Harvest Home



[Download] ✤ Harvest Home Author Thomas Tryon – E17streets4all.co.uk It was almost as if time had not touched the village of Cornwall Coombe The quiet, peaceful place was straight out of a bygone era, with well cared for Colonial houses, a white steepled church frontin It was almost as if time had not touched the village of Cornwall Coombe The quiet, peaceful place was straight out of a bygone era, with well cared for Colonial houses, a white steepled church fronting a broad Common Ned and Beth Constantine chanced upon the hamlet and immediately fell in love with it This was exactly the haven they dream of Or so they thoughtFor Ned and his family, Cornwall Coombe was to become a place of ultimate horror.Harvest Home

It was Noel Coward s partner, Gertrude Lawrence, who encouraged Tom to try acting He made his Broadway debut in in the chorus of the musical Wish You Were Here He also worked in television at the time, but as a production assistant In , he moved to California to try his hand at the movies, and the next year made his film debut in The Scarlet Hour Tom was cast in the title role of the Disney TV series Texas John Slaughter that made him something of a household name He appeared in several horror and science fiction films I Married a Monster from Outer Space and Moon Pilot and in westerns Three Violent People and Winchester He was part of the all star cast in The Longest Day , a film of the World War II generation, credited with saving th Century Fox Studios, after the disaster of Cleopatra He considered his best role to be in In Harm s Way , which is also regarded as one of the better films about World War IIWhile filming the title role in The Cardinal , Tom suffered from Otto Preminger s Teutonic directing style and became physically ill Nevertheless, Tom was nominated for a Golden Globe award in He appeared with Marilyn Monroe in her final film, Something s Got to Give , but the studio fired Monroe after three weeks, and the film was never finished That experience, along with the Cardinal ordeal, left Tom wary of studio games and weary at waiting around for the phone to ringAfter viewing the film Rosemary s Baby , Tom was inspired to write his own horror novel, and in Alfred Knopf published The Other It became an instant bestseller and was turned into a movie in , which Tom wrote and produced Thereafter, despite occasional film and TV offers, Tom gave up acting to write fiction full time This he did eight to ten hours a day, with pencil, on legal sized yellow tablets Years later, he graduated to an IBM Selectric The Other was followed by Lady , which concerns the friendship between an eight year old boy and a mysterious widow in s New England His book Crowned Heads became an inspiration for the Billy Wilder film Fedora , and a miniseries with Bette Davis was made from his novel Harvest Home All That Glitters , a quintette of stories about thinly disguised Hollywood greats and near greats followed Night of the Moonbow , tells of a boy driven to violence by the constant harassment he endures at a summer camp Night Magic, about an urban street magician with wondrous powers, written shortly before his death in , was posthumously published in The dust jackets and end papers of Tom s books, about which he took unusual care, are excellent examples of his gifts as an artist and graphic designer, further testimony to the breadth of his talents.

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  • Hardcover
  • 401 pages
  • Harvest Home
  • Thomas Tryon
  • English
  • 19 March 2019
  • 0394485289

10 thoughts on “Harvest Home

  1. says:

