The Magic Cottage by James Herbert
A modern tale of Horror and Magic...

“We’d had enough of the rat race. The city was closing in on us with concrete jaws. We’d accumulated too many acquaintances and not enough friends.

So Midge and I found a place in the heart of a forest. The cottage was charmingly quaint - maybe a little run-down, but that was easy to fix - and it was peaceful. The setting was perfect for her as an artist, and good for me as a musician. Midge loved it, I quickly grew to love it.

For a while there, we thought we’d found a haven, our very own Shangri-La. The woodland animals and birds couldn’t have been more neighbourly. That was the first part of the Magic. Our work - Midge’s painting, my music - soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our sensing, our feelings, our love for each other - well, that became the supreme Magic.

But, you guessed it - nothing was quite as it seemed. Because for every Good, there’s a Bad.

And the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic.

It wasn’t long before that darkness manifested itself, and what followed, what happened to us in our little love-nest for two, was horrendous beyond - and yeah, I mean this - beyond belief. The miracles, the healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats, let’s not forget the bats! - even now those terrible things seem impossible to me.

Yet they happened. Oh yeah, they sure as hell happened.

So be warned: this is no fairy tale...”

Hardcover 1986 edition

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The Magic Cottage by James Herbert

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