A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts

By Paul Tremblay

  • Release Date: 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Horror
4 Score: 4 (From 229 Ratings)



A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist.

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.


  • Wowwwww

    By aaronpc2049
    A truly depressing dive into the mental illness people and families go though, how it effects said family, and the inevitable downfall it can cause. This is my first book that I’ve read in at least 10 years, and I thank Tremblay for getting me interested in Novels again.
  • Excellent read!

    By mjm11983
    Great modern day twist on a classic horror theme.
  • Very twisted

    By 3690I Ilike pei
    I loved this book because it leaves much of the content up to the reader's decision. The ending was truly shocking. However, I felt much more sad than scared, which could be a good thing.
  • A Head Full of Ghosts

    By Mikasfriend
    What seemed like it wouldn't be much exceeded my expectations and then some.
  • Surprising and Twisted

    By Freaky chick79
    I read this book on a recommendation made by Stephen King. Started out a little slow, but by quickly picked up. Very dark book that by the end will have you wondering who actually was the mentally ill one.