The House on Huntington Hill

The House on Huntington Hill

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qJack and Doris Oliver meet real estate agent Nancy Flesch to complete the purchase of a house on Huntington hill next door to the mansion owned by the mysterious J. Pierson-Grenville. On the way home they discuss their thirteen-year-old son David, whom they have sent to a psychiatrist because of an imaginary friend. David recalls meeting this friend, Joseph, five months before they moved to Blainesville and how Joseph predicted their move. Their first evening in the new house, Jack reviews what he has learned about J. Pierson-Grenville from Nancy Flesch and newspaper clippings. Doris suggests they visit the mansion, but Jack says the gate is closed. When David says it isnAat, Jack makes a bet with him. To his surprise, they find the gate open. They proceed to the terrace in back for a better view. David, wakened from sleep in the middle of the night, sees Joseph on the lawn below, He joins him, until his parents, make him to return to the house. The next day, the Olivers recall what Nancy told them about Joseph. They learn more about him from the local bank manager. David, sitting in a park across the street, meets Lester, who reveals that he, too, has DavidAas q qgift.qq Mowing the lawn the next day, David and his father have an altercation over the tractor mower and David runs into the woods. For the first time, Jack and Doris realize that something serious is wrong and that they are up against forces beyond their belief. They take David to the psychiatrist, Dr. Barkley, and confer with their local physician, Dr. Stone. DavidAas next session ends in the death of the psychiatrist and leaves David in a coma. Jack reads a book of poems by Joseph in the local library that thoroughly frighten him. He and David almost drown in the pond behind the mansion. The Olivers learn about other drownings in the pond under mysterious circumstances. Jack researches the drownings in the local library while David, supposedly wandering around town, pays a visit to Lester. He is punished for visiting Lester without his fatherAas permission and runs away again. Jack finds him in the mansion under JosephAas spell. Lester, receiving psychic messages, seeks the aid of Father Martin, who prepareAas an exorcism. As they break into the mansion, Jack disappears through a mirror into a hell Joseph has prepared in the basement. Escaping at last, he finds the exorcism has cost the lives of Lester and Father Martin, not to mention Joseph. Some months later, when JosephAas will is read, the Olivers find they have inherited the house on Huntington hill as well as JosephAas fortune. But there are strings attached.qa€œYoua#39;ve got to put the damn thing in gear first if you want to start it up, a€ he said as pleasantly as he could. ... a€œFor Goda#39;s sake, David, how are you ever going to learn if you dona#39;t pay attention? Now, Ia#39;m ... a€œI know, I know.a€ a€œOkay, then. Throw out your clutch so you can shift into first.a€ a€œThe clutch is the left pedal?a€ a€œThata#39;s right.


Title:The House on Huntington Hill
Author: Joseph Cowley
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2000-10-23
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