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Graham Masterton
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Graham Masterton’s debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in
1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the
present day to exact his revenge on the white man. It became an instant
bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess
Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.
Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror novels, including
Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of
America; Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review
of Books; and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wilde’s tale, The
Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non-French winner of the
prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.
Three of Graham’s stories were filmed for TV in Tony Scott’s horror
series The Hunger, and 'The Secret Shih-Tan', starring Jason Scott Lee,
was shortlisted for a Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers
Association. Another short story, 'Underbed', about a boy finding a
mysterious world underneath his blankets, was voted best short story by
Horror Critics Guild.
Graham’s latest horror novels to be published in the United States are
Spirit (Leisure,December, 2001); Trauma, (Signet, January, 2002) and
The Chosen Child (Tor, January, 2002). Motion picture rights in Trauma
have been optioned by Jonathan Mostow, who directed U-571. The Chosen
Child, set in the sewers of Warsaw, was named Best Horror Novel of the
Year by Science Fiction Chronicle and highly praised in Publisher’s
Altogether Graham has written more than a hundred novels ranging from
thrillers (The Sweetman Curve, Ikon) to disaster novels (Plague,
Famine) to historical sagas (Rich and Maiden Voyage - both appeared in
the New York Times bestseller list). He has published four collections
of short stories, Fortnight of Fear, Flights of Fear, Faces of Fear and
Feelings of Fear.
He has also written horror novels for children (House of Bones,
Hair-Raiser) and has just finished the fifth volume in a very popular
series for young adults, Rook, based on the adventures of an
idiosyncratic remedial English teacher in a Los Angeles community
college who has the facility to see ghosts.
A critical biography and bibliography, Manitou Man, was published in 1999 by the British Fantasy Society.

Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was
Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was
the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training
as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men’s
magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a
series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became
Burroughs’ novel The Wild Boys. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed
executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. At
this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex 'how-to'
books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3
million copies worldwide. His latest, Wild Sex For New Lovers is
published by Penguin Putnam in January, 2001. He is a regular
contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Woman, Woman’s Own and other
mass-market self-improvement magazines.
He and his wife Wiescka live in a Gothic Victorian mansion high above
the River Lee in Cork, Ireland. He has just finished writing a black
thriller featuring Ireland’s only female detective superintendent,
Katie Maguire, set in the Cork underworld; and a dark fantasy,
Jessica’s Angel, about a girl’s search for five supposedly-dead
He has written several new short stories and is currently working on a new horror novel, as yet untitled.


Fortnight of Fear
Flights of Fear
Faces of Fear
Feelings of Fear
Manitou Man
Rook/Tooth and Claw
Snowman/The Terror
Burial/Black Angel
The Hymn/Night Plague
Tengu/The Devils of D-Day/Mirror/Charnel House


Absence of Beast
A Polite Murder
The Ballyhooly Boy
Beijing Craps
Bridal Suite
Cold Turkey
Eau Noire

Eric the Pie

Ever, Ever After
Evidence of Angles
Fairy Story
5A Bеdford Row
Friend in Need
The Grey Madonna
Grease Monkey
The Heart of Helen Day
Heart of Stone
The Hungry Moon
Hurry Monster
I, The Martian
J.R.E. Ponsford
Jack Be Quick
The Jajouka Scarab
Laird of Dunain
Making Belinda
Men of Maes
Mother of Invention
Neighbors From Hell
Out of Her Depth
Picnic at Lac Du Sang
Pig's Dinner
The Root of All Evil
Saint Joan
Saving Grace
The Scrawler
The Secret Shih-Tan
Sex Object
The Sixth Man
Spirit Jump
Spirits of the Age
Suffer Kate
The Sympathy Society
The Taking of Mr. Bill
Voodoo Child
The Woman in the Wall

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A harrowing story of the reincarnation of a red Indian Medicine Man in
modern day New York. The book features the first appearance of the
rogue psychic, Harry Erskine, who, with the help of medicine man,
Singing Rock enters into battle against the shaman, Misquamacus.
Fast-paced and brimming with Indian legends. Despite the fact that this
is Masterton's first novel it's still a surprisingly shocking tale.
Told in the first person narrative.

THE DJINN. (1977)

An Arabian spirit (The Djinn of the title), trapped inside an ancient
jar, is released from its prison - with predictably disastrous results.
Harry Erskine, rogue psychic (who also appears in the Manitou books)
Typical early Masterton - slim, fast-moving, occasionally horrific and
often fun. Erskine is an eccentric character who adds much to an
otherwise sleight tale. The first-person narrative ensures a fast read.

