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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A rash of strange and horrifying births sweeps through London in the new horror thriller from master of the genre Graham Masterton.

A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains. The chief surgeon performs a C-section, and delivers a catastrophically malformed foetus that is somehow alive...

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Published February 4th 2021
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! After reading the impactful, mind blowing, blood cells freezing opening of the book, I was already hooked!

A woman feels the stabbing pain in her stomach, is found in her car, barely breathing! When she opens her eyes at the hospital, realizing she’s pregnant which is impossible because she doesn’t make sex with anyone for a long time. But her miraculous pregnancy is not the most shocking news she gets. She is carrying a monstrous baby ( Something reminds us Alien movie’s memorable chestbur
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Children God Forgot is not a book I will forget about soon! It is creepy, dark and chilling. Imagine aliens meets the Gerber baby meets a powerful witch and throw in an octopus. What!?! Yes, things get strange but in a delightfully creepy way!

This was a highly imaginative and creepy tale with some great detective work. There are things amiss in the sewers. Where else? But also, above ground as well. Great, just great. Nowhere is safe.

A woman goes to the hospital with severe stomach pains to
Max Birner
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
"How much worse could her life become, if she wasn’t even allowed to die?"

This has to be one of the weirdest (if not the weirdest) books I've read in 2020... but I'm not complaining! The Children God Forgot follows a set of disturbing incidents of mysterious pregnancies and disappearances.

I'm not going to lie, this book took me a little bit until I was fully "into it". But I think the changing perspectives really keeps the pace moving, and some of the body horror made me cringe while reading i
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Jan 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
Okay so apparently I am most definetly in the minority with my thoughts on this review but I've had to DNF at Chapter 6.

There were so many things that I found problematic about this book that I just had to put it down for my own sanity.

I felt there was a lot of internalised racism that kept coming to the fore. I know, I know, bare with me a moment.

The typical white english doctor who kept mispronouncing the Nigerian patient's name. He made no attempt to ask how it was pronounced and the patie
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
There is a lot going on in this book. Mysterious pregnancies, murderous mutant fetuses, deformed children skulking through sewers clogged with body parts. I think this is the craziest story I have read in quite some time, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Oh and there's a witch, lets not forget the witch. There are characters in this book from a previous novel "Ghost Virus" which I believe I described as gruesome gore fest of a story but you don't need to have read that to get onto the wild ri ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
THE CHILDREN GOD FORGOT, by Graham Masterton, is a novel I seem to be in the minority on. The story was unique, and had some great, unforgettable scenes. There were two detectives that returned (first appearing in the novel GHOST VIRUS), that I enjoyed seeing again.

This takes place in a multi-cultural area of England, so I was surprised at the amount of racial/gender slurs. Additionally--although it may not have been intended, it came off to me as having a strong "anti-abortion" message. (Which
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Children God Forgot
by Graham Masterton
Pages: 326
Publisher: Head of Zeus due out February 4, 2021.
This is a book I requested from NetGalley and the publisher and the review is voluntary and are all my own opinions.
Are you ready for some really creepy horror involving deformed fetuses that, even after being aborted, can travel about in the sewers causing havoc? Angelic faces, tentacles for a body, they can travel to another woman and insert themselves! They attacks in groups, dismembering anyo
Dana-Adriana B.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great horror story, the plot, the description was great, and I love Blizzard.
The description is horror: malformed fetuses in the womb or outside, body parts ripped off.
Thank you Netgalley for this nice book.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Revenge of the dead babies? As a woman let me just say, what a horrifying beginning! Graham Masterton's writing is so vivid in this book that I could feel everything. The sewer was fantastically gross and Jerry and Mallett interview with Rusul had me cackling. This book has everything: an evil witch, nauseating body horror, likeable characters, a bit of comedy but still heart thumping suspense. The creepy weirdness of the nestlings pushed this novel into the 5 star zone for me. This one will be ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last one of the year...

Wow loved this. The children God forgot by Graham Masterton is only the second book from the author I have read, and I am a fan already.

