Title: The Witching Hour
Author: Anne Rice
Date of Publication: 1989
Publisher: Balantine Books
Characters: Michael Curry, Aaron Lightner, The Mayfair Family: Suzanne, Deborah, Charlotte, Jeanne Louise, Angelique, Marie Claudette, Marguerite, Remy, Julien, Katherine, Mary Beth, Stella, Carlotta, Lionel, Belle, Nancy, Antha, Deirdre, Rowan, Ellie, Mona, Amanda Grady, Graham Franklin. Lasher, the Lonigans, Stuart Townsend, Petyr van Abel, Richard Llewellynn.


Summary: When Michael Curry finally meets the woman who saved him from drowning in their mutual home of San Francisco, he gets more than he bargained for. Adopted child Rowan Mayfair is in fact a witch of the Mayfair clan of New Orleans, dating back as far as the 17th Century. Though Rowan is not made known to this until her birth mother dies, Michael meets someone who tells him the whole story of the Mayfair Witches. Aaron Lightner, an elderly man of the Talamasca ("We see and we are always here"), shows Michael the file the Talamasca has on the Mayfairs which includes hauting detail coupled with much mystery. The file tells of the stories of each Mayfair witch, dating back to Suzanne in Donnalaith, Scotland, the first witch to conjure up the spirit Lasher from unknown netherworlds. Lasher has been haunting, and helping the witches for over 3 centuries. When Rowan starts to see Lasher, she runs to Michael, who reluctantly lets her read the whole tale of her family's past. Rowan and Michael marry, while Rowan continues to see Lasher, whom everyone suspects to be evil. When Rowan becomes pregnant, Lasher tells Rowan that he will enter the baby and become alive once more. She does not believe him, but his prophecy is revealed on Christmas Eve and the born again Lasher and Rowan flee the Mayfair Manor after Michael tries to stop them. Lasher ends up throwing Michael in a pool, where Michael ends up having a heart attack and almost drowning. Though he recovers, he is still distraught over the disappearance of his wife.


Quotes from The Witching Hour

"What happens if you don't fight him?"
"I die," she answered. "And the world dies around me, and there's only him."
- Deirdre & Aaron, p. 603


"Father dont you know what the rowan tree was and that it was used to ward off witched and all manner of evil? There's not a hut in Ireland where the woman of the house did not put up the rowan branch over the door to protect her family from witches and witchcraft, and that has been true throughout Christian times. Rowan is to be the name of this child!"

- Carlotta, p. 625


certain things are destined but they can be averted.

- Julien Mayfair, p. 449


"She leaned over close to me, so close that I could see the mascara on her long lashes, and the powder on her cheeks. She was like a great kewpie doll looking at me, a cinema goddess, naked in her gossamer silk."

- Arthur Langtry, 539