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Now updated, this classic tale of the antichrist who comes to Earth in the form of a young boy is available in time for 20th Century Fox's contemporary remake of the 1976 classic film, starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, and Mia Farrow, scheduled for release on June 6, 2006. Reissue....

Title : The Omen
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ISBN : 9780451219428
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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The Omen Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-02-16 18:15

    ”...And then shall arise a contemptible one whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come by counterfeit means and obtain the Kingdom of flatteries. Armies shall be swept away before him and broken...and he shall act deceitfully and he shall become strong with a small people. Without warning he shall come into the richest parts; and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers’ fathers have done, scattering among the people plunder, spoils, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, he shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every God, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of Gods. He shall prosper until the indignation is accomplished, for what is determined shall be done.”The movie poster for the 1976 version starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick.Jeremy Thorn and his wife Katherine have been struggling to conceive. Katherine teeters on the edge of the precipice of insanity. They believe that if only they could have a child it would give Katherine something more to focus on than her own unhappiness. They have miscarried a couple of times and now finally a pregnancy is coming to term. Katherine is hospitalized in the 8th month and the fears of losing yet another child are gnawing at their already shattered nerves.She loses the child…but wait.Father Spilletto pulls Jeremy Thorn aside and said “do I have a deal for you” (and the devil deals the cards). A child is presented to Thorn. A cherub, healthy, and the wife doesn’t ever have to know. Thorn overwhelmed with emotions and realizing what losing another child will do to his wife...accepts. I could almost hear the whisk whisk of the priest rubbing his hands together with satisfaction over another bargain made. The child is in place. His name is Damien.Haven’t we all at times wondering if our child was the spawn of satan? Those moments when their head starts spinning around on their shoulders and for a moment I am amused and even enthralled... well until the fish start falling from the sky and a cloud of locust descends. Grilled grasshopper as a side dish to fried fish is fine for a while, and better yet if the damn wine hasn’t been turned into blood, but it doesn’t take long for me to want them to officially declare themselves Demon or just an annoying little twerp. If they are a DEMON I can turn them over to a priest or make a call to Sam and Dean Winchester, but if they are just an annoying little twerp?*Sigh*...then I have to keep trying to find ways to communicate and coexist with this entity.Sam and Dean are on my speed dial.Damien is an odd little fellow. ”He’s like a little man from Mars,” Horton once remarked to his wife. “Like he was sent here to study the human race.”His first nanny hangs herself as an act of devotion to Damien. A Mrs. Blaylock appears and declares herself the new nanny. Jeremy and Katherine are suspicious, but not suspicious enough. Damien seems to like her and her devotion to his welfare is without question, but when she starts to push Katherine aside the Thorns find themselves locked in a battle with the “hired help” for time with their son. A priest named Tassone arrives at Thorn’s office spouting gibberish and really he is too desperate for the salvation of his own soul to appear as anything other than a lunatic. He was for lack of a better term “the cleaner” for Spilletto. He has much to atone for. He has very little time to convince Thorn that his son is not what he seems or actually that he is exactly what he seems. The forces around Damien are starting to circle Tassone. Jeremy soon finds himself on his way to Rome hoping for answers to explain what and who Damien is. What bargain did he really make with Father Spilletto? Who are those people in the grave North of Rome protected by dogs that could have stepped out of the script of a Resident Evil movie? ”The bushes began to rustle and another dog’s head appeared; this one gray, its muzzle disfigured and dripping. Then another appeared, and another, the cemetery coming alive with motion as the darkened figures emerged from everywhere, a pack of at least ten, insane and ravenous, their mouths dripping in a continual drool.”A Devil Child’s best friends. The dying words of a priest send Thorn to Jerusalem to track down a man named Bugenhagen, the last of a long line of exorcists. He is living underground at the heart of the beginning of Christianity in the City of Jezreel, town of Meggido. It is the only place where he is safe. He explains to Thorn what he must do. The 2006 remake of The Omen stars the lovely Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Liev SchrieberThis book launched a franchise of books and movies. Even though I had a good idea of the plot it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. I will certainly be on the look out for signs of the Diabolical Trinity. ”The Devil, The Anti-Christ, and The False Prophet. If your children or your grandchildren are born with a full head of hair find a reason to shave their head and look for a trinity of numbers that will send a shiver down to your toes...666. I hope you don’t find them. This is another entry in my 1970s nostalgic horror tour. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Andrew
    2019-02-19 18:15