A woman with stabbing pains arrives at the hospital barely breathing when she is given a C-section. The women have not had sex for a long time, so she wonders how this happened. But the foetus that is delivered is horrifically malformed. But it still lives. When the nurse takes a short break, the foetus has disappeared only hours later ano
Elizabeth Tabler
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Children God Forgot by Graham Masterton is a terrifying story that pulls many of the different horror levers. 

The story starts with pain, visceral stabbing pain in a woman's belly. The woman in question wakes up in the hospital, completely confused. She finds out she is pregnant, which is impossible. There is no way that she could be pregnant; she had an abortion three months ago. The doctors perform an emergency c-section and deliver a horrifically malformed fetus. One that could not possib
2/5 stars

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It is definitely one of the stranger and more unique horror books that I have ever read, and I had fun with the weirder aspects of it. It was truly horrifying and disgusting, with quite a lot of body horror. Because this is a horror book, the fact that I was truly horrified and creeped out is obviously a huge plus. Since this book follows multiple storylines, it was fun to explore how the twisty and horrific series of events connected. Reg
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“Oh dear god I can’t believe this. What are they going to look like when they’re born? And what are you going to do with them, once they are?”

Quite a few unexpected turns with Masterton’s latest release and the story is abhorrently crafted. Two English detectives who specialize in supernatural occurrences (they also appear in “Ghost Virus”, which I will also check out) put their habitual murder cases on hold after a couple of foul incidents start sweeping London, primarily a comme
Jan 31, 2021 added it
My first DNF of the year.

The synopsis sounded fantastic

Sadly I bailed by Chapter 3 so never got to the story

Those first two chapters left a rather unpleasant taste in my mouth

Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Misogyny were all featured in such a way I just couldn't carry on.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I always start a review of any Graham Masterton book with a little of my own (ancient) history. During the 1980s my teenage years were spent devouring Masterton's horror novels. School homework? Pfft, what school homework?! I loved getting my hands on anything he'd written. As he has aged so have I. Now, almost 40 years later, I feel immensely nostalgic whenever a new Masterton book is published.

Well, what can I say except that this was one crazy bizarre read! Malformed foetuses are hopping fro
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
I've been a fan of Graham Masterton for decades and am delighted at this continuation of the intriguing police partnership of London police officers Detective Sergeant Jamila Patel and the rougher-quality Detective Constable Jerry Pardoe, first paired in GHOST VIRUS [2018]. Although the two officers are assigned to different stations, they share a reputation as capable of deciphering "the weird," and the current set of tragedies can't get much more weird. Say goodbye to practicality and logic. T ...more
Steve ** Black Country Short Thoughts **
I was sitting here thinking which Graham Masterton books I have read in the past and I think the only one I had read was a copy of "The House That Jack Built" which I picked up in a second hand book shop. Other than that Graham Masterton had more or less passed me by with my attention taken by James "The Master - None shall beat" Herbert, Bentley Little and Richard Laymon. So I went into this book kinda blind - sometimes the best way and sometimes not.

The first thing I found out was this was the
Paul Preston
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
“It’s so beautiful” she whispered, “How can anything so horrible be so beautiful.”
So difficult to review without giving away any of the gory, twisted details.
The beginning is an absolute crazy ride, nonstop cinematic tense action that forces you to keep reading. I caught myself muttering “no, no, no...” repeatedly and I felt violated like the words crawled up inside me and were burrowing around.
Beings in the sewers, deformed feotus’ striving to stay alive, a long dead witch, and two detective
Lel Budge
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Children God Forgot starts with a woman in pain. It turns out she is pregnant, even though she insists that’s impossible. The doctor decides this baby must be born for the safety of the mother and child due to its deformity.

When the baby is delivered, it is a monster with a cherubic face. It then disappears from the baby unit.

Meanwhile, Gemma is working in the sewers with colleagues, she sees what seems to be a small child in the midst of a fat berg…...and things get dark and creepy.

DS Pardo
Lel Budge
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Children God Forgot starts with a woman in pain. It turns out she is pregnant, even though she insists that’s impossible. The doctor decides this baby must be born for the safety of the mother and child due to its deformity.

