Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, his second published book. Major elements of the story were inspired by the publicity surrounding the Church of Satan of Anton LaVey which had been founded in 1966.
The film version of Ira Levin's horror classic is probably more well known, ironically, than the actual novel is. As Stephen King mentions in his nonfiction book Danse Macabre "Horror Fiction": "It was one of those rare cases where if you had read the book you didn't have to see the movie, and if you had seen the movie, you didn't have to read the book." Page 295. The film was very close to the novel in its adaptation. But because books are always better than the … more
Rosemary’s Baby: A Review Much like Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby weaves ambiguity throughout the story to keep the reader guessing and propel the story to its shocking, but not entirely unexpected conclusion. Throughout the novel, the main antagonists Roman and Minnie seem strange. Nothing too out of the ordinary but definitely strange. Levin’s use of the protagonist is wonderful. She suspects something but because her dreams … more