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Graham Masterton

Author of The Manitou

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About the Author

Writer Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on January 16, 1946. He received training as a newspaper reporter and edited the British men's magazine Mayfair. At the age of 24, he was the executive editor of Penthouse and Penthouse Forum. During this time, he started writing sex how-to show more books. In 1976, he published is first horror novel The Manitou and has written over thirty-five more over the years. He has received numerous awards including a Special Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America for Charnel House, a Silver Medal by the West Coast Review of Books for Mirror, and the Prix Julia Verlanger for Family Portrait. He has also written four collections of short stories and is the author of the Rook series. He currently lives with his wife in Cork, Ireland. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Graham Masterton

The Manitou (1975) 325 copies
The Pariah (1983) 229 copies
The House That Jack Built (1996) 223 copies
Mirror (1988) 205 copies
Prey (1985) 189 copies
Walkers (1989) 188 copies
The Devil In Gray (2004) 186 copies
Death Trance (1986) 184 copies
Spirit (1995) 176 copies
Night Warriors (1985) 167 copies
Charnel House (1978) 160 copies
Master of Lies (1991) 154 copies
Picture of Evil (1985) 150 copies
A Terrible Beauty (2013) 146 copies
White Bones (2016) 137 copies
The Devils of D-Day (1978) 136 copies
The Doorkeepers (2001) 135 copies
Revenge of the Manitou (1979) 134 copies
Death Dream (2023) 131 copies
Feast (1988) 130 copies
The Djinn (1977) 128 copies
Plague (1977) 121 copies
Manitou Blood (2005) 121 copies
Death Mask (2008) 119 copies
Tengu (1983) 118 copies
The Chosen Child (1997) 114 copies
The Hymn (1991) 113 copies
Trauma (2002) 109 copies
Burial (1992) 108 copies
Night Wars (2006) 108 copies
Famine (1981) 105 copies
Night Plague (1991) 102 copies
Edgewise (2006) 101 copies
The Sphinx (1978) 97 copies
The 5th Witch (2008) 96 copies
Descendant (2006) 93 copies
The Wells of Hell (1990) 89 copies
Broken Angels (1843) 78 copies
Scare Care (1989) — Editor — 78 copies
Flesh and Blood (2002) 78 copies
Unspeakable (2004) 71 copies
Blind Panic (2009) 71 copies
House of Bones (1998) 66 copies
The Sleepless (1993) 66 copies
Red Light (2014) 65 copies
The Heirloom (1981) 61 copies
Living Death (2016) 57 copies
Ghost Virus (2018) 56 copies
Community (2013) 56 copies
Blood Sisters (2015) 56 copies
Taken For Dead (2015) 55 copies
Sacrifice (1985) 50 copies
Buried (2016) 48 copies
Scarlet Widow (2016) 45 copies
Dead Girls Dancing (2016) 43 copies
The Hell Candidate (1980) 41 copies
The Children God Forgot (2021) 40 copies
Basilisk (2009) 39 copies
The House at Phantom Park (2022) 38 copies
Condor (1984) 37 copies
Rook (1996) 37 copies
Forest Ghost (2013) 36 copies
Petrified (1605) 36 copies
Ghost Music (2008) 35 copies
Demons Door (2010) 32 copies
Ikon (1983) 32 copies
Fire Spirit (2010) 30 copies
The Shadow People (2021) 30 copies
Dead Men Whistling (2017) 30 copies
Plague of the Manitou (2014) 29 copies
Festival of Fear (2012) 28 copies
Snowman (1999) 28 copies
Genius (1998) 28 copies
The Sweetman Curve (1979) 28 copies
Holy Terror (1999) 28 copies
Darkroom (2004) 27 copies
Phobia (1980) 26 copies
Maiden Voyage (1984) 26 copies
Drought (1656) 25 copies
Innocent Blood (2005) 25 copies
Swimmer (2001) 24 copies
Faces of Fear (1995) 23 copies
Ritual and Walkers (2002) 23 copies
Tooth and Claw (1997) 23 copies
Feelings of Fear (2000) 23 copies
Flights of Fear (1995) 23 copies
The Coven (2017) 22 copies
Garden of Evil (2012) 22 copies
Solitaire (1982) 22 copies
The Red Hotel (2012) 21 copies
Rook & Tooth And Claw (1999) 21 copies
Chaos Theory (2007) 21 copies
The Ninth Nightmare (2011) 21 copies
The Terror (1998) 20 copies
Figures of Fear (2014) 20 copies
The Hidden World (2003) 20 copies
Begging to Die (2018) 19 copies
Lords of the Air (1988) 19 copies
Rich (1979) 19 copies
Corroborre (1984) 18 copies
The Soul Stealer (2022) 18 copies
Eye for an Eye (2015) 16 copies
The Drowned (2016) 16 copies
The Last Drop of Blood (2020) 16 copies
Hair Raiser (2001) 12 copies
Fortnight of Fear (1994) 12 copies
Lady of Fortune (1985) 12 copies
Silver (1986) 11 copies
Hel (1997) 11 copies
Rules of Duel (2010) 10 copies
Snowman & The Terror (2000) 10 copies
Headlines (1986) 10 copies
Cheeseboy (2018) 10 copies
Railroad (1981) 10 copies
Empress (1990) 9 copies
Fireflash 5 (1977) 8 copies
What Hides in the Cellar (2023) 8 copies
Sepsis (2003) 8 copies
Manitou Man (1998) 8 copies
Of Devils and Deviants: An Anthology of Erotic Horror (2014) — Contributor — 6 copies
Corroborre and Empress (2004) 5 copies
Rich and Solitaire (2004) 5 copies
Days of Utter Dread (2022) 4 copies
La pesadilla (1995) 4 copies
Cemetery Dance Issue 65 (2011) 4 copies
Inserts (1974) 3 copies
Wybryk Natury (2023) 2 copies
Kostnica (2017) 2 copies
Wild sex for new lovers (2001) 2 copies
Underbed (short story) (1996) 2 copies
The Scrawler 2 copies
Verotika No.06 2 copies
Nachtreiter (1991) 2 copies
Dziedzictwo Manitou (1998) 2 copies
Verotika No.07 (1995) 2 copies
Apparition (1993) 1 copy
Gloria 1 copy
Błyskawica (2009) 1 copy
Rococo 1 copy
Up All Night (2004) 1 copy
Beholder 1 copy