THE SPHINX. (1978)

Gene Keiller, a young politician with a reputation to enforce finds his
world shattered when he meets a beautiful woman at a party; a woman
with a terrifying and secret past.
The Sphinx details a horrifying legacy connected to ancient Egypt,
brought to life by Masterton in typically violent fashion. Like most of
his early books, it's slim, fast paced, brutal and complemented by
Egyptian legends.


Is Seymour Wallis crazy? Most people seem to think so. Retired engineer
Seymour is going around telling people that his house is breathing;
that he can hear someone, or something's heartbeat within the walls.
Private Detective, John Hyatt is sceptical but takes up the challenge
to investigate - and promptly wishes he hadn't. Hyatt has to deal with
an ancient malevolent force intent on making its return to a modern
Within a couple of hundred pages Masterton displays a detailed
knowledge of Indian folklore and mythology, a theme which runs through
several of his horror novels.


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.


No one believed little Toby Fenner when he described the man in the
wardrobe. A man whose face seemed to grow from the very wood. But by
then, things had gone too far. Misquamacus has found a way to return,
and this time he won't be beaten so easily.
Revenge of the Manitou is the follow-up to The Manitou, which once
again features Harry Erskine, Singing Rock, and a host of Indian
stories creating a spine-tingling sequel with some disturbingly
horrific passages.

THE HELL CANDIDATE. (as by Thomas Luke) (1981)

Masterton's occult thriller focuses on electoral candidate, Hunter
Peale in his run-up election for the presidency of the United States.
No one thinks Peale has a chance - until it's discovered he's entered
into a terrifying pact with none other than the Devil.
The Hell Candidate is an atmospheric chiller with a political
background, that features a novel slant on the Faust legend. A
gripping, and at times, brutal read.


An antique chair comes into a family's possession. But they soon
discover that this is no ordinary heirloom. All manner of strange
things begin to occur, including shifts in the fabric of time itself...

In the vein of The Wells Of Hell and The Devils Of D-Day, The Heirloom,
whilst not breaking any boundaries in terms of originality, is both
highly entertaining and often very scary. Typical of Masterton's early
novels: a narrative-driven tale, free of complex subplots.


The Lovecraft-ian theme of this novel concerns an ancient dreamer whose
hideous spawn pollute the water supply of a normal family. 'Something
had changed an innocent child into a loathsome, soulless monster, a
nightmare vision from the bowels of hell...'
One of the author's most absurd books, featuring all manner of bizarre
creatures (and multiple tidal waves which spring from nowhere!). Highly
entertaining and often horrific early Masterton.

TENGU. (1983)

Tengu is an occult thriller that grabs the reader by the throat from
the first page and holds on until the very last word. A violent
thriller, the plot centres around the destruction of America by the
Japanese seeking revenge for Pearl Harbour, in the shape of the Tengu -
described as the most evil of the seven Black Kami, and the devil of
remorseless destruction. A fast, intense read, one not easily

THE PARIAH. (1983)

Granitehead, Massachusetts is the setting for this occult chiller. In
the bay, just a little off-shore lies the wreck of the David Dark.
Three hundred years of ice-cold currents have preserved its timbers and
pacified the demon sealed within its hold. But the people of
Granitehead are about to receive a culture shock because the power of
the demon enables the dead to walk the earth, in search of the
One of Masterton's most popular horror novels with a particularly
disturbing scene in which the main character makes love to the ghost of
his wife.


A favourite amongst fans. The story of a corrupt family who have
achieved immortality via a magic ritual which allows their souls to
remain trapped forever within an ancient painting.
Influenced by Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, this is a
powerful book full of grotesque imagery. It examines a highly decadent
family, completely without conscience, who, amongst their many
misdemeanours, regularly flay their victims alive. Typical of
Masterton's later novels - well written, multi-layered and extremely


A man's family is hideously butchered in order to teach him a business
lesson he will never forget. Desperate to contact his dead family he
contacts an Indonesian priest who introduces him to the death trance.
But by visiting the realm of the dead he doesn't just risk his own life
- but the souls of his loved ones too...
By turns eerie and horrific, Death Trance is also one of Masterton's
most moving novels as the reader is shown the lengths to which a
bereaved person will go to contact his deceased family. Quite a journey
- both physically and spiritually.


