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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,013 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul...Martin Williams is a broke, two-bit screenwriter living in Hollywood, but when he finds the very mirror that once hung in the house of a murdered 1930s child star, he happily spends all he has on it. He has long obsessed over the tragic story of Boofuls, a beautiful and successful actor who was slaughtered and dismembered ...more
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Published June 1st 1989 by Tor Books (first published 1988)
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Sep 18, 2015 Addy rated it it was amazing
I can't say how much I just devoured this book. I took it slow sometimes only because it's the kind of story you really want to enjoy. It just had a mix of everything I look for in a horror book; humor, wtf moments, gore, religion, and characters I could really feel connected to. Not to mention some pretty creepy characters as well. Boofuls and pickle nearest the wind...look that one up! Plus a super freaky mirror! Who doesn't like a haunted artifact with a pretty gruesome history!? Based on ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Before I get into my review, let me give you the back story. I have wanted to read this book since I was about 10 years old (I’m 24 now). My mom read it when it was first released + claimed it was so scary she couldn’t finish it. She hid it behind another novel on her bookshelf for a while, then eventually banned it to the garage because she didn’t want it in the house. A friend of hers borrowed the book + wouldn’t let it touch her bible. A couple of years later, my mother gave it away to one of ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror

What happens when you buy a piece of Hollywood memorabilia from a little old, innocent woman? Boofuls happens, that what.

This book was a great read. I usually find Graham Masterton to be hit or miss. This time he knocked it out of the ballpark.

This is a creepy tale about a murdered childhood actor who wants his life back, and a poor unsuspecting down on his luck screenwriter who holds the key.

The writing was simple, straightforward and to the point. This time around, Mr. Masterton kep
Yet again Graham Masterton gives the reader a CREEPFEST of creepiness. This book is definitely scary in that nerve-racking "is there someone behind me?" and "now I must turn on ALL THE LIGHTS" sense.

For me, it wasn't as good as some of his other stories because there is a lot of anti-feline imagery and violence that I could have done without. Also, sometimes the protagonist needed a slap upside the head.

However, the analysis of Through the Looking-Glass is amazing and, even though I'm not a fa
Mirror is an entertaining, though at times ridiculously cheesy and over the top horror novel from the 80's. The story centers around a murdered child actor, who haunts guess what - a mirror. The idea is good, the novel suspensful and gory at times, but the character actions are completely ridiculous and ruin what could have been one of his best works. Check out The Pariah or Family Portrait if you want to experience Masterton at his best.
Jan 17, 2014 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Somebody once defined Armageddon as all the most distressing things that you can imagine happening to you, all at once, forever. To me, that sounds worse than the end of the world.”

I will never look in, or at, mirrors the same way again, that’s for sure. One of my book addict friends and I decided to challenge each other every month by recommending a favorite book to each other which we then HAVE to read and finish that same month. We’ll be doing this for a year. So, for January, she challenged
Sep 13, 2016 DJMikeG rated it liked it
Wow, Masterton pulls out all the stops with this over top, simply batshit insane horror novel. Its a bit of a slow burn at first, but at around page 100 things start to pick up and the insanity escalates and escalates until the end. I didn't rate it higher, because I did really enjoy this book, there is such a thing as just cramming too many ideas, too much carnage, too much insanity into 345 pages of fiction. While I'm in awe of all the crazy, incredible things Masterton has crammed into this ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
May 25, 2013 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I own this book in print! Which is a good thing since I am sure my friends will be clambering to read this book!

This story is disturbing!
It is one of the few that drained me to such a degree that I did not read it continually!
What I loved most was that the author turned on conventional wisdom and made the evil apparent from the get go!
No questions regarding Martin's sanity! This evil is not shy! This turn about of the usual added to the creepimess factor and made me rethink all that I have know
Mar 17, 2012 Μιχάλης rated it really liked it
Shelves: nasties
In my mind, Masterton is too much of a nasties-hack extrordinaire that I forget he is also a solid horror author and Mirror proves that.