    Again I heard the cry, and I approached, circling the tree until I was looking at it from the opposite side From gnarled roots to blasted top, the large trunk was split open, a dark wound where a bolt of lightning had rent it apart and fire had burned its center out, leaving it hollow A mesh of thick vines grew upward from the base, crawling along the withered trunk, sutures trying to close the gaping wound where the sides lay back like flaps of charred flesh The wind streamed through the ga Again I heard the cry, and I approached, circling the tree until I was looking at it from the opposite side From gnarled roots to blasted top, the large trunk was split open, a dark wound where a bolt of lightning had rent it apart and fire had burned its center out, leaving it hollow A mesh of thick vines grew upward from the base, crawling along the withered trunk, sutures trying to close the gaping wound where the sides lay back like flaps of charred flesh The wind streamed through the gap, tugging the cuffs of my wet pants, brushing at the grass, tearing at the leaves of the new growth around the tree Then I heard the cry again, and onceI froze, for I discovered the thing that voiced it, almost hidden behind the moving greenery.I was looking at a human skull, and it was from behind the parted jaws that the screams came Ned and Beth Constantine decide that they want to leave the bustle of New York City for the idyllic life in the country They find this majestic fixer upper in the town of Cornwall Coombe for considerably less than they had expected to pay The people of this quaint little town are eccentric, but friendly Their daughter Kate can have a horse, Beth can learn new crafts, and Ned has plenty of beautiful landscapes and interesting faces to sketch for his burgeoning career in the galleries back in the city The economy of Cornwall Coombe is driven by agriculture and the crops especially the corn has been yielding bumper returns Corn is what sustains themNed s relationship with Beth went from being great to being amazingI listened to her easy, rhythmic breathing, watched the rise and fall of her breast, my eye lingering on the rounded fullness of the pale flesh, the darker, almost carmine colored tips under pleated translucent cotton Though pillow creased and sleepy, a trifle wan and strained, her face to me, sixteen years her husband was infinitely pleasing I was not only her spouse, her lover, but her admirer as well, and I speculated as to how many married couples were as good friends as we wereBette Davis as the Widow FortuneSo I wonder as the town begins to drive a wedge between them, as the Widow Fortune makes herself indispensable, as Ned begins to discover the pagan secrets of the town, and finds himself locked in a struggle with forces as old as the Earth, will he look back on this moment of contentment with nostalgia or will it just make the losses he is about to experience all thepainful The Widow Fortune wants control of Beth for reasons beyond anything a sane person could ever believe Ned is starting to be a problem not only in her efforts with Beth, but also with his amateur detective work The Widow Fortune asks Tamar Penrose to show an interest in Ned Tamar Penrose is a nuclear bomb of sexual attractionI could smell her scent, not just the perfume but the whole womanly, feminine scent of her I looked up, felt her hair brush across my eyes I started to turn away she leaned insistently and the red mouth came closer, the lips moist, parted She kissed me I slid an arm around her neck and held her mouth to mine I released her in confusion, and she shuddered, burying her lips in my shirt collar, then stepping away I knew, she murmured, and her head nodded as though in private conversation I knew Now there are some mitigating circumstances involving Ned s fall from Grace There was home made corn liquor served to excess and there are certainly mystical aspects to Tamar with her Medusa eyes and her red curls and her luscious curvesThere was something about her that seemed not merely predatory but demanding Hers were not just the requirements of the town doxy form the local turnip heads behind a haystack There was something else in her, a deeply ingrained sense of something primitive, of the Woman Eternal, who demanded to be served not just between her legs but to make man utterly subservient Tamar the castrator Your only hope as a man is that she doesn t want you that she has her sights set on someone else Although the relief you may feel at being passed over will be tinged with disappointment There are few men who would find her undesirable She is a Marilyn Monroe times ten She is a very dangerous woman to any small town because she can destabilize any marriage, any relationship Beth is, of course, being kept apprised of all of Ned s errrrhhhh activitiesShe stared back, saw, failed to recognize me The stranger husband Each of us now was imprisoned behind the bars of mistrust, of doubt, of disappointment What could heal the breach Corn is god in Cornwall Coombe and as Ned learnsabout their pagan rituals, the worshiping the earth and the Harvest Lord and the plowing of the Corn Maiden s field , he becomes desperate to find out what exactly is going on He needs evidence to bring the whole unsavory history of this town to light There are missing bodies and there are found skeletons he just needs to tie them to the murderer And he wants his wife and child backI vowed war on Her I vowed death and destruction New blood for Her It it came to that, I would set a torch to every barn in the village, to every field that grew a stalk of corn I would pollute the earth with some poisonous substance that would kill Her I would rust the blade of the plowshare, I would break the handles I would make a wilderness of briars and weedsThomas TryonIn 1978 NBC aired a mini series called The Dark Secret of Harvest Home starring Bette Davis Just the thought of Davis playing the Widow Fortune gave me a chill There is so muchin the book than what I ve related here I didn t even mention Tamar s clairvoyant daughter Missy or the man who stumbles into town with his tongue cut out and his mouth sewn shut This was a muchdense book with aelaborate plot than I was expecting Just like he did with The Other Thomas Tryon surprised me again with what an adept writer he is I need to quit thinking of him as an actor dabbling in fiction, butas a writer dabbling in acting Truly there is horror in watching the life of Ned Constantine unravel like a frayed rug The ended has a great twist that made my skin crawl as if someone had just walked across my future grave Highly recommended for the Halloween season For those that may have missed it here is my review of The Other by Thomas TryonIf you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. says:

