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The Entity

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,006 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Ravaged night after night, against her will, beyond her understanding, violated by an enemy against whom there was no weapon...

Based on a real life case of a woman preyed upon by a spectral rapist.
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 1979 by Warner Books (first published 1978)
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Joe Valdez
Oct 31, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rollercoaster advisories apply to Frank De Felitta's 1978 science fiction thriller The Entity. Warnings like, "Aggressive Thrill Ride" or "No one with heart/ neck/ back trouble or pregnant will be permitted" come to mind, as well as the one about hanging on until the ride comes to a complete stop. The book was not only scary at all turns, but the author included a few custom features I wished more authors paid attention to.

The story -- which manages to be tightly constructed and screws loose --
Oct 19, 2009 Valora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I picked this book up at a used bookstore, next to a bus station, somewhere near Antioch, CA. I'd spent the summer with my godmother and was gearing up to go home. I'd read everything that I brought with me and was completely bored.
I boarded the bus, made myself comfy and began to read this horrifyingly, tragic story of not just a woman, but an entire family caught in the grips of this primal beast and his minions..

It got dark on the bus. We made a few stops and I transferred twice. I placed the
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 27, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
This book was creepy and incredibly disturbing, but it was more a psychological thriller than it was a horror story. It was well-written and frightening, really vivid and hellish to imagine while reading.
Jorge Soto
Mar 20, 2016 Jorge Soto rated it it was amazing
Una historia bastante perturbadora (al parecer basada en hechos reales) en donde la protagonista es amenazada por una Ente poderoso y caprichoso, que únicamente ve a Carlotta como un objeto para satisfacer sus necesidades lujuriosas. Hasta aquí la idea parece ser algo morbosa, ¡un fantasma que viola!, pero la verdad es que es bastante bueno, plantea atmósferas sumamente turbias y pesadas, origina una desesperación y terror con el simple hecho de pensar que te encuentras a merced de un ser intang ...more
Dec 06, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, horror
I loved this book, I thought it was a fantastic read.

It has been one of my favourite horror films since I was a kid (why my parents thought a film about a cruel rapist ghost would be suitable viewing for a 12/13 year old I don't know) anyway this book has been on my ever expanding list of books to read for some time now and I finally got around to picking this one up.

Well I powered through it in just 3 days, I thought that Carlotta was a great character and the book in general is about so much m
Oct 25, 2009 Rose rated it it was ok

A woman begins to experience nightly visitations from an unknown entity that she cannot see, however violently begins to rape her and toss about her home. Her 3 children after a while begin to sense something in the home through bad smells, dishes flying off the counters, etc. The woman runs to friends for help and they too witness strange sightings in their home while Carlotta is there. The woman (Carlotta) sees a psychiatrist who beieves she is creating this and doing it to herself as
Sep 06, 2010 Indra rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Beyond physical reality, beyond ecstasy and pain to a dark netherworld of psycho-sexual truth.
Ravaged night after night, against her will, beyond her understanding, violated by an enemy against whom there was no weapon...
A terrifying novel, based on a real life case of a woman preyed upon by a spectral rapist.

Actually, I don't know where and how to start. So I just won't spoil it. I really liked this book because it was about PSYCHIATRY and PARAPSYCHOLOGY !!! YAY!!! If you are not that scared o
Sep 04, 2011 Larry rated it it was amazing
This book has been on my partner's shelf for as long as I've known her, and I always imagined it to be a poor, cheap horror story, especially as she asked me to list it on But then I read it, and wow, it was quite good actually! Never heard of the authro before, and he hasnt writtten a great deal but this is well written, with authority. Yes it has sexual scenes which everyone talks about but the story within is great! And creeepy! You begin to wonder, is the entity real or is it ...more
Nov 01, 2015 L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I'm not finding this book as terrifying as I had expected. This is a horror story set in relatively contemporary (seemingly '70's) times. Perhaps I am not appropriately frightened by the idea of the possibility of an incubus/succubus showing up. The most horrifying/terrifying aspect of the novel is the rigid, close-mindedness of members of the psychiatry faculty/practice at a major university. They are so enamored of their theories that they are more than willing to throw a patient under the bus ...more
Apr 18, 2016 KATTY rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Me pasa lo mismo que con Carrie, vi la película hace mucho y me dejó bastante marcada, así que ya conocía la historia antes de ponerme con el libro lo que le quita bastante la emoción de la novedad. Algo largo y con diálogos a veces un tanto sin sentido, me ha parecido entretenido aunque no me creo del todo que sea basado en hechos reales... todos los días empiezan igual describiendo como entra la luz por la ventana, algo que es recurrente, lo de describir la luz del entorno continuamente. En de ...more
Emily Crow
I decided to read this book after perusing some internet pages concerning the real-life story that inspired the novel. In the factual case, a single mother of four named Doris Bithers claimed to be beaten and raped by a spectral entity, and a team of paranormal investigators obtained some interesting photos of weird lights but no concrete proof. So like all of these stories, we're just left with questions: Did it really happen? Did the person make it up intentionally? Were they crazy?

