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Charnel House

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Of course they thought he was crazy . . . . But Seymour Willis insisted his house was breathing and that he heard someone's - or something's - heartbeat pounding within the walls. So the disbelievers investigated, doubting the existence of ghosts or demons - until their reason was shattered by the shrieking unseen creature who threatened to claim their lives. By then it wa...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 15th 1988 by Tor Books (first published 1978)
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When my buddy Kasia and I met in 2008, one of the first authors we discussed was Graham Masterton. Kasia's from Poland and Masterton was one of the first horror authors published in Polish after the fall of the USSR. I was familiar with his name, but upon looking at his extensive bibliography I had no idea where to begin. Kasia said, "Well, you could try Walkers. Walkers was really good. Oh, and Ritual! Ritual was sick. Or Flesh and Blood! That one's about the Green Man." "What's the Green Man?"...more
Greig Beck
'It's my house... it's breathing.'

With a killer opening line of dialogue like that, i was hooked. All writers (would) like to start with a bang, and Masterton does it here. Told in the author's distinctive first person narrative, he wonderfully blends Native American mythology, and draws it from the ancient to release it into our modern world. In Charnel House, something that starts innocently as a whisper in an old house, builds in suspense, and then terror, and then of course, finally to the u...more
Feb 09, 2009 Graham rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pulp horror lovers
Shelves: horror
A fairly good example of the short, straightforward gore/horror/monster novel of the ‘70s/’80s, this is a typical example of Graham Masterton at work.

A follow-up to his bestseller, The Manitou, this is very similar in origin, charting a hideous and indestructible monster that runs amok in a city, causing all manner of horrendous and sickening things to happen to the various people involved. Once again Masterton uses Native American folklore as a basis for his story and weaves in some pretty con...more
Quick Summary – an elderly man comes to the city sanitation department because his house is breathing, he’s been everywhere else and no-one can or will help him. Out of curiosity more than the intention to fix anything John Hyatt (the city sanitation worker – NOT a P.I.) takes a co-worker to the house to see if maybe it is a rodent problem. The infestation turns out to be much more than rodents as Native American Mythology takes a for-runner in this story. People start getting injured in strange...more
I read this in my teenage days and absolutely loved it. Since that was well over fifteen years ago, I decided to give it another bash. Surprisingly, and considering how much my taste in fiction has changed over the years, It's as good as I remember. Creepy set up, playful characters and a freaky Indian folklore legend to captivate and entertain. Yes, it's trashy and occasionally predictable (with an ending a tad on the absurd side) but who cares when it ultimately brings home the bacon in the sp...more
I put this story on par with The Manitou, I think it should have been made into a film.
Sigourney Penna
While the main character (like The Manitou) is not all that likable this is still a truly terrifying and oddly epic tale of demons, mythology. It would be hard to give a proper review without spoilers so I will not go there. The cover art on the modern publications is not as interesting as the old Rick Baker cover art, but it does mirror the author's work inside. Horror fans of all kinds will live this book. Masterton was a master of suspense and violence mixed together and this premise was very...more
The fourth star is for the short stories in this collection. I thoroughly enjoyed both Underbed and The Gray Madonna. Charnel House is like The House that Jack Built which I read just before reading this book in that they both concern a house that is haunted by a spirit that wants to return to life. However, the spiritual aspects that allow for the return of the spirits concerned in the books is very different. Charnel House concerns Native american legend while The House that Jack Built makes u...more
Sarah Jordan
Als der alte Mann Seymour Wallis in das Büro des Gesundheitsbeamten John Hyatt betritt, und diesem erzählt, sein Haus würde atmen, glaubt dieser zuerst an eine logische Erklärung. Doch Wallis lässt nicht locker und lädt John Hyatt zu sich nach Hause ein, damit er sich selbst überzeugen kann. Als dieser die Einladen letztendlich annimmt, trifft er am Abend mit einem Bekannten bei Wallis ein. Zuerst passiert überhaupt nichts, doch dann tritt das Atmen tatsächlich ein und alle hören dem Haus gebann...more
Another typical Masterton book.

This is one of his first and it is very short, with hardly 180 pages.

The story isn't bad, it is - like most of Masterton's books or so - about some kind of demon. It isn't my favorite one by the author, that's for sure; it's a little bit far-fetched - sometimes, more than just a little bit! -, the author could've took more time to describe certain situations. At the beginning, when something happens to a character, I was surprised to see how the other characters ac...more
another classic from GM.the way he writes,you can actually believe that these thing could or did happen.suspend your disbelief,strap in,hold on,and ride the horror rollercoaster
After enjoying the Heirloom I thought I'd give Masterton another go. Again a really over the top plot - or perhaps I'm just not used to this horror genre. I have to admit I prefer the more spooky/psychological horror but Masterton must have something as I do stick with him till the end! Horror/fantasy lovers would probably love it.
Janka Tomczyk
After this book I'm not a big Masterton fan. Sometimes I was laughing so much - and it's strange, because it's supposed to be a horror story. it's more like a fairytale with a lot of blood.
Steven Koch
Interesting premise, and full of SouthWestern Native American lore, but not one of his best.
Good vintage Masteton. I have a different edition. This one is neater.
John Henery
I enjoyed this one a lot. A good horror story based on Indian myth and legend.
Predictable and unsatisfying plot. Weak female characters.
Excellent collection, again borrowed at the library.
Jeannie Sloan
Delightful pulp horror book.
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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 menis magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles whi...more
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