The Lair of the White Worm

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The Lair of the White Worm  (1911)  by Bram Stoker
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The Lair of the White Worm (also known as The Garden of Evil) is a horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, who also wrote Dracula. It was published in 1911, the year before Stoker's death. It was adapted into a film in 1988 by Ken Russell. The plot focuses on Adam Salton, originally from Australia, who is contacted by his grand-uncle, Richard Salton, in 1860 England for the purpose of establishing a relationship between these last two members of the family. His grand-uncle wants to make Adam his heir. Adam travels to Richard Salton's house in Mercia, Lesser Hill, and quickly finds himself in the centre of mysterious and inexplicable occurrences. - — Excerpted from The Lair of the White Worm on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.