Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby, #1) by Ira Levin

Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby, #1)

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!

Details Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby, #1)

TitleRosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby, #1)
Release DateSep 1st, 1997
GenreHorror, Fiction, Classics, Thriller, Mystery

Reviews Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby, #1)

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”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.”Nightmare? Passionate dream? Real? How could it be real? It can’t possibly be real. Rosemary Woodhouse wants a baby. She is married to an actor named Guy. They have recently broken another lease to take an apartment in the exclusive Bramford Building. Guy, who glibly us...
  • Mario the lone bookwolf
    The very rare case of a slow moving, nevertheless suspenseful soft horror novel mainly using characterization and worsening foreshadowing to thrill the reader.This one really stays in mind because of the end nobody would suspect and an accelerating thrill and feeling of discomfort I´ve hardly ever seen performed this way. It starts friendly, does a bit of creepy exposition, and gets more and more disturbing for the lead protagonist, culminating ...
  • Delee
    I knew from a young age that I probably didn't have the maternal instinct that is necessary to raise a child. I hated dolls- they creeped me out, and instead of dressing up the ones I was given as gifts- the dolls sat in the corner in various stages of undress- while I wheeled my cat whiskers around in a baby carriage- showing off his cute bonnets and frilly dresses. He was the best dressed kitty in the neighborhood. And if my parents were not co...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby #1), Ira Levin Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 horror novel by American writer Ira Levin, his second published book. The book centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a young woman who has just moved into the Bramford, an old Gothic Revival style New York City apartment building with her husband, Guy, a struggling actor. The pair is warned that the Bramford has a disturbing history involving witchcraft and murder, but they choose...
  • El
    Disclaimer: I am not marking this review as containing spoilers, because honestly, it's the 21st century and if you know nothing about the book or the movie, then that's just sad and shame on you (unless you don't like scary things, in which case you shouldn't even be on this page). If you don't want to know anything about the story, then please stop reading here.Disclaimer 2: This is probably going to be a long review because I have a lot of tho...
  • Candi
    "She didn’t know if she was going mad or going sane…"Well, this classic horror novel certainly hit the spot this month! You simply can’t go wrong with pure and ‘simple,’ subtle fright for some pre-Halloween entertainment. This is a book very firmly set in the period of 1966 New York City, yet it never feels outdated on the creepiness scale! It has such a nightmarish quality that seeps into your psyche and makes you wonder on whom you ca...
  • Mariel
    This is why I will never have children.
  • Joe Valdez
    What shocks me most about reading Rosemary's Baby is what fantastic fiction it is. Published in 1967, this thriller by Ira Levin flew off shelves and was adapted to film in 1968 by Roman Polanski into not only a prestigious studio picture but one that stands the test of time as one of the best horror films ever produced. In an afterword penned in 2003 and included in this edition, Levin expresses surprise by how faithful the hit film was to his b...
  • Celeste
    You can find this review and more at Novel Notions. Thanks, Mr. Levin. I hate it.I had so many problems with this book. Because I feel the need to vent about said problems, there will be an abundance of spoilers in the review below. I’ll try to keep things as vague as possible, but yeah. Spoilers. If you’re unfamiliar with the story and have any desire to read it without prior knowledge, please skip reading this review.You have been warned. I...
  • Carol
    ROSEMARY'S BABY is creepy as HELL!I truly had no intention of reading this novel until I realized Ira Levin was the author. He sure could write creepy-scary too, and as with his other novels, he moves right along in the telling describing a 1966 New York City setting, young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy, and their new place of residence in the 'old' Bramford apartment building with a very dark history.If you've only seen the scary as HELL movie, you...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    This book might not be the most modern one out there, but it's still timeless, written in the era of the "love generation" and incorporating subtle elements of creepiness into the story until finally, it takes a dramatic turn for the bizarre and sinister. What could be more scary than knowing that a devil's cult wants your baby? This book just isn't the same without the accompanying film though, the vibrant bright colors of celluloid film and the...
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    The horror of this book is not the devil, nor his baby-demon. The horror of this book is represented by the corrupt, deranged mortals who surround Rosemary, all of them led by Guy, her husband. He sold his wife's body for success. He drugged her, stood there and watched his wife being rapped by the devil.He stood there and watched her conceive the devil's child... and getting tortured by the creature inside her for months. And he stood there and ...
  • Abigail
    holy mother of fucksticles thatwasaye-maze-ing 4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.Rosemary and her husband Guy are moving, looking for an apartment to have their children. When a place opens up at Bramford, they do all they can to get it, but it may have been the worst decision of their lives...Rosemary and Guy have been married for several years, Guy is a failing actor, he just can't find any jobs. Rosemar...
  • Tom Lewis
    In case there’s anyone out there in GRland who hasn’t seen the Roman Polanski film, or isn’t familiar with its shock ending, I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum. The film is a faithful adaptation of the book. They’re both eerie, atmospheric, and unsettling; but never really cross over into being scary.My takeaways from the book (and film) – beware of kindly old busybody neighbors who are overbearing with their gifts. Never accept a sm...
  • Shaina
