Son of Rosemary, the followup to Rosemary’s Baby, may be one of the most infamous sequels in the history of horror literature. Here, read for yourself the reviews on Amazon link.
My suspicion is that author Ira Levin, in his late 60’s when Son of Rosemary was published in 1997, maybe wasn’t all there at this stage; or maybe instead he was a mad genius writing above everyone’s level to understand.
Although I lean towards the former, and I’ll get into why; I will say that you should probably focus on the more positive reviews of this book; not because I think its good but because I think the much maligned and highly controversial ending isn’t really understood by most reviewers, and the more positive reviews seem to get this. Spoiler Alert from here on out…
I, as are many people, am pretty well-versed in the John Lennon connection to the original Rosemary’s Baby; the book took place in a building called the Bramford that was based upon the Dakota, where John Lennon would wind up living, and in 1980 would be assassinated. Rosemary’s Baby director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate and her unborn baby were also stabbed and killed, by the Manson family in 1969, the family claiming to have been triggered by messages in Beatles songs.
However there was no deliberate placement of the Beatles in the Rosemary’s Baby story; the links all come with what happened after the book was published. With Son of Rosemary however, Levin has actually placed the Beatles, and John Lennon in particular into the story.
He seems to have the germ of the idea driving this blog, but I question whether or not Levin truly understood the subject material, but I THINK, that John Lennon is supposed to play a crucial role in this story.
We’ll start with what may or may not be just a coincidence. At the beginning of the book, a cab kills the dentist that is the final living member of the coven responsible for bringing Rosemary’s son Andy into the world. He is hit by a cab and killed (one of many cab references in the book) and as this happens, Rosemary who has been in a coma since 1972 comes out of her coma simultaneously, the curse that put her in one having been lifted.
The date of this happening, as luck would have it, is the mythical Beatles date of November 9th, this time in 1999. There is no mention in the book of this relating to Paul is Dead (or God is Dead), but later Rosemary muses that God may have selected this date to revive her for a specific reason.
Rosemary is re-introduced to Andy, now a global celebrity and the story wanders towards a climax on January 1, 2000 when the entire world will light candles produced by Andy. Yeah, you can kind of see what’s coming…but right in the middle of the story, almost on the anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination on December 9th, Rosemary decides to take a stroll through Central Park and happens upon a memorial she does not understand; a memorial called Strawberry Fields.
This, although intriguing for sure, is where I start to question whether Levin has lost a step in a literary sense; because this section is ultra-confusing.
Rosemary goes into her coma in mid-1972; well after Strawberry Fields Forever (1967) and after John Lennon’s Imagine (1971), so it makes no sense that she doesn’t know what she is looking at. Although its before John Lennon’s 1980 assassination you would think its a relatively simple deduction that something must have happened to him, but she doesn’t know what she’s looking at.
Then to make matters worse is this line:
These people across from Andy’s boyhood home were gathered around a shrine that didn’t exist yet. But would someday.
Wait, what? This event is supposedly set in 1999, the Imagine memorial was placed in 1985; so how does it not exist yet? This is where I lose my bearings on whether this is some sort of mindfuck or Levin has lost his own bearings. Is this foreshadowing that Rosemary is really back in 1965 and doesn’t know about SFF or Imagine or, or, what exactly? I mean obviously it existed in 1999 if he wrote it in 1997; much like the events surrounding John Lennon in reality the Space/Time continuum seems to be warped.
Or is that the whole point and Levin is a mad scientist?
This section then ends; much like the recurring anagram “roast mules”, what the significance of the Strawberry Fields stroll means is never explained and the book moves on with the plot; I didn’t claim it was a good book remember.
Eventually it is New Years Eve and it finally becomes clear to Rosemary that Andy plans on killing the whole world with candles, which I don’t remember from Revelations but whatever; and Satan reappears, he’s been posing as Andy’s driver; and nails Andy to a wall. Rosemary frees him and 3 minutes and 12 seconds from midnight, Satan offers to give Rosemary eternal life at any age she chooses, if she’ll go with him instead of staying on earth and certain death.
