Attorney Hugh Logan leaves Canada for Scotland to negotiate the purchase of Carnglass Island and Old House of Fear for his employer, Duncan MacAskival. Logan is continually thwarted and threatened on his journey. But matter how bad his travels, his arrival onto the island brings much worse trouble. Carnglass Island is under the control of evil genius Dr. Edmund Jackman, a Soviet-educated political revolutionary convinced that Logan is a spy who must die. Will Jackman's plot be thwarted? Will Logan be able to rescue the lovely niece of the ble owner of Old House? Will anyone get off the island alive? Debuting in the 1960s, Old House of Fear was Russell Kirk's most popular book, selling more than all his others combined. Yet this Gothic tale is more than a fascinating work of fiction. As in all of Kirk's works, a deeper meaning emerges - in this case, a satirization of Marxism and liberalism - demonstrating the acute sense of the moral that sets Kirk apart from other genre writers.
Russell Kirk (1918 - 1994) was an eminent literary and social critic who rose to national prominence in 1953 with the publication of his book The Conservative Mind. He wrote more than 30 books including Ancestral Shadows and The Sword of the Imagination.