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A Great Horror Tale
on 1 April 2017
Ira Levin’s great horror novel not only made him popular, but made this probably the biggest selling horror story in the Sixties, whilst also starting a boom in the genre which is still being felt to this day. In some ways turning the gothic novel on its head this also helped to bring horror to a more normal setting, after all this takes place right in the middle of New York City.
Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse, and quite newly married manage to get an apartment in the Bramford building. For Rosemary she feels like she has hit the big time, and all the couple need now is for Guy’s acting career to be a bit more successful, then she can settle down and start having children.
But as Rosemary is about to start finding out, there is a certain notorious reputation to the building, according to a friend, and although the neighbours seem friendly she does seem to have become isolated from most of her previous friends and acquaintances. Then with Guy’s career really taking off and he deciding it is time for them to have a child, so worries and concerns start to surface.
Although a horror tale this is also one that falls into the thriller end of the market, as we see our main character get paranoid and possibly delusional. But is Mrs Woodhouse going nuts, or is what she believes is happening really the truth?
Although most people are more than aware of this story nowadays it is interesting when reading this to see how Levin used some very good misdirection at times to keep people away from what the expected ending would be, thus giving us some nice twists. Always something worth reading this has been tried by others but not beaten, and has inspired many a modern author to write in this genre.