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BY John Farris.
FIRST HARD COVER. NY: Tor, 1986. First Edition. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Hard Cover. Good/ Very Good. ISBN: 0312939191. Tyree, North Carolina. Off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains are imbued by a timelessness that co-exists with the modern world. Except for one place. On Tormentil Mountain, timelessness is a dark abyss, and a long abandoned estate, Wildwood, seems to hang in the midst of that abyss. Four poeple are about to be trapped in Wildwood's mystery: retired Army Colonel Whit Bowers, preparing a feasibility study on the estate's resort potential for Wildwood's corporate owners; teenage Terry Bowers, spending time with his father on a divorce visitation; Arn Rutledge, a hillman and Whit's fellow World War II hero: and Arn's beautiful, sensual Qualla Cherokee wife, Faren. Rutledge is obsessed with the Wildwood legend, which goes beyond all folklore and superstition: in 1916, a mad millionaire's pleasurdome became a lost crypt for a gilded age's rich and famous: since then, the mountain has been haunted by uncanny storms, plance crashes, blue ghostlight, noxious vapors... and baely glimpsed, unhuman creatures from the depth of myth... creatures Arn Rutledge is determined to capture. But no ralization or knowledge can prepare them for what festers in Wildwood: a hellish fairyland: a demented dream made real; a place where genius and jealousy, illusion and vengeance, ancient sorcery and modern science are joined in a nightmare that shatters the borders of reality ... and time....
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