The Ceremonies Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1985
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Stripped to its basics, The Ceremonies tells the story of a 30ish New York City grad student in English literature whose thesis is on Gothic and horror literature, and whose life suddenly starts to resemble some of the works he's reading over the course of a summer.
Klein comes up with one of the most innovative reworkings of the "forbidden book" trope in horror fiction that I can think of. Normally, the forbidden book (say, H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon) is a text invented for a work of fiction which, within the world of that fiction, reveals in whole or in part the secret workings of the universe. Generally, a forbidden text is rare, dangerous even to read, and filled with knowledge that undermines all cultural norms when it comes to religion. For example, the Necronomicon reveals that all human religion is a comforting lie that obscures the true, horrifying and precarious state of humanity in a universe that is consciously hostile towards us.
But as the malign Old One muses in the novel, forbidden knowledge never stays hidden. As a character in another Klein story notes, if the Necronomicon really existed, it would be available in paperback in any book store.Read more ›
There are several storylines running through this novel, and their paths converge on only a few occasions, which is a facet of the writing that may bother some readers.Read more ›
Other writers capable of producing brilliantly dark and disturbing prose include: Fritz Leiber, Thomas Ligotti, Thomas Tessier, and Steve Rasnic Tem.
Most recent customer reviews
Slow moving, but an atmosphere that keeps you prisonner of things crazy and dangerous. Very Lovecratian. One of my favourite novels of the genre.Published 20 months ago by Pat Joubert
great atmosphere of malevolence here building to a climax that, admittedly, is a letdown. not a lot happens here but the undefined evil that is impending keeps you reading. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2000 by cudgel
This is the first book I've read by Klein and I have to say that it was written very well. That's about it. For the most part the story was boring. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2000 by Bobby Pierson
Originally a short story, "The Ceremonies" clearly suffers being expanded into a full-length novel. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 1999
If you like reading horror, this book is for you. I'm only disappointed by the fact that Klein hasn't written more.Published on June 6 1999
The first time I read this book, I way lying on a beach in the sun, yet parts of the novel truly chilled me. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 1998 by Obdictum
This novel is kind of a paradox for me. I enjoyed reading it, and it held my interest. However, after finishing the book, I realized that not much happened. Read morePublished on March 27 1998