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Jeffrey Konvitz

Born in New York City, Jeffrey Konvitz is an entertainment lawyer, film producer, and novelist. A graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, Konvitz has both written a New York Times bestseller (The Sentinel) and produced a film whose worldwide box office gross exceeded $100 million (Spy Hard). His first novel, The Sentinel (1974), was second on the New York Times Mass-Market Best Seller list and is considered to be a horror classic. After writing and producing the film adaptation of The Sentinel for Universal Pictures in 1977, Konvitz published two more bestselling novels: The Guardian (1979), the sequel to The Sentinel; and Monster (1982). Konvitz has served as executive producer and financing counsel for three major motion pictures: O Jerusalem, I Could Never Be Your Woman, and The Flock. He is currently working on a historical novel, The Circus of Satan, about the late-nineteenth-century destruction of the national Irish Mob and the subsequent rise of Italians and Jews in nationwide politics and crime in the early twentieth century. Konvitz resides in Los Angeles.

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The Sentinel: Near-classic horror thriller

The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz

I’d never heard of Jeffrey Konvitz’s superb horror/thriller, The Sentinel (1974), until I saw it promoted on a couple of discount ebook newsletters I receive. The cover, while lacking any subtlety, sold me on the whole horror-wrapped-up-with religion angle. And while the image may be a bit over the top, The Sentinel slow boils its simple premise and bubbles with persistent and pounding tension.

The Sentinel is reminiscent of Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, and to a lesser extent William Hjortberg... Read More