    Creepy, weird, frightening ... and that ending. I will probably have to read the next one. Gahhh*Muppet style flailing*I am glad I finally read this though !Something irksome is ... witches or Wiccans don’t consort with the devil and are nothing like Satanists. They are two separate religions. So stupid. And also this book was written in the 60’s and still calling ppl negroes?? Good grief!!! That really got on my nerves. 3.5 stars rounded up ...
  • Ginger
    Wow, what an ending!You know Rosemary’s Baby is a great horror book because you’re in shock about that ending and you’re still thinking about it hours later!Newsflash: (view spoiler)[Horror usually does not have a happy ending. Go read romance if you’re looking for that!It took serious initiative to go with that ending and I did not have any issues with it. Kudos to Ira Levin on that! (hide spoiler)]This is the first book that I’ve read...
  • AMEERA 🌱
    3.5OH GOD 💔💔'
  • Dannii Elle
    Rosemary and Guy find the home of their dreams in an old New York apartment building. Their neighbours might not be just as ideal and a sinister past might haunt their new abode, but the fortune that soon follows their move-in forces them to forget all other sources of discontent. Well, at least until they become truly impossible to ignore...This is a renowned title I had heard a lot about without ever having been aware of the details. I think my...
  • Zuky the BookBum
    This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. Note to self and others: beware of overly friendly neighbours.This is amazing. At just over 200 pages, this novel takes you on a hell (excuse the pun) of a journey that you won’t forget anytime soon. Levin has managed to make a novel so witty, and at the same time, so terrifying. In a way, the tone of this book is reminiscent of American Psycho (or rather American Psycho is reminis...
  • Ellen Gail
    “There’s nothing to be afraid of, Rosemary; honest and truly there isn’t.” If you've seen the movie, you've basically read the book. I never realized what a faithful adaptation Polanski made, down to entire passages of dialogue and what clothes the characters wore. That said, both the book and the movie are fantastic.I have to give the movie the slight edge due to Mia Farrow's outstanding performance, but I had a great time reading this. ...
  • Gabrielle
    Just as with “Stepford Wives”, “Rosemary’s Baby” is a book that seems to be about one thing, but that has many more layers than meet the eyes waiting to be peeled back by the reader. This is the magic of Levin: he makes you think you are reading a story about one thing, but introduces you slowly to a whole other level of creepiness that you could never have expected by reading the synopsis at the back of the book. And also just like in ...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Excuse me, but I have no patience for endless room descriptions, unbearable, painfully bad dialogue, degrading remarks towards Jesus, and a main character who is a weakling, the worst kind of housewife who tries to please everyone, afraid to speak her mind. IF she has one, that is.No.If we compare this drivel to The Exorcist, we are in certain need of an exorcism...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    I always say that you should never trust non working retirees, they have weird hobbies and too much free time on their hands and it's a common knowledge that the devil does find work for idle hands. This novel is the best example to prove my theory.All right, I don't want to be mean to senior citizens, but I do have my suspicions, OK? Other than that I definitely enjoyed the book, it didn't feel much dated, on the opposite - it felt quite on time...
  • Dean
    Since I saw Roman Polansky 1968 film adaptation I knew that I had to read also the novel..After having read the book, I can say that Polansky has done a pretty good job in his film!!The film still remains one of my all time favorites..I have devoured the novel, and was hooked from the first page on!!The plot of the story is widely known, Satanists managed to lure and manipulate a young and fresh married couple for their sinister purposes..Witchcr...
  • ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪
    “Could anyone know when an actor was true and not acting?”This review is going to contain some minor spoilers, because I just assumed that the majority of people has seen the movie anyway (like I did), or at least knows what the story is about.I must admit that, if I wouldn't know how the plot of Rosemary's Baby was going to progress, I would have stopped reading this book after the first few chapters. The tension is definitely slowly built i...
  • Stefan Yates
    I would like to start of this review by posting a special NOTICE for folks who own this novel from THE STEPHEN KING HORROR LIBRARY and have not read the novel before. DO NOT read the forward by Stephen King until after you have read the novel. I love King. I love King's analysis and opinions on things. But this is the first time that I have read something written by Stephen King that made me want to punch the man in the face. I don't mean that li...
  • Bill Lynas
    Ira Levin's 1967 novel, which became a classic 1968 film, still stands the test of time extremely well. It's a story I've read before, & will probably read again, as it still somehow seems new & fresh each time I return to it.The horror that author Ira Levin unleashes is so awful because what precedes it is the story of a young couple leading a very ordinary life. This is the third time I've read the novel, with quite a few years gap between each...
  • Brett C
    This was written back in 1967 but is still good. The plot follows a young couple, Rosemary and Guy, who move into an apartment with hopes starting their life together. They learn the building has a history all its own involving witchcraft, cannibalism, and suicide. After they move in, they realize they have odd and eccentric neighbors. Passing them off as just neighbors and nothing more, the story eventually shows the neighbors' sinister intentio...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    4.5 StarsThis little novel certainly holds up a horror classic! Dark and twisted, this would be a wonderful (or terrible) book to read when pregnant. The ending was so bizarre, but I think I liked it. I don’t always connect with classic literature, but I found this one to be very accessible and engrossing. I would highly recommend it to other horror readers.
  • Ashley Daviau
    I’ve never watched the movie based on this book so I went into it knowing very little about the plot and I was absolutely blown away! This book is a true horror gem, it had this sinister vibe creeping along underneath my skin right from the get go and I loved every second of it. I’m glad I never watched the film, I feel like it allowed me to go into this book and made my reading experience better because I had no expectations. I was completel...