"The Witching Hour" by Anne Rice

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Three main elements classify the genre: Gothic, Mystery, and Romance. I classify

Gothic novels as stories pertaining to a dismal atmosphere, such as Edgar Allan Poe's

literature. .

Lovers who unlock thirteen generation's of Mayfair family secrets and incest;

discovering that their intervention becomes a more complex-intertwining destiny.

Our Antagonist Michael Curry, a 48-year old Irish man who had lost himself in a

world in which he had accomplished his dreams, experienced his emotional pain, and yet

he felt empty. Michael approached the rocks of the bay, thought of his life and emptiness,

then he slipped and fell to his fatal doom in the sea. Found by a woman known as Rowan

Mayfair , he discovered that he was dead for over an hour as he rested in the hospital.

Michael also discovered that he had received the gift of seeing images by using his hands

to touch objects, and that he chose to come back.

He was burdened by the images and the

vision after his death, that he had a purpose, that he was sent for a reason. Something that

had to do with a doorway, and the number thirteen.

After isolation from the press of the burden of his powers, he found himself wanting

to go back on the deck of the boat where he was rescued. He wanted to talk to the woman

who rescued him, for he thought that she would let him touch the boat to recover images

that night. He discovered that this neurosurgeon, Dr. Rowan Mayfair, was the veritable

love of his life. After he discovered how much he deeply loved Rowan, he began to

reminisce the images of his purpose; that certain elements and images of his childhood

hinted him to return to the house he had been fascinated with...