THE ELEMENTALS. New York: Avon, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Avon 78360. The author's fourth horror novel, a haunted house Gothic set on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. "THE ELEMENTALS was the most ambitious of McDowell's supernatural horror novels. This time the focus is on a ruined house sitting on a sand bar, a house long cursed with a bad reputation. On the surface, what follows is just another haunted house variation, but the spirits who live in the structure are not ghosts of the departed, but rather physical manifestations of primordial forces, or elementals. The arrival of a varied cast of visitors sets off a series of increasingly frightening events, made even more compelling by McDowell's gift for creating realistic, if not always likable, characters and portraying their reactions to each other as well as the disembodied forces that threaten their lives." - Don D'Ammassa. "A family drama in the Southern Gothic tradition. It represents the culmination of McDowell's earlier novels, GILDED NEEDLES (1980), COLD MOON OVER BABYLON (1980), and THE AMULET (1979), with their depictions of conflict between families, races, and social classes, and anticipates the subtle weaving of the supernatural as an unobtrusive thread in the tapestry his historical Blackwater family saga." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-272. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-232. Winter list, p. 270. Just a touch of rubbing to edges, a fine, unread copy. (#160933).
"First Avon Printing, October, 1981 / WFH 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.