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By Richard Matheson

For over part a century, Richard Matheson has enthralled and terrified readers with such undying classics as I Am Legend, The tremendous Shrinking Man, Duel, Somewhere in Time, and What goals could Come. Now the Grand grasp returns with a bewitching story of erotic suspense and enchantment....

1918. a tender American soldier, lately wounded within the nice struggle, Alex White involves Gatford to flee his afflicted previous. The pastoral English village turns out the suitable spot to heal his wounded physique and soul. real, the neighboring woods are acknowledged to be haunted by means of capricious, even malevolent spirits, yet without doubt these are only outdated wives' tales.

Aren't they?

A scary stumble upon within the wooded area leads Alex into the palms of Magda Variel, an appealing red-haired widow rumored to be a witch. She warns him to guide away from the wooden and the perilous faerie nation it borders, yet Alex can't support himself. attracted to its verdant mysteries, he reveals love, danger...and wonders that would perpetually switch his view of the realm.

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But that was a long time ago, and more recently he’d begun to feel his energy dwindle, his eye wander more towards what was to come, rather than where he was now. Towards the end, and where that might be. Natural, maybe, for a man of his age, away from home for so long. Not that he was sure where home was any more. When he was married it had been anywhere with her, his wife. Now, however, it was often bush camps, ramshackle churches, one-horse towns. Would he return to England? Perhaps. Or would he end in Africa?

Tristam Pruen, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society’. As they watched the sun sink into the sea a servant brought a tray of pink gins and a bottle of quinine. Arthur declined the gin, but still took his five grains of quinine. The medicine was bitter on his tongue and he wondered briefly if he wouldn’t rather suffer malaria than this taste lingering in his mouth every evening. They ate at the large dark wood table, its surface softened by the touch of hands over time, and were served crab, red snapper and rice by wordless, effortless Africans dressed in the same simple white robes as the candle-lighter.

Above him the same dimly lit patch of ceiling that he had woken up to for the past month came into focus, its cheap paint blistered with damp. From Naples, through the Suez Canal, Aden, Zanzibar, and now Beira Bay, Portuguese Mozambique. In all these places he had woken up to this sight. All his dreams ended here, in this damp patch of ceiling inches above his head. But he had chosen this, to travel steerage rather than in the more spacious cabins of 2nd or ist class. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way, despite both his brother William’s protestations and the concerns of the church committee, both of whom were dismayed by his choice.

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