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The Hell Candidate

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  15 reviews
I opened my eyes. I wasn't dreaming. I was awake. And right beside me, Jennifer was panting and moaning and bouncing up and down on the bed. I stared harder into the darkness, chilled with fright, and against the dim gray light that filtered in through the closely-drawn drapes, I saw an outline on top of Jennifer that made me cram my hand into my mouth to stop myself from ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 2nd 2018 by Telos Publishing Ltd (first published 1980)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, politics
”I want you to understand that a strong nation doesn’t necessarily have to be a repressive nation. I’m not a prude or a puritan. I’m not a harsh disciplinarian. I’m strong because I’m a man, with a man’s appetite. Just like I want my women to be strong, with a woman’s appetite. We can be powerful without being narrow-minded. We can be leaders without being canting moralists. We have a rich nation, crowded with fruits to be relished and enjoyed. Food, drink, beautiful women. They’re all ours for ...more
Grady Hendrix
Milktoast presidential candidate gets possessed by a double-donged lawn ornament and wins the presidency by promising to make America great again. Climaxes with the Pope being smuggled into the White House via Air Force One to conduct an exorcism in the Oval Office. Graham Masterton: Always Raising the Stakes.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

How did I NOT read this book before? I'm guessing because Masterton wrote it under the name "Thomas Luke"; however, it is a Masterton novel through and through! The perfect time to read this book (during the political debates). While it was very heavy on the political aspect, this book sucked me in so quickly that I just didn't want to put it down until I'd finished. (Alas, kids still needed to eat ;) ).

The action starts off immediately with the setting of an old, derelict mansion call
Thomas Strömquist
Very 80's horror on the seedier side of King and Koontz; Hunter Peale is the worst man to have his goal set for US president since Damien in The Final Conflict (or if the order was possibly the other way around). Starting out as a 'ordinary' republican candidate, things (and the man himself) soon changes. Even though the official side of the candidate turns an uglier side, his popularity increases. The private side of things, revealed only to the one closest to him is, however, on a whole differ ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Upon reading a third time, I still think this is a great book for fans of horror and political thrillers.
Geoff Battle
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the time of reviewing this, The Hell Candidate is thirty years old. Astoundingly, it's not dated in the slightest and in fact it serves as a reminder of the quality of old school horror. Masterton (under the Luke pseudonym) weaves a tale of malevolence and brooding horror which pulls no punches. The evil here is clearly incarnate. It creates a monstrous power hungry presidential candidate, using both emotional and cultural persuasion at a supernatural level and the story follows the campaign ...more
Victor Castillo Rodriguez
Ha valido la pena esperar esta reedición; una de las novelas más curiosas de Masterton mezcla hábilmente thriller político (muy bien documentado) con terror sobrenatural. La campaña presidencial del senador republicano Hunter Peal, que se va radicalizando cada vez más tras ser poseído por mismo diablo, pone en peligro el futuro de los Estados Unidos, por lo que su jefe de prensa intenta encontrar una solución para exorcizarlo. Obviamente, los paralelismos con Trump son demasiado obvios, pero es ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
he's no worse than any other politician!!!!
Sid Maddison
This is an enjoyable read. It might hit a bit close to home if you're living in the US under the current administration, but personally, I found that made it all the more interesting.

some things worth mentioning: this book handles politics pretty well, especially aspects of the campaign process not often spoken about. There are scenes describing assault, sexual and general, which can be uncomfortable. This is also a story of demonic possession, so maybe don't give it to your faint hearted friend
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, us-presidents
Trashy fun, and yet eerily prescient. Satan-possessed Republican Presidential candidate in 1980 vows to make America great again. Come for the political prophecies; stay for the sex scenes — if your thing is truly making the beast with two backs and you are attracted to lovers with bristly skin, fur, claws and two (?!!) anvil-shaped (?!?) penises...
Ronald Chevalier
Politics is Hell

What happens when Lucifer himself runs for the presidency? Murder, violence, and sexual depravity. Jack Russo, our narrator, must find a way to prevent world destruction and scheme against a president possessed by the devil himself.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most horrid pieces of garbage I have ever read. Even as a sophomore in high school I recognized that.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Jest to bardzo mocna i dosadna książka, poruszająca temat przemiany człowieka, umiarkowanego, przyjaznego, o ustalonym z góry celu w "bestię" dążącą do tego celu po trupach. Przy czym stwierdzenie dążenia "po trupach" jest tu użyte nie przypadkowo. Akcja łączy w sobie elementy fantastyczne i rzeczywiste. Jest to ubrana w czasem wulgarny język, opowieść walki dobra ze złem. Jak w wielu tego typach opowieści to dobro zwycięża, jednakże jest to okupione dużymi stratami. Jest tu wiele erotyki, bruta ...more
Jon Zelig
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
“The Hell Candidate” would not have been (could not have been) called a “mashup” when it was published? Although I first read it perhaps a decade ago, hard not to call it that now.

Supernatural-Satanic-Politico-Erotic-Thriller? That’s a genre now, right? There’s a whole aisle down at Barns & Stables—pretty sure.

Some things you read and you’re “proud and wanna share” (shows how bright or sophisticated or whatever-the-newest-word-for-hip-is you are).

This is. . . not that book.

This is one of
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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