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{Review} Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco

by Robert Marasco
Published by Valancourt Books on 3/17/2015
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Supernatural, Thriller
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
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Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it’s an offer that’s too good to refuse. There’s only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals.

But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house. As the suspense builds towards a revelation of what really lies behind that locked door, the Rolfes will discover that their cheap vacation rental comes at a terrible cost . . .

The basis for a classic 1976 film adaptation and an acknowledged influence on Stephen King’s The Shining, Burnt Offerings is one of the most original and scariest haunted house novels ever written. This edition, the first in decades, features a new introduction by award-winning author Stephen Graham Jones.

I can’t say enough good things about this incredible haunted house story!

It was fast paced. It was chilling. It was vividly real. It was atmospheric. It was scary. It inexorably, unrelentingly pulls the reader to its final conclusion and that conclusion is stunning.

This is one of the best haunted house tales I’ve EVER read. Perhaps it’s not as literary as The Haunting of Hill House, but it makes up for that with amazing imagery punctuated with scenes of such a chilling nature that my hands actually trembled while reading them. If you’re looking for a haunted house tale with an ending that doesn’t disappoint, this is THE book for you.

My HIGHEST recommendation!

*I received a free copy of this book from Valancourt Books in exchange for an honest review. Here it is.*

About Robert Marasco

Robert Marasco was born in the Bronx in 1936 and educated at Regis High School in Manhattan and Fordham University. A classical scholar, Marasco taught at Regis before turning to writing, with Child’s Play, an eerie melodrama about incidents of evil at a Catholic boys’ school. The play was a surprise success in 1970, running for 343 performances on Broadway and earning a Tony Award nomination for best play of the year, and was adapted for a 1972 film.

Marasco also wrote two novels: Burnt Offerings (1973) and Parlor Games (1979). Burnt Offerings was a bestseller and spawned a 1976 film adaptation directed by Dan Curtis and starring Oliver Reed, Karen Black, and Bette Davis.

Marasco died of lung cancer in 1998.

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