When the baby is delivered, it is a monster with a cherubic face. It then disappears from the baby unit.

Meanwhile, Gemma is working in the sewers with colleagues, she sees what seems to be a small child in the midst of a fat berg…...and things get dark and creepy.

DS Pardo
Brittney our.bookish.reads
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I honestly didn't want to set this book down, but alas, I have 3 kids who rely on me. That being said, if you plan to read this book, you will be staring at it in horror as you read it and still want more. This has to be one of the more gore laden books I have read in quite some time and I must say I absolutely love gore.

What I liked
¤ The gore and otherwise are very descriptive and if you have an active imagination then you will 100% be able to envision what you read.
¤ A good portion of it is v
Dec 22, 2020 marked it as dnf
The writing style was terrific. It really grabbed you in from the first page. I also liked how there were many different characters, with different circumstances. It seemed almost like short stories in the beginning, but they all ended up coming together. The characters seemed very detailed and developed, even the ones that weren't introduced several times. That said, the book was a bit too much for me personally. I felt sick with some of the descriptions of the deformities. That is not a bad th ...more
Joe Geesin
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
From the detectives that solved Ghost Virus, we get a trip into the sewers of South London and a ghost story of sorts, with some occult thrown in for good measure. A much better read than Ghost Virus, and some of the attrocities that should not have been born reminded me of a scene from Hellraiser 2 (and James Herbert's Others too), although here there is less reliance on the abnormality and more on the occult connection.
Some good characterisation and interaction with a twist at the end, well wo
Review to come
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Graham Masterton is one of those authors that I have not come across before, so I was intrigued about what lay ahead for me in the pages of The Children God Forgot. In fact, this story contains one of those old fashioned, full-on horror books in the vein of James Herbert that I was so fond of as a teenager, so reading this one was a bit of a nostalgia trip for me.

This is the kind of horror that will appeal very much to lovers of the macabre, so if you prefer to get your horror kicks from torture
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads
Chiasoka was driving her car when she almost crashed with a bus due to agonising pains in her stomach. A woman kindly called an ambulance to take her hospital. Once there and the hospital had done the tests, she was informed about being pregnant. She said she couldn’t be, she’d had an abortion and it had been successful. They all agreed to terminate the pregnancy but when the doctors saw the baby open its lovely blue eyes, they just couldn’t kill it. They put the baby into an incubator in a sepa ...more
Donna Tallent
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Oh boy, where do I begin with this book ...

The Children God Forgot follows three storylines; doctors at a hospital performing a C-Section on a woman that denies being pregnant, a crew uncovering a massive block in the sewer system, and a man being arrested for stabbing another man after he terminated his girlfriends pregnancy. At first, I found this book difficult to get into, I really only found one of these storylines even remotely interesting. Then the storylines slowly started to blend toge
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. Here is the blurb:

"A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains in her stomach. The chief surgeon delivers a living child with the face of an angel and the body of a tentacled monster. The doctors are unanimous that the baby must die.

Engineer Gemma is plunged into darkness in a tunnel beneath London. Before she escapes, a strange green light illuminates a cluster of ghostly figures. Gemma is certain they were chil
Missy (myweereads)
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
“How can anything so horrible be so beautiful?”

Graham Masterton brings this bizarre horror story set within the bowels of London. Expectant mothers who have lost their children are suddenly becoming pregnant again except this time it’s not their child. These children belong to a power mightier than they can imagine and it’s up to supernatural Detectives Jamila and Jerry to investigate.

It is impossible to talk about this book and not give away what happens. The sudden surge in pregnancies is alar
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A woman is driving when she has a car accident. She has terrible pain in her stomach. When she wakes up, she finds out she had a baby. A monster baby as it is very malformed. What does it look like? The doctors agree that the baby won’t live long. The mother can’t believe. It as she knows there is no way she was or could be pregnant. Engineer Gemma is in the sewers checking on a spot where it appears to be almost blocked. When she goes down again with her boss and other engineers, she sees the l ...more
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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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