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Earthbound is a novel written by Richard Matheson.

Cover of Earthbound by Richard Matheson.


  • Title: Earthbound
  • Author: Richard Matheson
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765311712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765311719
  • Release Date: March 10, 2005


David and Ellen Cooper's 21-year marriage is nearing the rocks, so they decide to leave L.A. for a honeymoon on Long Island. Soon after they arrive at their beach cottage, a strange woman, Marianna, appears to David, who's immediately entranced. Matheson adeptly explores David's growing fear and guilt, which becomes intensified after he and Marianna make love in a secret room in the house. Although Marianna is portrayed as an "earthbound spirit" (a ghost who rejects the afterlife, appears real to all senses, believes she is alive and, through psychic attack, sucks life from the living) she's really more or less just another succubus, gussied up in Caspar-the-friendly-ghost clothing. With each graphically detailed sexual rendezvous, Marianna pushes David to deeper levels of obsession, loss of will and irrationality. When the evil ghost threatens Ellen, however, he comes to his senses just in time for a literally cliff-hanging ending.

Book Review

This book reviewed at SF

Commentary by TeraS

I wanted to note that Marianna is a contradiction in terms and actions. She acts like a succubus, but then is held to beliefs like a ghost.

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