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doc ☆ Maynard's House ☆ Herman Raucher

Maynard's HouseAustin Fletcher a disturbed young Vietnam War vet is willed a small house deep in the woods of northern Maine He comes to own it by the generosity of a brother in arms a fellow soldier and confidante Maynard I loved this thing Way wacky haunted house psychological horror tale that’s pretty weird and fun along the way Also a poignant story about how war and combat teach basically normal and good people to become unhinged and paranoid We identify with the protagonist who has mostly sublimated his war trauma even as we realize from his thoughts and behavior that this has shaped who he now is and a creepy house he inherited from ‘Nam buddy Maynard is not going to make things better or is it The house in the Maine wilderness becomes a symbol for what’s going on in Austin’s head and we’re not even sure if the people or animals he encounters are real in his head or wraiths In fact the entire novel is laden with symbols of death and rebirthNice embodiment of PTSD which didn’t even have a name when this was writtenRaucher is better known for the coming of age novel Summer of ‘42 which was made into a popular and much talked about at the time movie This was another cloaked war story from a different perspective

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Maynard's House kindle ä Hardcover Ñ herman raucher Ñ Austin Fletcher a disturbed young Vietnam War vet is willed a small house deep in the woods of northern Maine He comes to own it by the generosity of a brother in arms—a fellow soldier and confidante Maynard Whittier killed in action by a wayward mortar shell TheWhittier killed in action by a wayward mortar shell The rugged landscape of Maine is an intoxicating blend of claustrophobic interiors and endless frozen wastelands Little by little the mysterious force in A uiet and shockingly effective “haunted” house tale drenched in winter Maine snow Maynard’s House has been all but forgotten and that is a shame What works best for me as a horror reader is the suggestive the elusive obvious scares don’t cut it — as much This book worksBecause this is set in Maine one’s mind uickly goes to Stephen King Like King’s best early works this novel illustrates a true and authentic Maine vibe — one can almost hear the creaking tree branches the pitter pat of woodland creatures in the countryside snow — but Herman Raucher is his own writer telling his own story And it’s a damn good oneCombining Vietnam induced PTSD with a possessed house is uite genius and it makes for an unsettling unflinching look at infused paranoia and the importance of the past The main character — only 23 — is wise beyond his years having seen war friends die and now he must grapple with a house that does not like him Maynard’s House is the start of a month long exploration of 1980s horror I will review the famous and infamous and totally forgotten; everything is eligible What a way to kick things off

Herman Raucher ☆ Maynard's House doc

The house asserts itself until Austin isn't exactly sure what is in his mind and what is real And just when our hero's had enough and is ready to uit the place a blizzard arrives and the real haunting begins Expertly written by an old pro Raucher is the author of Summer of '42 Maynard's House is a slow burn supernatural thriller deeply rooted in character specifically its main character The story is largely a one man show The plot concerns a 23 year old Vietnam veteran who has never uite made an impression on anyone or anything in his life and what happens when this uite ordinary man meets up with mysterious supernatural forces in an old isolated house in rural Maine that has been beueathed to him by a fellow soldier I liked it The story is nicely realized and though deliberately paced it maintains a uiet eerie momentum The elemental Maine setting is well observed and the rural characters particularly in their dialogue feel authentic The story comes together nicely at the end but not in an overly pat way Recommended to fans of the old school ie those who appreciate slow moving character oriented spookers