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The Lamplighters

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Life on Meditrine Island is luxurious…but brief.
Marla Neuborn has found the best post-grad job in the world – as a 'Lamplighter' working on Meditrine Island, an exclusive idyllic paradise owned and operated by a consortium of billionaires. All Lamplighters have to do is tend to the mansions, cook and clean, and turn on lights to make it appear the owners are home. But t
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Samhain Publishing (first published November 2011)
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Hal Bodner
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Again I was waffling between giving three and four stars to Frazer Lee's "The Lamplighters". Lee plays beautifully with a few of the old horror tropes, most particularly the one about a group of people trapped on an island (or in a cave, or in an abandoned house miles from anywhere, etc) along with an unknown monster (or homicidal maniac, as the case may be). Somehow, Lee manages to imbue these done-to-death situations and themes with a remarkable freshness and an overlay of originality. The re ...more
Ms. Nikki
Marla was down on her luck writing bad checks and avoiding her landlady. Out of the blue, a once in a lifetime job offer comes her way and she accepts even though some of the rules seem to be a little extreme. But, hey. She's get to travel to a beautiful island and it's not like she has a better job lined up. All she has to do is clean and "use" a house as if someone is living there and in a year she'll be paid handsomely. No phones, T.V., or communication are allowed. There are some other rules ...more
David Bernstein
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lee Frazer's debut novel is really good. It fools you at first, allowing you to think it's a subdued kind of horror. Mr. Frazer introduces us to the characters, giving us a glimpse of terror every now and then, but keeps the narrative going with interest and interesting characters and has a setting anyone would want to experience. Then he pulls up the veil and reveals what's really going on. He pours on the horror, plunging the characters and the reader into pure terror and utter mayhem. You'll ...more
Kevin Lucia
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The job seems too good to be true. Live on a secluded island for a year, maintain swanky, millionaire mansions...and get paid for it. For Marla Neuborn, a former nanny fallen down hard on her luck, with no prospects left, the job is a godsend. Especially the way the offer just pops into her email inbox one day.

All she has to do is cook, clean, tend to the mansions, turn on the lights, and pretend that someone is home. Be a lamplighter, to ward away potential burglars and vandals. Not only is it
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Frazer Lee's debut novel, "The Lamplighters", is a solid thriller that will keep most horror fans flipping pages to the end of the book. The book, which was a Bram Stoker Award nominee for "Best First Novel", is the story of a young Londoner's attempt to flee her past when given the opportunity to become a house-sitter (or Lamplighter) on beautiful Meditrine Island. Marla Neuborn sees the chance to leave her piling debts and lecherous neighbor behind to good to pass up, even as the little voice ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This was one of those books that was perfectly entertaining without being particularly great. It was perfectly adequate in most respects, the plotting, the pacing, the writing was all very serviceable without being a stand out in any way. Most of the characters were as dispensable as their fictional counterparts. Maybe more likable characters would result in the reader more invested in what happens. Some genuine creepiness toward the end. Basic logic...accept jobs that sound unreal, if traveling ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an interesting story, and that Frazer Lee has crafted something that seems deceptively simple at first, but grows more complex as you read on. This book will definitely appeal to fans of 80s horror, as it has some elements of a throwback to some of the plot elements. Samhain continues to release good horror novels, and "Lamplighters" is no exception. It also has a unique concept, and does seem like it could be made into an interesting film, as well.

Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Very creepy. I didn't love it; I didn't hate it. But I definitely found it disturbing. ...more
Rich D.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lately I have been on a huge Samhain Horror kick and it seems like all the books I have been sent for review and books I have read on my own have been through this publisher. I first started reading Samhain Horror through Hunter Shea's work and ever since then I have been exposed to a ton of excellent authors. Frazer Lee is a name that has continuously popped up and I have been hearing a lot about his debut The Lamplighters, which was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award in the "Superior Achieveme ...more
Bob Williams
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Consortium is a corporation comprised of an exclusive group of billionaires owning a private island named Meditrine, which is somewhere in the Mediterranean. The only way to get onto the island is through special invitation from The Consortium, Inc., and Marla Neuborn receives one.

Marla is living--if you could call it that--in London, England. She is broke, out-of work and has just been evicted from her apartment. She receives a notice from The Consortium that she has been specially select
Joe Stamber
The Lamplighters is the first book of Frazer Lee's that I've read, and on balance there was enough to make me think it might be worth reading another. The setting was great, down at heel girl is offered the job of a lifetime on an island paradise that turns out to be creepy, to say the least.