    This book was incredible It was beautifully written and paced The story successfully blends mankind s or perhaps womankind s oldest themes with small town New England life in the most creepy atmosphere possible A slow burning tale involving a move from the city to a simple country life ruled by the land These characters, the locals, were multi layered and fascinating This is an example of why horror literature that s right, I called it literature , became so popular in America in the This book was incredible It was beautifully written and paced The story successfully blends mankind s or perhaps womankind s oldest themes with small town New England life in the most creepy atmosphere possible A slow burning tale involving a move from the city to a simple country life ruled by the land These characters, the locals, were multi layered and fascinating This is an example of why horror literature that s right, I called it literature , became so popular in America in the 80 s Authors like Thomas Tryon sparked the imagination of those horror writers that became the mainstream later on, like King or McCammon Here, you can find the seeds of all that came later Children of the Corn It s here Evil in a small town It s here Some may find the subject to be dated or the denouement disappointing, but that wasn t the case with me It was refreshingly, mostly , gore free, while maintaining a humming level of tension throughout I sat down and read the last hour and a half straight through It was a wild ride and I highly recommend it

  3. says:

    Harvest Home is an immersive experience above all things A small family moves to the small village of Cornwall Coombe strange things eventually occur Eventually Although marketed and designed as a slow burning horror novel, the pleasures I took from this book were almost totally unconnected to the horror When the horror comes after hundreds of pages it is wrenching and brutal But before that, Tryon really gets inside this village, inside of its people and traditions and all of the inte Harvest Home is an immersive experience above all things A small family moves to the small village of Cornwall Coombe strange things eventually occur Eventually Although marketed and designed as a slow burning horror novel, the pleasures I took from this book were almost totally unconnected to the horror When the horror comes after hundreds of pages it is wrenching and brutal But before that, Tryon really gets inside this village, inside of its people and traditions and all of the interactions and day to day minutia of life in this cozily endearing, intriguing, eventually very real place His writing style is decidedly literary, and so resists the standard mechanics of many horror narratives Expect contemplation and rumination, lovely descriptions of nature, characterization that has surprising depth, and many admirable turns of phrase Interesting mysteries rather than night terrors His prose isthan technically proficient it is genuinely impressive, particularly its lyrical qualities I lived in this village alongside Harvest Home s narrator, and much like him, I was at first fascinated and then came to love the experience And then, like him, I became slowly agitated and finally, horrified And also thrilled, but hey I m not the narrator Here s an excerpt from an entertaining review that describes the horror and the style perfectly click on the link to get to the full review while there s plenty of gasping and breast clutching over nature s beauty, it feels less jarring in a book that s all about nature s beauty being a dangerous deception It takes a while, but by the time nature starts to show its teeth, Cornwall Coombe is such a quaint idyllic paradise that you re in as deep a denial as the characters Surely it can t be as bad as all that Let s all just take a breath and be reasonable PleaseWho is Thomas Tryon A Hollywood actor cast as a stalwart leading man type, sort of a faintly cheesier version of John Gavin or astiff and saturnine Rock Hudson He never achieved the popularity his handlers clearly intended for him, and so turned to writing instead For that, I m glad Although I did enjoy his histrionics in Otto Preminger s The Cardinal Angsty Hollywood hunks trying to be very, very serious are always entertaining and I have pleasant memories of a scene where he s whipped just cause he s trying to do the right thing Poor Cardinal