After some coaxing from Andy who doesn’t seem to fault his Dad very much, Rosemary takes the deal and they travel down the elevator of Andy’s building to hell, what Levin calls a cab (he also keeps referring to Rosemary as Cute, Death Cab for Cutie? Never mind…). It gets hotter and hotter and then Satan tells Rosemary I LIE when she questions whats happening.
She starts screaming and wakes up…back in 1965 with Guy. The whole story (both books) has just been a bad dream. The Bramford is no more, the Dakota is the Dakota again and they have yet to move. This is what infuriates most reviewers, many of whom reported physically throwing the book away.
But a closer exploration demands that we revisit whether Levin is up to something more than a cop-out. First Rosemary drops this line:
She said, “The skates had all four wheels in a line.”
So…its either not a dream or she has woken up armed with real knowledge from 1999. Did Satan follow through after all and Rosemary is fated to relive her life again and again starting in 1965? Is she to deliver a warning?
Then Hutch, still alive now, calls her and tells her that an apartment at the Dakota has opened up for house sitting for a year, rent free. The person who was supposed to house sit was hit by a cab, as luck would have it. He then says this:
You’ll be in among the celebrities: Leonard Bernstein! Lauren Bacall! One of the Beatles is dickering for the apartment right next door!”
Now we’re back to a Beatle. Presumably this would be John Lennon moving in next door instead of the Castavets. Levin doesn’t elaborate on the implications of that change. But, didn’t John Lennon move into the Dakota in 1973 in real life? He’s not even with Yoko yet in 1965.
What is Levin on about? Does he not know the dates of any of this? Does Rosemary now know whats going to happen with John Lennon? Could she be back to warn him? In hindsight after all, there were plenty of clues…one is just above. Is John Lennon now in the Castavet role? Is the evil regarded as being somehow attached to him (you’d get no argument from me, maybe Ira Levin thought so too)? Alas, none of this is answered.
As Hutch waits for an answer on the apartment (someone else is waiting in case they say no) he then says this:
Oh, before I forget, Roast Mules? Exactly three minutes and twelve seconds by the clock.
The anagram roast mules, explained earlier as one word that any 5 year old would know, is most likely somersault. As in, she’s destined to repeat this over and over.
Then the final line of the book, is
She looked ahead.
She’s back in 1965, and she knows more than she’s supposed to. Are we all living in Rosemary’s reboot, is that the point?
…Also high on that list would be Roger Waters. What do you suppose it means that 5:01AM The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking contains a verse dedicated to Yoko Ono, and not in a very flattering manner?
An angel on a Harley
Pulls across to greet a fellow rolling stone
Puts his bike up on it’s stand
Leans back and then extends
A scarred and greasy hand…he said
How ya doin bro?…where ya been?…where ya goin’?
Then he takes your hand
In some strange Californian handshake
And breaks the bone
Have a nice day
A housewife from Encino
Whose husband’s on the golf course
With his book of rules
Breaks and makes a ‘U’ and idles back
To take a second look at you
You flex your rod
Fish takes the hook
Sweet vodka and tobacco in her breath
Another number in your little black book
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking Oh babe, I must be dreaming
I’m standing on the leading edge
The Eastern seaboard spread before my eyes
“Jump” says Yoko Ono
“I’m too scared and too good looking” I cried
“Go on”, she says
“Why don’t you give it a try?
Why prolong the agony all men must die”
Do you remember Dick Tracy?
Do you remember Shane?
And mother wants you
Could you see him selling tickets
Where the buzzard circles over
The body on the plain
Did you understand the music Yoko
Or was it all in vain?
The bitch said something mystical “Herro”
So I stepped back on the kerb again
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
Oh babe, I must be dreaming again
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
There aren’t really very elaborate theories on the overall narrative of Pros and Cons, other than a dream about infidelity. Doesn’t it seem that Yoko here is tempting someone toward infidelity? Which of course, actually took place with John. Then, after referencing Shane (and mother wants you, referencing temptation towards infidelity again) Roger Waters makes an extremely compelling allusion.
Could you see him selling tickets
Where the buzzard circles over
Hmmm…sort of like this?
