Faerie Tale Raymond E. Feist 1989
Feist's chilling dark fantasy Successful screenwriter Phil Hastings decides to move his family from sunny California to a ramshackle farmhouse in New York State.
The idea is to take some time out, relax and pick up the threads of his career as a novelist.
Good plan, bad choice.
The place they choose is surrounded by ancient woodland. The house they choose is the centrepoint of a centuries-old evil intent on making its presence felt to intruders.