Contrary to most rushed novels by said author, Mirror is a great take on Lewis Caroll's novels, well-paced almost throughout (there is a quick rush towards the end though), with the horror constantly building, a likeable protagonist and some supporting characters and a great villain. There is gruesome violence, but most of the horror comes out of the eerieness a
Martha Sockel
Aug 07, 2014 Martha Sockel rated it really liked it
This was the very first Masterton book I ever read and it is still my favourite. Not only is it gripping from beginning to end, but the plot itself leaves you hanging of every page in anticipation of whats going to, or could possibly, happen next. Focusing on a mirror which "witnessed" an horrific murder, and then some 60 years later when the mirror decides the time is right to show what is behind it, resulting in an all too believable plot of demonic resurrection, this book is both terrifying ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Masterton writes a creepy and suspenseful story in Mirror. Martin, a screenwriter and devotee of a 1930s murdered child actor Boofuls (seriously, what kind of name is that?) purchases a mirror of the deceased, and strange occurences start to happen. Sure it does play around with the cliche idea of mirrors stealing a part of your soul, and reflecting on your own identity, but it does go deeper with those ideas. I liked how it started out as a quieter ghost story, and then as the mystery behind ...more
Gemma Farrow
Jun 18, 2013 Gemma Farrow rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite Masterton books. This writer knows how to work suspense into every page, he has the ability to know which word will work best in developing the sense of unease. With Masterton's characters, there is always human frailty present. This is something I like very much, as you can identify with them.

He also has a knack for choosing creepy names, and little Boofuls, fulfils his name. There is an element of sadness and misery beneath the Boofuls character, after all, he was only a ch
Shanna Wynne
Feb 22, 2008 Shanna Wynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top, horror
It's a great book. Great description, great action, great pace. Very entertaining.

I picked it up because a reviewer of one of my stories compared me/the story to Graham Masterton/Mirror, and since I'd never read it I figured I ought to. Turned out I was very proud to realize that there is something shared specifically between that book and my story. Couldn't quite put my finger on it, but there's something there.
Sep 25, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While over-the-top to the point of ridiculousness at times, Mirror is an intensely captivating story with a swift-moving and scary plot.

There were several points where I wasn't sure if I would be able to turn off the lights and sleep too well, a mark of any good horror novel.
Dec 19, 2009 William rated it really liked it
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This is a good horror story basically about the battle between good and evil. Eerie in description. Good wholesome violence but not enough sex!

What really happens beyond the mirror?
Victor Castillo Rodriguez
Divertidísima historia que mezcla referencias al Hollywood clásico, a Lewis Carroll y al rollo "niño malrollero" del terror de los 70.
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
‘Mirror’ is a chilling story about a screenwriter, Martin who is obsessed with the tragic history of a highly successful child actor Boofuls. This leads to his purchase of a mirror that had witnessed Boofuls being murdered by his grandmother. After that, everything takes a turn for the worse.

I really enjoyed Masterton’s writing style as he’s straightforward and isn’t afraid to disgust you with gory details. Simultaneously, he doesn’t overdo it – his descriptions are adequate to provide a really
Sep 09, 2011 Cherie rated it liked it
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only ...more
Jessica Featherstone
Apr 15, 2014 Jessica Featherstone rated it it was amazing
I have to say that there wasn't a single thing I disliked about this book. It was scary and full of suspense and I love the way Masterton writes. You would think that he would run out of idea's for a supernatural horror but he just keeps pouring out novel after novel.

I prefer Masterton over authors like King, simply because with Masterton he doesn't wait to ease you into the scare, he throws you in the deep end and doesn't care if you drown or not.

Mirror was fantastic and I found myself sleep d
Jan 19, 2016 Kinksrock rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this novel because of how much I enjoyed another Masterton novel that referenced a children's book: Spirit, which referenced "The Snow Queen" as a major plot device.