Seems like he’s sort of implying a punishment for infidelity, which maybe someone understood upfront and his new partner said go ahead (all men must die). In the song, the bitch said something mystical (a japanese hello) and so the character changes his mind about hitchhiking, meaning infidelity. Just riffing here…
Then he asks Yoko if she understood the music, possibly alluding to a message in John’s songs that she may or may not have understood.
There actually is one concrete instance of this exact scenario in a Beatles song; a Beatles video actually.
In the Blue Jay Way segment of Magical Mystery Tour, John sits in a black car (brunette) with a white (blonde) car opposite. On the blonde side (his first wife Cynthia) is a message stating Thank You Very, with a cup. I always saw this in the biblical sense of if this is my cup I’ll learn to drink it. Which kind of fits with doing the right thing after knocking up your girlfriend.
The dark (Yoko) side which is the car John is sitting in, has a message saying 2 wives and kid to support, which is what eventually took place. Interestingly, this visual came quite a few months before John actually took up with Yoko, as far as anyone is aware (but a year after they first met).
It seems as if Roger Waters is saying more than what he’s ever come out and said in this song (and yes I know about the drummer/dream explanation, but there’s probably a good reason he thought that dream would fit in the album.)
By the way, Waters’ band during the recording of Pros and Cons and the subsequent tour, was called the Bleeding Hearts Band.
Romans 9:22–But what if God, willing to demonstrate his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction?
I had been dealing with this demonology for 6 years or so, it was built into what was left of my mind, I knew what I was seeing as soon as I saw it. There was demonology attached to the Beatles, not a little bit either, this was massive. I was looking at Paul is Dead sites, Beatles forums, and everything I was looking at was what I looked at in my own life every single day. There was something going on here, and I swear what I was looking at was the exact same thing I had been looking at myself, these weren’t just demons attached to the Beatles, they were the exact same fucking demons.
What in the hell?
Little Paul was fully alert now, looking at this too. It was all starting to come back. Paul being replaced, replaced by a guy named William. I went by Will now, I had replaced myself somewhere along the way, how weird is this, and then a Tuesday afternoon in Ann Arbor started to come back to us as well.
What in the hell? There were clues everywhere, clues that Paul had died and been replaced. That had to be nonsense, that was the conclusion of most people but some of these people on the Beatles forums didn’t seem to think so. They think Paul really died. I see why, the clues are really there. Why are the clues there?
As I looked over everything Beatles related in the days and weeks ahead, it was becoming clearer and clearer, why ever the clues are there, whatever in the world that the Beatles were on about, the clues were covering something up. They were covering up the demonology. Because there was stuff that there was no way the Beatles had actually intended, that much was plain as day.
This wasn’t about Paul, it was really about John. This was evil, it was absolute evil in the band that originally had been innocence to so many people. Weeks before John’s death, Yoko Ono had done a song. Kiss Kiss Kiss it was called. You turned it around backwards, right at the very beginning of the song, it said “I shot John Lennon”. And then weeks later, John Lennon was shot. John Lennon wasn’t shot by Yoko Ono, maybe John Lennon was shot by whatever was in Yoko Ono. I watched Howard Cosell announce his death.
This was a crucifixion scene, there was demonology all over this, look at that kicker nodding his head as Cosell said Dead On Arrival! Look at the Patriots with their hands raised in the huddle, like the hands over Paul’s head in Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour! Remember how Revolution Number 9 ended, the song that said Turn Me On Dead Man in reverse? Hold that line, block that kick?
The only reason it reached ABC in the first place before anyone else got the news is because an ABC reporter happened to fall off his motorcycle that night and was in the next room in the hospital when they brought John in, without that perverse luck they’d never have gotten the word out while the game was still going on, let alone just in time for the last second field goal attempt (which by the way, was in fact blocked).
They knew. They knew what was happening to John Lennon before it did. This was staged, a screenplay. Little Paul was staring at this with me, enraptured. John Lennon was an Object of Wrath and Destruction. There was no question to either of us. This wasn’t just demons knowing about his death, this was demons causing his death. And they were doing it in full view of everyone. My God.
