Usher's Passing

Usher's Passing

by Robert McCammon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439194294
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 267,870
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of Boy's Life and Gone South, among many critically acclaimed works of fiction, with millions of copies of his novels in print. He is a recipient of the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award, the Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, and is a World Fantasy Award winner. He lives in Alabama. Visit the author at

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Usher's Passing 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been in my top 5 since I first read it about 20 years ago. Just love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 .
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
SenoraG163 on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Great book! Creepy, chilling, weird and right up my alley. The Fall of the House of Usher was always one of my favorite Poe books and I love the movie so having this book sort of pick up where they left off was great. I am definately going to be reading more of McCammon. I always thought he was more science fiction.
CarlosMcRey on LibraryThing 3 days ago
"The Fall of the House of Usher" is arguably one of Poe's most Gothic stories, a tale of hereditary doom that might be tricky for the reader to get into but also quite likely to haunt the imagination thereafter. McCammon takes a risk in crafting a story so obviously inspired by Poe's classic story but he succeeds in crafting a contemporary Gothic tale with strong horror elements.The first chapter of the novel starts things on a strong note, presenting a fascinatingly sinister picture of one of the Usher clan as he confronts Edgar Allan Poe over his writing of a story about the family. Poe swears he thought it was purely fiction, that perhaps he heard about them second-hand and subconsciously worked the family into a story he thought he had dreamed up. It sets the tone well, making it clear that while connected to Poe's story, McCammon intends to make Usher's Passing his own story and to update the old Gothic theme of the doomed family line. From there, events leap forward to the present day. Rix Usher is called back to the family home near Asheville, North Carolina, by his father, Walen, who is dying from a hereditary terminal illness which enhances the senses of its victims. The Usher family has prospered in the years since that encounter with Mr. Poe, growing incredibly wealthy off of the business of manufacturing weapons. They now possess a large estate in the mountains of North Carolina, dominated by a large, though unused, mansion they call The Lodge. The estate has its own Gothic reputation, and the locals tell stories about The Pumpkin Man, who snatches up children, and his monstrous feline companion, Greediguts.At home, Rix has to contend with his mother Margaret, who is in denial regarding her husband's impending demise; his arrogant brother Boone and his fading Southern Belle of a wife; and his sister Katt, whose glamorous lifestyle conceals dark secrets. Rix's latest novel has been rejected by his publisher, and his return inspires thoughts about writing the Usher family history. While delving into the old documents in the library, he begins to uncover secrets and mysteries of the family.McCammon's handling of the story's connection with its inspiration is well done. Poe's presence is certainly felt, from little story details to the climax of the book, but done with a light enough touch that it doesn't feel smothered by allusion. McCammon captures the traditional Gothic feeling of the doomed family and their imposing ancestral home, whose ominous presence reflects the family's own history. He gives these elements a very contemporary and Southern twist, giving the Usher's the Faulknerian feel of a family whose riches based off of the blood of others, but who have gained a certain measure of respectability thanks to their wealth and endurance. As the events of the novel unfold, the depths of the Usher family's crimes become explicit, and the judgment that falls across their house in the climax is worthy of Poe's original tale.
hredwards on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Awesome book!!He is one of my favorites!!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is one that you'll keep so you can read it again & again. Awesome Story! Martha Byrd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usher's Passing was okay but not great. It was a slow read until almost the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. I've enjoyed reading it numerous times.
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Great read and a different refreshing angle. McCammon is one of the best!
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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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