By Robert R. McCammon

A suffering writer needs to confront the dreadful secrets and techniques of his well-known family’s past
 
Two males argue within the low mild of 1 of nineteenth-century New York’s vilest bars. One is an aristocrat, essentially slumming, whereas the opposite, in visual appeal no larger than the gutter-trash round him, is the best writer of his age. the rich guy is Hudson Usher, come to berate Edgar Allen Poe for utilizing Usher’s relatives background as fodder for his most famed tale. the home of Usher has now not fallen, Hudson boasts. it is going to undergo into the centuries.
 
One hundred and fifty years later, the Usher line persists. the latest inheritor is Rix Usher, a hack horror author whose in poor health father has simply referred to as him again to the family’s North Carolina property. To turn into the hot Usher patriarch, Rix needs to confront a Gothic secret extra twisted than something even Poe can have imagined.

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