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Baker & Taylor New England aristocrat Myra Ludens is terrified of her basement, the burial site of a seventeenth-century accused witch, and soon horrific things begin to happen to anyone who has offended Myra. By the author of Doll's Eyes. 50,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.
Blackwell North Amer Myra Ludens is a sweet, shy Connecticut housewife who seems to have the picture-perfect life - old family money, beautiful house, devoted husband, and an intimate circle of friends. But there's a black spot in this picture: the basement. Even after an expensive renovation, there's something about the basement in Myra's house that chills her blue blood, an air of malevolence that leaves her weak with fear. When she researches the history of her house and discovers that a woman named Goody Redman was hanged for witchcraft in the seventeenth century and buried on her land, Myra is convinced she is being haunted by the woman's spirit. These fears take on a horrible new significance when her peaceful town is rocked by a series of shocking and unnatural deaths. All the victims have one thing in common: At one time or another they've offended Myra Ludens. Bari Wood exposes the unease beneath the placid surface of a privileged life, the foreboding that can be inspired by a simple country lane, and the commonplace infected with skin-prickling dread. This is the setting for the appalling struggle at the core of this tale, wherein benevolence and malice vie for the possession of a good woman's soul.