The Elementals

Michael McDowell


After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand.
       But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Something that has terrified Dauphin Savage and Luker McCray since they were boys and which still haunts their nightmares. Something horrific that may be responsible for several terrible and unexplained deaths years earlier — and is now ready to kill again…
      A haunted house story unlike any other, Michael McDowell’s The Elementals (1981) was one of the finest novels to come out of the horror publishing explosion of the 1970s and ’80s. Though best known for his screenplays for Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, McDowell is now being rediscovered as one of the best modern horror writers and a master of Southern Gothic literature.
      This edition of McDowell’s masterpiece of terror features new dustjacket and interior art by Camille Alquier, and an interview with McDowell from Stanley Wiater, out of print since 1984.
      There are 300 signed copies available, each signed by artist Camille Alquier. The book is bound in cloth, with a top edge stain, special dustjacket printed with four colors and foil stamping on top of silver ink for an unusual look and feel, two color foil stamping on the cloth, and ribbon marker.

edition information

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by artist Camille Alquier.
  • Bonus interview with Michael McDowell by Stanley Wiater.
  • Top-edge stain
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, Smyth-sewn binding.
  • 6 × 9 inches.
  • 272 pages.
  • Original book price: $95.
  • Published February 2020.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-226-2.