In MIRROR, the children's book with which it is so connected is Lewis Carroll's THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. There's more to "Jabberwocky" than just silly words, my friends!

In MIRROR, a frustrated writer is obsessed with a murdered child star, and he gets possession of the mirror that was in the room when the child w
Ανδρέας Kapandreou)
Συστήνεται μόνο για τους λάτρεις του είδους αφού πρόκειται για ένα «σκληρό» έργο τρόμου με φαντασία, εναλλαγή συναισθημάτων και πολύ αίμα, αφού σε αυτό περιγράφονται με λεπτομέρεια αρκετές σκηνές βίας. Στην ιστορία παρελαύνουν από παιδιά, ιερείς, σεναριογράφοι και σκηνοθέτες του Χόλυγουντ, μέχρι οπαδοί του Σατανά και ο Διάβολος ο ίδιος!

Η υπόθεση είναι έξυπνη και έχει καλή ροή αφού κρατά τον αναγνώστη μέχρι το τέλος σε αγωνία. Στα μειονεκτήματα του, κάποια κιτς στοιχεία που θυμίζουν αμερικάνικη
Dec 26, 2014 T rated it liked it
Good Lord! What a tale!!! I refused to read this book at night so it took me a few days to work through it. The creepiness of it didn't really hit me as I was reading it, but rather after the fact the events describe in this story would disturbingly pop into my mind and leave me ill-at-ease. Needless to say, right at this moment I'm not able to look at a mirror the same way, but I guess over time that'll fade away. Of course it doesn't help that the motion sensor for my home alarm suddenly sent ...more
Kevin Smith
I very much enjoyed this story. I would have to say my only complaints would be that some of the characters comments and actions just didn't fit what was going on. For example a when there is a lot of gore and violence I just don't see myself making jokes when I'm supposedly scared to the point I am shaking. I won't go into more detail and ruin the story for anyone else. Overall I did enjoy this though. It would be a 3.5 if it was possible to give it.
Sep 05, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like 3.5 stars. It was good I liked it. Kept me engrossed and never a lagged in the suspense. I thought the ending could have been a bit more dramatic. The ending didn't have that WOW factor for me. But I will never look into a mirror that same way again lol. Definitely want to check out other books by Graham Masterson.
Dec 10, 2014 Lostaccount rated it really liked it
A good book with a bad ending. One of Masterton's best books, of the older novels. Lacking in plot but still a good read. I hated the ending which felt too simplistic to me and contrived. The way he defeated "Boofuls" (and what a stupid and annoying name for a character) was all too convenient at the end. And yet again, Masterton proves he has a fetish for big boobs!
Sep 09, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. What can I say, I do judge books by their covers. That being said, the story was great & creepy. I thought the name Boofuls was a bit over the top, but as time went on, it stopped bothering me, I was so pulled into the story. I don't want to give any spoilers, but let's just say it's a wicked spin on Alice In Wonderland.
Dave Pope
Mar 01, 2015 Dave Pope rated it liked it
I liked this book well enough but I didn't love it. A different take on "The Omen" that is less serious in style but it more than works as a time filler. If you crossed "Alice through the Looking Glass" and "The Omen" this is pretty much what you'd get.
Jul 01, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, horror, read-in-2012
I really liked this book. It was a fun read. Kinda campy in sections but fit the overall style of the book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a horror book that doesn't have the usual zombie/vampire/monster antagonist.
Oct 11, 2015 Thắng rated it liked it
Good thriller and horror book. A little bit long and boring at the start, but went up at the middle and so on.
Many people died, perhaps too many because the main character was slow in actions and in inference.
Too bad the ending was a let down. No more effort, I guess.
Dec 27, 2011 Hairsoftree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Je l'ai lu il y a déjà quelques années, mais j'avais bien aimé l’histoire avec ce gamin ( style Damien de "La Malédiction"),et le miroir qui d'un coup de chapeau salue "De l'autre côté du miroir" de Lewis Carrol.
Bon livre.
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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 ...more
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