    I have been meaning to read this book for years and never felt I had time to get round to it. Well this year being the year of finishing promises and completing challenges I thought it was about time. After all it repeatedly appears on lists of all time greatest horror books. And so I started my reading of my 1981 edition (although it was first printed in the mid 70s) I started with a sense of deja-vu. Now I am sure I have never watched the film all the way through. First being too young (and yes scared) to watch it and then older and more skeptical of an ageing film. And yet so many scenes are familiar to me - maybe I have seen the film, or maybe these scenes have been repeated and reused in homage and recognition of their ground breaking nature. As I have to say for its age it does strike a punch. Now yes there are signs of its age - from smoking on aeroplanes to mention the use of film in cameras. However many of the more visual scenes are expertly written playing out literally like a film score. Playing on apprehension and atmosphere you can feel the tension rise - not bad for something like I say that is so famous many would feel it has no more surprises left to give. Looking back I think a lot of the book plays on paranoia of the coming ages - the fear of what is around the corner with the millennium approaching, political and economical unrest (I was born in the 70s and remember some of those tensions) I think some of the power of this story has now been bleached away. However there is still some underlying fear I think that will never go away and for this I can see why this book still sits on the best horror book lists. Just be ready for that feeling of deja-vu

  • Mia Nauca
    2019-02-11 20:56

    Todo lo que buscaba en un libro clásico de horror, que me perturbe y me entretenga, es un libro corto y sólido. Perfecto para cualquier lector que busca leer algo de miedo y un MUST para los amantes del género. El final fue excelente y voy a estar viendo la película muy pronto para hacer una comparación.

  • Eyehavenofilter
    2019-01-27 16:17

    This is what happens when you let others impregnate without checking their references, or even their DNA! One should always make sure to get at least 3 good letters of recommendation, preferably from a local parish, hospital, and a trusted friend. NOT, I repeat NOT from some foreign country where birds are known to attack in flocks and force people out onto roads where they are run over by vans! References are also important when selecting nannies, maids, drivers, and chums for you otherworldly child. Make sure your nanny doesn't plan on make a sacrifice of herself during some public event like a BIRTHDAY PARTY! Check the health of all your child's friends, to be sure they are resilient and can defend themselves in any situation, and don't ever be alone in the house with your child, ( just in case) he plans your own demise.

  • Amalia Gavea
    2019-02-07 22:02

    If I hadn't read this was a novelization of the incredibly chilling film starring Gregory Peck, by none other than David Seltzer himself, I would have rated it a bit higher. In a rare case, Seltzer has taken liberties with his own original material to transfer the film to the pages, and as it is, the novel seems like a very good effort. It provides many interesting details about the past of key characters, especially Catherine, Thorn's wife, and father Tassone (who was father Brennan in the film). Also, the character of Jennings -my own personal favourite in both the film and the novel- the young photographer who helps Thorn solve the riddle concerning the boy Damien, is significantly expanded. The unfortunate thing is that there are some differences in comparison to the film that, in my opinion, are unecessary and take away much of the atmosphere that the film succeeds in creating. I will add no spoilers but I can say that while I definitely enjoyed reading the book, it failed to chill my blood and send shivers down my spine in the way the film did. I have watched the movie twice and will watch it again and again. Do I recommend the novelization? Certainly. Will I read it a second time? I doubt it.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-21 16:51

    Really eerie book, even today, filled with suspense, creepiness and the horror of when evil takes the ultimate form of innocence. I highly recommend The Omen, it's definitely a nostalgic little horror classic.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-01-24 16:56

    Description: Classic tale of the antichrist who comes to Earth in the form of a young boy (view spoiler)[Watch Here This original 1976 film is of course THE one to watch.Omen II Description: Seven years later, 13-year-old Damien is just discovering who he really is, and what he is destined to do. Now living with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Damien is anxious to inherit everything. Can Richard Thorn finish the job that Damien's father (Ambassador Thorn) started?Omen IIIDescription: Now come into his full knowledge and power, the Anti-Christ in the body of Damien Thorne is about to strike his final blow. The Christ-child has been born again, on the Angel Isle, Great Britain (Scotland, England & Wales). The plan is simple, find the male children born on the specified day, and kill them all.4* for the first film - barely 3* for the next two. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Farzane
    2019-02-17 15:50

    حدودا 400 صفحه رو توی چند ساعت خوندم:))ترسناااک بود واقعا، بعد از مدت ها تونستم کتاب ترسناک پیدا کنم. طولانی م بود و قشنگ داستان رو پخته بود. البته مث اینکه یک فیلمم ازش ساخته شده که بهتره اونم ببینم.مخلوطی از پسرجهنمی و مقصد نهایی رو تصور کنید...

