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Walkers by Graham Masterton
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Walkers (1989)

by Graham Masterton

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Entertaining supernatural horror. Sixty two years ago all the resident of The Oaks asylum for the criminally insane vanish without a trace. One day a man is lured to the forgotten mansion and convinces himself that he can turn it into a resort. Mayhem ensues.

Effective gross out moments at the expense of anything even remotely approaching plausibility. I've gone through King, Barker, James Herbert and (the under appreciated) David Martin; now I'm going to read more Masterton.
  SomeGuyInVirginia | May 12, 2010 |
Another book from my past tracked down on Amazon, all I remembered about this was the (rather memorable) cover and the fact that when I originally read it a number of years ago I was terrified. So would the book still have the power to scare me now?
The story revolves around Jack Reed who stumbles across, quite by accident, an abandoned Gothic mansion which he discovers used to be a mental asylum before being mysteriously closed down and seemingly forgotten about. All of the inmates disappeared one night from the asylum and eager to prevent a scandal or panic with the local residents the authorities hushed this up, claiming they were transferred and closing down the institute. The truth however, as always, is a lot scarier. They did disappear that night … into the walls, and now Jack has to follow them to rescue not only his son but also, it seems, the world from this unholy menace who can literally come out of any surface to drag screaming victims down with them.
This book hasn’t lost the power to scare the reader, it’s more visceral than a Stephen king horror novel, the terror is perhaps more in your face but this does seem to come at a cost to the characters. Not only are their actions sometimes inexplicable, they’re also quite un-likeable which is a shame as it is a good wait-till-night-time and read with a flashlight honest to god horror story. ( )
  yosarian | Nov 22, 2009 |
In Masterton's latest, quite effective horror novel, Jack Reed, who runs a muffler shop, comes upon a "castle" that serves as the setting for this gruesome horror story. Jack decides to turn the abandoned mansion into a resort--not that he really knows how. He knows even less about the Druid magic that allowed the recent occupants, dangerous mental patients, to "escape" into the building's walls. Led by a vicious brute, Quintus, the "earth walkers" kidnap Jack's son, Randy, and demand the return of the priest who had trapped them in 1926. The priest is "persuaded" to free them from the confinement of the castle's grounds, but they will not be freed from the earth until each has killed 800 people as sacrifices to the gods. Wasting no time, the tribe "walks off" for a murderous orgy of killing, dragging their screaming victims into the "underworld"--where Randy is still a captive. Readers who fancy unrestrained terror won't mind indulging in the wild suspension of disbelief that Masterton (Mirror) demands.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
  JaeWalker | Aug 4, 2006 |
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On the steps of the bright madhouse
I hear the bearded bell shaking down the woodlawn
the final knell in my world.

—Gregory Corso, "In the Fleeting Hand of Time"
If I should die ... There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed

—Rupert Brooke, "The Soldier"
Merrimack sounds like the Gaelic words mor-riomach, meaning "of great depth."

—Barry Fell, America BC
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He took his eyes off the road for no more than an instant, reaching across to the glove compartment to find his Santana tape, when something blurred and grayish white like a huddled child in a raincoat scampered across the road right in front of him.
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Die alte aufgegebene Irrenanstalt im Wald ist nicht verlassen. Oh nein. In den Wänden wimmelt es vor ... vor Wahnsinn?
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In Masterton's latest, quite effective horror novel, Jack Reed, who runs a muffler shop, comes upon a "castle" that serves as the setting for this gruesome horror story. Jack decides to turn the abandoned mansion into a resort - not that he really knows how. He knows even less about the Druid magic that allowed the recent occupants, dangerous mental patients, to "escape" into the building's walls. Led by a vicious brute, Quintus, the "earth walkers" kidnap Jack's son, Randy, and demand the return of the priest who had trapped them in 1926. The priest is "persuaded" to free them from the confinement of the castle's grounds, but they will not be freed from the earth until each has killed 800 people as sacrifices to the gods. Wasting no time, the tribe "walks off" for a murderous orgy of killing, dragging their screaming victims into the "underworld" - where Randy is still a captive.
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