Usher's Passing [NOOK Book]

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A struggling author must confront the dreadful secrets of his famous family’s past Two men argue in the low light of one of nineteenth-century New York’s vilest bars. One is an aristocrat, clearly slumming, while the other, in appearance no better than the gutter-trash around him, is the finest author of his age. The wealthy man is Hudson Usher, come to berate Edgar Allen Poe for using Usher’s family history as fodder for his most famous story. The house of Usher has not fallen, Hudson boasts. It will endure...
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Overview

A struggling author must confront the dreadful secrets of his famous family’s past Two men argue in the low light of one of nineteenth-century New York’s vilest bars. One is an aristocrat, clearly slumming, while the other, in appearance no better than the gutter-trash around him, is the finest author of his age. The wealthy man is Hudson Usher, come to berate Edgar Allen Poe for using Usher’s family history as fodder for his most famous story. The house of Usher has not fallen, Hudson boasts. It will endure into the centuries. One hundred and fifty years later, the Usher line persists. The newest heir is Rix Usher, a hack horror writer whose ailing father has just called him back to the family’s North Carolina estate. To become the new Usher patriarch, Rix must confront a Gothic mystery more twisted than anything even Poe could have imagined.

As the bestselling author of the novels Swan Song, Boy's Life, andMine, McCammon proves that he is a writer of brilliant versatility and consummate skill. Taking up the tale begun by Edgar Allan Poe more than a century ago, this spellbinding story tells of the terrors of a new House of Usher. "A superb job."--Booklist. Previously published by Ballantine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453231517
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 410
  • Sales rank: 91,278
  • File size: 906 KB

Meet the Author

One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger.  In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Awesome!!

    This book has been in my top 5 since I first read it about 20 years ago. Just love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Awesome book

    One of the best books i have ever read. Very scary! Set in asheville north carolina this tale of terror and dark family secrets will leave you terrified! A must for any horror fan .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2002

    Outstanding,Disturbing,Warning For Parents

    I had a lot of doubts before reading this book.The whole idea of continuing an amazing classic had me skeptic.But McCammon delivers with one of the most scary,disturbing,pulsepounding novels I have ever read.Anyone with small children beware of the ending,you may lose sleep that night. But ultimately one of his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Good book but

    This book had a creative and imaginative storyline
    My only complaint would have to be that the final reveal was underwhelming and weak so, I have to rate it as three stars for effort

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