Plague of the Manitou – Graham Masterton

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Title: Plague of the Manitou
Author: Graham Masterton
Published by: Severn House Publishers
Publication date: April 30, 2015
Genre: Horror
Pages: 256
Format: Hardback
Source: Bury Library

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I am a big fan of Graham Mastertons literary works. I have been for some time now; I was originally introduced to his novels by my Ex – and it’s one of the few things that I’ve kept up with from that stage of my life. More than Masterton, I like his character Harry Erskine so I was pleased as punch when I found Plague of the Manitou at the local library. A Masterton book I’d not read with a character I have a fondness for. Perfect!

Yet, all was not perfect. The novel was lacklustre at best and predictable at worst. Maybe I had set my expectations far, far to high. But it was when one of the supporting characters, Father Zapata, met a part of his fate that I thought ‘Maybe I should write a Graham Masterton iSpy book,’ A tick-list of all the fun things that Masterton likes to put in his novels, including by not limited to; Native American Spirits, Priests and Genital Mutilation. All of which have been thrown into the mixture in this particular offering from the author; which is great for crossing off those finds in the iSpy book!

As a brief summary of the book, Anna Grey is a lead expert in viral research and finds herself in the middle of an unknown epidemic; where the victims vomit fountains of blood, spasm like they’re possessed and die. Anna knows there is no such thing as demons, but when the dead start to talk to her she begins to question her sanity. Throw in cynic Harry Erskine, who knows very well that demons are real – he’s thrust from his home in Miami towards the events and nightmares surrounding Anna.

It sounds ace.

But you know, the read itself is sadly lacking. It’s about half way you put two-and-two together and figure out everything that’s going on and the rest of the book becomes a bit of a chore and drags itself out to the final predictable conclusion.

There was another problem I had. One of the Native American spirits involved; Megedagik – I just kept reading his name as Megadick. My bad!

Of course it can’t all be negative thoughts, what I love about Mastertons books is the fact that they are so accessible to read. You don’t need to have any high-brow qualification to understand what is going on in his stories, just a healthy (or unhealthy) imagination that is easily led down a dark path. Masterton writes in images that are so clear you feel like you are actually within the world you’re being presented with – so when you come across scenes of abject horror; you’re really there – for better or worse.

Does this mean that I’ll stop reading Mastertons books. No. And, I don’t think my expectations will lower. With Masterton, I know what I am getting and for the most part I love it. Everyone has default authors that they go back too time and again, and mine is Masterton, I can’t see that changing just because I came across a book of his I could predict.

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