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The Priest: A Gothic Romance
The Priest: A Gothic Romance Thomas M. Disch 0679418806 9780679418801 An extraordinary feat of the imagination ... A superlative chiller with a surprisingly thought-provoking symbolic subtext and a remarkably evocative, often bril
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The Priest: A Gothic Romance by Thomas M. Disch

An extraordinary feat of the imagination ... A superlative chiller with a surprisingly thought-provoking symbolic subtext and a remarkably evocative, often brilliant, style. -- Washington Post Book World The M.D. is simply one of the best novels of horror-fantasy Ive ever read. Thomas Disch has been writing wonderful tales of imagination for years now -- stories that sometimes amuse, sometimes sting, sometimes horrify, and sometimes manage to do all three at the same time -- but The M.D. is surely his magnum opus. -- Stephen King A seductive premise ... as morally subversive as a Hitchcock movie ... The M.D. fully, and brilliantly, earns its subtitle: a horror story. -- Entertainment Weekly Each new page, like an electric eel, is poised to shock. -- Los Angeles Times I read Thomas M. Dischs The M.D. with pure delight ... A story that, regardless of its subtitle, breaks all the genre chains. It is suspenseful, engrossing, full of well-observed and convincing characters, steeped in irony, sly, often darkly hilarious yet with serious intentions that give it considerable impact. -- Dean Koontz A truly stunning work of supernatural horror. -- San Francisco Chronicle Resonate[s] with surprise and menace ... Surely the liveliest horror novel since Clive Barkers The Damnation Game. -- USA Today|Since his work first began to appear in the early 1960s, Thomas Disch has proven himself, again and again, to be one of the most prodigiously talented novelist/playwright/poets of our time. In Newsweek he was saluted by Walter Clemons as the most formidably gifted unfamous American writer. But in 1991, with the publication of The M.D., Dischs remarkably various gifts converged in a horror novel that propelled him into the mainstream even as it remade the genre in its own startling image. Now, in The Priest, Disch gives us an even more potent, darkly hypnotic, and fiendishly comic novel - a gothic romance like no other. At the center: Father Patrick Bryce, a Catholic priest with a present-day Minneapolis parish - and a pedophile past. Hes spent time at a church-run retreat for priests of his persuasion and returned rehabilitated: even better equipped to keep his vice active and hidden. Until the blackmail begins. It comes from three different sources (his own bishop being one), and each tops the next in imaginative proposals: Father Pat must head a militant (and probably illegal) anti-abortion campaign; Father Pat must apologize to each of his victims, face-to-face; Father Pat must read, and be ready to discuss, the work of a bizarre cult science fiction writer, and get the face of Satan tattooed on his chest. But the blackmailers and their demands are the least of Father Pats problems. More dire is his increasingly incontrovertible sense that the nightmares in which he has been leading the life of a thirteenth-century bishop are not dreams at all. And that the Church, rife with corruption and scandal in both eras, is the only realistic sanctuary for him and his doppelganger, Bishop Silvanus de Roquefort, as they move - at once separately and together - through their own centuries-spanning maze of soul-killing horrors toward a distinctly hellish destiny. The astonishments, mayhem, and villainy they encounter along the way come brilliantly to life in an eerie and wildly populated narrative that builds at breakneck speed to its gripping, gruesome, and romantic finale. The Priest is a spellbinding confirmation of Thomas Dischs standing as a master conjurer of the most darkly compelling tales.--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author: Thomas M. Disch

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 303

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1995-03-21

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ISBN: 0679418806

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