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Harvest Home (original 1973; edition 1974)

by Thomas Tryon

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Title:Harvest Home
Authors:Thomas Tryon
Info:Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (1974), Hardcover, 416 pages
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Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon (1973)

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    jseger9000: Another horror story about strangers moving to an isolated town that practices old traditions.
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Turns out I love this genre to death, even though (just like The Wicker Man) I don't find the story particularly horrific when it's about bad things happening to a main character I just don't like very much. This is a fantastic book, though, and it's a tragedy it's out of print. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jul 30, 2014 |
An exquisite gothic horror story that taps into fertility cult rituals and neo-paganism prominent during the 70s to create a slow-burning but intense rural, gothic horror story. Lyrical and deeply descriptive, the novel demonstrates the author's knack for story-telling, and Tryon weaves a spell-binding but chilling tale. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
all i have to say is: 'beware the all-prevailing night'! whoa. ( )
  KatieHuf | Oct 19, 2012 |
Cornwall Coombe is a tiny, isolated village, the sort of place where everyone is related to everyone else by blood or marriage or sometimes both. It is also a community that clings to "the old ways," rejecting most modern agricultural ideas--not to mention newcomers to the area. As it happens, however, Ned and Beth Constantine and their daughter are smiled upon by the Widow Fortune, a woman who holds tremendous sway in the community, and as time passes they are accepted.

But into what? For it soon transpires that the "old ways" include a number of odd superstitions, all of them centering on the cycle of seasons and the area's corn crop. At first Ned is amused, then curious--but the more he learns the more disturbing the superstitions and traditions become. And unsavory stories abound: the strange grave of Gracie Everdean, the mystery of Missy Penrose's parentage, the ghost of "Soake's Lonesome"--and always, always the corn crop itself.
  cawillie53 | Sep 18, 2011 |
Might have given four stars but the first half of the book is very boring, and there is way too much talk about corn. ( )
  luvlylibrarian | Nov 29, 2010 |
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In Harvest-time, harvest folk
servants and all,
Should make all together
good cheer in the hall,
And fill the black bowl
Of blyth to their song,
And let them be merry,
all harvest-time long.

Thomas Tusser, Elizabethan farmer-poet
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This book is for Allen Leffingwell Vincent
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I awakened that morning to birdsong.
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Ned Constantine and his family abandon hectic New York for a tranquil New England village where they unknowingly become part of the secret Harvest Home ritual

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