A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel

Winner of the 2015 Bram Stoker Award, a brilliant novel of psychological horror—and demonic possession?—from the nationally bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World, Survivor Song, and The Pallbearers Club.

A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare.” — Stephen King

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 more 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, 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.

Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the nationally bestselling author of The Beast You AreThe Pallbearers ClubSurvivor SongGrowing Things and Other StoriesDisappearance at Devil’s RockA Head Full of Ghosts, and the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. His novel The Cabin at the End of the World was adapted into the Universal Pictures film Knock at the Cabin. He lives outside Boston with his family.

ISBN: 9780063269811

ISBN-10: 9780063269811

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: 09/27/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/27/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 384

Language: English

Categories

Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological

Fiction / Horror

Fiction / Psychological

Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural