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The Manitou (Manitou #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,869 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
It only grows at night. Karen Tandy was a sweet and unassuming girl until she discovers the mysterious lump growing underneath her skin. As the doctors and specialists are puzzling over the growth, Karen`s personality is beginning to drastically change. The doctors decide there is only one thing to do, cut out the lump. But then it moved. Now a chain reaction has begun and ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published 1976 by Pinnacle Books (first published 1975)
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Jonathan Janz
Dec 13, 2015 Jonathan Janz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. Brisk, wacky, unique. It's the first time I've read Masterton, and now I can see why folks dig his stuff so much. He's great with pace and characterization; his protagonist in this one was particularly likable.

I'll definitely be reading more Masterton soon. Any suggestions?
Thomas Strömquist
Crazy funny 70's "Exorcist"-rip-off! 2/3 fast-paced and very absorbing, totally improbable, odd dialogue, roller-coaster ride of fun followed by 1/3 absolutely ridiculous explanations and endgame.

A young girl approaches a self-proclaimed phony fortune-teller, Harry Erskine, with a disturbing dream which he can connect to her aunt, who she lives with and who is his client. The dream follows a medical condition - an apparent tumor on the neck, which grows incredibly fast. When complications arise
Бранимир Събев
Ърскин е нюйоркски ясновидец, който се препитава, лъжейки възрастни жени - гледа им на карти таро, заблуждава ги че е медиум и предава съобщения от покойните им съпрузи и т.н. Внезапно при него идва младата Карин Тенди - леля й е редовен клиент на Ърскин и го препоръчва. Момичето разказва кошмарите си на шарлатанина и после отива в болницата, където трябва да я оперират - отзад на шията й внезапно се е появил тумор, който за броени дни е нарастнал ужасяващо. Лекарите правят рентгенови снимки и с ...more
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Gé Fier
May 22, 2011 Gé Fier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read The Manitou, and thought it was GREAT! - It was actually the very first "adult" horror-novel I read (besides my HUGE collection of children's and young-adult horror-books by writers as R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and Darren Shan ;) ), and to be honest; it's the only (of the over a 1000 adult-horror-books I have here) one I've actually finished so far.

So I don't have much "comparison-material" currently, but it was definitely one of the best books I've read; really suspenseful, terri
Edward Erdelac
Aug 30, 2011 Edward Erdelac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recognize that this a first novel (it's the first novel I've ever read by Masterton actually). I recognize that there are minor slip ups about American culture by a British writer (just little turns of phrase that don't ring true - can't even think of one now they were so few - the constant usage of 'Red Indians' for one), and some major generalizations about Native American culture. I recognize that

(SPOILER) it's a bit ridiculous and maybe a little racist that the white spirit of a police co
Dec 25, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As debuts go, Masterton put his name on the map with this. You can read the synopsis, to get a real good idea about the story. What I was impressed with, was how he made this such a visual read. Wherever the story is taking place you are there, feeling the confusion of the doctors as to what kind of tumor seems to move/pulse on young Karen Tandy. Convincing doctors to the terror, the horrendous evil... that is the Manitou.
Alexander Draganov
A masterpiece of fantasy terror. An extremely quick and easy read, fascinating mythology, very likeable cast of heroes and chilling villains. One of the best horrors I have ever read.
Apr 13, 2013 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Μετά το Αθώο αίμα και το Τραύμα, αυτό είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο του Γκράχαμ Μάστερτον που διαβάζω και σαφώς το καλύτερο μέχρι στιγμής.

Όλα αρχίζουν όταν μια αξιαγάπητη νεαρή κοπέλα πηγαίνει στο ιδιωτικό νοσοκομείο Οι Αδελφές της Ιερουσαλήμ για να απευθυνθεί σε έναν ειδικό ογκολόγο για έναν όγκο που απέκτησε λίγες μέρες πριν πίσω από τον λαιμό της. Δεν είναι ένας απλός όγκος, δεν είναι καν όγκος θα έλεγα. Οι γιατροί κάνουν εξετάσεις επί εξετάσεων, ακτινογραφίες και τα τοιαύτα, ο όγκος συνεχίζει να με
Feb 05, 2012 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Manitou is a series of books steeped in native American Indian mythology. The book was made in to a movie too. The series consists of:
The Manitou
Revenge of the Manitou
Spirit Jump (short story)
Manitou Blood
Blind Panic

These are great books and I am surprised that Masterton hasn't become more prominent.

Plot ***Spoilers***
A woman is suffering from a growing tumor on her neck, enters a hospital in San Francisco. After a series of X-rays, the doctors begin to think it's a living creature, a
Sam Reeves
Sep 19, 2014 Sam Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Early in the book, I expected to see a story populated with caricatures, but I think this might be some of Graham Masterton's charm. He probably knows you are expecting tropes, and in fact, I bet he is counting on it. You see familiar character types walk on stage, but then they start fleshing out in a way that causes the reader to think, "This is exactly how real people would act if they were in these roles."

This is an archetypal horror story. Masterton draws from some of the best terrifying re
Apr 07, 2011 Tammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ill
I don't understand the 3.5 average rating for this book. I thought it was terrible. I enjoyed the characterization but found the plot so preposterous that I barely finished it. It started out promising but just went off the rails about 2/3 the way through it.

And although I realize it's dated, and am not an advocate of updating any book to modernize, the constant references to "Red Indians" was a bit much.

I will read more Graham Masterton -- I will not, however, read any more books in the Manit
Dec 23, 2015 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
- dialog
- description
- allusion to Lovecraft
- horror elements
- pace

- character motivation
- plot
- occasional slips into slapstick comedy...not clear if they were deliberate.

The characters were ok. They were distinct and fun, but their reactions to things didn't make very much sense. Race is handled as I expected - very 1975. It's not maliciously racist, just feels really ignorant and insensitive.

Aug 11, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Misquamacus, the Wampanoag sorceror from H.P. Lovecraft's story "The Lurker at the Threshold," erupts into the modern world and proves himself to be one of the most bad-ass wizards in all of fantasy fiction. (Voldemort and Saruman together wouldn't last five melee rounds against this guy!) A culturally-insensitive mashup of Native American religious practices with Cthulhu mythos, but still one of the most inventive and scary horror novels ever written.
May 06, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book but somehow found myself dismissing events as too unbelievable. "Ack! It would never happen that way", I thought over and over again. Of course, the story would never happen in any case, but within the capsule of suspended belief, I want to agree with the courses of action chosen by the characters. And that just didn't happen for me with this book
Jun 02, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After digging out and reading the Hungry Moon I am going on a bit of a horror revival. This was one of the early books I first explored as I moved away from Stephen King - the story now is widely know (not only from the film but also the from the series if created and the numerous reprints it has gone through)
But to start at the beginning. As I finished reading Stephen King I decided to look for other horror books to read - there were those where I knew their name such as James Herbert and other
John Bruni
Jan 05, 2016 John Bruni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a lot of fun, even though it can get pretty ridiculous at various points. I'm almost tempted to call it a horror comedy, leaning more on the horror part. The choice of protagonist is perfect: a fraudulent psychic who openly admits it. The situation is great: a 400-year-old Native American medicine man growing out of a tumor on a young woman's neck. The phony psychic now needs to find real psychics and an actual modern day medicine man to battle the most dangerous creature in America ...more
Extremely cheesy, dated, ridiculous, over the top and enjoyable debut novel by prolific Scotsman Masterton. I enjoyed the first half more than the second. The enthusiasm Masterton embues his characters with is infectious and makes for a fun read in the first half. The never ending battle that comprises the second half of the novel is set strictly at a quarter past Velveeta on the cheese scale and I felt my enthusiasm waning, although I was still chuckling at the ridiculousness of the goings on. ...more
I'll start by saying this book was recommended to me by one of my GR "friends." (Note the quotation marks!)

Ever seen a movie that was so tremendously bad that it came full circle and was actually entertaining?
Well this is the book version.
The premise is ridiculous; the characters are trite; the dialogue is... damn... just silly.
And while I understand that it's a dated novel (70's methinks), it is so unbelievably demeaning to... well... everyone but rich white people that it's ludicrous: women...
Oct 02, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
When I was a teenager I really liked Graham Masterton and his horror stories,they were the next best thing along with Stephen King for me. That's why I have given the book four stars from my nostalgic memory. However, I really would not attempt to read it again now (some 30 yrs later) as I think I would probably have a big dissappointment. Some things are better left alone, banged up in a nostalgic past of reminiscing.
Marnie  Krüger
This book was so intressting and captivating in the beginning, but then it took a turn for the worst. It dragged and there were a lot of repeat information just given in a different voice.
And truthfully it wouldn't give me sleepless nights.

I'm really not gonna bother to read the rest of the series.
Nov 28, 2008 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Sometimes humorously dated 1975 horror about a salty fortune teller, a young woman with a fast growing tumor on her neck and a medicine man from Colonial America trying to come back into the world. When the going gets tough, everyone grabs a cigarette, including the doctors. Never believable, but very creative, something Stephen King might have dreampt up
Aug 20, 2015 Adi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was extremely strange and grotesque, but for some reason I just couldn't put it down. I think this is the first time I had the chance to meet so many weird entities in just about 200 pages. It was a grand battle between good and evil, with an excellent beginning and a weird, yet satisfactory ending.
Randolph Carter
Jul 09, 2016 Randolph Carter rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction, owned
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May 23, 2016 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was... odd. I must say I kind of sided with Misquanacus on this one. Overall it was a fun and over the top monster book. An aside: Masterton really made it hard for an ex-smoker; every other paragraph it seemed someone was lighting a smoke!
Constance Lapsati
Το πρώτο βιβλίο που διάβασα από τον Γκράχαμ Μάστερτον. Κατάλαβα πως τα στοιχειωμένα του όνειρα, οι ιστορίες αυτές που γράφει, θα με συντρόφευαν {ή και κυνηγούσαν} για πολλά χρόνια.
Mar 03, 2009 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh Graham Masterton, could you possibly be more racist?
Terrifying of Goats
I greatly enjoyed Mastertons' Feelings of Fear, and had high hopes for The Manitou. Instead I hated it.
It starts well, with a wonderful introductry chapter where the protagonist, the Amazing Erskine, gossips about his day job ripping off rich old ladies by pretending to be a psychic.
But by about half way through it became apparent that Masterton had run out of puff and was just typing to finish a deadline.
Don't get me wrong: I came to this book looking for B Grade horror entertainment, not high
Nov 17, 2016 Dollie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I decided to give Graham Masterton another try, and although this story was dated (several of the characters, including the doctors, were smoking cigarettes in the hospital), it certainly provided some chilling moments. A young woman, Karen Tandy, has developed a tumor on the back of her neck. She’s also been having dreams in which she sees a ship with a Dutch flag and feels great fear at the sight. She goes to a ‘medium,’ Harry Erskine, a man who simply has some knowledge of Tarot meanings and ...more
Russ Taylor
Jan 14, 2017 Russ Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good world building

While this book did feel slightly short, it definitely hits the right beats. I really like the magical world that Mr. Masterson has put together. Vaguely Lovecraftian in nature, but also thoroughly modern feeling. This is the first Graham Masterson book I've read, but I now want to read a lot more.
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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 whi ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Manitou (5 books)
  • Revenge of the Manitou (Manitou, #2)
  • Burial (Manitou, #3)
  • Manitou Blood (Manitou, #4)
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