The Elementals

  • by Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by R.C. Bray
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

2017 Audie Award Finalist
After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Something that has terrified Dauphin Savage and Luker McCray since they were boys and which still haunts their nightmares. Something horrific that may be responsible for several terrible and unexplained deaths years earlier - and is now ready to kill again....
A haunted house story unlike any other, Michael McDowell's The Elementals (1981) was one of the finest novels to come out of the horror publishing explosion of the 1970s and '80s. Though best known for his screenplays for Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, McDowell is now being rediscovered as one of the best modern horror writers and a master of Southern Gothic literature. This edition of McDowell's masterpiece of terror features a new introduction by award-winning horror author Michael Rowe. McDowell's first novel, the grisly and darkly comic The Amulet (1979), is also available from Valancourt Books.


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This is more about rich families in Alabama than a horror. Written in 1981, it fits the style of writing of the time. Start with very little that is scary and than build from there. This starts with an interesting funeral scene and than creepy talk about live burials shortly after. Than we hear " don't go in that house it is scary" for several hours. The book goes over five hours before the word Elemental is even mentioned and than it turns out to be another word for spirit. Everything happens in the last hour. The characters are likeable and there are some funny parts. The book is not bad, but it is not much of a horror.

Bray is great as usual.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Amazing novel by an all but forgotten author.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Just a small warning: there is a prologue in the original novel missing in this supposed unabridged audio version, which - in my opinion - is essential to the story.

Nevertheless, this is without a doubt one of the finest novels of the supernatural I have ever read. I recommend this highly. I read my own somewhat tattered paperback original every year, and will likely continue to do so.

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- Dana Minyard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2016
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books