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One of the greatest horror novels you've never read, Hébert's dualistic perception of existence is seen in Children of the Black Sabbath, set in Quebec in 1944, with flashbacks to the preceding decade. Satanic rituals in an isolated mountainous area and religious ceremonies performed in the Convent of the Precious Blood are juxtaposed by means of narrative shifts. Witchcraft, demonic possession, exorcism, and satanic initiation find their corollaries in prayers, dedication to God, Mass, and initiation into cloistered life. Children of the Black Sabbath is unsettling in its depiction of sordid sexual initiation in the world of sorcerers and deceit within the walls of the convent. As do many of Hébert's other works, this novel probes the traditional conception of reality, suggesting the existence of another world that is dark and powerful.
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Book Description PaperJacks, 1978. Condition: Fair. First Thus. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP85931662
Book Description PaperJacks. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0770100732I5N00
Book Description Paperjacks, Toronto, ON, 1978. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. Translated by Carol Dunlop-Hebert. 12mo, 4-1/4" x 7". 198pp + 10pp publisher's advertising. Perfect bound mass market book in varnished printed card stock cover. Minor shelf wear, rubbing, edge wear to cover, which has two small punctures near the top fore edge of the front cover, seemingly from a staple which has since been removed. Binding is square and tight. Gentle age toning to pages, which remain clean and unmarked; appears to be an unread copy. Seller Inventory # 002228