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Graham Masterton – Famine

Posted by demonik on October 13, 2014

Graham Masterton – Famine  (Sphere, 1981, 1988)

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Blurb:
FAMINE
When the grain crop failed in Kansas it seemed like an isolated incident and no one took much notice. Except Ed Hardesty. Then the blight spread to California’s fruit harvest, and from there, like wildfire, throughout the nation.
FAMINE
A tidal wave of terror
FAMINE
Suddenly America woke up to the fact that her food supplies were almost wiped out. Her grain reserves lethally polluted. And Botulism was multiplying at a horrifying rate…

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Graham Masterton – The Devils Of D-Day

Posted by demonik on June 2, 2009

Graham Masterton – The Devils Of D-Day (Sphere, 1979)

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In an attempt to uncover the truth behind the devastating mayhem wrecked by 13 black tanks erupting through enemy lines in 1944, one man sets out for Normandy – and unwittingly releases an age-old horror on modern-day civilisation.

A novel full of the author’s favourite things: demons, angels, myths, history and Nazis. Considering its length (180 pages) it’s surprisingly gripping and well written. The final confrontation between good and evil is a stunner.

Synopsis courtesy of Graham Masterton’s Official site

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Graham Masterton – Charnel House

Posted by demonik on June 2, 2009

Graham Masterton – Charnel House (Sphere, 1979)

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Review by Nightreader:

Set in San Francisco the story opens with retired engineer Seymour Wallis visiting the Sanitation Department to report that his house is breathing. He thinks he’s got an animal trapped in the walls. John Hyatt (narrator and hero of the piece) is sceptical but agrees to make a house call anyway.

Cue creepy house with it’s coyote doorknocker, framed and dusty pictures and a bronze carving of bear with the face of a sleeping woman.

As one taxi driver says: “Weird with a capital ‘wuh’ “.

The story begins to unfold gradually through various manifestations – possession and grisly death (the guy really shouldn’t have stuck his head up a chimney in that house)…

After the obligatory “these things don’t happen” scene, the characters become involved – Dr. Jarvis, and Jane (who works in a New Age bookshop) who uncovers a Navahoe legend about the return of an Indian demon…

Thank goodness the gang decided to call in the old medicine man, George Thousand Names. “He was compassionate, and understanding, but he was also cynical and wise, and you knew that whatever he said was God’s honest truth.” A good guy to have on your side then.

Meanwhile more death and destruction ensue as the demon gains strength. Masterton seems to find the most inventive ways of slaughtering people.

But amid all the supernatural horror and gruesome violent death there is a lot of humour. When John goes to visit George Thousand Names at his hotel: “He was wearing a red satin bathrobe and slippers with beads sewn all over them. He looked as if he were starring in a cowboy movie financed by Liberace.” The wisecracking humour of the main characters makes them likeable, and by the end you are really rooting for them.

The final conflict is spectacular but quite far-fetched. But what else could it be? I’ve read so many books that get to the final few pages and you’re left thinking “is that it?”. The ending here is big, bold, cinematic, daft but satisfying.

You might have guessed I enjoyed this one. But if I’m really honest it was ‘The Manitou’ all over again basically. The same criticism can be levelled at the majority of Masterton’s horrors – he found a formula that worked so he carried on using it, and still is (the demon from ‘The Manitou’ returned again in 2005 in ‘Manitou Blood’). Having said that I’m still prepared to set aside my cynicism for an exciting, mostly undemanding but entertaining supernatural horror read.

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Graham Masterton – The Wells Of Hell

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

Graham Masterton – The Wells Of Hell (Sphere, 1981)

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An Evocation Of Total Evil

Blurb:

LEGIONS FROM HELL…
New Milford was a peaceful old town where nothing ever happened. Until overnight the water turned a hideously sinister colour. Then Alison and Jimmy Bodine disappeared and the body of a young woman was discovered — the gory remains of an inhuman feast. Rumours of the scaly crab creatures on the outskirts of town had already thrown the citizens into a state of total terror but nothing had prepared them for the unimaginable horror of the evil that had worked its way with young Oliver Bodine’s body:

SOMETHING HAD CHANGED AN INNOCENT CHILD INTO A LOATHSOME, SOULLESS MONSTER, A NIGHTMARE VISION FROM THE BOWELS OF HELL …

Far beneath the town a legacy as old and as evil as Satan, a legacy of supernatural force and destruction, had returned to claim fresh victims to swell the ranks of a race that sprang straight from the WELLS OF HELL

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