Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin, 1967

My favorite quote: “She opened her eyes and looked into yellow furnace-eyes, smelled sulphur and tannis root, felt wet breath on her mouth, heard lust-grunts and the breathing of onlookers.”

Notable characters: Rosemary Woodhouse, the mother; Guy Woodhouse, her husband; Minnie and Roman Castavet, their strange, flamboyant neighbors

Most memorable scene: The conception scene. Creepy stuff. Seriously 

Greatest strengths: It’s nerve. This book has more balls than a bowling alley … and I love it

Standout achievements: Despite being over 50 years old, this book remains surprisingly timeless

Fun Facts: Rosemary’s Baby was the top bestselling novel of the 1960s and is considered a major catalyst for the “horror boom” of the subsequent decades

Other media: The 1968 Roman Polanski film of the same name starring Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon

What it taught me: In its simplest interpretation, Rosemary’s Baby is the story of the birth of Christ turned on its head, proving again that there are no new ideas under the sun, only new variations on old ones — something that all writers should take comfort in

How it inspired me: In the Thorne & Cross collaboration, Darling Girls, we have a character named Erin Woodhouse — who’s mother’s name is Rosemary. We think we’re pretty funny … 

Additional thoughts: Rosemary’s Baby is one of my favorite novels of all time, coming in at number seven on my list of top ten

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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