Castle (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
J. Robert Lennon’s Castle begins innocently enough, as Eric Loesch returns to his rural hometown and purchases a rundown house and 612 acres of adjoining forest. Loesch buys the land on an impulse and begins the process of restoring the property and presumably settling in to familiar surroundings. However, the familiar quickly becomes dangerously unfamiliar.
Loesch is something of a handyman and methodically restores the dilapidated property and begins exploring his densely forested land. For the most part, he keeps to himself, but when he does interact with residents in nearby Gerrysburg, insults and misunderstandings abound. Loesch has a knack for alienating everyone, including his older sister when she drops by for a visit.
Loesch is obsessed with a giant rock in the center of his property, and when exploring the woods he becomes horribly disoriented and fascinated with a pure white deer. When the title to his property arrives, he discovers that the rock and a small surrounding parcel belong to an owner whose name has been obliterated. Eventually, he discovers the identity of the ownera former professor at nearby SUNY Milan who disappeared years ago.
A series of bizarre events and threatening omens ensue, and Loesch is convinced someone has invaded his privacy and is threatening him. During one of his explorations, he discovers that a castle has been built adjacent to the giant rock. While investigating the structure,...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
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