Incubus : a novel / by Ann Arensberg.

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Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 November 1998

Things are amiss in the Maine town of Dry Falls; within its borders, summer has come before spring, men have lost their sexual desire, and women are reporting strange nocturnal "visitations." This is just the beginning of the phenomenon reported by Cora Whitman during the life-changing year of 1974. Cora is an avid gardener, columnist, and wife of the local Episcopalian minister, and because of these vocations, she is an intimate witness to the many darkly arcane happenings within her New England community. As more women experience the strange dream of being paralyzed while a great weight bears down on them, it becomes apparent that the town is being stalked by a supernatural entity with a drive beyond mere sexual desire. The town and its women move as if in a dream, apparently powerless to stop this incubus as it travels from one victim to the next. Even after a small group realizes the threat, it is unclear what they can do to stop it. Under a different writer's hand, this material could easily be graphically salacious, but Arensberg handles it with a light, almost drowsy touch: the sensuous nature of cultivars is described in greater detail than the crude manipulations of the dark spirit. A refreshing variation from Anne Rice's gothic ramblings. ((Reviewed November 1, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

LJ Reviews 1999 January #1

In the summer of 1974, Dry Falls, ME, falls victim to an invasion of incubi, evil spirits who have sex with sleeping women. The army of thick, smoky, unformed beings wreaks havoc on this small New England community, causing a relentless, suffocating heat wave and widespread marital rifts. Couples areslow to realize that the boorish conjugal behavior taking place in their bedrooms is not caused by the husbands. Cora Whitman, herself stalked and assaulted by the swirling evil fog, is married to the rector of the Episcopal Church. Cora narratesthis slow-moving tale, full of graphic demonic intercourse and careless parapsychological intervention, interweaving her own strained relationships with a distant mother and troubled sister. The novel lurches along to its final noisy,smoke-filled, crucifix-flashing scene on church property. A disappointing Stephen King wannabe from the author of the highly acclaimed Sister Wolf (LJ 9/15/80). Not recommended. Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI Copyright 1999 Library Journal Reviews

PW Reviews 1998 November #1

A tale of shape-changers and exorcism written with intelligence, restraint and style, Arensberg's compelling third novel (Sister Wolf; Group Sex) is another impressive example of this talented writer's work. In the summer of 1974, the town of Dry Falls, Maine, is subjected to a heat wave and drought that is so carefully circumscribed it doesn't even appear on the state's local weather maps. Even more disturbing evidence ensues of nature imbalanced, including a lack of sexual drive among the town's male inhabitants and cows that give birth to deformed calves, among other unusual events. Dr. Henry W. Lieber, Dry Falls's Episcopal priest and a man whose faith is fast fading, obsessively records each new incident, seeking signs of the supernatural. Cora Whitman, Dr. Lieber's wife and author of a weekly food column, is the skeptical narrator of this unsettling chronicle; this is a savvy move by Arensberg, as Cora's skepticism always precedes the reader's suspicions. Yet Cora comes to believe in the existence of a demon who disturbs women's sleep and, in fact, rapes the women of Dry Falls. But what this entity is, why it's attracted to this town and these women who know their herbs but practice no witchcraft these are bones the readers of this beautifully written and carefully crafted novel can gnaw. Despite the rapture of the tale, Arensberg's greatest gifts here are not the plot or the research supporting her tale of the occult, but her precise insight into character and the portrayal of the workings of a small community, the life of a pastor and his wife and a marriage in many seasons. BOMC selection. (Feb.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews