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Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches)by Cherie Priest
Synopses & Reviews
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.
But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the oceans depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.
This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
"Lizbeth 'Lizzie' Andrew Borden wields her axe against Lovecraftian entities in this terrifying and powerful series launch by fan favorite Priest (the Clockwork Century series). Two years after Lizzie infamously slew her mother and stepfather, she and her consumptive, scholarly older sister, Emma, remain in their hometown of Fall River, Mass., in an isolated and modified home called Maplecroft. Lizzie spends countless hours in her basement laboratory, trying to understand what transformed the Bordens into horrifying creatures, while protecting and caring for Emma and conducting a love affair with actress Nance O'Neil. Then Emma, who poses as 'Dr. E.A. Jackson' to contribute to the men-only world of science, sends a biological sample to colleague Phillip Zollicoffer at Miskatonic University, with terrible consequences. Readers will be intrigued by the weird monsters and 19th-century science, but the story is really carried by the characters' emotional dynamics, especially those between the Borden sisters. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Cherie Priest is supremely gifted and Maplecroft is a remarkable novel, simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. It is at once a dark historical fantasy with roots buried deep in real-life horror and a supernatural thriller mixing Victorian drama and Lovecraftian myth. You won't be able to put it down.” Christopher Golden, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind
“Priest can write scenes that are jump-out-of-your-skin scary.” Cory Doctorow, Author of Homeland
“Give Cherie Priest fifteen minutes of your time; trust me — you won't look back.” Bookslut
“Priest kills as a stylist.” Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“Cherie Priest kicks ass!” Maggie Shayne, New York Times Bestselling Author of Sleep with the Lights On
About the Author
Cherie Priest is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the award-winning Clockwork Century series (Boneshaker, Dreadnaught, Clementine) and the Cheshire Red books (Bloodshot, Hellbent). Maplecroft is the first book of The Borden Dispatches.
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