Paul Tremblay
A Head Full of Ghosts
February 16, 2019 Comments.. 905
A Head Full of Ghosts A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama psychological suspense and a touch of modern horror reminiscent of Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves John Ajvide Lindqvist s Let the R
  • Title: A Head Full of Ghosts
  • Author: Paul Tremblay
  • ISBN: 9780062363244
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror, reminiscent of Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves, John Ajvide Lindqvist s Let the Right One In, and Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House.The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen year old MarjorieA chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror, reminiscent of Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves, John Ajvide Lindqvist s Let the Right One In, and Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House.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 descent into madness As their stable 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 With John, Marjorie s father, out of work for than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking 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 that took place when she was just eight years old, long buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface and a mind bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.
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    1. karen says:

      paul tremblay interviews me, or me here thelittlesleep.wordpress is book is about a fourteen year old girl named marjorie, her eight year old sister merry, and the events leading up to marjorie s exorcism your attention, i have it, yes this is both a horror novel and a psychological suspense novel, but then it goes the extra step into self referential metafiction in a way that is natural and not gimmicky annoying, probably because that part involves a delightful character named karen brissette o [...]

    2. Chelsea Humphrey says:

      This book blew me away I might have to come back and alter my review because I m not entirely sure how to process this book.All I will say about the plot is it revolves around the Barrett family and we are trying to solve the puzzle of 14 year old Marjorie s illness Is she mentally ill Is she possessed by a demon Anything would spoil it all and I refuse to do such a thing This is definitely a book that will stay with me While it s not overly gory or scary in the traditional sense, it IS severel [...]

    3. Matthew says:

      I rarely give one star reviews I am sure Paul Tremblay is a nice guy, but after two of his books, I cannot stand him as a writer.The story in this book was silly and contrived The characters were blah and I didn t believe their motivation for anything they did If someone got mad, it felt forced If something weird occurred it felt like it was just there so something could be weird The book is not thrilling It is not scary It is bad Exorcist fan fiction I am not sure if anyone was ever really poss [...]

    4. Rebbie says:

      I didn t know whether to give this book 5 stars or 1, so I m meeting in the middle.Yes, it scared me In fact, it s exactly 2 41 am and I m awake because of this book And I have to pee, but I m too scared to go to the bathroom by myself and if I wake up my fiance to turn on the bathroom light and wait for me, he will think I m some sort of mixture between stupid and crazy And he would probably be right.There are some problems with this book, including the pacing, the believability of the 8 year o [...]

    5. Janie C. says:

      I had high expectations for this novel I had read Paul Tremblay s collection of short stories, In the Mean Time, earlier this year, and I greatly enjoyed it A Head Full of Ghosts exceeded my expectations.The novel revolves around the Barretts, a middle class suburban family When the elder of the two daughters, Marjorie, begins exhibiting odd behavior, the family becomes concerned As Marjorie s behavior becomes exceeding bizarre, psychology and religion become involved Is Marjorie having a mental [...]

    6. Greg says:

      This is a kind of weird experience Granted it s not the first time that Karen has popped up in a book as a character I can think of two others , but this is the first time that she appears quite a bit at least by name, as the character isn t actually supposed to be her We ll get back to this later on the review though.The book is about a family that was once featured on a reality tv show called Possession, which was as the name suggests about demonic possession The show featured a New England fa [...]

    7. Richard says:

      I was pretty surprised by how forgettable this one was It s one of the popular horror novels this year, and the premise about a young girl named Merry witnessing her family dealing with the possible demonic possession of their daughter and their choice to not only perform an exorcism but to film it for a reality show is a set up for some chilling entertainment But I was uninterested through most of this book Much of it has to do with the terribly inconsistent pacing and lack of narrative urgenc [...]

    8. Char says:

      3.5 stars I enjoyed this novel of possession psychological horror reality television, but I didn t out and out love it It s almost impossible to tell you why without spoilers, but I ll try Here s what I liked the most the shout outs to other authors in the dark fiction genre I m sure I didn t pick up on them all, but I love being made to feel like I m in on something the references to other characters in dark fiction classics one of which is glaringly obvious, and since she was a most fascinatin [...]

