The Fury by John Farris || Review

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Title: The Fury
Series: The Fury #1
Author(s): John Farris
No. of pages: 342
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
Publication date: 1976
Date read: October 18th 2018
2/5 ★


Gillian Bellaver’s family is one of the wealthiest in the world. Robin Sandza’s father Peter is a government assassin. The two teenagers seem to have nothing in common. Yet they are spiritual twins, possessing a horrifying psychic energy that threatens humanity. While dangerous and fanatical men vie for the secrets of their awesome power, Peter Sandza, using all the ruthless skills of his trade, makes a final desperate effort to save them. Exploring with extraordinary skill the myths and legends deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, this novel builds, scene by shocking scene, to a night of chilling horror that surpasses anything you’ve ever experienced . . . First published in 1976 and made into a successful movie written by the author and directed by Brian De Palma in 1978, The Fury is one of the all-time classics of the horror genre.


Let’s just say that this book wasn’t for me. Before I started reading it, I already wasn’t really eager to dive into it – the summary just didn’t do anything for me. I got this one in a horror book box, so that’s why it was on my TBR. I never would’ve bought it myself. Unfortunately, when I about twenty pages into the book, I was tempted to put it down, only to never pick it up again. I wasn’t interested in the characters and new characters were introduced before I had an idea of who the earlier characters were. Nevertheless, there were some passages that gave me enough hope for it to get better. So I kept on reading.

Soon enough I got annoyed by the weird and random sex scenes. Not only were they weird and random, sometimes they also involved an adult kissing or even having sex with a minor. Both the minors in the book were sexually approached by an adult. That’s never okay. However, nowhere in the book it’s suggested, mentioned or implied that there was anything wrong with a 29-year-old having a sexual “relationship” with a 14-year-old. Where I still had hope for it to turn into a good classic horror story, these “relationships” really shattered all these hopes into tiny pieces.

I only gave it two out of five stars, because it was way more gory than I thought it’d be, and I really like myself some gore in a horror! Plus, there were also some ideas that I really liked, but could’ve been worked out better. If only Farris wouldn’t have spoiled the good story with unnecessary child abuse and rape, I might have really liked this one!


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