The Accursed (The Gothic Saga #5)

by Joyce Carol Oates

This eerie tale of psychological horror sees the real inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Princeton fall under the influence of a supernaturalpower.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 688 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.15 out of 5
  • Published March 5th 2013 by Ecco
  • Original Title: The Accursed
  • ISBN: 0062231707 (ISBN13: 9780062231703)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: The Gothic Saga #5
  • Literary Awards: Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Novel (Finalist) (2013)

This eerie tale of psychological horror sees the real inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Princeton fall under the influence of a supernatural power. New Jersey, 1905: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University. On a nearby farm, Socialist author Upton Sinclair, enjoying the success of his novel ‘The Jungle’, has taken up residence with his family. This is a quiet, bookish community – elite, intellectual and indisputably privileged. But when a savage lynching in a nearby town is hushed up, a horrifying chain of events is initiated – until it becomes apparent that the families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse. The Devil has come to this little town and not a soul will be spared. ‘The Accursed’ marks new territory for the masterful Joyce Carol Oates – narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling fantastical elements to stunning effect.