Stephen Denning in an artist arriving in Porthgrarrow.It is an isolates cornish fishing community,largely untouched by the modern developing victorian world.hanging onto its old traditions,superstitions and beliefs -a community that lives with a disturbing secret.So too does Denning.
He is a reluctant visitor,and though he is supposedly joining his one time artist friend Terrance Wilkinson to form an artists colony, it is circumstances that force him there.
Denning is still haunted by the brutal death of a young woman in Brittany and shouldering guilt for the fact that he covered up for Wilkinson when he suspects the man of having been involved with the murder.But Porthgarrow is haunted by its own demons and secrets.He learns about the savage murder of a woman by her husband Jowan’s Connoch thirteen years previously,and of Jowan’s son who has returned to Porthgarrow to uncover the truth and to clear his father’s name.Yet it is far from over.Before long three more people are destined to die in Porthgarrow before the village gives up its sinister secrets,and Stephen Denning will learn of his own family’s mysterious involvement.
TITLE: THE HOUSE OF THE WICKED
AUTHOR: D.M. MITCHELL