    9. Trudi says:

      2015 Winner of Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel I read this last summer so the details are a bit sketchy now to pull off an in depth review, but I hate leaving review spaces blank, and this is me trying to push some of my favorites back in front of your face again in case you missed them A Head Full of Ghosts just snagged the 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel which should help give it a much deserved boost in exposure I loved this one, not only because parts of it genuinely creeped me the he [...]

    10. Jack Tripper says:

      I ve never been big on possession exorcism stories The whole notion strikes me aslly, somehow As an avid horror fiction fan, I can buy into all manner of nasty creatures and supernatural phenomena while reading, but the concept of Satan or some other demon possessing a young girl, with the battle for her soul being waged by some priest and his prayers just doesn t do it for me So it took me a while to get to this one, despite the rave reviews Some horror buffs here on are of the opinion that A H [...]

    11. Bradley says:

      What an awesome surprise Mr Paul Tremblay knows his horror motifs, and he and I love how they re layered and layered some , starting from truly delightful character sets with the slowly creeping horror, the slide into a normal family s confusion and pain, and thenPossession.What A straight possession tale and not one about a family taking care of a mentally ill daughter One who suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia Oh yes, let s take this tale into a heavy hitting commentary on religion that s [...]

    12. Blake Crouch says:

      I ll keep this short and sweet one of the best horror novels maybe the best I ve ever read.

    13. Carol says:

      Unfortunately, A Head Full of Ghosts was not for me, but if you are a fan of stories that, in part, mimic The Exorcist, you will probably enjoy this extremely dark work of fiction that combines possession of an evil spirit with a reenactment of same in the form of Reality TV and a family that all seem to be going off the deep end.It begins super creepy with some pretty crazy weird scary icky stories told, and ends with a virtual conglomeration of shockers and question marks that leave the door o [...]

    14. Jilly says:

      Actually I m not sure if I loved this book or hated it It was one of those books that you read and you re kind of miserable the whole time, but it also kind of blows your mind and gets you thinking Usually, I m against thinking too hard I m lazy But, in this case, I thought some really good points on feminism, the patriarchy, religious zealotry, and the media made it worth it to hurt my brain a little bit.okay, I admit this is every daySo, the premise of this book is about a young woman who is r [...]

    15. Kaora says:

      There s nothing wrong with me, Merry Only my bones want to grow through my skin like the growing things and pierce the world.A Head Full of Ghosts is a story from the POV of Merry Barrett It opens with her many years later after the events surrounding her sister Marjorie, giving an interview to a writer for a non fiction book based around her experience as an eight year old We are then taken back to the Barrett house, where 14 year old Marjorie has started acting out In an effort to cure her by [...]

    16. Justin says:

      My man, Paulie T, who I had never heard of until last week, provided me with an exceptional ghost story for this long holiday weekend This book is like what Cabin in the Woods did for the horror film genre He takes all the stereotypical things you ve seen before in other horror books and movies, but he knows it, and he has a great time with it The blog entries were an excellent tool to begin each section of the book It was like reading a book and then reading someone else s commentary or analysi [...]

    17. Myke Cole says:

      I read A Head Full of Ghosts in a single day I haven t done that since I was a kid.A Head Full of Ghosts joins Joe Hill s N0S4A2 as the only book to truly frighten to the extent that it triggered hyper vigilance and had me turning on lights in hallways and turning corners slowly to see what lurked behind them.The book is clearly a love letter to Tremblay s pantheon of horror heroes, and shows an exhaustive knowledge of haunted house and possession tales both in cinema and literature It updates a [...]

    18. Kimberly says:

      3.5 stars.This was a very difficult book for me to review I found it very well written and it captured my attention to the very end.The story revolves around the Barrett family 14 year old Marjory is sick She admits to her 8 year old sister, Merry, that she hears voices , but is that all there is to it So much of this story is expertly woven to enable the reader to interpret each event as they will, without giving away any definite answers This tactic worked magnificently in keeping my attention [...]