Associated Works

The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992) — Contributor — 338 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection (1997) — Contributor; Contributor — 285 copies
The Mammoth Book of Zombies (1993) — Contributor — 205 copies
Hottest Blood: The Ultimate in Erotic Horror (1993) — Contributor — 200 copies
Hot Blood: Tales of Provocative Horror (1989) — Contributor — 198 copies
The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men (1994) — Contributor — 163 copies
Shock Rock (1992) — Contributor — 152 copies
Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic Horror (1991) — Contributor — 147 copies
The Mammoth Book of Dracula (1997) — Contributor — 112 copies
Lovecraft's Legacy (1775) — Contributor — 104 copies
The Mammoth Book of Terror (1992) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (1994) — Contributor — 98 copies
Stranger by Night (1995) — Contributor; Contributor — 92 copies
Deadly After Dark (1994) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Terror (2004) — Contributor — 86 copies
Darker Masques (2002) — Contributor — 85 copies
Hot Blood X (1998) — Contributor — 85 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 (2000) — Contributor — 81 copies
Fear the Fever (1996) — Contributor — 79 copies
Kiss and Kill (1997) — Contributor — 78 copies
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Contributor — 74 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 07 (1996) — Contributor — 67 copies
Shivers VII (2013) — Contributor — 58 copies
Visitants (2010) — Contributor — 54 copies
Cat Crimes for the Holidays (1997) — Contributor — 53 copies
Modern Masters of Horror (1963) — Contributor — 52 copies
Dancing With the Dark (1999) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Mammoth Books) (2012) — Contributor — 47 copies
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contributor — 43 copies
Dark Screams: Volume Two (2015) — Contributor — 43 copies
Final Shadows (1991) — Contributor — 40 copies
Strange Bedfellows (2004) — Contributor — 39 copies
Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 39 copies
Thirteen More Tales of Horror (1994) — Contributor — 34 copies
Vile Things: Extreme Deviations of Horror (2009) — Contributor — 33 copies
Necro Files: Two Decades of Extreme Horror (2011) — Contributor — 33 copies
Fatal Attractions (2003) — Contributor — 30 copies
Gauntlet, Issue 2, 1991 [Stephen King Special] (1991) — Contributor — 30 copies
Shivers (2002) 29 copies
Dark Passions (2007) — Contributor — 29 copies
In the Footsteps of Dracula: Tales of the Un-Dead Count (2017) — Contributor — 27 copies
Dark Terrors 6 (2002) — Contributor — 27 copies
Bone Meal: Seven More Tales of Terror (1995) — Contributor — 26 copies
Shivers II (2003) 25 copies
Dark Terrors 2 (1996) — Contributor — 24 copies
Masques III: All-New Works of Horror and the Supernatural (1989) — Contributor — 24 copies
Dark Terrors (1996) — Contributor — 22 copies
Summer Chills (2007) — Contributor — 22 copies
Cold Shocks (1991) — Contributor — 21 copies
Thirteen Again (Short Stories) (Point Horror 13's) (1995) — Contributor — 20 copies
Dark Voices 4 : the Pan Book of Horror (1992) — Contributor — 19 copies
By Horror Haunted (1992) — Contributor — 19 copies
Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! (2012) — Contributor — 18 copies
Masques IV (1991) — Contributor — 17 copies
Dark Voices 3 (1991) — Contributor — 13 copies
Peel Back the Skin: Anthology of Horror Stories (2016) — Contributor — 13 copies
Fear Itself (1995) — Contributor — 12 copies
Tales Too Extreme for Cemetery Dance (2011) — Author — 9 copies
The Unexplained (1997) — Contributor — 8 copies
Cold Storage (2001) — Introduction, some editions — 7 copies
15 blizn (2011) 5 copies
White of the Moon (1999) — Contributor — 3 copies
A Plague of Shadows: A Written Remains Anthology (2018) — Contributor — 3 copies
13 Ran (2012) — Contributor — 3 copies
11 Cięć (2011) — Contributor — 3 copies
Upiorne Święta (2020) — Contributor — 2 copies
Oblicza Grozy — Contributor — 2 copies
Nocne Mary 1 copy
Gorefikacje III (2018) — Contributor — 1 copy

