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Rosemary's Baby

(Rosemary's Baby #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  128,181 ratings  ·  5,557 reviews
Suppose you were an up-to-date young wife who moved into an old and elegant New York apartment house with a rather strange past.

Suppose that only after you became pregnant did you begin to suspect the building harbored a diabolically evil group of devil worshippers who had mastered the arts of black magic and witchcraft.

Suppose that this satanic conspiracy set out to cla
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Signet (first published 1967)
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Federico DN
Oct 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, classics
Baby fever.

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are moving to the Bramford, an apartment complex in NYC renowned for its long history of tragic incidents. But they don’t care; once Guy’s acting career starts picking up, their plan is to start a big family. And when Guy finally gets his big break, and Rosemary gets pregnant, everything seems happy and according to plan. But then Rosemary’s health starts deteriorating, and strange events start happening all around them. Something is wrong. Something is v
Emily May
Jul 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, horror, 2022
I first read this when I was about thirteen/fourteen and don't remember that reading at all.

I then watched the movie when I was about eighteen/nineteen, which I remember better and didn't really like. Bit too weird for me.

Third time lucky, I guess. I thought this was a great read in 2022. Super easy to read, eerie, unsettling, and the second Levin I've read where women are gaslighted by those around them, which is something I find especially terrifying-- I understand both sexism (being labelled
Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
”She opened her eyes and looked into yellow furnace-eyes, smelled sulphur and tannis root, felt wet breath on her mouth, heard lust-grunts and the breathing of onlookers.”

Nightmare? Passionate dream? Real? How could it be real? It can’t possibly be real.

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Rosemary Woodhouse wants a baby. She is married to an actor named Guy. They have recently broken another lease to take an apartment in the exclusive Bramford Building. Guy, who glibly uses his acting skills to spin stories, has no difficulty
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby #1), Ira Levin

Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 horror novel by American writer Ira Levin, his second published book.

The book centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a young woman who has just moved into the Bramford, an old Gothic Revival style New York City apartment building, with her husband, Guy, a struggling actor.

The pair is warned that the Bramford has a disturbing history involving witchcraft and murder, but they choose to overlook this. Rosemary has wanted children f
Mario the lone bookwolf
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The very rare case of a slow moving, nevertheless suspenseful soft horror novel mainly using characterization and worsening foreshadowing to thrill the reader.

This one really stays in mind because of the end nobody would suspect and an accelerating thrill and feeling of discomfort I´ve hardly ever seen performed this way. It starts friendly, does a bit of creepy exposition, and gets more and more disturbing for the lead protagonist, culminating in a great wtf moment. Really, why can´t it always
Having Satan's demon baby was a frightening thought when I was younger.
Now, quite frankly, the most terrifying thing I can think of would be giving birth to a mid-life oops baby.


But to be fair, Rosemary's ovaries aren't trying to cough out some leftover egg that will ruin her retirement plans.
No, she's young and excited and wants to experience the joys of motherhood.
Spoiler Alert for all First Time Mothers:


Rosemary and her husband, Guy Woodhouse, have just moved into her dream apartment in NY
I knew from a young age that I probably didn't have the maternal instinct that is necessary to raise a child. I hated dolls- they creeped me out, and instead of dressing up the ones I was given as gifts- the dolls sat in the corner in various stages of undress- while I wheeled my cat whiskers around in a baby carriage- showing off his cute bonnets and frilly dresses. He was the best dressed kitty in the neighborhood. And if my parents were not convinced then, that I would never give them grandch ...more
"She didn’t know if she was going mad or going sane…"

Well, this classic horror novel certainly hit the spot this month! You simply can’t go wrong with pure and ‘simple,’ subtle fright for some pre-Halloween entertainment. This is a book very firmly set in the period of 1966 New York City, yet it never feels outdated on the creepiness scale! It has such a nightmarish quality that seeps into your psyche and makes you wonder on whom you can truly rely. Are people something other than what they appe
Johann (jobis89)
“What have you done to his eyes?!”

