Old House of Fear

Old House of Fear 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 thre

  • Title: Old House of Fear
  • Author: Russell Kirk
  • ISBN: 9780802817624
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 JackAttorney 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 than all his other books combined Yet this Gothic tale is 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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    1. A classic old haunting gothic tale. A great read of adventure and battle of good and evil. Kirk does great job with the characters. The tale, taking place in 1960, of a lawyer sent on a business trip to the Hebrides , to purchase an island for his rich employer, Duncan McAskival. The lawyer, Hugh Logan a man of honor and means, sets out to the island of Carnglass, His journey leads him into some treacherous confrontations with the evil side of man. Once there he is confronted with the evil Docto [...]

    2. A Gothic adventure with everything: brooding atmosphere, sinister villains, a clandestine romance. After reading this you're likely to feel that if you've never played a life-and-death game on a remote Scottish island, with only a beautiful young clan leader and an ex-IRA terrorist to help you, against an international criminal who just might be the reincarnation of a mythical man-monster, then you just haven't lived.

    3. Not among Kirk’s very best writings, Old House of Fear is still interesting for at least two reasons:1 – the book is an interesting story with a good end. He knows how to keep up the pace, how to describe, has a wealth of images which he works up into interesting situations. It is a gothic novel: there are desperate villains (occultist communists, interestingly enough, among them), there’s a lady in distress, and there’s a resolute chap thrust into unexpected circumstances, which he is a [...]

    4. I finished the book! What a satisfying ending. It was suspenseful,intriguing, exciting, spiritual, full of old legends and all revolving around this old Scottish house.The main characters were a brave American Lawyer ( who narrates the story), a young Scottish woman heroine held captive and her antagonist/captor, a strange devil-like man. Russel Kirk has a narrative voice that keeps one very interested.

    5. Those of you who like Austen's Northanger Abbey or Bronte's Wuthering Heights will enjoy this book. It has that Gothic romance/mystery to it and the setting (Scotland) is perfect for this sort of writing. Being Kirk's best selling book, it was apparently quite popular, and I'll admit that I enjoyed it quite a bit. The cover mentions some nonsense about Marxism, and there is some vague subtext of that in the bookbut it is haphazardly jammed into so very few parts of the story that it's barely wor [...]

    6. Kirk writes a good tale. Heroine Mary and Carnglass (scottish island microcosm of the human race) must be rescued from Dr. Jackman and his terrorist schemes. Brave Hugh Logan must travel to Carnglass, sort out the truth from Jackman's lies, the mythic legends, and the muddled history, and save the day.Kirk's tale is more allegorical than anything else. I enjoyed the book a great deal, but it might be a stretch to call his allegory "subtle." That said, it was a very enjoyable story as well, and I [...]

    7. I love this book for many reasons. One, I just love a good, old-fashioned gothic thriller/romance. Two, I love all things Scottish and this is a great tale that takes place on a Scottish isle. The story is dated because the world has changed since it was written, but it is still a great story.

    8. Shades of C. S. Lewis!How have I never heard of this book? Set during the Cold War on earth, there ate still suggestions of Perelandra, though Russell Kirk makes the plot his own. No more spoilers. Read the book.

    9. It's a good book, but slightly below my expectations. Not so intense as HP Lovecraft, and not so fast as one is used today. The story and background could be even more developed (I guess suggesting this 50 years after it was written is kind of late). Still I enjoyed it.

    10. This book was ok. I expected the supernatural to be more a part of the story than it was. It also bugs me when people fall in love too quickly. There were a lot of descriptions in it that (for me) took away from the story. The descriptions kept stopping the action.

    11. This is the first ghost story/gothic thriller of Dr. Kirk's that I have read, and it's a very enjoyable, solid read! I recommend it!!!

    12. Fun, creepy readThis short book is a masterful look at the insanity of evil and the courage of ordinary folk overcoming it.

    13. I enjoyed the journey and the characters. I really appreciated the worldview weaved throughout the story. But thw ending left me wanting.By the way, this is not a scary book as the title implies.

    14. On its surface, "Old House of Fear" is old timey espionage thriller set against this moody gothic backdrop. And it follows the tropes of both genres rather closely: it's isolated ancient castle, ghost-haunted and secret-filled, with its crazed master and its entrapped heroine, for example. And as such, it is fast and enjoyable read. Prose is lovely, mood is masterfully evoked, heroes are likable, and even though somewhat slow paced and light on action (action being mainly focused on the verbal a [...]

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