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-02-15 15:07

    The movie adaptation of this short novel is synonymous with classic horror (and, somehow, I’ve yet to see it); the novel itself is worth a look, too. A quick, breezy ride into the occult and the destruction of a wealthy, famous family, there is a reason this story has been well-regarded for four decades and counting. This is ‘70s Horror through and through. Expect not any major gore or jump scares. This narrative gnaws at the reader’s mind and begs the question: “What would YOU do if you suspected your son was the anti-Christ?” There are a few strange occurrences and a couple minor gross-out moments, but on the whole this story plays in a minor key. I could have done with a bit more character development, but what is here is fine. I found myself getting a little bored at times, but on the whole I would consider this a successful horror novel. Now to see the movie. Read for ‘Chilling Children’ in Halloween Bingo.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-03 17:16

    One of my top three horror films of all time: I saw it when I was much too young, and that coupled with a Catholic education/upbringing, ruined me forever. Plus, have you seen that kid???!?!?Yup, your son is clearly the devil, love.The story is brilliant, and translates well into novel format - in fact, we get some added extras, mainly around the Jennings character (who is rather unsavoury in the book but still curiously likeable). The ending is still shocking, and makes me wish that horror films were as good now as they were in the 70s.The moral of the story: avoid big scary dogs, demented nannies, demented nannies carrying rope at children's parties, churches during a storm, lorries carrying a consignment of glass... Oh, and children.

  • Coos Burton
    2019-02-10 18:15

    Increíble, uno de los libros más entretenidos que he leído durante este año. Deseaba muchísimo encontrarme con ESTE tipo de horror en la literatura. Uno que estuviera estrechamente relacionado con lo diabólico, lo satánico y oculto, y sin dudas lo obtuve. El libro se va tornando cada vez más enfermizo, y lo hace tan gradualmente que uno casi no puede percibirlo.Fue una de las pocas veces en las que literalmente grité de impotencia por su final, cosa curiosa, ya que más allá de ocasionales lágrimas de conmoción ante alguna situación triste, no soy de demostrar aquello que estoy viviendo en la historia a través de expresiones de esa índole. La historia por lo general generó muchas emociones intensas que no había experimentado en mucho tiempo, y el final realmente hizo que me retorciera. Pronto la video reseña en mi canal con más detalles.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-02-12 15:59

    The movie of this book first introduced me to real horror - I later on became a junkie (now on withdrawal). I read the book long afterwards but was pleasantly surprised to find that even after all the suspense was taken away, the story was still disturbing and enjoyable. Kudos to Seltzer for providing hard-core Biblical horror. I never knew before that the Bible had so many poetically frightening passages. I became a fan of the Book of Revelation after reading this.Damien, the lovable and angelic Antichrist child is a terrific creation - so is his nurse Baylock (view spoiler)[(or Ba' alok, to use her real name) (hide spoiler)]. The horror creeps, never moving into top gear, but slowly increasing in intensity.

  • Artemis Slipknot
    2019-02-19 17:20

    Πολύ ωραίο, δεν ήθελα να τελιώσει!!

  • Miss Ravi
    2019-02-05 18:20

    دوباره بازگشت به نوجوانی. دلهره‌ی خواندن این کتاب روی پاگرد طبقه بالا و مرگ‌های عجیب و شوم شخصیت‌ها، هنوز در خاطرم هست، هنوز.

  • Jantu rahim
    2019-01-28 16:57

    ......10 think I learned from this book.............1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead.2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else's voice.5. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off or go it alone.6. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.7. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.8. If you're searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out that it's just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT!9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits just get out! 10. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.thanksjantu....Bossjantu

  • Marsten
    2019-01-28 16:12

    Me gustó mucho. La novela es muy entretenida, de lectura fácil y con una historia muy buena, dinámica y llena de acontecimientos.El punto flaco es el estilo literario: pobre, senzillo y demasiado directo (sin mucha o nula ambientación). Ahora, el final del libro lo encontré genial! La gran pega que le pondría es que como su adaptación cinematográfica fue muy literal, para quienes la hayan visto, no encotrarán casi ninguna diferencia. Este hecho no dejará lugar a ninguna sorpresa argumental (incluido el final...). Esto, conjuntamente con la baja calidad del estilo literario podría restar interés al libro. Pero aún así, el libro es muy bueno. Lo recomiendo como un referente literario que sirvió para hacer una gran película de terror.

