- Hardcover: 286 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co (2 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062363237
- ISBN-13: 978-0062363237
- ASIN: 0062363239
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare."--Stephen King
"[B]rilliantly creepy."--Library Journal
"Gripping and truly scary, this book feels of the moment in a way few thrillers do."--B&N Reads
"[A] scary story, indeed."--BookPage
"A mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising disturbing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil."--Buzzfeed
"Dark, brilliant, and impossible to predict, [this] is more than a perfect horror story. It's a smart and savage look at American culture in all its madness, and the price girls are forced to pay by a society obsessed with spectacle and sin."--Cara Hoffman, author of So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You
"A Head Full of Ghosts is the literary lovechild of Shirley Jackson and William Peter Blatty, a novel that's as disturbing as the worst nightmare you ever had as a kid, and as impossible to forget."--Elizabeth Hand, author of Generation Loss and Available Dark
"A Head Full of Ghosts is one of the best novels released this year. ...Paul Tremblay confirms what we already knew: he's one of the greatest horror writers today."--This is Horror (UK)
"By turns horrifying, very funny, melancholy, ironic and, with each page, dazzlingly original, A Head Full of Ghosts is a one-book rocket ride through contemporary society where, if Evil doesn't actually exist in a Biblical sense, we're just the folks to invent it on our own."--The Day newspaper
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A chilling domestic drama that blends psychological suspense with a touch of modern horror from a new, brilliantly imaginative master
The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.
To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's bizarre outbursts and subsequent descent into madness. As their home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts' plight for a reality television show. With John, Marjorie's father, out of work for more than a year and medical bills looming, the family reluctantly agrees to be filmed—never imagining that The Possession would become an instant hit. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.
Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie's younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long-ago events from her childhood—she was just eight years old—painful memories and long-buried secrets that clash with the television broadcast and the Internet blogs begin to surface. A mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising disturbing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.
A Head Full of Ghosts is a terrifying tale told with inventive literary flair and unrelenting suspense that craftily, cannily, and inexorably builds to a truly shocking ending.
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Deciding to whatc on the surface looks like a reinterpretation of The Exorcist in the age of Paraanormal Activity & reality tv, is a bold move.
Bolder still to entwine multiple unreliabe narrators and the traditional themes of female pubescence & burgeoning sexuality ; with modern dayc politics and religious posturing.
With countless hat tips to some of the great horror writersxand films, , Tremblay crafts a genuinely unnerving tale of family dysfunction, creeping madness & manipulation.
Make sure you read the author notes at the back! I find it interesting that one of the lead characters shares a name with one of the important characters in his favourite horror films: Session 9. (and maybe a trait?) I don't think The Thing was the only film on his mind.
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With that being said, this book is much more than I was expecting. Having thought I was just going to get a good scare was quickly replaced by the reality that this isn't what the book is about. Sure, there are scary moments, times when readers skin will crawl, and times when I felt as if I was going just as mad as some of the characters. But it is also deeply unsettling in a realistic way as it skillfully portrays mental illness and its effects on the family. Additionally, it depicts a family’s decent in a societal way and the effects it also has. Put all this together and you get a nearly brilliant novel that will chill you to the core.
I don’t want to say much more about the plot because the books summary does a nice job in its description but also because I think that to fully grasp what is happening in the story that you need to read it on your own without spoilers. I will say this though, there is a lot going on in this novel. Schizophrenia, depression, paranoia, depression, and susceptibility are integral parts of the novel. So are possession, demons, and exorcism. This book will make you nervous. It may make you look over your shoulder when you enter a dark room. And it will scare the crap out of you. Should you read it? I would recommend it...
To begin with, this is NOT a ghost story --- although many blurbs would like you to think that. It is a thriller disguised as dark satire. The Barrett family allow a reality film crew into their home to film what is believed to be the demonic possession of their 14-year-old daughter, Marjorie. The novel is told from the point of view of the younger sister, Meredith or 'Merry'.
A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS takes swipes at reality television, religion, audience gullibility and overall pandering to an audience looking to consume a dose of all of the above. While there are a few chilling moments the true purpose of this novel is to pose a mystery as to whether or not Marjorie is truly possessed or merely a young sociopath taking everyone for a dark ride.
One of the most fantastically creepy novels about possession that I have ever read! Is that not enough for you?!
I loved every minute of it! Still not convinced?!
This book has some of the most evil things you will ever read about, especially that ending. Oh, and then there is also the part about the girl who is possessed. Do I have your attention?!
Seriously, the only part about this book that threw me off was the ending. However, this is also the only book that I have ever liked the ending more after I thought about it, when I initially didn't like it. Usually I don't change my mind, but this one got to me. Are you curious yet?!
I always say that humans can be creepy and more evil than any demon or monster, and Paul Tremblay throws humanity right in your face and makes you question your own.