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Subject: Graham Masterton
Date Posted: 3/10/2008 12:54 AM ET
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Anyone else a fan? He's prolific, competent, and has a crazy ability to find correlations that shouldn't be there. So far I've read:

The Devil in Gray, Edgewise, Unspeakable, the whole Manitou series, The Chosen Child, Charnel House, Walkers, Mirror, A Terrible Beauty, The Doorkeepers, Spirit, The House That Jack Built, The Wells of Hell, The Djinn, The Sphinx, Prey, Feast, and Trauma.

That's what, not even half of his? Of those I've read, Trauma is the best, no question. It's a first-person narrative of a woman who cleans up houses after people have died in them.


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Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:27 AM ET
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Hi Maya,

I've nto read anything by him but have been tempted.Would you describe him as strictly a horror writer and is there anyone you would compare him with?Thasnk for any info")


Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:30 AM ET
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I've enjoyed a few of his books, the latest one was The Devil in Gray which I read a few years ago - I remember thinking the main character (detective) would be perfect for a series of books. The book had a high gore factor, but  I found the main character to be very likeable and funny. Off the top of my head I remember reading The House That Jack Built, Prey & I really liked Spirit - loved how he mixed in ghosts & his own horrible take on the fairy tale The Snow Queen.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 10:46 AM ET
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I've enjoyed his books. As a matter of fact, I can only get them through PBS because I don't use credit cards and Barnes and Noble (which is a 40 mile trip) doesn't carry any of his books in this particular store.

I have read Edgewise, The House That Jack Built, Prey and Unspeakable.

I'm not sure who to compare him to; maybe Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum?

I'll have to look into getting Trauma next.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 10:53 AM ET
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I also enjoyed Trauma (originally published in HC as Bonnie Winter) immensely, and had read The Manitou.  I passed it to a coworker who likes Patricia Cornwell, and she thought it was excellent as well.  I picked up the 2nd Manitou book and A Terrible Beauty, but both are TBR.  I will get to them at some point.  if I get my TBR down to a more manageable level, I would probably pick up some more of his more recent work.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 4:00 PM ET
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I have read The Doorkeepers, The House that Jack Built and The Devil in Gray and I enjoyed all of them and plan to read all of his books. I have Plague in my TBR pile.

I would definitely recommend him, I was surprised that I hadn't heard more about him from other horror fans.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I have read all the Manitou books and Devil in Gray.  I like his stories.  There is no one better when it comes to Spirits and folklore.  I am looking forward to Edgewise and I have a few more to read as well.  If I had to pick a favorite it would be Devil in Gray.  The main character was excellent.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 10:05 PM ET
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I read Trauma and The Manitou and liked them both. Right now I'm reading Night Wars from him and so far it is pretty good. I have Spirit and Plague that I haven't read yet

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 3:35 AM ET
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I just love how Harry Erskine (of the Manitou series) is a magician who admits he's a total fraud. That's just awesome. I love that character.