    19. Annet says:

      Wew, first book read after some time Too busy at work and a trip to Shanghai made that I just couldn t concentrate on reading Now this book I doubted about the rating all the way, three or four, but I end up at four because of the bizarre unusual story and the chilling unexpected ending I did wonder all the way through, am I enjoying this yes or no.So weird book Don t expect a full blown horror story regular style It s not It is scary though about a family who struggles with the oldest daughter [...]

    20. Lala BooksandLala says:

      Very atmospheric and spooky, a perfect read for the spookathon

    21. Karl says:

      Paul Tremblay has written one heck of a book And hardly a Zombie to be found within it s pages In fact there has been a bidding war for movie rights EXCLUSIVE Focus Features just won an auction for rights to make an elevated genre a head full of ghostsmovie from A Head Full Of Ghosts, the upcoming thriller novel by Paul Tremblay William Morrow publishes the book next month Focus prevailed in an auction that also had TriStar in hot pursuit Deals are being closed for Ben Collins Luke Piotrowski to [...]

    22. PirateSteve says:

      My eyes were drawn to that crucifix and the deeply etched agony of Jesus face.

    23. Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

      4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 02 26 bI could probably write two reviews for A Head Full of Ghosts, a really long version or a shorter version I m going with the short version though okay, short for me because then there will be no chance of revealing any spoilers This is most definitely a book where you ll want to experience all the surprises and twists for yourself That said, I wish people I know have read A Head Full of Ghosts so I could hit them up and just let loose [...]

    24. Ellen Gail says:

      One of the best books ever is on sale Only 1.99 on Kindle today Buy it PEER PRESSURE This one is going to stay with me for a very long time 5 fantastically creepy stars There s nothing wrong with me, Merry Only my bones want to grow through my skin like the growing things and pierce the world Y all, anyone who knows me will tell you that I love horror Horror and Ellen go together like peanut butter and jelly which I also love Finding a well crafted horror novel or movie is harder than squishing [...]

    25. Zoeytron says:

      This is an intriguing tale of possession, religious zealotry, reality TV, and some very strange family dynamics Lots of things are creepy to Merry That sounds about right for an eight year old Ghosts, demons, priests, and the camera man who has fingernails that are long and clicky Sometimes her older sister is creepy, too More and all the time Except when she isn t It tickled me to run into a blogger by the name of Karen Brissette within the pages of this book Granted, she used capital letters [...]

    26. Kelli says:

      I listened to this audio inwell, 8 hoursbut most of those hours were in one day I went into this knowing nothing about it and I was riveted from the very beginning An interesting take on the classic horror stories, this one is cerebral and incorporates the present in a way that is fun to read Different and creepy, this perfect October read might make you a little uncomfortable and than a little bewildered, but very entertained 4.5 stars

    27. Cindy Newton says:

      This is an interesting and surprising book I read this as a group read for the Horror Aficionados group for their September October read I don t know I m behind and I have to admit, I didn t bother to read the blurb I just charged it onto my Nook and eventually started reading it I was expecting and kind of hoping for actual ghosts, so I was a little disappointed by the lack of apparitions However, there are plenty of scares to be had, on varying levels, in the plot as it is The story is about t [...]

    28. Miriam says:

      Excellent I would totally read another book by Paul Tremblay, even if none of my friends appeared as characters user show 4

    29. Brian Keene says:

      Absolutely remarkable Once in every decade, a novel comes along that can truly be called a game changer for the horror genre This is that novel A fantastic, clever, and refreshing modern take on the old demonic possession trope And an ending that will be talked about and debated for years to come.

    30. Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all says:

      Demon possession scares me You take that subject and add to it the fact that Stephen King went on record saying this book scared him and then multiply all of that with the fact that my mother who loves scary things and watches scary movies by herself ALSO said it scared her and I knew that this book was full on to quote my friend Allie.And it was It was so full on I couldn t read it at night But even though I would only read it during the day and tried to read light hearted things before bed, th [...]

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