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“When I saw that we had the novel on our shelves, I grabbed it and
began reading immediately. The classic 1955 film of the same name
starring Robert Mitchum has long been one of my favorite films, but I
had no idea it began as a novel. This dark tale of an evil preacher that
kills rich widows is an absolute masterpiece of the Southern Gothic
I’m discovering, as I read, that the film adaption is one of those rare occasions where the movie is just as good as the book!”
Inspired by serial killer Harry Powers, "The Bluebeard of Quiet Dell," who was hung in 1932 for his murders of two widows and three children. This best-selling novel, first published in 1953 to wide acclaim by author Grubb, (who like Powers livedin Clarksburg, West Virginia), served as the basis for Charles Laughton's noir classic . Renamed "Harry Powell," the lead character in this book, with LOVE and HATE tattooed on his fingers, is remembered as one of the creepiest men in book and cinema history.