A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

By Paul Tremblay

A chilling mystery that brilliantly blends household drama, mental suspense, and a slightly of contemporary horror, corresponding to Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the precise One In, and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

The lives of the Barretts, an ordinary suburban New England family members, are torn aside whilst fourteen-year-old Marjorie starts to show indicators of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents’ melancholy, the medical professionals are not able to prevent Marjorie’s descent into insanity. As their strong domestic devolves right into a condo of horrors, they reluctantly flip to a neighborhood Catholic priest for aid. Father Wanderly indicates an exorcism; he believes the susceptible youngster is the sufferer of demonic ownership. He additionally contacts a creation corporation that's wanting to rfile the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of labor for greater than a 12 months and the clinical debts looming, the kin concurs to be filmed, and shortly locate themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a success truth tv express. whilst occasions within the Barrett loved ones explode in tragedy, the express and the stunning incidents it captures develop into the stuff of city legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling author interviews Marjorie’s more youthful sister, Merry. As she remembers these in the past occasions that happened whilst she used to be simply 8 years previous, long-buried secrets and techniques and painful thoughts that conflict with what was once broadcast on tv start to surface—and a mind-bending story of mental horror is unleashed, elevating vexing questions about reminiscence and truth, technology and faith, and the very nature of evil.

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This is Mustang. MiGs on the way. ” Matta looked at Jack and said, “Those are the Cuban jets. ” 46 “Yes,” he said, his voice straining. ” The next voice was in Spanish, and the words gave Jack chills. “Attention. You have breached the sovereign airspace of the Republic of Cuba. This will be your only warning. ” The controller said, “November two six Golf Mike, you must alter course to two-twenty, south-southwest. S. corridor. S. planes can use to come and go from the base. ” Before Saint Preux could reply, the Cubans issued another warning in Spanish.

It was an aerial shot of a compound of some sort. Scores of small dwellings and other, larger buildings dotted the windswept landscape. There were patches of green, but overall the terrain had an arid quality, perfect for iguanas and banana rats—except for all the fences. Jack noticed miles of them. One- and two-lane roads cut across the topography like tiny scars, and a slew of vehicles seemed to be moving at high speed, though they looked like matchbox cars from this vantage point. In the background, a huge, black plume of smoke was rising like a menacing funnel cloud.

One final punch—a halfhearted smack to my broken nose— and then I was released. I collapsed face-first in a puddle that smelled like urine. The three Latin Kings each took the time to spit on me. Then they strolled out of the alley, laughing and giving each other high fives. When they got a good distance away, I crawled over to a Dumpster and pulled myself to my feet. The alley was dark, quiet. I felt something scurry over my foot. Rats, licking up my dripping blood. Nice neighborhood. I hurt a lot, but pain and I were old acquaintances.

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