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    Harvest Home isn t the first story of its kind to impress a mainstream audience Films like Children of the Corn, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and The Wicker Man have long since suggested a fascination with the bizarre rituals of isolated places That being said, Harvest Home has preceded many, and it also doesn t necessarily bash religion in the way that stories like Children of the Corn did Instead, it raises the interesting question of where outsiders fit into an unknown culture, andHarvest Home isn t the first story of its kind to impress a mainstream audience Films like Children of the Corn, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and The Wicker Man have long since suggested a fascination with the bizarre rituals of isolated places That being said, Harvest Home has preceded many, and it also doesn t necessarily bash religion in the way that stories like Children of the Corn did Instead, it raises the interesting question of where outsiders fit into an unknown culture, and over, it draws attention to the hideous, dark qualities behind nostalgia and perfection.The story is simple, following the lives of an average family moving into the quaint little New England town of Cornwall Coombe The place is strange in that it resembles both the modern and the outdated It s a place where old relics of the past are predominant in spite of newer technology and transportation existing, a place where the citizens talk like they re living in an Anne of Green Gables film, and where corn is held in oddly high regard What this family doesn t know is that the secrets behind all this run much deeper anddangerous than they ever expected.There s something both charming and wholly unpleasant about Tryon s writing in Harvest Home, and it makes for a very chilling horror story While the characters don t stand out as unique by any means, they are relatable, and it s easy to imagine being in their shoes It reminded me of the writing of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson in its gothic style, but it also stands out on its own as memorable and effective

  5. says:

    While rehabbing hisnewthree hundred year old house and adjusting to country life from The Big Apple, Ned feels there is something not quite right in the small town of Cornwall Coombe and is determined to get to the bottom of itat all costs Together with mysterious deaths and the screaming skull apparition in the cornfield, Ned begins to question his own sanity as well as the Old Widow Fortune s medicinal elixirs When the whole town turns against him and his modern ways, he unfortunate While rehabbing hisnewthree hundred year old house and adjusting to country life from The Big Apple, Ned feels there is something not quite right in the small town of Cornwall Coombe and is determined to get to the bottom of itat all costs Together with mysterious deaths and the screaming skull apparition in the cornfield, Ned begins to question his own sanity as well as the Old Widow Fortune s medicinal elixirs When the whole town turns against him and his modern ways, he unfortunately learns the true meaning of the ultimate warningBeware the nightthe all prevailing night Although rather slow going in the beginning, it changes course midway with a repulsive turn of events resulting in a creepy good October read

  6. says:

    A small agrarian town in New England was the setting for my second novel by Thomas Tryon The citizens of Cornwall Coombe plant corn, but also worship the planting and harvest times, as did the ancients in the time of the goddess Demeter HARVEST HOME is set in 1970, and even though there are cars and televisions in the village, you might imagine that you have been transported back to the 19th century Farming without tractors and folks traveling by horse and buggy are still commonplace in Cornw A small agrarian town in New England was the setting for my second novel by Thomas Tryon The citizens of Cornwall Coombe plant corn, but also worship the planting and harvest times, as did the ancients in the time of the goddess Demeter HARVEST HOME is set in 1970, and even though there are cars and televisions in the village, you might imagine that you have been transported back to the 19th century Farming without tractors and folks traveling by horse and buggy are still commonplace in Cornwall Coombe Ned Constantine, his wife Beth, and their daughter Kate are allowed to move to the town and are welcomed as new citizens But what of this welcome into the fold of the villagers Through various events, Ned becomesanduneasy about who these people really are, and what drives their motives regarding the all sacred CORN Characters like the Widow Fortune, Worthy Peninger, Tamar Penrose, Jack Stump, and Gracie Everdeen are wonderfully drawn and interwoven into this tale of secrecy and worship of Mother Earth A story of carnal motivations, HARVEST HOME is a brilliant psychological adventure of seemingly antiquated individuals who might be somethingthan they appear to be.As Ned begins to piece together the lives of the people and the odd happenings surrounding Cornwall Coombe, the story reaches a chilling climax and a visionary conclusion Just a superb book, especially for this time of year..during the harvest of the corn