Rosemary’s Baby has shot up into my top 5 fiction reads of 2020 (only 50-odd years after its release)! Given that I’m such a fan of the movie and after hearing that the two are incredibly similar, I didn’t expect the book to feel so fresh and be THAT enjoyable, but I am more than happy to admit I was dead wrong.

If you’re unfamiliar with the set-up of Rosemary’s Baby, here’s a brief synopsis. Rosemary and Guy Woodside move into a New York City apartment where the
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I am not marking this review as containing spoilers, because honestly, it's the 21st century and if you know nothing about the book or the movie, then that's just sad and shame on you (unless you don't like scary things, in which case you shouldn't even be on this page). If you don't want to know anything about the story, then please stop reading here.

Disclaimer 2: This is probably going to be a long review because I have a lot of thoughts. If you don't want to read a long review, th
Rebecca (on a review writing break!)
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor-husband, Guy, move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with a sinister reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome them; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband starts spending time with them. Shortly after the couple's desires become a reality; Guy lands a role on Broadway, Rosemary becomes ...more
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is why I will never have children.
Joe Valdez
What shocks me most about reading Rosemary's Baby is what fantastic fiction it is. Published in 1967, this thriller by Ira Levin flew off shelves and was adapted to film in 1968 by Roman Polanski into not only a prestigious studio picture but one that stands the test of time as one of the best horror films ever produced. In an afterword penned in 2003 and included in this edition, Levin expresses surprise by how faithful the hit film was to his book--preserving virtually all of the characters an ...more
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Thanks, Mr. Levin. I hate it.

I had so many problems with this book. Because I feel the need to vent about said problems, there will be an abundance of spoilers in the review below. I’ll try to keep things as vague as possible, but yeah. Spoilers. If you’re unfamiliar with the story and have any desire to read it without prior knowledge, please skip reading this review.

You have been warned.

I feel like one of the very few people in my part of th
ROSEMARY'S BABY is creepy as HELL!

I truly had no intention of reading this novel until I realized Ira Levin was the author. He sure could write creepy-scary too, and as with his other novels, he moves right along in the telling describing a 1966 New York City setting, young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy, and their new place of residence in the 'old' Bramford apartment building with a very dark history.

If you've only seen the scary as HELL movie, you'll find the book very similar, if not exactly the

Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

The horror of this book is not the devil, nor his baby-demon. The horror of this book is represented by the corrupt, deranged mortals who surround Rosemary, all of them led by Guy, her husband. He sold his wife's body for success. He drugged her, stood there and watched his wife being rapped by the devil.


He stood there and watched her conceive the devil's child... and getting tortured by the creature inside her for months.


And he stood there and watched while Rosemary was being used as a cow to
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, classics
4.0 Stars
This little novel certainly holds up a horror classic! Dark and twisted, this would be a wonderful (or terrible) book to read when pregnant. The story is very slow and quiet, but it has a good payoff in the end. I don’t always connect with classic literature, but I found this one to be very accessible and engrossing. I would highly recommend it to other horror readers.
Oct 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
" . . . the house has a high incidence of unpleasant happenings."

What are the three most important things to remember when shopping for real estate?

Location, location, and location (view spoiler)

Ira Levin casts a dark shadow over a common desire - creating the cozy, welcomin
Bionic Jean
Which do you prefer: to read the book first or to watch the movie?

I’m definitely in the “read it first” camp, and love to then watch a film which brings it all back to me—provided they haven’t changed too much. (Then I might turn into one of those annoying people who says “What?” loudly, in the cinema.)

