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Among the skeptics is psychiatrist Dr. Sneidermann, who believes Carlotta is psychotic, a danger to herself and her children who should be committed. But two graduate students in parapsychology have a different theory: that Carlotta is being tormented by a powerful entity from beyond our reality, outside space and time. The tension builds to an electrifying conclusion, and the truth may be far more frightening than any of them ever imagined Based on documented real-life events that happened to a California woman in , Frank De Felitta's provocative and disturbing novel The Entity is a classic of occult literature.
Like De Felitta's Audrey Rose , which sold more than 2. This edition features a new introduction by Gemma Files. Careful plotting, well-wrought characters, and lots of scientific detail - along with the surefire appeal of sex, violence, and the paranormal - add up to a wonderfully scarifying experience. It probes beyond fiction into the nightmare realm of truth. Get A Copy.
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The story -- which manages to be tightly constructed and screws loose -- Rollercoaster advisories apply to Frank De Felitta's science fiction thriller The Entity.
The story -- which manages to be tightly constructed and screws loose -- is divided into four major parts, and includes an opening "statement" and epilogue.
The statement is that of Jorge "Jerry" Rodriguez, a suspect booked on first degree assault on March 23, Jerry's tale is that he came into his girlfriend's bedroom and found her being attacked by Jerry grabbed a chair and instead of knocking whatever was assaulting his girlfriend off her, strikes her in the head. Police arrive to take Jerry into custody. Part one introduces Carlotta Moran, a single mother in her early thirties.
Subsidized by welfare, Carlotta is enrolled in a clerical course and rents a house on Kentner Street in West Los Angeles. Initially, the only unusual feature of the house is the four-post bed, built by a previous tenant and left behind, too big to move. Her teenage son Billy spends most of his time in the garage building stuff.
Daughters Julie and Kim, who share a different father than Billy, are two years apart. Carlotta grew up in Pasadena and comes from money, the only child of a rich minister. Now estranged from her family, she carries herself with a regal lift that others seem to notice.
She has a steady boyfriend named Jerry whose executive career has him on the road for weeks at a time. Her son, threatened by this new man in the house, came to blows with Jerry before he left town this last time and Carlotta is guardedly optimistic that they can be a family together. All that changes on October 13, at p.
One moment, Carlotta was brushing her hair. The next she was on the bed, seeing stars. Some knock, like being hit by a charging fullback, plummeted her across the room and onto the bed. In a blank mind, she realized that the pillows were suddenly around her head. Then they were smashed over her face. Carlotta knows she's been beaten and raped but neither she or her son can find any sign of an intruder. She sleeps in the living room that night. The next evening, she wakens at the sound of scratching in the walls and a terrible smell, and is attacked again, only this time, hears laughter and voices.
She's also able to bite the hand of her rapist. Her son and an elderly neighbor walk in on this, but find no one else in the room. The third night, Carlotta wakes with a premonition that something is coming for her.
She scoops up her kids and flees the house as she hears her bedroom being trashed and a voice yelling "CUNT! Over the next several weeks, whether in her car during daylight or at the home of her best friend Cindy, the attacks against Carlotta escalate. Part two introduces a young staff psychiatrist named Gary Sneidermann at West Coast College, where as a welfare recipient, Carlotta is able to receive mental evaluations and treatment for free.
She tells Sneidermann about the spectral sexual assaults and the doctor suspects Carlotta's multiple hallucinations are due to psychosis. He becomes excited by the prospect of researching her peculiar case and curing her.
Ultimately, both Billy and the girls sense him in the house, with Billy suffering a slight injury during one attack on his mother. Sneidermann maintains that the children are simply feeding off their mother's hysteria, validating her hallucinations. He begins pushing the boundary between doctor-patient by developing feelings for Carlotta.
Disgusted by her psychiatrist's thesis that she's manufacturing these episodes out of incestuous feelings toward her own children, Carlotta quits therapy. Part three propels the novel into a whole other level of insidiousness. After Cindy takes her friend to various mystics or fortune tellers around Los Angeles, Carlotta is in the West Coast University bookstore and overhears two graduate students talking about paranormal activity.
She nervously approaches to ask questions. Eugene Kraft is an electrical engineer. Joseph Mehan, one of his brightest students, developed empathetic skills and found his calling in parapsychology. Carlotta tells the researchers only enough for them to conclude her home might be experiencing poltergeist activity. A field visit to Kentner Street confirms this. Kraft and Mehan consult with their faculty head, Dr. Elizabeth Cooley, whose division is the black sheep of the department and her position among her peers tenuous.
Cooley urges caution when she learns that Carlotta was undergoing evaluation at the university, concerned on stepping on toes in the department. Their first night at the house, Kraft and Mehan record something trying to get into Carlotta's bedroom, but whatever it is seems to back off.
Carlotta is elated, believing her army has her attacker on the run. The festivities are dampened when Sneidermann makes an unannounced visit and discovers that ghost hunters from the university have set his former patient's recovery back.
Sneidermann seeks to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Jerry's return to Carlotta's life takes a blow to her self-esteem and opens a door for the entity to return in force. Part four, titled The Entity, pits the psychiatry department, with Dr. Sneidermann leading the charge, against Dr. Cooley's parapsychology division with allegations the ghost hunters are injuring Carlotta.
Sneidermann not only seeks to shut down the experiments at Kentner Street, but marginalize the entire division. A compromise is struck to allow Carlotta to be monitored for two weeks in a controlled environment on campus, where Kraft and Mehan construct a model of Carlotta's living space with modifications designed to not only record, but capture the entity. The Entity is a novel where much of the prose and even some of the dialogue reads like it was written on a wooden block; not wildly imaginative writing.
De Felitta is on the nose when it comes to summarizing and telling a lot of things for the reader. None of that matters in the end because the narrative is so thrilling, the characters complicated adults, and the research material impeccable.
This brutal unseen force makes attempts on her life and terrorizes her children, but the worst part is that no one believes her. Among the skeptics is psychiatrist Dr. Sneidermann, who believes Carlotta is psychotic, a danger to herself and her children who should be committed. But two graduate students in parapsychology have a different theory: that Carlotta is being tormented by a powerful entity from beyond our reality, outside space and time. The tension builds to an electrifying conclusion, and the truth may be far more frightening than any of them ever imagined. This edition features a new introduction by Gemma Files. Careful plotting, well-wrought characters, and lots of scientific detail—along with the surefire appeal of sex, violence, and the paranormal—add up to a wonderfully scarifying experience.
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