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By Hugh B. Cave

A curse lingers over the Everol mansion—a voodoo curse, born of evil, steeped in blood. The tormented relatives who lives during this condo of horrors is healthier through madness, visions . . . and loss of life. they've got close themselves off from the area, permitting nobody to trespass on their blighted estate. nobody other than Jeff Gordon, a college professor with a unique wisdom of voodoo and the occult. Reluctantly, in desperation, the Everol family members has accredited Gordon to go into the mansion. yet all Gordon's adventure may perhaps by no means arrange him for the unearthly creatures that watch for him there—or the last word terror of the mysterious caves underneath the home.

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He is long past now. " in the back of him, Clay observed Blanche and her sister Susan step from the lounge into the corridor, it seems that to determine who had rung the bell and what was once sought after. They saved their distance, although. "Would you recognize the place he's, Mr. Everol? " "Uh-uh. " The previous guy shook his head. "He got here the following from Connecticut, promisin' to provide us the good thing about his fancy wisdom concerning the type of thing's been troublin' us, when you be aware of what I suggest, as i am convinced you do. by no means did a lot and left at dawn this mornin', i assume to force again there. " "Tell me a few extra approximately him, for those who will," Clay stated. The wife's sister, he spotted, was once now not within the corridor listening. it sounds as if wasn't . "Tell you what? " "Well, we now have a suitcase belongs to him, with his billfold and a workstation he performed loads of writing in. i would prefer to enable him understand now we have them if i will. turns out he had an twist of fate on his manner right here and either him and his automobile have been stripped by way of a number of city little ones who do this form of factor. " "That's right," Everett stated. "When he confirmed up the following he was once in beautiful undesirable form. you must are available, Clay? " "For a minute. thank you. " Everett stepped apart. Going previous him, Clay observed Blanche fast retreat into the lounge. whilst he himself walked into the lounge he chanced on her sitting in a simple chair with undefined. She regarded up as though stunned. "Why, hi, Clay," she acknowledged. "What brings the police right here? Or is that this a social name? " "Just tryin' to determine approximately your Mr. Gordon, ma'am. " "Oh. good, you'll better—" She smiled as her husband Clay in from the corridor. "I was once simply going to claim you'll higher check with Everett. " For it slow Clay did that, yet he discovered little greater than he had already been advised. It appeared the Gordon fellow had requested if he may well come and check out to discover a solution to the Everol secret, because the city fogeys referred to as it. Then he'd proven up after his twist of fate together with his brain affected and his reminiscence long gone and, being stripped of his billfold and every thing, hadn't identified who he used to be until eventually the Everols instructed him. That, at the least, used to be the Gospel in keeping with Everett, and Blanche sponsored the outdated guy up by way of nodding each few seconds. besides, Gordon had now long past again to Connecticut, the place he used to be a professor at a few collage. Clay thanked the outdated guy and went again out to his automobile and was once midway out to the line whilst Susan stepped out of a few trees and flagged him down. He slammed his foot at the brake pedal. There'd been Everols in Clandon considering that sooner than there has been a Clandon at the map, and no-one cherished them a lot, yet Susan was once various. in spite of everything, she wasn't rather an Everol, simply the sister of a lady who'd married into the extended family. She leaned into the auto window, which was once open as the air-conditioning had long past undesirable and the dep. hadn't gotten round to getting it fastened but. "Clay," she stated, form of breathless simply because that used to be the best way she used to be, "do you really need to discover Jeffrey? " "Huh? " "Jeffrey Gordon, Clay! You have been asking Everett approximately him. " "Why, convinced. yes I do.

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