In this spellbinding horror novel, a family trades their crime-ridden city for country life—and encounters an evil more sinister than they could have imagined
After watching his asthmatic daughter suffer in the foul city air, Theodore Constantine decides to get back to the land. When he and his wife search New England for the perfect nineteenth-century home, they find no township more charming, no countryside more idyllic than the farming village of Cornwall Coombe. Here they begin a new life: simple, pure, close to nature—and ultimately more terrifying than Manhattan’s darkest alley.
When the Constantines win the friendship of the town matriarch, the mysterious Widow Fortune, they are invited to join the ancient festival of Harvest Home, a ceremony whose quaintness disguises dark intentions. In this bucolic hamlet, where bootleggers work by moonlight and all of the villagers seem to share the same last name, the past is more present than outsiders can fathom—and something far more sinister than the annual harvest is about to rise out of the earth.
Credited as the inspiration for Stephen King’s Children of the Corn, Thomas Tryon’s chilling novel was ahead of its time when first published, and continues to provoke abject terror in readers.
"Tryon plays to the senses. . . . His stories ripple with plots and subplots." --The New York Times on Crowned Heads
"Even more creepy-crawly than The Other!" --The Washington Post
"Harvest Home is a brilliantly imagined horror story." --The Boston Globe
"Superbly haunting." --Chicago Tribune
"Scary in the same way Rosemary's Baby keeps the tension growing. A genuine eye-widener, Harvest Home pulls out some new stops in horror story telling, and might keep you from small, out-of-the-way towns for a long time to come." --The Sacramento Bee