What was the legend surrounding Chapman and the Dakota? Not only that Chapman was hearing voices yelling “Do it, do it, do it” before he pulled the trigger, but also the fact that Lennon lived in the building where Rosemary’s Baby was filmed, with director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate having been later killed by Manson’s group (triggered by Beatle lyrics). Earlier on December 8th, just as Chapman was ruminating about this very synchronicity in front of the Dakota, Rosemary’s Baby star Mia Farrow happened to walk right past him and go into Central Park. How easy is it to manipulate a mentally ill person, when this stuff was happening for real?
The implications were incredible. The demons were on TV, they were on full display. And they knew it too. I’m surprised there isn’t a yellow smiley face ball bouncing across the screen, the kind Little Paul hated so much, “they’re taunting me”.
What did Cosell say after declaring John dead,“Which in duty bound, we had to tell you.”
This is what we were used to seeing, nothing is natural, every move is scripted. Here it all is! I watched this, or Old Paul did, I’m not sure who anymore, as a teenager. It was heartbreaking, it was heartbreaking to millions of people, the end of the sixties, the end of innocence, and it was a demonic Shakespeare play all along.
We left the video finally, supercharged, and started digging.
Scattered amongst the various clues about Paul were certain other clues, clues that were as odd as anything else but clearly didn’t apply to the Paul is dead narrative. The Magical Mystery Tour LP came out on December 8th 1967, 13 years to the day before John’s death. As unusual as that was, was a clue that seemed to foreshadow John’s death in the MMT booklet which came out that day with the album.
The Best Way to Go is by MDC, the initials of John Lennon’s assassin, 13 years to the day before his death. After researching the scene, I found out that it had been shot on September 22nd 1967, it was shot on 9/22. Also released in 1967 was Sgt. Pepper, with its myriad of clues including an incredibly creative one that only appeared when you bisected the words Lonely Hearts with a mirror.
Paul is dead advocates liked to interpret this clue as November 9th HE DIE, but if you used Come Together’s one and one and one is three as a road map, then you could interpret it as 13 he die, and then the clue could possibly apply to John instead. It seemed as if everything the Beatles did after 1966 had some clue buried somewhere.
Hey Jude. The ultimate Object of Wrath and Destruction was Judas. The song’s protagonist Julian Lennon was just a little kid, like I had been just a little kid. Hey Jude to me had become the demon song, complete with the lyric The movement you need is on your shoulder. It was mocking, mocking the people who couldn’t do anything about the despair in their lives. People like Judas, or Julian, or me as a 3 year old, or whoever it applied to. After all, there was never a limit attached to how many Esau’s there could be in the world.
I watched the Beatles perform Hey Jude on the David Frost show on YouTube. And in the audience next to Ringo was Michelle, dressed in red. She wasn’t identical, but so close as to completely startle me. Michelle who had been killed in a car accident in front of 666 100th street. 6 months after my accident, the day after we’d moved into apt. #6. The streetlight that went on every night, but went out the night she died.
There was a picture of her on Google, they called her Linda Blair on the Beatles sites because of the way her eyes were rolled back into her head in the photo. She looked somewhat demonic. I looked up the performance of Hey Jude on David Frost and the answer came back as September 8th 1968. I sat in shock looking at the date. Michelle had been born on September 7th 1968. This was all a script. I’m not imagining the blonde thing, its staring me right in the face.
Each day, as I searched, more clues were being handed to me it seemed. Even clues that I don’t think anyone else knew about. On a hunch, and being all about numerology, I added 9 years to December 8th 1967 which put me at December 8th 1976.
Surprisingly I discovered that the Hotel California album by the Eagles was released on that date. As Hotel California the song had always struck me as one of the eeriest songs that I knew of, I listened to it with fresh ears. The third verse, the really spooky one that mentions stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast, seemed to in some macabre way allude to what happened to John 4 years later. Think about the words for a minute.
Last thing I remember I was running for the door
I had to find a passage back to the place I was before
relax said the nightman
we are programmed to receive,
you can check out any time you like
but you can never leave
When John Lennon was shot, he ran from the Dakota entrance into the Dakota Nightman’s office, where the Nightman attempted to help him to no avail.
Consider the possibility that something was actually capable of informing the Eagles lyrics in 1976 for an event that would happen precisely 4 years later. To me, this was staggering. But then, using a program called Audacity, I had a thought. Turn the song around backwards. So I did. And lo and behold, the words Last thing I remember I was running for the door, reversed, become John Lennon by himself.
