The House on the Strand
In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present.
Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical researcher, asks his friend Richard Young and Young's family to stay at Kilmarth, an ancient house set in the wilds near the Cornish coast. Here, Richard drinks a potion created by Magnus and finds himself at the same spot where he was moments earlier—though it is now the fourteenth century. The effects of the drink wear off after several hours, but it is wildly addictive, and Richard cannot resist traveling back and forth in time. Gradually growing more involved in the lives of the early Cornish manor lords and their ladies, he finds the presence of his wife and stepsons a hindrance to his new-found experience. Richard eventually finds emotional refuge with a beautiful woman of the past trapped in a loveless marriage, but when he attempts to intervene on her behalf the results are brutally terrifying for the present.
Echoing the great fantastic stories of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, The House on the Strand is a masterful yarn of history, romance, horror, and suspense that will grip the reader until the last surprising twist.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EadieB - LibraryThing
Daphne du Maurier has created a stunning story of two worlds existing side-by-side. On vacation at an ancient manor house in Cornwall, a young man takes an experimental drug that transports him 600 ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - haymaai - LibraryThing
The House on the Strand by Daphne DuMaurier takes the reader to 14th century Cornwall, England where Dick Young travels with his family for a holiday at his dear friend Magnus’s house. While at the ... Read full review