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 during which one guy needs to discover occult secrets and techniques of 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 during 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 may be a conduit for the supernatural.
Decorated via bits salvaged from outdated inns and film units, Caveat hides a depressing family members mystery that stretches again to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent movie stars. a suite of hypnotic eight-limbed summary pictures 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 complicated and terrifying. even though their cousins be aware of little approximately those historic “spiders” which impress unpredictable temporal dislocations, Ariel and Claimayne were utilizing for years—an dependancy that has introduced Claimayne to the threshold of egocentric destruction.
As Madeline falls extra thoroughly below 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?