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I found this to be far from the author’s best work. In the past, scenes from a previous book of the author’s made me go physically cold, difficult to make me do as I don’t scare easily. This one carried a slight creepiness but didn’t scare. I liked the plot and these less than average ghosts impressed. A lot of info gets repeated in the narrative, particularly in conversations and within a short timeframe, reminding me of several shows that have unnecessary exchanges to remind the audience of what they already know. In style, this made me wonder if the book’s intended as YA horror, though some scene content seems a little too gory for that. I wanted to like this more than I did, though there were elements I appreciated.… (more)
 
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SharonMariaBidwell | 2 other reviews | Feb 1, 2024 |
The old saying, "don't judge a book by its cover" is proven right once again with this story of mental patients using druid rituals to escape by literally absorbing themselves into the walls. It jumped right off the used bookstore shelf into my basket because horror cover art doesn't get much better than this.

The story was compelling enough to keep me reading - lots of inventively gruesome deaths at a remarkable pace, once it gets going - but ugh I was not at all surprised when I read the author's bio. It 100% reads like the weirdly adolescent sexual fantasy that can be found in vintage skin mags like Penthouse and Playboy. If he'd left that out and focused on just the horror, it might have made it to 3 stars for me. As it is, half my rating is for the cover art, which is also the only reason I'm going to keep it on my shelf instead of tossing it in the donation bin.… (more)
 
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Doodlebug34 | 8 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
This 1970s horror novel, in common with a lot of books of the period, is short so at least the story is not drawn out. The basic idea is that the Arabian Nights tale of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves is a sanitised version of a horrific reality in which Ali Baba was a powerful practitioner of black magic who would stop at nothing for political advantage and who engaged the most powerful djinn (spirit) to achieve his goal. The djinn itself is the Forty Thieves which were really forty forms into which it could transform itself to deliver ghastly forms of death to Baba's enemies. To obtain the djinn he agreed to an appalling bargain where he turned over a young girl to an evil sect.

In contemporary (70s) America, the protagonist, Harry, attends the funeral of his godfather and soon realises all is not well with his godfather, Max. He learns that Max, a keen student of Arabian artefacts, myths and magic, became obsessed with a tall jar decorated with poppies and eyeless horses, to the point where he secured it in a tower room and removed all portrayals of faces from the house including pictures in the paper and even a carving on his favourite pipe. This obsession led to the tragedy of his death, a rather nasty one.

At the funeral, Harry meets Anna and they 'hit it off' and begin a joint investigation. Anna knows a lot about Arabic culture and even obscure dialects, and later the reason for that is revealed - which I found implausible.

The story starts off nicely creepy and builds. However, the prologue and also the later development of the story consist of truly horrifying forms of sexual assault on women so I would red flag that as a content warning. For that reason, my initial assessment of between 3 to 4 stars dropped drastically and I can now only rate this as 2 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 3 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
If you enjoyed The Burgers of Calais, you'll have the stomach for this novel.

At the bottom of it all, is a detective novel where a gruesome find leads to missing and homeless people - but not all is what it seems, as the novel takes a turn for the supernatural.
 
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