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Story is of a family that moves to a house with a tree in the yard. They start having strange dreams. Touching the tree causes a trance state. They find out the previous home owner died from cutting off his leg with a chainsaw (the tree was protecting itself). In the end the people do a kind of mind-meld with the tree... That's all I remember. Anyone know the title?

  • What do you mean by story? Was it a short story? Novel? Graphic novel? When did you read this story? Do you recall the cover art? – Firebat Sep 1 '14 at 0:07
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Sounds like Piers Anthony's Shade of the Tree

The estate was Joshua Pinson's inheritance from his oddball uncle Elijah: isolated in the deep Florida woods, with a half-built solar house stocked with enough supplies to weather a siege. Josh decided it was time to take his two young children away from New York and the memories of their murdered mother. Time to make a new life in sunny Florida. There was just one thing that Josh hadn't counted on.

The place was haunted.

Book cover - Shade of the Tree

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    Yes, this sounds like it. The protagonist is called Josh and he inherited the house from his Uncle Elijah. Elijah died of blood loss after cutting his leg with a chain saw while trying to cut down the tree. Josh ends up sharing his consciouness with the tree. – John Rennie Sep 1 '14 at 9:51
  • Confirmed, although the tree wasn't sentient. It did, however, have the instinctive ability to protect itself by projecting visions. – Shawn V. Wilson Jul 20 '18 at 4:09

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