The Unwelcomed

The Curious Case of Clara Fowler

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Pub Date May 30 2024 | Archive Date Sep 29 2024

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Description

“A hugely influential account that qualifies as jaw-dropping.” –William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist

Is evil real? Is it a metaphor for the bad things people do or does it prowl the earth like a living, breathing entity that possesses the souls of vulnerable humans?

The Unwelcomed begins with the arrival of a young Radcliffe student at the office of renowned psychotherapist, Dr. Morton Prince. Pursued by a city marshal hellbent on solving the murder of two infants strangled by her father, Clara Fowler relives the nightmare that was her childhood—exalted by Visitations from Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin, cursed by the emergence of a demonic presence obsessed with her demise.

What did it all mean? And how did each of these murders link with the serial killings of Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes? The answer, the grizzled lawman discovers, is more shocking than he could ever imagine!

“A hugely influential account that qualifies as jaw-dropping.” –William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist

Is evil real? Is it a metaphor for the bad things people do or does it prowl the earth...


A Note From the Publisher

Ron Felber was educated at Georgetown University. He has written fiction and non-fiction books including Il Dottore, The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor; Mojave Incident; and A Man of Indeterminate Value. He began his career writing stories for True Detective magazine while working as a federal marshal. He teaches creative writing at Drew University's Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

Ron Felber was educated at Georgetown University. He has written fiction and non-fiction books including Il Dottore, The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor; Mojave Incident; and A Man of Indeterminate...


Advance Praise

"A hugely influential account that qualifies as jaw-dropping." -William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist

"The Unwelcomed should be read with an open mind and all the lights on in the house." -George Noory, host of Coast-to-Coast AM

"The Unwelcomed is perhaps the most frightening book on demonic possession ever...as real and convincing as the medical case history it's based upon." -Dr. Michael Fletcher, Award-winning author of To Hunt a Holy Man

"An extraordinary journey into the uncharted depths of the human mind." -Dr. Perry Kaly, PhD, MSCP

"The Exorcist awakened the evil that permeates our world fifty years ago. Now Felber creates that same spinetingling terror." -Betsy Lewis, author and host of Stargate Radio

"A hugely influential account that qualifies as jaw-dropping." -William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist

"The Unwelcomed should be read with an open mind and all the lights on in the house." ...


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I really enjoyed this book. It honestly made me feel more uneasy/scared than any other book has so far. Movies with possession normally freak me out and this is the first book I’ve read that had to do with this. I was genuinely scared and couldn’t read this at night which is when I do most of my reading. One night I was sleeping in the recliner and woke up at 3AM with my 18 month old and as I was rocking her I was thinking about this book when all of a sudden something came up behind me and very gently tapped my head twice. I screamed and jumped like a crazy lady and turned to see my 8 year old staring at me like I was nuts and then she said, “umm, I can’t sleep.” 🤣 I just started laughing lol. But this book seriously got to me!!! The only reason I’m giving it for stars is because there was a lotttt of bigger words or unusual words that I had no idea what they meant, so I spent a lot of time googling words to find out their meaning. I do understand this book is based on a period of time from 1890s-1900s, so I get people talked differently. Just personally it slowed me down a bit because I like to know what the words I’m reading mean and I did have to look up several words. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for approving me for this arc and giving me the opportunity to read it!!

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This was such a great horror mystery novel, it had that element that I was looking for. The overall story had a great feel to this and was hooked from start to finish. The characters worked well in this universe and enjoyed the overall story and characters. Ron Felber had me from the first page and glad I got to read this.

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This is dark and brooding from the outset. The scene is set as the story opens with menace and depress and something haunting. Clara Fowler's childhood is a baptism of horror and evil and it continues to haunt her life as the story follows her visitations and manifestations of darkness. It raises the question is evil real? If so is there the flip side or is all mental illness. Mystery surrounds the connection to the darkest of deed, the Ripper and HH Holmes and as Dr Morton Prince investigates the links with two childhood deaths, Clara's trauma and the oppressive darkness the truth is more shocking than ever expected. I really enjoyed this gripping thriller. A true study of darkness and evil and the human mind and psyche. Although dark and at times gloomy, is raises questions that I'm not sure I want answers for.

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This book follows the mysterious case of Clara Fowler and her supposed possession. It's based off of the true story which showcased one of the first cases of schizophrenia and the fine line between mental illness and demonic possession. The book itself read like a fiction novel which I found to be entertaining. Often times, stories based on true events can read dry or boring, but The Unwelcomed held my attention the entire time. Even through the slower paced parts of the novel, I was still invested enough to push through and find out the outcome of the story. The author throws a lot of information at the reader so it's vital to pay attention to the details. I also enjoyed that towards the end, the reader can still make up their own mind about whether the afflicted was possessed or suffering from a serious mental illness. One of the great mysteries of humanity.

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