Medusa's Web: A Novel

By Tim Powers

From the award-winning writer of Hide Me one of the Graves, final name, Declare, and Three Days to Never, a phantasmagoric, exciting, mind-bending story of speculative fiction within which one guy needs to discover occult secrets and techniques of Nineteen Twenties Hollywood to save lots of his family.

In the wake in their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion within the Hollywood hills within which they have been raised. yet their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and his sister, Ariel, don't welcome Scott and Madeline’s go back to the early life domestic they as soon as shared. whereas Scott desperately desires to return to their shabby South-of-Sunset lives, he can't pry his sister clear of this haunted “House of bring in the Hollywood Hills” that could be a conduit for the supernatural.

Decorated via bits salvaged from previous lodges and film units, Caveat hides a dismal kinfolk mystery that stretches again to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent movie stars. a suite of hypnotic eight-limbed summary photos inked on paper permits the Maddens to in short fragment and flatten time—to delivery themselves into the prior and destiny in visions which are either confusing and terrifying. notwithstanding their cousins be aware of little approximately those historic “spiders” which impress unpredictable temporal dislocations, Ariel and Claimayne were utilizing for years—an habit that has introduced Claimayne to the threshold of egocentric destruction.

As Madeline falls extra thoroughly lower than Caveat’s spell, Scott discovers that to guard her, he needs to use the perilous spiders himself. yet will he resolve the secret of the Madden family’s earlier and eventually loose them. . . or be pulled deeper into their lethal web?

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There have been delivery certificates—one for Charlene Claimayne Cooper, born in 1899. That should be Aunt Amity’s actual one, and her genuine identify, even if she wrote ‘Mother’ on it. Then there has been one other one for Amity Imogene Speas, announcing she used to be born in 1944. I’m yes that’s a forgery; you take into accout Genod insisted that his start certificates was once ‘a genuine one. ’ And there has been a wedding license, Paul David Speas and Charlene Claimayne Cooper, from 1921. ” She glanced nervously again on the apartment. They couldn’t be overheard, yet she leaned in the direction of whisper, “And there has been a duplicate of the little envelope the Oneida Inc spider used to be in. ” Scott shivered within the wind. “That’s correct. anyone may well get the concept that we have now it. ” “Her retirement fee. We ripped it up—but probably someone else desires to retire with it. the folk Louise is operating for, or the man at Ross within the . . . what used to be it? ” “Chevy Blazer. except Louise was once making him up for impact. ” Scott heard the kitchen door squeak open, after which footsteps at the cement walkway; and a second later Ariel stepped round the nook into the daylight and scowled at them. She appeared over her shoulder, then got here striding towards them previous the tall aluminum ladder that also leaned opposed to the roof. Her flat sneakers crunched at the gravel of the trail, and he or she halted a couple of toes wanting the place Scott and Madeline stood and took a deep breath. “Did you're taking an envelope from less than Scott’s bed? ” requested Madeline sooner than Ariel might communicate. Ariel blinked and exhaled. “What? i used to be simply in my aunt’s library! Scott doesn’t sleep there! Are you loopy? ” Scott cocked an eyebrow. He was once relieved that she it appears didn’t be aware of what Madeline was once conversing about—but Ariel however sounded protecting, and he guessed that she had in truth taken whatever from the library. She had definitely been making adequate noise in there whilst he and Madeline had come downstairs. “And not anything in that library is any of what you are promoting anyway,” Ariel went on, visibly regaining self belief, “and I wouldn’t need to do any of this if you happen to hadn’t get back the following! You are wrecking Caveat! Cracks within the walls—old vehicles within the driveway—! ” “What is it you might want to do? ” requested Scott. Ariel glanced over her shoulder towards the driveway—anxiously, Scott proposal. She began to converse, then shook her head. “Nothing you’d need to know about,” she stated eventually. “If I had any experience, I wouldn’t even come again right here. i'd no longer besides. ” She grew to become and stalked backpedal the trail and round the nook; and he heard her motor vehicle door click on open after which clunk close. Madeline gave Scott an pressing glance, and he nodded. “No time for the car,” he stated, slapping his denims to be certain he had his keys. “That sounded nearly suicidal, didn’t it? ” She nodded swiftly. “Helmet? ” He shook his head and moved quickly backtrack the trail and alongside the walkway to the kitchen nook, and he waited till he heard Ariel’s Kia shift from opposite into force, and flow away down the ground 1/2 the driveway, ahead of he stepped out and sprinted to his bike.

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