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Beyond physical reality, beyond ecstasy and pain to a dark netherworld of psycho-sexual truth. Ravaged night after night, against her will, beyond her understanding, violated by an enemy against whom there was no weapon...A terrifying novel, based on a real life case of a woman preyed upon by a spectral rapist.

I got recommend this book by a friend of mine. At 1st I was a bit skeptical. On the events that were being played out in the book. I found this to be Very interesting I do bleive in ghost
Horace Derwent
Jul 26, 2016 Horace Derwent marked it as to-read
i wanted to read this book after i'd watched the movie

heard about that james wan plans to remake the film as the producer and will invite barbara hershey to be in again, and there's being no other info then

the film title has a nice and cool translation, "鬼恋", which means "ghost love" or "ghost affection"
Rob Damon
Jan 10, 2014 Rob Damon rated it really liked it
I found this to be a well written story which seemed to offer the reader two ways of looking at the events taking place. On the one hand you could be rational and assume the main character was losing her mind, on the other you could accept the things happening to her are real and that an unseen entity is indeed attacking her. It was clever how the story unfolded and the revelations that came near the end made you realize which viewpoint to take on her "episodes".

A film was made of this and after
Apr 18, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jeff by: Discovered it on my own.
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Oct 22, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: I recommend this book to everyone who believes in ghost.
This book was based on a true story, about a evil demonic spirit who comes and preys on a woman..its a good book,that was made into a movie..the book is more in detail and parts are left out of the movie. If you are into the paranormal this is a great book to read.Author Frank De Filitta did a terrific job writing this book.
Dec 12, 2015 Kimberly rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Review pending.
I watch the movie before reading the book and usually reading the book after is a bit of a struggle, but the writing flows so easily and is easy to get into. The ending is different to the movie so that was a nice surprise. It doesn't quite have the fear or atmosphere of the movie. I did find it tiresome to keep reading about how beautiful the main character was every time a male character saw her or thought about her, and how her vulnerability made her more so. It made the male characters one d ...more
Laura Belgrave
I wanted to like this novel more than I actually did. It was okay, but not one that will stick in my memory bank. Mostly, that's because I found it overly long and redundant in so many ways. That's because the protagonist, Carlotta, is a woman with three children who suddenly begins to experience either psychotic hallucinations OR something "not knowable," but real. That "not knowable" is an entity that repeatedly attacks and rapes her, at first just in the dead of night, but later at random tim ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlotta Moran is a single mother who lives with her 3 children, attending classes to obtain a qualification which will lead to a good job, a normal life until Carlotta is attacked by a unseen assailant in her bedroom, at first Carlotta believes she has had a horrific dream but then she is attacked again and seeks safety for herself and her children with a friend. Carlotta returns home and the attacks continued, attacks by someone she cannot see, Carlotta is afraid and has no one to turn to, unt ...more
John Braine
Sep 08, 2015 John Braine rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-reads
I read this is a teenager and I've been meaning to add it to my list. It's a funny thing adding retrospective books. I can vividly remember some parts of this book even though I read it a very long time ago. It made an impact at the time. So four stars for that alone. Even though now, there's not a chance I would read a book about a demon rapist "based on true a true story". Pfffft.
Luis Martinez jr
Oct 04, 2015 Luis Martinez jr rated it liked it
I picked this up as part of some research I've been doing on sleep paralysis (Old-hag/Succubus [in this case Incubus myth and testimonial]). There were some interesting side stories here, even if Carlotta Moran and her immediate circle of people are made of so much straw. And there is an interesting discussion here of university politics and maintaining the right to tenure for professors who study things not popular. It goes a little too into Poltergeist territory witht the ghost-hunter plotline ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Ladydana0 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a teenager and it still haunts me!
Alessandro Balestra
Jun 09, 2013 Alessandro Balestra rated it liked it
Carlotta Moran è una giovane madre che vive felicemente con i suoi tre figli in una piccola casa in California. Tutto sembra tranquillo e sereno ma improvvisamente qualcosa di terribile trascina la donna in un incubo senza ritorno: una creatura soprannaturale, invisibile quanto un fantasma, la violenta brutalmente. Carlotta teme di essere pazza, nessuno le crede ma le ripugnanti violenze dell'entità si ripetono per mesi. Dopo una fallimentare terapia psichiatrica, si rivolgerà a due giovani rice ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Had already seen the movie, so wondered what the book was like. The book is better (surprise, surprise), but the movie stands up pretty well.
Mar 07, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-suspense
Very interesting read. I was hoping for something scary...but this didn't scare me. It was interesting seeing the play between pyschology and parapsychology in the book. Really makes you think.
Sep 02, 2014 Carmen rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. Engrossing and disturbing. I read this many years ago, and kept it on my shelves to read again....maybe.
Mark Hodder
A decent tale but a little long-winded in places. In need of editorial scissors. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
Mar 18, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really creepy, except the ending is kind of weak
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Frank's latest book, "L'Opera Italiano," is now available as an ebook on and

Best known for Audrey Rose and The Entity, De Felitta has also made a name for himself in the theatrical world as a producer, writer, and director.

De Felitta also briefly experimented with song writing, with one of his songs appearing in his son Raymond De Felitta's film "Two Family House".
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