The Night Warriors are a group of ordinary people who face
extraordinary challenges. By entering people's dreams they confront
evil head-on - which, in this case, presents itself in the form of
legendary devil, Yaomauitl whom they must defeat to save the waking
world from wide-scale catastrophe.
Often compared to its cinematic equivalent, the Nightmare On Elm Street
series, this was the first novel to include fantasy alongside the
horror - a resoundingly successful move, succeeding at virtually every
level. Exciting and imaginative - and, at times, extremely gruesome.
Followed by two sequels.


The second book in the Night Warriors series. This time the Warriors
take on the might of The Shadow Creature whose wrath is about to erupt
from the world of dreams and into the waking world.
Death Dream is the equal to Night Warriors in every way. Tense action
and visual imagination - mixing the world of the mundane with a
parallel fantasy world - make this an absorbing read.

MIRROR. (1988)

A screenwriter becomes obsessed with a Hollywood child star murdered in
the 1930s. Fifty years after his death he has the idea of making a
movie that will bring him back to life. But the mirror he buys from his
idol's house is possessed and those who tamper with it risk unleashing
a terrible evil that threatens to overwhelm everything in its path...
A fascinating tale, full of decadence, obsession and grotesque imagery.
Alongside several well staged scenes of horror, there's an intriguing
examination of what it might be like to step inside your own
mirror-image. An engaging twist on Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking

RITUAL. (1988)

When restaurant critic Charlie McLean and his son, Martin visit the
little town of Allen's Corners in rural Connecticut, little do they
realise what they're letting themselves in for. In the mood to try
something different they stop at Le Reposoir, unaware that most of the
meals on the menu are not the a-la-carte range they're used to, but
more a mixture of mundane dishes and human d'oves.
Ritual is a horror book with a novel slant, and though well written, is
at times stomach-turning. One of the most infamous scenes in the book
witnesses Charlie being forced to cut off his own finger - and then
cook and eat it!

WALKERS. (1989)

It didn't take long for Jack Reed to decide to convert the huge gothic
mansion in the woods into an idyllic, up-market country club. But the
building's chequered past is anything but idyllic. It was once a mental
asylum, home to several psychopaths, all of whom disappeared one night,
never to be seen again. It's only when Jack's son is dragged into the
walls of the mansion that he realises what really happened sixty years
previously - and just where the inmates have been residing all this
An horrific (but exciting) tale set against a background of Druidism, and full of graphic killings.


A ritual killer - nicknamed 'Satan' on account of his exceptional
cruelty - stalks the city, killing in terrible ways with no apparent
motive. Enter Lieutenant Foggia who, assisted by a spiritualist medium,
must discover the reason for the slayings. But the truth he unearths is
beyond anything he's encountered in the real world - for the killings
are paving the way for a force so powerful that the lives of a few
innocents will appear unimportant in comparison...
Perhaps his most brutal novel, Black Angel contains some of the most
horrendous scenes of violence Masterton has ever committed to paper. It
also features several of his favourite themes, such as spiritualism and
demonology, and moves at a fast pace from the stomach-churning opening
to the exciting final confrontation between man and demon.

THE HYMN. (1991)

As Lloyd Denman looks forward to his wedding, the news that his fiancй,
Celia is dead leaves him stunned. In fact she calmly immolated herself
in a fast-food joint's parking lot ... and smiled as the flames leaped
around her. Celia's death is followed by that of a bus-load of innocent
people. As time passes, things really begin to heat up for all
As Lloyd investigates he comes across a group of immortal beings called
The Salamanders - their task, to supernaturally invoke the Fourth Reich
in America.
Fantasy novelist, Charles De Lint, summed it up when he described this
book as a rollicking good read with some of the most inventive touches
he'd ever read.


The third book in the Night Warriors series opens with the horrific
rape of American concert violinist, Stanley Eisner whilst on a visit to
London. Eisner is infected with the night plague, a disease which
twists men's souls into madness. Once again, the Night Warriors come to
the rescue. Their task, to protect humanity from evil. This time they
come up against Isabel Gowdie, witch and mistress of Satan, entombed in
the English countryside for three centuries.
Night Plague is an intense read, and just as fascinating as Night
Warriors and Death Dream. A self-contained novel which, like each of
its predecessors, can be read as a stand-alone.

