Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, the opening novel in her 6-volume steampunk pulp Clockwork Century series, was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, and won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Her other novels include Fathom, Maplecroft, and the Eden Moore trilogy. Her latest is a contemporary haunted house tale, released in hardcover by Tor last month.
Music City Salvage is a family operation, owned and operated by Chuck Dutton: master stripper of doomed historic properties, and expert seller of all things old and crusty. But business is lean and times are tight, so he’s thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Withrow appears in his office, bearing an offer he really ought to refuse. She has a massive family estate to unload — lock, stock, and barrel. For a check and a handshake, it’s all his.
It’s a big check. It’s a firm handshake. And it’s enough of a gold mine that he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project.
Dahlia preps a couple of trucks, takes a small crew, and they caravan down to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the ancient Withrow house is waiting — and so is a barn, a carriage house, and a small, overgrown cemetery that Augusta Withrow left out of the paperwork. Augusta Withrow left out a lot of things. The property is in unusually great shape for a condemned building. It’s empty, but it isn’t abandoned. Something in the Withrow mansion is angry and lost. This is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever, and there’s still plenty of room in the strange little family plot…
Cherie Priest’s The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages — atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility that’s every bit as fresh as it is frightening.
The Family Plot was published by Tor Books on September 20, 2016. It is 365 pages, priced at $25.99 in hardcover and $12.99 for the digital edition. The cover was designed by FORT.
Read a lengthy excerpt, in which Dalia Dutton and her employee Brad drive up to the old Withrow estate to prepare it for salvage, at Tor.com.
Our previous coverage of Cherie Priest includes:
There Wolf! (A review of Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest) by James Enge
Steampunk Spotlight: Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Steampunk Spotlight: Cherie Priest’s “Tanglefoot” & Clementine by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Steampunk Spotlight: Cherie Priest’s Dreadnought by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Steampunk Spotlight: Cherie Priest’s Ganymede by Jackson Kuhl
New Treasures: Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest
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