In the case of Rosemary’s Baby however, I watched the film first. I’d never heard of it, not the book, nor the author. In fact when I did read the book for the first time a little later, I assumed
Em Lost In Books
Almost to the last week of October and I picked this as my spooky read. No horor list is complete without this. Last time I voluntarily read a horror was "The Exorcist", and it was perfect. It scared me, gave me chills, and thrills. So I prepared myself this whole month to get scared to read this and this just fell short on every account. It read like mystery for the most part and when I thought there's going to be a showdown, some big revelation, blood bath, and it ended. It freaking ended!!

Dannii Elle
First Read: May 2020, Rating: 4/5 stars
Second Read: October 2022, Rating: 4/5 stars

Rosemary and Guy find the home of their dreams in an old New York apartment building. Their neighbours might not be just as ideal and a sinister past might haunt their new abode, but the fortune that soon follows their move-in forces them to forget all other sources of discontent. Well, at least until they become truly impossible to ignore...

This is a renowned title I had heard a lot about without ever having been
Jo (The Book Geek)
Jul 17, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Well, that was a rather rocky ride! I had heard of this book, but I'd never known what it was actually about. I think this probably aided my overall enjoyment of the book, because essentially I went in blind.

This book had me from the outset. It was atmospheric and chilling, without being overly so, which always kept me guessing what might happen next. I enjoyed how Levin used slow-burning tension, without everything happening all at once.

The characters were well crafted, but I cannot say I act
holy mother of fucksticles
4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.
Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary and her husband Guy are moving, looking for an apartment to have their children. When a place opens up at Bramford, they do all they can to get it, but it may have been the worst decision of their lives...

Rosemary and Guy have been married for several years, Guy is a failing actor, he just can't find any jobs. Rosemary is a housewife and only thinks about having chil
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, classics
Wow, what an ending!
You know Rosemary’s Baby is a great horror book because you’re in shock about that ending and you’re still thinking about it hours later!

Newsflash: (view spoiler)

This is the first book that I’ve read by Ira Levin and I was impressed.
Rosemary’s Baby is wrote i
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
★★★ /5
I don’t know how to feel about this book, it wasn’t bad, but not that good either. The plot was a little bit messy; the characters weren’t that bad. It was well written, but sometimes hard to understand. I really liked the ending.
Tom Lewis
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
In case there’s anyone out there in GRland who hasn’t seen the Roman Polanski film, or isn’t familiar with its shock ending, I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum. The film is a faithful adaptation of the book. They’re both eerie, atmospheric, and unsettling; but never really cross over into being scary.

My takeaways from the book (and film) – beware of kindly old busybody neighbors who are overbearing with their gifts. Never accept a smelly good-luck charm from said busybody neighbors. If your hus
Misty Marie Harms
You know it. It is a classic. You can tell it was written in a long ago time period. No one would tell what to do with my body nor what I have to consume. I would fight them all and end up thrown out the window like Terry.
Zuky the BookBum
I think this is the most terrifying and harrowing fictional story of all time.

The horror stems from something so deeply intimate and personal. Disregarding the witchcraft and the devilry aspects of the tale, this one tells the story of the deepest betrayal by a person who is meant to be the most reliable and trustworthy for you. For a woman who's always been so excited about pregnancy and having children, this one tears away the joy and beauty such an event should bring to an excited new mother,
Brett C
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This was written back in 1967 but is still good. The plot follows a young couple, Rosemary and Guy, who move into an apartment with hopes starting their life together. They learn the building has a history all its own involving witchcraft, cannibalism, and suicide. After they move in, they realize they have odd and eccentric neighbors. Passing them off as just neighbors and nothing more, the story eventually shows the neighbors' sinister intentions.

The story progresses to include witchcraft and
Sadie Hartmann
Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby is the blueprint for horror. The setup, "Part I" is an example of impeccable timing. Readers are introduced to a married couple, Rosemary and Guy. Through careful narration and dialog, we get a front-row seat to the dynamic of their relationship. We know there is a nine-year difference between them and that Rosemary feels a deficit of intelligence in the company of her husband, THE ACTOR. She is passive and eager to please, he is a bit domineering and narcissistic but ...more
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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.

Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int

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