PREY. (1992)

Prey is Masterton's out-and-out tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, and features
one of Lovecraft's elementals, Brown Jenkin. Recently divorced David
Williams sets about restoring a dilapidated Victorian orphanage on the
Isle of Wight. As the story progresses, and as events become
progressively stranger, he finds himself asking the question: does
Fortyfoot House exist in today, or yesterday, or tomorrow - or all

Prey is a multi-layered, and at times, complex book, and one of the few
Masterton novels not set in America. Despite this it's well written and
flows along at a brisk

BURIAL. (1992)

The third in the Manitou series, Burial features popular character
Harry Erskine, once again on the trail of the evil Indian Medicine Man,
Misquamacus. Mass devastation is wrought on the American people in
revenge for the desolation they wrought on his.
A big, apocalyptic book, full of destruction on a big scale. The most
adventurous of the Manitou books, full of horrific set-pieces and doses
of Masterton's trademark black humour.


A helicopter crashes with a young judge on board. The wreckage reveals
his and his wife's mutilated bodies - but not their daughter's. An
insurance investigator attempts to resolve this bizarre case - and to
his cost discovers a merciless race of beings who never sleep...
Fast-moving and highly readable, this features some very graphic
violence and is definitely not for the squeamish. Masterton utilises
the American setting well, managing to conjure up a genuinely scary
portrait of an alien-like race which should - quite literally - get
your adrenaline pumping.

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Out in a field, deep in the heart of Iowa hog-farming country, Terence
Pearson beheads his own children, apparently without reason. But
appearances are deceptive, and what the reader doesn't realise however,
is that Terence is saving his children from a fate far worse: The Green
Traveller, a strange mummer dressed in leaves, who with his companions,
The Surgeon and The Witness, bring terror and pain to those who cross
him. Terence knows his children are descendants of The Green Traveller,
and he's returning for them - the consequences of which will be
This is a complex novel which features genetics as its theme, alongside
a story involving the insertion of human genes into a monstrous pig.
Steeped in legends, Flesh & Blood is a fascinating - if convoluted
- read with eviscerations and decapitations aplenty.

SPIRIT. (1995)

Two young girls are haunted by the spirit of their dead sister, Peggy,
tragically drowned in a swimming pool. Peggy had always imagined
herself as Gerda, the lead character in Hans Christian Anderson's The
Snow Queen. Now, in the dead girl's imagination, the fictional Snow
Queen has been resurrected in the form of Hel, the legendary being
supposedly responsible for the Black Death and death by freezing.
Anyone who threatens or even gets close to the sisters risks a -
literally - chilling death...
Another eerie account of myth impinging on the real world. It starts
off at a gentle pace but soon transforms into a typically brutal
Masterton tale. Lots of guts are wrenched and characters suffer some
terrible fates throughout. However, the grisly parts are always in
context - and in Spirit, these are grisly indeed. Best read next to a
roaring fire.


Craig Bellman, a successful young lawyer is badly injured in a street
mugging. As part of his convalescence he and his wife, Effie head out
to the country where they stumble across a derelict mansion called
Valhalla. Against Effie's advice, Craig decides to buy the house, and
it's only then that he learns it was built by legendary gambler, Jack
Belias, and that every owner since Belias has been dogged by tragedy.
The House That Jack Built is a terrifying psychological thriller set in
a house which, like the dwelling in Prey, seems to exist within
alternate worlds where nothing is as it seems.

ROOK. (1997)

Jim Rook teaches a remedial class in a high school in the San Fernando
Valley. As a child he nearly died of pneumonia, the strange outcome
being that Jim is now able to see ghosts and spirits. When one of Jim's
students is arrested for murder, Jim is certain he saw the young man's
uncle Umber at the scene of the murder. But Umber has a water-tight
alibi. Soon Jim's investigations lead him into a world of voodoo where
he has to face new fears and learn strange new techniques to challenge
Rook is another book steeped in myths and legends, a theme which runs
through many of Masterton's books. It is also the first in a compelling
new series of supernatural thrillers featuring Jim Rook.


The second in the Rook series sees Jim Rook learning the culture of the
Navajo Indians. Susan White Bird is beautiful but well protected by her
brothers. So when one of Jim's students is found mutilated, her
brothers are arrested. But then a second murder takes place, and Jim
Rook eventually finds himself pitted against the most horrific creature
known to Navajo myth, Coyote.
The Sunday Times praised this book, saying, 'It's like all good horror
stories, moving from the familiar and credible to the fanciful and
disturbing ... the drama (is) tense, the writing good.'