  • Anum A
    2019-02-14 17:59

    I think I was in Class 8th when I read this,an all-nighter,had homework and Isha Namaz left but just started it after a late-night bath and was hooked-one of the rare few horror books that actually managed to scare me-the whole environment-afraid of getting a scolding from dad in the middle of the night while everybody was asleep,the photographs that showed weird signs,the gruesome deaths especially the one in which something heavy suddenly falls from the window and kills the passing-by character,the history of the priests...The scariest scene for me was Damian rocking his toy to-and-fro while his father's car was mimicking the movement of the toy.It was a great read!

  • Laura
    2019-02-18 22:08

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Kathy, wife of American diplomat Robert Thorn, gives birth to a baby boy. They name him Damien. Read by Owen Teale.

  •  (shan) Littlebookcove
    2019-02-14 14:12

    A boy Born of a Jackel?...I get that! But how does Satan impregnate it? How did they get his sperm? Did he rise up and say hi, I'm Lucifer, son of lies, I'm here to do some sick stuff and make a son?I honestly thought this when reading the book!? I know I'm strange but in the book it has no explanation at all to how they got the devil's Sperm to make Damian they just said he was born of a jackel?Apart from that I loved this classic horror book, The idea of the Antichrist being born made for a very chilling and spooky tale.David seltzer does an amazing written work on this. The story grips you and sucks you in and I have to say is, I didn't put the book down. The plot involving the thorn's as well as the other character's is, fascinating although a bit Spooky and gruesome. I'm so glad I actually brought the whole collection as I could easily read them all.

  • Simon
    2019-02-01 20:02

    Imminent apocalypse, elaborate mythology, international conspiracy, digging up the corpses of bestial lovers, hell hounds everywhere, extreme violence in the kitchen, gloomy sex, an upsetting trip to the zoo, and the realisation that your child must be the anti-Christ. I’m struggling to see what makes the Thorn family’s story so exceptional.

  • Obsidian
    2019-01-22 15:51

    I read this for November's Horror Aficionados read. Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars and rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads.This was a good horror book, but my mind tended to wander the entire story-line. I think the problem is that the writing style was just okay, and a few times there would be a sentence or two that just read wrong in my head and I would get distracted.This book is kind of a weird thing in itself. This was released two weeks prior to the movie being released. There were some minor changes between the book/movie, but ultimately this whole book read like a very jazzed up screenplay. I don't want to make comparisons between Dan Brown or David Seltzer, but a few times I would read something and could see the scene in my head from the movie. So Seltzer definitely wins when it comes to tying the book/movie together.The Omen follows Robert Thorn and his wife Katherine after the birth of their son. Readers are quickly hip to the fact that Katherine and Robert's child is murdered by mysterious persons and is switched with another baby. Robert is led to believe that his baby was stillborn and is talked into switching out his baby with another baby whose mother died. The set-up to why Robert would do such a thing is that the book goes more into Katherine's mental state prior to this birth and how fragile she was due to the miscarriages she had prior to giving birth.So this whole book is really just Katherine and Robert realizing that their son Damien does not seem to be like other boys and Robert realizing that something dark seems to be stalking his family.The writing as I said was good but certain parts were a bit much here and there. This book included pictures from the 2006 film staring Julia Stiles and Liev Schrieber. It was actually odd that the book threw some photos in there randomly in the book. It broke up the flow of my reading. I wish that they had inserted the pictures at the end of the book, or if you are going to insert the pictures in the book, insert them in where the picture references what is going on in the story at that time. Since the book itself that I have is pretty old looking, it was weird to see the glossy colored pictures as well.There are other books in this series, but I am going to pass on them. All in all some of the imagery in the book was gruesome here and there so that's fair warning to those out there looking for something like this to read.

