From Publishers Weekly
An uncharacteristic period ghost story brings the Harrow haunted house trilogy to an apprehensive conclusion or beginning. In Mischief (2000) and The Infinite (2001), Clegg dropped portentous hints of past misdeeds and occult experiments that amplified the evil influence of Harrow, a sprawling Hudson River estate turned into a boys' prep school. The events of this novel, a prequel to the previous two books, don't so much explain as anticipate Harrow's later ghostly manifestations. In 1926, Ethan Gravesend inherits the estate from his eccentric paternal grandfather, who built the mansion on supposedly cursed land. Almost immediately, he witnesses eerie apparitions that emanate from Harrow's shadowy halls and gloomy grounds. In the company of housekeeper and love interest Maggie Barrow, Ethan stumbles upon a boarded-up room and a proverbial skeleton in the family closet that serves as lodestone for the formidable supernatural forces that pulse through the dwelling. Clegg milks each of the gothic set pieces premature burial, mesmerism, exorcism, as well as the inevitable specters for maximum spooky effect, but ultimately depends on a lengthy digression by the well-informed local constable to put them all together for Ethan's benefit. While he offers no ideas here that haven't already been explored by the weird fiction masters cited in his acknowledgments, Clegg's modern sensibility brings out the luster in some of the genre's well-used furniture and shows that tales in the classic horror tradition can still entertain.
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About the Author
Douglas Clegg is the New York Times
bestselling and award-winning author of more than 35 books including novels of horror, suspense and fantasy. His fiction includes The Hour Before Dark
, and The Vampyricon
. He lives near the coast of New England where he's at work on his next novel.
The Harrow series of novels is based on the author's research of a few haunted houses, embellished with the idea of one house in the world which hosts infinite hauntings because of its occult origins. Each novel in the Harrow series is a different type of haunted house or hauntings of a psychic nature, all set in or around the dark mansion called Harrow. With more books to come.
Here they are in order:
The Full-Length Novels:
- Nightmare House, Book 1 (Set in the 1920s, quiet haunting mystery.)
- Mischief, Book 2 (Harrow becomes a boys' school for awhile.)
- The Infinite, Book 3 (Psychic investigators converge on Harrow.)
- The Abandoned, Book 4 (Harrow's toxic haunting leaks into the local town, all-out horror.)
Prequel Novellas (not set at Harrow, but about its originators):
- The Necromancer (The early life of Justin Gravesend.)
- Isis (The early life of the later psychic of Harrow.)