Listen to it, at 2:33. How can this happen?
Then I came across the Is God Dead issue of Time, it just so happened to be on Julian’s birthday. His 3rd birthday. 3.
I was curious, logged onto the date and time calculator online. Took Julian’s date of birth 4/8/63. Romans 9:22, hmmm; I subtracted 922 weeks on a lark. A little over 17 years. I get 8/6/45. The first atomic bomb at Hiroshima. How weird is that?
I had read a comment about John Lennon’s death which pointed out all of the odd connections to Pearl Harbor and WWII. He died on the anniversary of the date of the US entry into the war; the killer was from Hawaii, the gun was sold to Chapman by a Japanese man named Ono; Chapman, like John was married to a Japanese woman; John was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, and so on. It was amazing.
I looked, and the date and time calculator goes both ways. I add 922 weeks now instead. I sat and looked at the answer, my jaw on the floor.
The answer was December 8th 1980. Julian Lennon was 922 weeks old, to the day, when his father died. John Lennon was an Object of Wrath and Destruction, just like me.
It took another six years to figure it all out.
I took a walk along the Lake Michigan shoreline, looking out at the nighttime sky; I had been thoroughly vanquished, destroyed in a war that certain people may have watched with a bemused horror, but most had no idea what had gone on. I knew, and now I knew something else. I stalked, measuring my words; then I finally said it to God Almighty;
“I’ve got you.”
You did this to me, but you also did this to someone else, and I can prove it.
I didn’t hear anything in response, I just had a thought come into my head, one that both curbed my righteous fury and suddenly brought the entire experience into focus.
He knows you’ve got him, he just handed it to you.
This is an excerpt of the upcoming book 922 by Paul William Emaus.
For 5 years, I’ve been working on a book called 922 and posted a rather long excerpt of it last month in the spirit of getting some feedback from a few people that may see a resemblance to certain characters, as well as anyone else who wanted to take a look. I freely admit that this is a sort of change the world kind of effort; maybe it will hit, maybe I’ll sell two books, who can say at this point, but I think ultimately its to get the experience out there and whatever happens, happens.
The primary event that triggered the idea to write a book was a strange synchronicity with Michael Jackson’s death that you can read about in Grandeur. It took years of writing and mapping out the story and rewriting and primarily research to come to a conclusion regarding Rock and Roll and the supernatural, in which I conclude that the Beatles did something way back when, and then someone: God, Satan, Demons, a little of them all maybe, did something back.
It was only a couple of months ago that I figured out for a relative certainty what the Beatles did to start the whole thing; that the Paul is Dead furor from the late sixties was actually hiding their true message, which was God is Dead. That was really the key to being able to complete the book, I didn’t need or want to add anything else in.
And then this week David Bowie died.
David Bowie was going to have a bit role in the book, and is already included in a metaphorical sense, but in a phrase to his last song he did me quite a favor by including a line that reiterated my point regarding the Beatles, who are what I believe Bowie is actually referring to.
The blackout hearts, the flowered news / With skull designs upon my shoes. I can’t give everything away.
What you see here is the Obituary for God in the April 8th 1966 Is God Dead issue of Time magazine. Above is the date November 9th, the date commonly known as the day that Paul fictionally died and also, as you can see, the date of God’s obituary as well. The circled ATL? Look at the obituary, ATL is for Atlanta. On the date of God’s death which although not listed completely is November 9th 1965, there was a massive blackout starting in Ontario which left a large portion of the United States in the dark for hours.
Maybe it stands for, you know, Ontario?
So, Blackout Hearts is November 9th He Die, which is exactly what is on the Sgt. Pepper drum when mirrored, but also verifies that the November 9th in question is the God is Dead November 9th, not the 1966 version from Paul is Dead. Then the flowered news refers to the obituary being hidden in plain sight using the letters ATL in Beatles.
He maybe cannot give everything away, but he gave plenty in his final song.
As I looked at Blackstar more, I became more and more interested. Primarily because I’ve been saying for years that there was a demonology that was communicating through people on a different level than what the person communicating intends, and going back to the very opening of my book I show my first house as a kid, which has and has always had a Black Star on the front.
