By Ray Russell
Before The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, there has been The Case opposed to Satan
By the 20th century, the exorcism had all yet vanished, burnt up by way of smooth technological know-how and psychology. yet Ray Russell—praised through Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro as a cosmopolitan practitioner of Gothic fiction—resurrected the ritual together with his vintage 1962 horror novel, The Case Against Satan, giving new upward thrust to the exorcism on web page, display, or even in actual life.
Teenager Susan Garth was once “a clean-talking candy little girl” of highschool age earlier than she began having “fits”—a unexpected aversion to church buildings and a newfound fondness for vulgarity. Then one evening, she strips in entrance of the parish priest and sinks her nails into his throat. If no longer insanity, then the reply needs to be demonic ownership. to conquer the satan, Bishop Crimmings recruits Father Gregory Sargent, a more youthful priest with a style for contemporary rules and brandy. As the 2 males struggle not only the darkness tormenting Susan but additionally each other, a soul-chilling revelation lurks within the shadows—one that is aware that the darkest evil is going by means of many names.
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