The Keep (F. Paul Wilson novel)
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|Author||F. Paul Wilson|
|Series||The Adversary Cycle|
|Publication date||August 1981|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|Pages||347 (Trade Hardcover 1st Edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0-688-00626-6 (Trade Hardcover 1st Edition)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 19|
|LC Classification||PS3573.I45695 K4|
|Followed by||The Tomb|
The Keep is a horror novel by F. Paul Wilson. It is also the first volume in a series of six novels known as The Adversary Cycle. It appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List and has been adapted for film and as a limited-series of comics.
German soldiers and SS Einsatzkommandos are being slowly killed off in a mysterious castle (the "keep" of the title) high in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania in April 1941. Theodore Cuza, a Jewish history professor living in Bucharest, and his daughter Magda are brought to the keep by SS Sturmbannfuhrer Eric Kaempffer in a desperate attempt to determine what is murdering his men. Cuza is later tasked with defeating the unknown evil that is wreaking havoc. The professor translates a mysterious message written in blood on a wall that uses a forgotten dialect of Old Romanian or Old Slavonic.
The entity responsible for the deaths calls itself "Molasar", and it finds Professor Cuza useful. Molasar procures his services through deception and false promises. Molasar is later revealed to be Rasalom, an ancient sorcerer from the "First Age" of humans. A reluctant champion of the ancient Forces of Light, an immortal man calling himself "Glenn" but whose real name is Glaeken, becomes aware of Rasalom's activity from across the world and travels to the keep. He built the keep as a prison for Rasalom out of the reluctance to kill him outright. The two beings are mystically linked in a way that binds their destinies together, even though Rasalom's supernatural abilities vastly outmatch Glenn's innate abilities.
Magda and Glenn meet and develop a relationship which quickly becomes romantic. Professor Cuza manipulates the Germans into arresting Glenn and bringing him into the keep, where he will be vulnerable to Rasalom's increasing power. Inside the keep, the German soldiers riddle Glenn's body with bullets. Magda rescues Glenn by bringing him his mystical sword, the source of his power, which enables him to heal his mortal wounds. Professor Cuza, meanwhile, carries the talisman that imprisons Rasalom in the bowels of the keep to the surface, where the Professor plans to bury it according to Rasalom's instructions.
Magda leaves Glenn to recuperate, and tries to convince her misguided father not to cross the perimeter of the fortress area. Glenn arrives and joins the talisman to his sword, enabling him to drive Rasalom back into the depths of the keep. Rasalom then uses his telekinetic abilities to launch an overwhelming assault against Glenn. Rasalom rashly launches himself bodily at his age-old enemy and is reduced to ashes by a single stroke from Glenn's sword. Glenn plummets onto the craggy rocks below. He awakens to discover that he is now mortal, having vanquished his long-time foe, and he and Magda reunite.
Characters in "The Keep"
- Major Kaempffer
- Captain Woermann
- Dr. Theodore Cuza
- Magda Cuza
- Glenn / Glaeken
- Molasar / Rasalom
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
The book was adapted into a film by Michael Mann for Paramount in 1983. The film was a critical and financial disaster but retains a cult following, partly due to Tangerine Dream's work on the soundtrack. Most recently it has also been adapted into comic form by Wilson himself.
- 1981, USA, William Morrow and Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-688-00626-6, Pub date August 1981, Hardback
- 2000, USA, Tor ISBN 978-0-7653-5705-2, Pub date May 2000, Paperback (First Tor Edition)
- 2006, USA, Tor ISBN 978-0-7653-5705-2, Pub date August 2006, Paperback (Second Tor Edition)