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Mirror (1988)

by Graham Masterton

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Mirror starts out all right, with a mysterious mirror and a little dead boy reflected inside it. But it quickly degenerates into the ridiculous, involving a plot to put together Satan’s body and bring it back to life, with some gross stuff involving people cutting out their own tongues and getting devoured by Satan’s penis. Sorry, but I just couldn’t buy it. Maybe I was laughing so hard I forgot to be scared.

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  sturlington | Feb 24, 2012 |
Graham Masterton scares me to death. And I am so glad. It is amazing to me, with the vast proliferation of horror novels written in the past 25 years or so, only Stephen King and Graham Masterton continue to manage to scare me. Horror writing is easily dismissed as genre fiction, but I think the essential point of fiction is to tell a good story that catches the reader up in itself, and Masterton always does this admirably. I read this book probably at an earlier age than I should've, and consequently, I will probably always wonder just a little what is lurking on the other side of my mirror, around the edges - the part that's just barely out of sight. Masterton and King both understand the sleight of hand involved in good horror - the perfect blend of historical fact, folklore, and logic with irrationality to trick your brain into thinking, if just for a moment, well, why COULDN'T that be true? ( )
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The story centers around an fan obsessed with a child star who was murdered fifty years in the past, at the age of eight. The fan was so devoted to keeping the memory of the child star alive that he writes a musical based on the child's life. However, Hollywood has no takers for filming it.

The fan later discovers that some of items belonging to the child are available for sale. He purchases a mirror, later discovering that the child is still "alive" in the mirror. Later, when things take a turn for the worse, the fan discovers the truth behind the child's presence in the mirror. Then the real terror begins...
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