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The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer Hardcover – 6 Jun 2002


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st Edition edition (6 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340825588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340825587
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 22.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer--My Life at Rose Red, a spin-off from the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red, provides the interested reader with some terrifying back stories to Rose Red's tales of doomed psychics and Dr Joyce Reardon's expedition into the dark rooms of a house that is another of King's great Bad Places. At the beginning of the 20th century, magnate Rimbauer builds Rose Red as a present and prison for his young wife, a place in which she is to be displayed as a trophy and have her will broken. He does not know his woman--Ellen fights back with all the means at her disposal, which progressively come to include the attributes of the house he ill-advisedly built on a cursed site; people disappear in Rose Red, vanishing between one room and another, and are never seen again except as blood-smeared wraiths. They are especially likely to disappear if they are the women with whom Rimbauer humiliates his wife. This is a powerful story of a woman developing power and learning little from that responsibility except that she likes the infliction of pain and terror; we come to empathise enough with Ellen that her slow corruption is as terrifying as the nightmares that occasionally surface in her narrative. --Roz Kaveney

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The American No.1 bestselling "diary", the book that unlocks the secrets behind STEPHEN KING'S ROSE RED - the television series that took the US by storm and will be available on DVD/video in December 2002.

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I find it a somewhat daunting task to endeavor to place my thoughts here inside your trusted pages, I scarcely know if I am up to the task, but as my head is filled with lurid thoughts, and my heart with romance and possibility, I find I must confide in someone, and so it is to your pages I now turn. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "maximusaurorius" on 19 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
This tells the early story of Rose Red the haunted house at the centre of the Stephen King TV mini series " ROSE RED". This isnt a screen play of the Mini series, it is a history of the house its self, played out through the diary entries of the houses's mistress Ellen Rimbauer. When you see the mini series ( as I have and it is King at his best) you are told stories about the house and the events that happened there, but not in great detail. This book gives you all the stories of the house in full glorius and gory detail, such as who died where and how. The diary is eloquently written , you actually find yourself believing that you are reading actual historic events not just fiction. A must for any Stephen King fan. Buy it and read it today
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Andrews on 6 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Having seen 'Rose Red' on television here in the US I had to read this book. It gives great insight and answers many questions that the TV movie arose. A must have for any fan of the movie and also a book that holds its own as a great read. I definately recomment this to any suspense/horror reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd on 26 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
It never hurts for a book dealing with the paranormal and horror to have a little mystery surrounding who actually wrote the book, along with all the media hype promoting the TV mini-series. For the record, this was written by Ridley Pearson, not Stephen King, though King was certainly aware of its gestation.
But who wrote it matters little versus the prime requisite: is it readable? Does it provoke the spine-tingling feeling that some of the best in this genre can?
It's certainly readable. The characterization of the main character Ellen Rimbauer is truly excellent. She starts as a woman who is a rather naive nineteen year old, and progressing through her thoughts and feelings about marrying a man twenty years her senior with a reputation as a 'ladies man'. How she manages her husband and his wayward ways forms one of the continuing lynch-pins of this tale. As she matures, she also starts to feel some attraction to those of her own sex, the depiction of which I felt was well done for a lady of Victorian sensibilities. But later, we are given a portrait of a woman who is slowly losing her grip on reality (or as an alternative explanation, the world she inhabits becomes truly strange). The house she lives in, and eventually becomes almost a prisoner of, Rose Red, is really the other main character, as it grows from the greatest mansion in Seattle to a house known for disappearances, murders, and suicides. On the basis of character alone, this is a worthwhile read.
But on the other aspect, the paranormal land of ghosts, inexplicable fears and visions, and houses with desires of their own, this book doesn't succeed as well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This faux-diary will remind many of the brilliant publicity campaign orchestrated for "The Blair Witch Project," although it certainly does not reach the depth and detail of that infamous effort. For me, "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer," the back story for the upcoming "Rose Red" mini-series whipped up by Stephen King is more reminiscent of "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" from "Twin Peaks." The different is that the latter came out AFTER the first season and only served to obscure what was happening in that bizarre little town. "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" certainly sets the stage for the mini-series. We know a lot of what happened and we have some theories as to what is going on in that strange mansion overlooking Seattle, but the mystery is not even close to be solved.
The character of Ellen Rimbauer also reminds me strongly of Edna Pontellier, the heroine in Kate Chopin's 1899 classic "The Awakening." Both deal with the issue of a woman embracing her sexuality at the turn of the century and while both tales are tragedies, Ellen's is of a different fate. Her character is the strongest part of the "Diary," and if you are expecting the traditional heroine afflicted by a haunted house, you are going to be in for a surprise. The book suffers from the necessity of leaving massive holes in the narrative so that the cat does not end up entirely out of the bag. There are a couple of photographs and several relatively crude drawings that add little to the aura of authenticity (although I have seen better in both regards elsewhere associated with this enterprise).
This is a relatively simple division: If you are going to watch "Rose Red," then you should read "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer." Yes, on one level it is a blatant attempt to make money off of our interest in anything Stephen King.
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