  7. says:

    I wasn t sure if I d be able to write this review, because after I finished Harvest Home, I curled into a fetal position and stayed there for three days Ordinarily, I would have welcomed the chance to rest, but there is no rest for readers of this book Just delicious, unrelenting insomnia I don t scare easily, but when I do, it s thrilling There s no cure for 21st century malaise like sheer terror And Harvest Home is terrifying in its tone, imagery, and plot I m surprised Tom Tryon isn t a I wasn t sure if I d be able to write this review, because after I finished Harvest Home, I curled into a fetal position and stayed there for three days Ordinarily, I would have welcomed the chance to rest, but there is no rest for readers of this book Just delicious, unrelenting insomnia I don t scare easily, but when I do, it s thrilling There s no cure for 21st century malaise like sheer terror And Harvest Home is terrifying in its tone, imagery, and plot I m surprised Tom Tryon isn t as well known as Ira Levin and Stephen King as a master of horror, because this book is easily as good as the best of their work I m eager to read his other books, but not before laying in a hefty supply of muscle relaxers and sleeping pills I doubt the resulting nightmares will be as interesting as Tryon s stories, but hope springs eternal

  8. says:

    This book remains one of the most unsettling ones I ve read, due to the way the horror creeps up on you When you consider the year this book was written, it shows that Tryon really captured something unique for his time.Re read 11 2014 rating stands at 5 stars.

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I d give it three and a half stars if I could The book is very good and has a timelessness that I don t often find in novels as old as this one 1973 , but ultimately it suffers from two problems that prevent me from giving it four or five stars First, it just takes too long to get to the real meat of the narrative The narrator doesn t begin to suspect the town issinister than it appears until almost three quarters of the book 300 pages have passed Tryon s prose is engaging, but his I d give it three and a half stars if I could The book is very good and has a timelessness that I don t often find in novels as old as this one 1973 , but ultimately it suffers from two problems that prevent me from giving it four or five stars First, it just takes too long to get to the real meat of the narrative The narrator doesn t begin to suspect the town issinister than it appears until almost three quarters of the book 300 pages have passed Tryon s prose is engaging, but his pacing isn t as good as his description Second, the narrator does some very weird things toward the end that both seem contrary to his character and considerably reduce the reader s sympathy for him MAJOR SPOILERS I can t say that if I d just uncovered a twenty year old plot to murder a girl and fake her suicide, my first reaction would be to go skinny dipping and then violently rape the woman trying to ruin my marriage Perhaps the knowledge of the murder deranged him, but they both seem like strange choices to make when what he really ought to be doing is convincing his wife and daughter to help him pack the car.EDIT I should add that there is one other big character issue that is frustrating me a little To me, the real source of threat throughout the entire story is the danger to young people especially girls represented by A what really happened to Grace Everdeen and B the presence and well established frailty of Ned s daughter It seems completely out of character, given his concern for Kate at the beginning of the book, that Ned is notconcerned about her well being in the middle and at the end Instead of trying to locate and extricate his daughter from the danger represented by the upcoming Harvet Home ritual he does this in a shallow way during the dance scene, but it is neverurgently revisited as things go from bad to worse , he seemsinterested in simply understanding the secret ritual being kept from him.Ultimately, the end works well and it is clear how many modern horror writers and film makers Tryon has inspired with this book I really enjoyed it, but it s not without its warts Also, the character s internal monologue during the rape where he imagines killing his willing victim with his dick was perfectly ridiculous

  10. says:

    Dude has some talent as a writer but dear god this was a slow moving story I had to DNF halfway through If it were any slower I could have accidentally traveled back in time I can t risk that right now.

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