That got my attention, and then I watched the Blackstar video. Now, the excerpt from my book is entitled Grandeur which should be a healthy clue to what I’m about to say.
This video, kinda, sorta reminds me of my book. OK, it reminds me a whole lot of my book. Now I’m quite sure David Bowie didn’t read my book, unless he had access to my PC, so this seems to be a very concrete instance of what I have been saying for lo these many years.
I should probably also add, I’m a fan of Bowie’s from way back and enjoy his art no matter what it means, and while we’re speaking of that everyone seems to be evaluating his last album and this video for meaning, and it is somewhat remarkable to me that no one seems to get his “fake” eyes, and adding that into the meaning.
I think, as would be the case in my book, that I could go out on a limb here and state that his eyes, or whoever he is referencing, has a whole lot to do with the message that he is trying to send. And when he says his eyes, like in my book, I would hazard a guess to say it means attraction. He was bisexual and then married at the end, doesn’t it sort of seem like his eyes have been replaced in the video? The scarecrows’ eyes too. And once you get that, and the book that tries to force that onto certain people, the rest starts making more sense.
There’s more to be discerned, I’ll look at it another 30 times I’m sure, but I wanted to share that.
Fish Delusions-A paranoid fish swimming through the water that believes that there are fake fish with hooks that are out to get him…
922 always comes off as a bit odd, because people A. Don’t want to get preached at B. Don’t really accept the premise that God could hate them.
So, do what you want and all that, I’m not a Christian and no donations are involved here…lets just talk about a system. Yes, God as opposed to everyone else in Christianity, gets to hate people. Its in the Bible. Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated. Now, Esau still gets to go to Heaven if he wants, but in life he got totally screwed over. And in Romans 9 it gets made clear that this choice of Jacob over Esau came before they were born; so it had nothing to do with anything Esau did wrong. What happened? Well Jacob put on some sort of dog suit and tricked his virtually blind old man into believing he was Esau, the older son, so that Jacob got a blessing that Esau was supposed to get.
Now if you’re Esau, you might well be kind of pissed off. Maybe really pissed off, after all in hindsight the entire nation of Israel was founded on this. But this is something God apparently gets to do. However, what God cannot do, is tempt sin and it says so in James 1:13. So demons have to do this for Him. All of the work that goes along with making someone into An Object of Wrath and Destruction typically involves sin, so God sits and watches demons, under orders, accomplish what He wants done, and presumably they get some latitude as to what they get to communicate to the world (via people) in the process.
This defense didn’t work out so well for Manson, but that’s how the game is played supernaturally. I’m not exactly a fan of this, and quite obviously those like Pharaoh, Esau, Judas, etc… probably really didn’t care for it themselves. But the idea is that someone gets sacrificed
as part of a larger story, but sometimes its easier to figure out who’s getting screwed around than it is to grasp the larger story at work.
Then the concept you have to wrap your mind around is that demons tempt people to do things to send messages as to what they are up to. This is how this:
Romans 9:22–What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath–prepared for destruction?
Part of MMT showing the initials of Mark David Chapman, MMT released 13 years to the day before John Lennon’s death on December 8th 1967. The scene for the movie was shot on September 22nd 1967 (9/22)
…goes hand in hand with this:
James 1:13–Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man
113 Here, the maze in Their Satanic Majesties Request by the Rolling Stones using the same mirror trick as the Sgt. Pepper drum, TSMR released the same day as Magical Mystery Tour on December 8th 1967.
Its essentially a demonic playground using some of the most famous people on earth as pawns, because some larger story entitles them to.
Some other 922’s?
Julian Lennon born exactly 922 weeks after the first Atomic bomb at Hiroshima
Julian Lennon is exactly 922 weeks old when John Lennon dies
Melanie Coe of She’s Leaving Home fame is exactly 922 weeks old on the first day of the Summer of Love
Lucy Vodden of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds fame dies on September 22nd 2009
June 1st 1966 (6/66) comes exactly 922 days after the death of JFK
So if you think the world is coming to an end in the next two days, maybe not…hopefully its just more breadcrumbs.