The House in the High Wood by Jeffrey E. Barlough
A Story of Old Talbotshire

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Jeffrey E. Barlough, acclaimed author of the weird and wonderful Dark Sleeper, returns with a novel as charming-and chilling-as a good old-fashioned ghost story...

Strange things are afoot in the town of Shilston Upcot. A mysterious owl hovers in the sky. Mournful voices cry out for a lost child. Townsfolk are besieged by nightmares. And only one man, the reclusive squire Mark Trench, dares to investigate the strange omens to face the truth: The horror has returned.

About Jeffrey E. Barlough

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Jeffrey E. Barlough is a trained biologist and veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Virology from Cornell who has published over 60 research and review articles in scientific journals since 1979. He is also an armchair historian and has edited small press publications of minor and archaic English works.
Published August 1, 2001 by Ace. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Secrets dislodged by wagging tongues and the nocturnal activities of a giant predatory owl soon have rationalist Squire Mark Trench and his guest, writer Oliver Langley, exploring caverns beneath Skylingden and digging up clues to a macabre revenge plot.

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Mark -- staunch rationalist though he is, with no use for either gods or religion -- begins to suspect that an ancient evil has returned to Shilston Upcot, and that this evil may somehow be linked to the mysterious disappearance of his father years before.

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It's set in the same territory, and the town of Salthead that is the setting for the first novel is mentioned tangentially here, but otherwise the novels do not share the same characters or settings.

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