'A TRUE MASTER OF HORROR' JAMES HERBERT.
The girl had been staring into her mirror all morning before she picked up the small bottle of sulphuric acid and poured it over her forehead.
Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Ja...more
Creepy crawly coats, scuttling sweaters, grasping girdles, slapping shirtsleeves, raincoats on the rampage. A second skin, rivers of blood, gore galore, and a surfeit of guts.
The writing is fine, but the plot segued into silliness and then boldly leapt into the realm of the absurd. If this is meant to be horror, then it is not my brand. If the purpose is to parody, then mission accomplished.
Graham Masterton has taken an idea that initially had me shaking my head in disbelief and created a horror novel that delivers equal parts chills and gore, balanced against a solid police procedural, where the forces of the law react realistically to a supernatural threat that is literally beyond comprehension.
(Release May 1)
A master never fails, and Graham Masterton has been an acknowledged Master of Horror for decades. GHOST VIRUS is a breathless, breathtaking, read, with horror so implacable the reader can't believe there will ever be any escape alive, nor any end. Caught up with the characters--both local police and citizens--readers are immediately immersed in the tale, a particular gift of this author's. From the explosive and compelling first chapter (whic ...more
To the best of my recollection, I’ve never read a Graham Masterton book before Ghost Virus. However, I have heard his name time and again, so when I saw Ghost Virus on Netgalley, I thought it’d be a perfect time to check him out. There was a line or two in the synopsis that sounded a bit silly, but given how positively everyone talks about this “Master of Horror” I was willing to trust he’d weave a bit of a terror...more
The premise here is pretty clear with the title GHOST VIRUS: some sort of virus that i ...more
This is part police procedural, part horror and part silly. Personally, I read this as almost a satire to what we would expect from a true horror book. The "horror" part is in the gruesome death scenes - and ...more
The fact is, the central premise behind Ghost Story is absolutely ludicrous. That premise? Killer clot ...more
I really have no idea how to rate this one. The first half of the book wasn't bad at all, and read like a British police procedural, with a DS and DI investigating linked murders. In the second half, the book went off the rails, and I felt like I went from watching a CSI episode to Shawn of the Dead.
The writing wasn't bad, but it seemed like the author lost control of the plot, and it ran wild.
The cringe factor starts immediately as a young woman melts her face off with a bottle of acid purposely poured over herself, and dies a grisly painful death all due to wearing a jacket from a second hand shop. Oddly she seemed to be the only one affected in this way by the "ghost virus." The others who tried on the second hand clothes developed murderous and cannibalistic traits against others instead of themselves. I guess the story could have be ...more
Ghost Virus…the Attack of the Killer Coats – and One Seriously Warped Anorak!
So, not a spoiler because it’s mentioned in the book’s description, but it’s really hard to take seriously a book about killer clothing. The really hard part is that, when trousers and sweaters aren’t killing people, it’s clear what a good writer Masterson is. The scenes in which ...more
DC Jeremy “Jerry” Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police Force respond to the call of a young woman who has been burned with acid. At first they suspect an honor killing, for the seventeen-year old was originally from Pakistan. She was just engaged to be married. But something bothers Jerry about the scene. A grey coat is missing and the pathologist finds strange fibers embedded in her skin.
Meanwhile another woman viciously murders her boyfriend after trying on a jacket that came i ...more
I have never read anything quite like "Ghost Virus". After a young woman looking forward to her promising future and marriage dies a gruesome death by pouring sulphuric acid on her face, DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel are faced with an incomprehensible reality. Their s ...more
Thank you Netgalley for my copy!
I loved everything about this book until the origin of the virus is revealed. Then I was like, "WTF? Are you kidding me?" And not in a good way. It's just so silly! Here I was thinking that this book had everything. Suspense, gore, mysterious virus, and then the author went ...more
Meanwhile, across London, there's an outbreak of sickening acts of violence and murder. The strange thing is, all the perpetrators are wearing second-hand clothing. Is it possib ...more
I've never read a Graham Masterson novel prior to this one. I realized while reading this that could be because I'm not the target audience for his novels.
I love a good horror movie but I Ghost Virus did nothing for me as a horror fan or a reader. This book played out exactly like a B-movie playing on the SYFY channel in the wee hours of the morning. Don't get me wrong, I can see its appeal for some, it is fun and Masterson is clearly e ...more
His new novel, The Ghost Virus is a book the welcomes Graham back to his horror roots. Although he has never left this genre, he has been able to improve on it and carry it well into the future. This is something that most of his contemporaries are not able to do.
What star ...more
A young girl looked at her mirror in her bedroom and opened a bottle of acid and drank it. She met her gruesome end. The homicide detectives inspected her corpse with the forensic officers and decided that she committed suicide with her second-hand coat on.
DC Jerry Pardoe was transferred from Scotland Yard to combat against the anti-social and racist attack crimes. He was joined by his sergeant, Jamil Patel, who also worked at the Yard ...more
As for the not so great stuff... At times the book seemed like it was just an endless parade of overly descriptive, cartoony violence.
Now, I’m a huge horror fan and I don’t mind me some good gore. I’ll even wake up from a nightmare feeli ...more
It's violent, gory, has a good main cast, it's a quick read and it involves evil clothes. Yes, evil clothes. That's not a spoiler as it's mentioned in the synopsis but you just want to know what the fuck is this guy on to actually write a book with that as a plot point?
It is a fun read for people who want a weird ass horro ...more
I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a Graham Masterton novel before, but if you’d told me that Guy N. Smith or Shaun Hutson had written this manuscript and then binned it, I would have believed you, especially if they’d written it in the 1980’s. The attitudes of most of the characters would mesh perfectly with those of thirty years ag ...more
Okay where do I begin
. Even though I find this to be a unique spin on virus spread, the idea of clothes coming to life and attacking people was just a little too nonsensical for me. I'm writing this review about a month after finishing the book and to be honest I don't remember many of the details. Not to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I did, I just had to put away my sense of realism. ...more
Whenever I tried to explain what the story was about and what was happening at any point everyone gave me the weirdest looks. I had to explain how entertaining it was regardless of how far fetched and ridiculous it sounded.
Sure it seems like a campy B horror movie when you are reading it and honestly that i ...more