind. So, I guess I let my expectations get the better of me.
It starts out well, but then it just sort of left me with this overwhelming feeling of being unresolved. I mean, every thing wrapped up, I guess... I just didn't like the way it did.