Friday, July 8, 2016

A Head Full of Ghosts/Paul Tremblay/286 pgs

Ok.  So you want to read a scary book, but you are tired of old school vampires and zombies. You want a book that might compete with the new horror genre out in Movie Land, ie "The Conjuring" and "Paranormal Activity".  Well, I think I might have something for you.  It's called "A Head Full of Ghosts" by Paul Tremblay.

"A Head Full of Ghosts" sneaks up on you.  You begin by reading about an everyday family, the Barretts, that has everyday troubles.  A father who has been laid off for some time, and a mother trying to to keep the family together, both financially and mentally.  Two daughters, Marjorie, age 14, and Mary, age 8.  Could be home, right?  Until it's not.

Marjorie starts acting, well, a little odd, and mom and dad become concerned.  The more her parents fight over how to address the issue, the more bizarre Marjorie's behavior becomes.  As a last resort to save their daughter, the Barrett's decide to have an exorcism perform on Marjorie; and to save them financially, they agree to have it filmed.

There's something for every reader.  There's the mix of Religion and Psychology,  making an emotional cocktail.   There's new media for "new horror" readers and references of "classic horror" for the traditional readers.  It's not so much gory, as creepy.  And the ending?  Well, you'll just have to find out for yourself!

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