Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (1967)
by Ira Levin
Pegasus Books, 2014 reprint
Bearing new artwork to coincide with the recent NBC miniseries, the re-release of Ira Levin’s classic 1967 horror tale Rosemary’s Baby thankfully received no rewrites to match the new screenplay. While I have not watched the miniseries in its entirety, I have seen enough of it to know that it deviates far too much from Levin’s masterful yarn of demonic deception. That said, I would encourage all to read the book, whether you have watched NBC’s program or not.
The novel is divided into three parts, following Rosemary’s path to pregnancy and all the complications she faced. This is no ordinary pregnancy however, as the protagonist unwittingly battles evil at every turn. When she finally discovers the devastating truth, she melts into paranoia. Levin’s writing during this section of the story is particularly on-point, perfectly balancing suspense with terror.
All horror fans owe it to themselves to enjoy Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby in book form.