A radio presenter is found beheaded beneath a hotel building site in
Warsaw. Further savage murders occur, and hotel executive, Sarah
Leonard, aided by Polish detective, Stefan Rej, do their utmost to
solve the case before it ruins their careers - not to mention their
The Chosen Child hinges on a powerful Polish legend involving a strange
and terrifying presence which stalks the sewers, collecting the heads
of its victims. The real evil, however, isn't provided by 'the
Executioner' (as he's nicknamed) but by ordinary human beings - people
capable of violence every bit as unpleasant as the mysterious killer. A
stylishly written novel, thick in fascinating research.
Review - Publishers Weekly, November 2000.

Masterton (Prey, The Manitou) serves up a lethal combination of
skillfully written detective story and intense horror, as the citizens
of contemporary Warsaw begin finding headless bodies all over town. Is
the perpertrator a deranged serial killer or a legendary monster living
in the city's sewers? Komisarz Stefan Rej is stumped. When the seventh
victim, a radio reporter critical of the Senate Hotels chain is found
in the sewer under the construction site of the chain's newest project,
Rej thinks he finally has a motive for the gory events. He meets his
testy match in a vice-president of the Seante chain, Sarah Leonard, an
American of Polish descent who has a rapport with the Polish workers.
They say that the reporter was killed by a demon that lives in the
sewers - a Warsaw legend since the 17th century - and they refuse to
work until it is eradicated. Frantic when the German replacement
workers are butchered, Sarah asks her Chicago cop dad for help. He
sends retired police inspector Clayton Marsh, who proposes a seбnce
with a Warsaw medium and hears frightening revelations. Sarah's life is
further complicated by an apparent connection between her boss (and
ex-lover) and the Polish mafia. Using flashbacks, Masterton weaves the
horrors of Nazi occupation (real-life SS General Erich von Bach Zewski
has a surprising role) and use of the sewers by the home Army in the
Warsaw Uprising into a highly atmospheric tale. Fans of horror, mystery
buffs and afficianados of WWII stories will all enjoy this dandy
thriller, whose clever protagonists find enlightenment and a little
romance through their pursuit of the monster.

THE TERROR. (1998)

This is the third in Graham Masterton's Rook supernatural horror
series. The Terror sees a new student joining Jim Rook’s Special Class
II for remedial English, a young Mexican boy called Rafael Diaz. He
seems pleasant enough at first and fits into the group nicely, but this
is probably due to the fact that he’s offering to rid the other pupils
of all their deepest, darkest fears (such as spiders and the dark) by
way of an ancient Mayan cleansing ritual.
Unfortunately Rafael’s dabbling backfires, and when some of the kids
end up dead, Jim Rook has to try and figure out why. Actually it’s not
all that difficult, as he discovers when the physical embodiment of all
these ‘cleansed’ fears pays him a visit at his flat - and tears the
place apart. Now the race is on for Jim to find a way to destroy this
creature only he can see before it claims yet more lives, making itself
more powerful in the process (courtesy of


It's young John's first day in his first job at Blight, Simpson and
Vane, an estate agency owned by Mr Vane. John thinks houses are happy
places, where you can live happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the
hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properties, but he's about to find out.
When he witnesses one of his colleagues sucked into the walls of one of
the houses his nightmare takes on new proportions...
House of Bones is a well plotted, milder version of 1989's Walkers,
that relies heavily on the myths and legends surrounding the Druids for
its entertainment value. It's also Masterton's first attempt at writing
for a teenage horror market, as part of Scholastic's Point Horror
Unleashed label.

SNOWMAN. (1999)

When Jack Hubbard enrolls in West Grove Community College, he's
assigned to Jim Rook's remedial English class. Soon the California
campus and student body, sweltering in a torrid June, are experiencing
mighty strange goings-on. A water fountain freezes solid; a men's room
is coated with giant ice crystals; a classmate wearing Jack's
sweatshirt is frozen to a handrail and can be removed only minus his
arms; the school pool completely freezes, trapping several in its
depths and killing one. What's behind the freaky weather?
Spirit-sensitive Rook (Tooth and Claw, 1997 etc.) and his Tarot-reading
cat (don't ask) concur that it's a vengeful Inuit spirit who was
promised Jack's soul by his dad in exchange for leading him to safety
from a crisis-stricken Alaska expedition, only to see the old man
renege on the deal. Rook takes off for Alaska with both Hubbards, his
cat, a magic mirror, and a supply of Snickers - just the equipment that
will allow him eventually to confront the spirit demon in Dead Man's
Mansion, a northern folly built by a survivor of the Titanic, who may
have made his own pact with the hood-shrouded, ice-spewing spirit. If
you think Snickers will sustain you on a trek through the tundra,
you'll undoubtedly think Rook is the most beloved teacher since Mr.
A blend of jaunty dialogue, floridly chilling demises, and preposterous phenomena.