I enjoyed The Lamplighters for most of the journey. It is made plain from the outset that something is not right on the island, and bit by bit more is revealed as we approach the climax. There is an eclectic
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marla Neuborn’s life is a mess. No money, no job, soon to be homeless … so when she is offered what amounts to a new start, she jumps at the chance, driven as much as drawn to the opportunity of a job on Meditrine Island. It’s a long way away, isolated, she’ll be out of touch with the world for a year — but so what? She has no one to miss and no one who will miss her.

Once there, the seemingly easy and idyllic lifestyle as a Lamplighter — someone who keeps the houses of wealthy owners clean and t
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good horror story. I like the concept, this idea of a strange island with unknown secrets and lost, unconnected people working as lamplighters. There are a lot of good, tense moments at play throughout the story, even thought there isn't a lot there that you haven't seen before in other horror novels. That being said, they don't feel stale. I like to say that horror is about transgressing against the rules of the story world. There is a lot of that here. That being said, while rules don't appl ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The Lamplighters, by Frazer Lee is the third book by Samhain Publishing that I have read and so far it is my favorite. Lee takes the reader into a unique landscape and story line. As I have said in other reviews, in the world of modern horror it is difficult to take a new twist or find an environment that has not been explored, but Lee pulls it off with this novel.

The story hinges around Marla. Marla is a down and out young woman living in London. Her life is crashing to the point where she will
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
If the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We all know this, but when poor Marla is down on her luck, she can’t resist the offer of a well-paying housekeeping job in a Mediterranean island. So what if she can’t know where the island is located, or have any contact with the outside world for the duration of her stay. Drugs, alcohol, television, and reading are all strictly forbidden (the no books piece would turn me off, no matter how good the deal was.)

Needless to say, this is a horr
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It's books like this that make be so happy to be an armchair traveler, and never in contact with the less than 1% of global wealth. What happens on this island--Meditrine-- should never happen to anyone. Imagine a claque of monstrously wealthy, unimaginably powerful, individuals, a combine or cartel as it were, devoted solely to satisfying their own unearthly desires and extending their longevity. Then add a "skeleton" crew of young persons, all healthy, fri
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I really liked how this book introduces the main character, as well as the island, where the story takes place.
The pace, although sometimes perhaps a bit too long-winded, is fairly good. Suspense is everpresent, keeping the reader's curiosity in check.
Unfortunately, a lot of questions remain unanswered, while the last couple of chapters become extremely surreal. While this is atractive for many readers, I feel that this device has been used so many times in the past that nowadays it is a tad ove
William Oarlock
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good page-turning horror evoking the cinema of Dario Argento, Clive Barker, Wes Craven and Brian Yuzna.

Down and out Marla Neuborn is offered a care-taking job as a 'Lamplighter' on an isolated and security ridden island.

As the gruesome deaths and disappearances along with dead mutilated animals start piling up, Marla is to learn in the worst possible fashion the secret of Meditrine Island, its spoiled and sinister Consortium Inc. owners and the resident monster and surgical psycho-genius the
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Mick Ridgewell
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In The Lamplighters, Frazer Lee writes a great story of, If it feels too good to be true, it probably is.
Marla Nueborn takes a job on a remote island.
It seem like paradise, but things begin to feel strange, with the island and with the people she meets.
Lee does an excellent job of pulling us into the story without telegraphing the outcome.
The Lamplighters has good characters and a well told story with a great climax.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Lee's first novel shows much potential. The book had a creepy, mysterious vibe for most of its duration. I wasn't thrilled with the climax and conclusion. There were some pointless scenes and things that didn't quite click. Still, this a good read and an incredibly gross one as well. Check it out if you like horror. ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book until about 80% and then to be frank it went weird, it's a shame because it's so well written but the end idea was so well out there it left me feeling a weirded out, rated 3 1/2 ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A gritty, truly scary tale about a down-n-out girl on an mysterious island where something really bad is going on in the shadows. Book gets quite gory toward the end, so if you're squeamish: be warned. ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok

It took me forever to read this book. I am not really sure why actually, but it took a really long time. The book started out OK, nothing spectacular but it was interesting enough that I thought I would be able to just fly through it and move on the next book, but that did not happen. There were things that really peeked my interest but was never fully resolved in the story. I feel like so much of the story or at least the background was just missing. I read on I guess looking for unanswered qu
Feb 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Frazer Lee is a novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker whose debut novel The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist. His film credits include the acclaimed feature film Panic Button. Frazer resides with his family in Buckinghamshire, just across the cemetery from the real-life Hammer House of Horror.

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