Medusa's Web by Tim Powers

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 within which one guy needs to discover occult secrets and techniques of Twenties Hollywood to avoid wasting 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 within 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 youth 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 could be a conduit for the supernatural.

Decorated by means of bits salvaged from outdated inns and film units, Caveat hides a dismal kin mystery that stretches again to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent movie stars. a suite of hypnotic eight-limbed summary photographs inked on paper permits the Maddens to in brief fragment and flatten time—to delivery themselves into the earlier and destiny in visions which are either complicated and terrifying. notwithstanding their cousins recognize 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 edge 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 internet?

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It was not a wall in my bedroom. Yet somehow it was famihar. Identification came instantly. It wasn't a wall, it was the ceiling. I was floating against the ceiling, bouncing gently with any movement I made. I rolled in the air, startled, and looked down. There, in the dim light below me, was the bed. There were two figures lying in the bed. To the right was my wife. Beside her was someone else. Both seemed asleep. This was a strange dream, I thought. I was curious. Whom would I dream to be in bed with my wife?

On one occasion, at I dis- seemed least, it to develop into a ring of sparks about two feet in diameter, with the axis of my body in the center of the ring. I could would if I closed my eyes. The head and slowly sweep down to my toes and back to the head, keeping this up in a regular oscillation. The time of the cycle seemed to be some five seconds. As the ring ring actually see this ring start at the passed over each section of my body, tions like a band cutting through that passed over my I could section.

In the obscure history of mankind, The word matter. "astral" has dim it is an entirely different origins in early mystical and occult events which involve witchcraft, sorcery, incantations, and other seeming foolishness which modern man looks upon as silly and superstitious nonsense. As no attempt was made to delve deeply into this area, I still don't know what the word "astral" means. " The person who travels around in his astral body can make short visits to these talk places, with "dead" people, participate in activities and come none the worse for wear.

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