*Taken from Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2000.


When missing Julia Winward's mutilated body is found, her brother is
determined to discover what happened to her, but nothing makes sense.
Julia had been working for a company that shut down 60 years ago, and
living at an address that hadn't existed since World War II...
Classic parallel world Masterton! (courtesy of


Kelly has just started as a trainee hairdresser at Sizzuz, working for
the sinister, but creative, Paul. One evening, having swept up the hair
from the salon floor, she has a nasty experience disposing of it in the
basement. Could there be something living down there, something hairy?
(courtesy of

SWIMMER. (2001)

It enters the water, and takes on the shape of The Swimmer... He
recognises her voice, but she is hysterical. She has no one else to
turn to. Her son has been killed, drowned, but the murderer has left no
trace. Her distraught tears shake him to his core - he must help, if he
can. She says that the child was a victim of a vengeful spirit. She
says that the police believe she is insane. Jennie Oppenheimer was once
a student in Jim Rook's Special Class II in '91. And she knows about
his psychic powers, that he feels demons running through the streets,
that he sees dead people, with their sad, bewildered faces reflecting
in windows. So she is convinced that he will have an answer for her -
and for her dead son, Mickey. But soon the angry, restless spirit of
The Swimmer claims one victim after another - all friends or students
of the gifted Jim Rook - and he realises that her hatred is directed at
him. One person knows why she is seeking revenge, but only Rook has the
strength to fight against the destructive forces of The Swimmer and the
ally she has found in water... (courtesy of

TRAUMA. (2001)

Review - Publishers Weekly NY, December 19 2001.

Within the span of a couple hundred pages, prolific horror writer
Masterton (Spirit; The Manitou etc.) successfully spins an
entertaining, fast and disturbing read packed with dramatic tension,
tightly drawn characters and realistic dialogue. Bonnie Winter sells
cosmetics for Galomorex of Hollywood Inc. and runs her own business
cleaning up domestic crime scenes. The creepy task becomes even worse
after she discovers infestations of maggot-like, black caterpillars at
her clean-up sites. A local etomologist confirms that the caterpillars
grow into Clouded Apollos - large butterflies with white, black-veined
wings. In Aztec culture, the insect is considered the daytime disguise
of a demon named Itzpapalotl, who drives people to kill their loved
ones. Indeed, each of the scenes at which Bonnie finds the insects
involves family members killing each other. Masterton's descriptions of
the grim crime scenesare intoxicating (a man's blown-off head had
'fallen backward so that, juglike, it had emptied its blood all over
the floor') yet never gratuitous, and he neatly interwines the Clouded
Apollo story line with the saga of Bonnie's lackluster home life and
budding affair with her Glamorex boss. As the novel draws to a close,
the two plot threads converge, triggering a sequence of events that is
both chilling and tragic.


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On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women
are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago. Detective
Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory
litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery.
Of other worlds apart from this...

In isolated darkness not far away, an American tourist is at the mercy
of a serial killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll
fashioned from nails and fishhooks. The murder of his victims is second
only to the pleasure of their pain.
Darker places inhabited by evil monstrosities...

As an eighty-year-old mystery unfolds, so does a modern-day ritual
that's marked Katie Maguire as its next victim. For what happened once
in this small picturesque village is happening again. It's more than a
series of horrifying crimes. It's tradition.
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When Jessica's parents are tragically killed in a car crash, she goes
to live with her grandparents in their big old house in Connecticut.
Bullied at her new school because of the injury she suffered in the
crash, Jessica finds solace in her favourite fairies and the pictures
she loves to draw. One day she suffers bad concussion after falling
downstairs at school, and while recovering at home she hears the
strange sound of children's voices calling for help. At first Jessica
cannot work out where the voices are coming from, but eventually she
discovers from a mysterious but kindly old neighbour that they are in
fact coming from inside her bedroom wallpaper. Attempting to overcome
her own disbelief, Jessica and some friends venture into the world
inside her wall where they find an extraordinary land where everyday
household objects like spoons and hats take on a life of their own. But
there is great danger to be found inside this hidden world, and it is
up to Jessica to rescue the strange children whose voices she had
heard, before it's too late.(courtesy of

THE DEVIL IN GRAY (2003-2004?) - Horror novel, no synposys

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