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3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
When a scientist's wife is injured by a basilisk he faces a terrible choice...let her die, or join with its creator to breed more killers. Nathan Underhill is right out at the cutting edge of stem-cell research: attempting to recreate mythological creatures such as gryphons and gargoyles in order to cure medical conditions like Alzheimer's and MS. After five years of resea ...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Severn House Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 25, 2016 Bandit rated it really liked it
Once again Masterton exercises his famous formula to a considerable success. Having read so many of his books, the patterns are undeniable, but kudos to the author for still making an effort to create something original each time, including a great historical backstory (one of my favorite things about his writing) and very engaging and enjoyable writing. Masterton's got a great knack for dialogue and realistic characters, they provide a nice solid base for the otherwise outlandish (or at the ver ...more
Jul 31, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it
Every once in a while my friends and I like to indulge in a viewing of one of the SyFy original movies on cable, classics such as Sharktopus or Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. Some of them are half-way decent, but the best ones are the movies that are so bad they're fantastic! The book Basilisk was like a printed version of one of those films. If you have the ability to ignore the slightly clunky writing, the stilted conversation and the occasional two dimensional character, the insane storyline reall ...more
Adam Wilson
Jan 19, 2012 Adam Wilson rated it liked it
It seems like Masterton has a life-long goal of making ancient legends and rituals into novels. Hell, he even has a novel called Ritual. Anyway, Basilisk falls into the

ancient legends and mythical creatures category. If any of you have read a little novel called Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you may be familiar with a

Basilisk but get that giant snake out of your head. Masterton's Basilisk totally surprised me because it did not resemble "the King of Serpents" at all. I found the

I read this book because I enjoyed "The Hell Candidate", which this same author wrote under the name "Thomas Luke". This one did not measure up. As the other reviewers said, it was clunky and read like a bad TV movie. And, even for horror fiction, it was not plausible.

That being said, I'm now reading another book by the same author: "House of Bones". I'm more than halfway through and it's creepy and engaging. If it continues in this manner, I will recommend that readers interested in this author
Mar 27, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read
Steve Conoboy
Jan 10, 2014 Steve Conoboy rated it did not like it
Spectacularly bad.
The idea was alright. Scientist tries to bring mythical creatures to life, although the reasons are vague (betterment of mankind blah blah blah). However...
It's not often I give up halfway through a book, but the dialogue and characterisation in this novel was causing me pain. I honestly haven't come across a novel so ridiculous with such incredible plot leaps. At one point the main character tells his wife he believes a basilisk is wandering around the local old people's home
Dec 26, 2012 Robert rated it it was ok
Interesting premise: That mythical creatures actually did exist. My first question was why make them? Turns out they produce things like stem cells that can help human beings. There is an ethical bit here (I am not a fan of animal testing) that is kinda glossed over. To actually genetically create creatures for human use bothers me. I understand that I am being naive but that is the part that bothered me most about the book. The protagonist goes on to save his wife and make up with his son. In t ...more
Carrie Mudge
Jan 01, 2015 Carrie Mudge rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Not terrible, but far from great. I couldn't really buy into the way it just launched into the whole CZ premise, and the characters weren't engaging. It could have been good, but felt too contrived. There were also too many wee themes crowding round, with the transvection, the fathers' fortune telling gift, the Polish witch lady, the mysteriously empathetic Egyptian nurse - it was as if a whole heap of extras were dumped in at various points to give a neat little tidy to the plot, but it just fe ...more
Alexander Draganov
Apr 26, 2016 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
Fun and entertaining horror novel by the master Graham Masterton. Mixes cryptozoology with medieval legends. The main character is a doctor, who dreams to revive the mythical gryphon. However, his wife comes with a bizzare tale, which reveals that someone else has managed to recreate a legendary beast - one much worse than the gryphon, the hideous basilisk!
I always enjoy a good creature feature story and this is one. Read a detailed review in Bulgarian here:
Paula Hebert
Nov 23, 2009 Paula Hebert rated it did not like it
graham masterton's books used to scare the living bejeebers out of me and I loved it. I got halfway through this book and closed it forever. ho-hum I say. the plot develops so slowly I just couldn't bear it any more. plus it is so irritating when someone from england,or in this case ireland, tries to write a novel set in america, with american characters. they get the idioms all wrong, and throw in tons of englishisms. I just found it too grating to continue.
Nov 07, 2010 Jenn rated it it was ok
I have to say that the last 2 Graham Masterson books i've read have been highly disappointing. If this book was the first I ever read of this author I would never read any more of his books.

I like the entire idea he had about re-creating mythical creatures but the way the story was told bored me to death. The characters were shallow and uninteresting.

Disappointed in this book. Glad it was short.
Daniel Russell
This didn't have the gore or the squeam-factor that I've enjoyed in previous Masterton outings, but this was still a fast paced and fun read. Nice to see another mythological creature step into the limelight, and also a trip to Poland, one of Masterton's favourite places to visit. Not his best book, but an enjoyable ride.
Jul 24, 2013 Karina rated it did not like it
After a couple of chapters I said this book was pretty ridiculous, and it got worse from there. Even within the horror / fantasy genre, the plot of this book was completely unbelievable. I kept going with it out of a morbid desire to see just how stupid it got, and it wasn't really even worth doing that.
Oct 02, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, dnf, 2013, october
Can't really say much except that it's really slow to get into and nothing really peaked my interest in the book. The characters are bland too, which is why I decided to leave this book unfinished and perhaps return to it at a later date.
Sarah Spelbring
Jan 27, 2013 Sarah Spelbring rated it liked it
More science fiction than fantasy and a bit too creepy. It captured my interest but no like Dark Celebration did. I wasn't overly thrilled at the ending either. Still a good read though, but glad I borrowed it from the library rather than purchased it.
Jul 07, 2010 Maicie rated it did not like it
Didn't finish.
Jul 10, 2013 Graham rated it did not like it
I was rolling my eyes through this one, I didn't complete the story, it was too far fetched.
Mar 16, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it
fun but quite badly written,supposed horror but I've been more scared reading A Doctor Who book
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Jun 04, 2011 Lynne - The Book Squirrel rated it really liked it
Long time since I read a true horror book. Graham MAsterton at his best as usual.
Lisa Mccoy
Aug 27, 2014 Lisa Mccoy rated it liked it
Meh. Interesting premise. The actual story fell short. The very last paragraph was predictable and totally gratuitous.
Neil Davies
Jul 09, 2013 Neil Davies rated it it was amazing
I do enjoy a good Graham Masterton book and this was good!
John Bess
Jan 20, 2017 John Bess rated it liked it
Interesting read and take on mythical beasts. Barely tickles the fancy though if you're reading just because you enjoy mythical creatures. A mild mystery.
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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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