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Overview Attorney Hugh Logan leaves Canada to negotiate the purchase of Carnglass Island and Old House of Fear in the Hebrides for his employer, Duncan MacAskival. From the moment he arrives in Scotland, Logan is thwarted and threatened on his journey. But no matter how bad his travels, his arrival on the island proves trouble has just begun. The island is under the control of evil genius Dr. Edmund Jackman, convinced that Logan is a spy who must die. Only escaping Jackman's terrible clutches through the assistance of lovely, red-haired Mary MacAskival, niece of the bedridden owner of Old House, Logan must find a way to thwart Jackman's evil plot " before he and his newfound love both perish on the isolated island.
Publishers Description Attorney Hugh Logan leaves Canada for Scotland to negotiate the purchase of Carnglass Island and the castle Old House of Fear for his employer, Duncan MacAskival. Logan is continually thwarted and threatened on his journey. But no matter how bad his travels, his arrival onto the island brings much worse trouble. Carnglass is under the control of evil genius Dr. Edmund Jackman, a Soviet-educated political revolutionary convinced that Logan is a spy who must die. Will Jackman's plot be thwarted? Will Logan be able to rescue the lovely niece of the noble owner of Old House? Will anyone get off the island alive? Debuting in the 1960s, Old House of Fear was Russell Kirk's most popular book, selling more than all his other books combined. Yet this Gothic tale is more than just a fascinating work of fiction. As in all of Kirk's stories, a deeper meaning emerges -- in this case, a satirization of Marxism and liberalism -- demonstrating the acute sense of the moral that sets Kirk apart from other genre writers.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2007
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802817629 ISBN13 9780802817624
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More About Russell Kirk
Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was the author of The Conservative Mind; Eliot and His Age; The Roots of American Order; and twenty-six other books in several fields. He was the president of two educational foundations, editor of the quarterly University Bookman, recipient of several literary awards, and visiting distinguished professor on both sides of the Atlantic.
Reviews - What do customers think about Old House of Fear?
A Worthwhile Book Apr 19, 2010
I first read this book when I was 10 or 11--found it in hardcover form in the local public library. Still as good today as it was then.
Gothic Horror in the Hebrides Jul 17, 2007
Russell Kirk's 1961 Gothic novel "Old House of Fear" delivers mystery, murder, mayhem, and a maiden in distress on a remote and haunted island in the Hebrides Islands of northern Scotland, along with some subtle satire on the politics of the era.
Kirk's hero is Hugh Logan, lawyer and former combat veteran, dispatched to Scotland to negotiate the purchase of his employer's ancestral home, Carnglass Island. Logan's attempts to make contact with the owner of the island draw the unwelcome attention of thugs who try to prevent Logan from reaching his destination. The persistant Logan finally reaches the desolate island by boat. There he finds the owner and her pretty young niece held captive in the "The Old House of Fear" by shady characters led by the mysterious Dr. Edmund Jackman.
The heart of the story is the duel between Logan and Dr Jackman for the fate of the captives and the island itself. Logan, making the most of a weak hand with the assistance of the lovely and fearless Mary MacAskival, repeatedly outbluffs his violent but haunted opponent, who fears the unseen, ancient horrors of the island and the ghosts of his own past more than he fears Logan. Kirk's tale includes a castle filled with hidden passages and family secrets, crofters and fishermen with authentic gaelic dialects and their own secrets, and an duel to the death around the ruins of an ancient Celtic chapel and a ruined Pictish fort.
Kirk's tale holds up well for suspense; his prose captures the expected atmospherics of a small island community terrorized by a misplaced communist agent and by its memories of far older horrors. This novel is highly recommended to fans of mystery and gothic novels.