Incubus: A Novel
Incubus (from Latin incubare, to lie upon): 1. an evil spirit or demon thought in medieval times to lie on women, seeking sexual intercourse; 2. a nightmare.
Succubus: a female demon who preys similarly on sleeping men.
The acclaimed author of "Sister Wolf" ("A powerful haunting tale"--Jean Strouse, "Newsweek" ) and "Group Sex" ("A rich and original stunner"-- "Cleveland Plain Dealer" ) now gives us her most thrilling and beautifully written novel.
;;;;;;;; Surrounded by hills and pasturelands, the town of Dry Falls is a thriving agricultural community. The town itself and St. Anthony's, the local church, are deeply rooted in the natural order--blissfully ordinary and uneventful. But suddenly life in Dry Falls begins to go awry. A heat wave spikes in March; a three-month drought blights farms and gardens; animals give birth to monsters; women complain of sexual persecution. As one uncanny incident follows another, the natural order is disrupted. The townspeople seem to be living under a glass bell: the conditions in Dry Falls extend only as far as its borders--over the town line the weather is seasonable and crops ripen on schedule.
;;;;;;;; Marital discord has reached epidemic proportions. In one-third of the households in town, men have lost sexual desire and the women blame them. Henry Lieber is the rector of St. Anthony's. He is an arch-believer, but his faith in the Christian God is wavering. He seeks proof of the spiritual dimension in any form, and will take it as he finds it. His wife, Cora, an expert cook and gardener, is a self-professed materialist, believing that the natural world is wise and orderly, and that the supernatural is the creation ofa morbid mind or the product of wishful thinking.
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Review: IncubusUser Review - Suzanne Cowles - Goodreads
*Honest review in exchange for NetGalley ARC.* Get to know Dry Falls, Maine in the 70's ... witchcraft, a drought, celibate men, horny women, animal monsters all weave a horrific tale of unholy forces ... Read full review
Review: IncubusUser Review - Flexanimous - Goodreads
What a strange book. It is marketed as a horror but is almost completely lacking in horror elements. The narrator's voice, and much of what she relates, is so soporific and mundane that I almost felt ... Read full review