So it’s Christmas for most of the people that read this and I decided to look up “Christmas exorcism” and see if anything fit the theme. Lo and behold I found this gem.
The Exorcism: A Christmas Ghost Story is a radio play by Don Taylor. I could not find much information on it I assume because it was a radio play. That being said I checked it out and it ended up being the perfect thing.
Rather than it being an exorcism story it resembles a Christmas ghost story. Dan and Margaret have come to spend Christmas with their friends Rachel and Edmund in their renovated eighteenth-century labourer’s cottage. They get comfortable and start mingling when Rachel starts playing the harpsichord. Suddenly she gets a sinister feeling as she starts playing a song that she has never heard before. The others brush it off as Déjà vu but soon after that, the electricity fails and the phone stops working. Thus a series of bizarre events start that lead up to a bone chilling climax which fits in perfectly with the undertones of the many dialogues that the characters partook in through the story.
Having the story told as a radio play makes for a different experience than it being a novel or a story. There is no narration, we learn what is happening only through the characters themselves and the sound effects. I always enjoyed some radio plays but I never really dove deep into their world, this fantastic story definitely made me want to read much more and even if you do not enjoy them I do highly recommend you read this, it is fantastic. Although I can see that some people would find it preachy since everything seems to be politicized these days, it is still a story that they will enjoy.