  • Craigb
    2019-02-01 16:00

    I remember when the film The Omen (starring Gregory Peck) first aired on UK TV back in the early 1980s. My dad banned me from watching it because I was too young. Unperturbed, I vowed to beat this rather draconian dictum and got the book from the library. I was hooked...Having watched the film many times since, I still think the book is better. The idea of an antichrist wielding so much power as a child is chilling and wonderfully horrific. A truly psychological chiller and rather disturbing as evil prevails....I was back to the library within a week to read the Omen 2.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-02-05 16:16

    The Omen,David SeltzerJeremy Thorn, United States Ambassador to England, and his wife Katherine become the parents of a beautiful boy whose destiny is to fulfill the most horrible prophecy ever made.عنوان: طالع نحس؛ اثر: دیوید سلتزر؛ برگردان: شهریار نیرومند؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر سمیر، 1376، در 335 ص، شابک: 9649038116، داستانهای آمریکایی قرن 20م

  • Javi
    2019-02-05 22:05

    Leí este libro después de haber visto la película. Hace mucho tiempo, eso sí. Recuerdo que el libro es bastante fiel a la película, y también al posterior remake, lo cual siempre es entrañable —ya que la costumbre suele ser en que lo único que tengan en común sea el título, por desgracia—. Mientras lo iba leyendo iba recordando escenas de la película, pero aun así no me desvelé ningún momento clave en el transcurso de la historia ya que al hacer tanto tiempo del visionado habían muchas cosas que ya no recordaba.Imaginemos por un momento que no he visto la película. Que no sabes qué pasará. Que cuando Robert Thorn decide adoptar un bebé para no arruinar la vida de su mujer con un segundo parto fallido, ocultándoselo, y haciéndole creer que es su hijo legítimo, se te viene una bonita historia con final feliz, de cuento de Disney. Bonito ¿eh? Pues nada de esto es lo que encontrarás en este libro.Es un libro que no me ha dejado indiferente, que no se me ha hecho pesado en absoluto, y que me daba pena terminar porque estaba encantándome. Uno de esos libros que recordarás con cariño para siempre; porque lo merecen, porque no le sobra ni le falta de nada.Un libro que recomendaría a ojos cerrados a cualquier aficionado a las historias de terror. Y a los que no también, por qué no; si no lo son es porque no han leído todavía algo así.

  • Rade
    2019-02-18 19:20

    A story about a father who instead of being the happiest he can be, is instead put through hell (ha!) when his son turns out to be a lot darker than he appears. A lot of signs are there that he is not a normal kid, but his parents chalk it down to him being a young child who is still adjusting to a new family. As the story progresses, his father becomes obsessed with getting to the bottom of the mystery of his son, while around him a lot of people get into "accidents."Overall a very enjoyable read and as a plus there were about 6 pages of stills from the 1976 movie in the middle of the book. I got to admit that if someone looks at those stills before reading the book, it will totally ruin the story as it depicts some of the key moments from the book. The 1976 movie was very faithful to the actual story so after reading the book, go see the movie. A bit old for the younger crowd who prefer modern movies, but a great classic nonetheless.

  • Benjamin Stahl
    2019-02-17 15:01

    Contrary to its subsequent movies, which were enjoyable enough but still fairly average, this is a relentlessly good read, and it both thrills and scares the reader consistently through its fast-paced story about a boy conceived by Satan, and his father's desperate struggle to destroy him. I liked the fact that this book didn't succumb to mainstream morality and try to make the kid a sympathetic character. I was rooting for his destruction the whole time, but I won't say how the story ends. Anyway, this was a very fun book, and its characters were much more interesting than they were in either of the movies...

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-21 17:54

    Before I started reading this book, I saw another review that said this book was released at the same time as the movie. It was a turn off knowing the book was nothing but a marketing ploy. The book itself was an easy read, the prose was simple, strait-forth and nothing special. There was a little more insight that wasn't in the movie- there is a little background on the people involved with killing the Thorn child and replacing him with Damien.Overall, it wasn't that great. I am and always have been a huge fan of the movie- all horror movies in general. I even named my son Damian. I'll always be happy to see the movie, but I probably won't ever pick up the book again.

  • Alex
    2019-02-03 15:51

    Good read. Pretty much exactly like the movie.

  • Kelly B
    2019-01-24 21:03

    Short, fast-paced novel about the infamous evil child Damien.

  • Osvaldo
    2019-02-01 16:18

    Bueeeeeeeen libro.Creo que se merece ese lugar que tiene como libro de culto, aunque peca de ser un poco corto, es una buena historia que no para ni un solo momento en ponerse al 100