Burnt Offerings (Marasco novel)

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Burnt Offerings
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorRobert Marasco
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror novel
PublisherDelacorte Press
Publication date
February 1, 1973
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)
Pages260 (first printing)[1]
ISBN978-0-440-00928-3

Burnt Offerings is a 1973 American horror novel by Robert Marasco. Its plot follows a family who move into a summer home where each member is plagued by unusual experiences and personality changes. Published by Delacorte Press, the novel had originally been conceived as a screenplay before Marasco rewrote it into a novel.[2] It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1976. The novel was reprinted in 2015 by Valancourt Press.[3]

Plot[edit]

The Rolfe family (Marian, Ben, and their son David) rent an isolated summer home in the remote North Fork of Suffolk County, New York at the extreme eastern end of Long Island to escape New York City and get away from their Queens apartment for the summer. Ben's aunt Elizabeth also moves into the home. Per their rental agreement, the Allardyces (the elderly siblings who own the home) stipulate that their elderly mother remain in her apartment in the top floor of the home and be fed three times a day, to which the Rolfes agree. Upon moving in, however, each member of the family is plagued by bizarre experiences, personality shifts, and inner turmoil that seems to be stemming from the house itself.

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Adaptations[edit]

The film was adapted into a 1976 film of the same name starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed, and Bette Davis.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Library of Congress (1975). Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1973: January-June. Copyright Office. p. 1019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Hendrix, Grady (December 11, 2015). "Forgotten Bestsellers: Burnt Offerings". Tor. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Marasco, Robert (2015) [1973]. Burnt Offerings. Valancourt Press. ISBN 978-1-941-14770-2.
  4. ^ Marasco, Robert (1973). Burnt Offerings. Delacorte Press. ISBN 978-0-440-00928-3.
  5. ^ Marasco, Robert (2012). Burnt Offerings. Centipede Press. ISBN 978-1-933-61884-5.
  6. ^ 'Burnt Offerings' Is an Outstanding Terror Movie. The New York Times. September 30, 1976. Retrieved November 26, 2017.

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