Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon


Harvest Home, Thomas Tryon, 1973

My favorite quote: “You can’t negate the ingrained imagination of a whole culture.” (Ain’t that the truth?)

Notable characters: Ned Constantine, the main character; Bethany, his wife; Mary Fortune, aka, “Widow,” the local herbalist; Robert Dodd, the former college professor who rarely leaves the house; Justin Hooke, the current Harvest Lord; Sophie Hooke, his wife and chosen Corn Maiden

Most memorable scene: Sophie’s, ahem, choice on the day of the big festival. The choice itself isn’t the memorable part exactly, but what becomes of it. That said, Harvest Home — like all of Thomas Tryon’s books — brims with eerie unforgettable moments making it very hard to narrow down to a single scene

Greatest strengths: Thomas Tryon is no slouch in the writing department, and Harvest Home bring out the best in him, showing off pretty much all of his skills: setting, character development, pacing (although some will consider Harvest Home a slow book) and of, course, the fear factor, which Thomas Tryon famously excels at

Standout achievements: In Harvest Home, you can see the seeds of horror to come. It would come as no surprise to me if I learned that such authors as Stephen King and Robert McCammon were inspired by the work of Thomas Tryon

Other media: Harvest Home is the basis of the 1978 mini-series, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, starring Bette Davis, David Ackroyd, and Rosanna Arquette. I’ve never seen it, but it sounds pretty awesome. Despite the killer cast, however, I daresay it’s time for a Harvest Home remake. I know a lot of folks are death on remakes these days (hating on remakes seems to be the latest trend) but to me it’s a matter of how well it’s done — and given the recent quality works I’ve seen from new horror-movie directors and producers the last few years, I think someone do a bang-up job with Harvest Home. Or Thomas Tryon’s other book, The Other

What it taught me about writing: In Harvest Home, Thomas Tryon uses setting to its fullest capacity. The fictional town of Cornwall Coombe in Harvest Home is as much a character as any of its inhabitants. Not to mention, it’s creepy and weird — also like many of its inhabitants

Disclaimer: Harvest Home is a slow-burn … emphasis on the ‘slow.’ For that reason, it has a very polarizing effect on readers. Chances are good you’ll either love it or loathe it. Personally, I dig it — and everything else by Thomas Tryon, whether his plot moves super-quick or nice and slow like it does in Harvest Home

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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