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Graham Masterton is one of the most popular horror writers in the world today. He is also the author of many highly successful thrillers, historical sagas and sex instructional books. Welcome to his message board!

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301 Tue February 18 2014 - 21:10:50
Fullname: Paul Schofield
Email: scramblybush@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Many thanks, Graham, for your replies to my recent questions and I hope it won't be too long before we see all your early classics from late 70s and 80s become available in audiobook format. So, my new question is, have you ever listened to any your works in audio format? I listen when cooking, gardening or just lounging about with a beer. If you never have and fancy a new experience I can recommend the readings of Tengu, Pariah, Family Portrait, Mirror....and as you said is one of your faves...Descendant. Your last reply about having to rank your top 5 writes was an interesting one, and after reading your response, I guess you are right in your comment that each new book or project needs to be your favourite. Glad though that you rate 'The Pariah' as a favourite from your old catalogue. Whenever I revisit this classic it is always in the dark, dismal season of winter when the rains lash at the window and the wind howls. It makes the experience so more atmospheric. And finally, if I may ask, can you remember what idea or inspiration sparked the creation of 'Family Portriat', which I have said before is, and always has been my very favourite of all your many stories. Thanks mate for 27 years of reading pleasure


302 Tue February 18 2014 - 10:48:18
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: Thanks, Campbell. Nothing like an ego-boost on a wet Tuesday morning in February!


303 Tue February 18 2014 - 00:05:59
Fullname: Campbell Milton
Email: boucaria@inbox.com
Comments: I just bought a copy of FOREST GHOST, I wrote a long post and the browser dumped the message. Anyway, Love your books, BBC 4 plus has some great stories that are like Katie Maguire, but not as well written, and its a buzz reading the Masters work, in all genres. Love the audio books too. The more recent Sissy Sawyer reader is rather good. Like I say about my favorite music, or a paraphrase, any Masterton is better than none: I started with Charnel House and it has been great all the way.


304 Mon February 17 2014 - 02:05:51
Fullname: Tony Miles
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Comments: Sorry,5 night warriors so that's my top 5 :)


305 Mon February 17 2014 - 01:30:52
Fullname: Tony Miles
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Comments: Paul...As I like also the time travel aspect of Graham's books,I have to say the doorkeepers and the 4 night warrior's, but there are so many right up there.


306 Sun February 16 2014 - 09:34:35
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: Paul...it find it impossible to classify my own novels since the one I have just finished writing or am halfway through writing is always my favourite. Person ally I have a osft spot for TRAUMA and DESCENDANT and COMMUNITY but of my older novels I would say THE PARIAH ranks quite high.


307 Sat February 15 2014 - 17:58:48
Fullname: ROUSSELLIER
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Comments: Dear Graham,

Michel Pastoureau, a french specialist of the colours history and symbols (LE PETIT LIVRE DES COULEURS)thinks that a lot of fairy tales and fables use a red/white/black trilogy ("un enfant rouge porte un petit pot de beurre blanc à une grand-mère habillée de noir... Blanche-Neige reçoit une pomme rouge d'une sorcière noire. Le corbeau noir lâche son fromage, blanc, dont se saisit un renard rouge", p. 36).
It seems to me that this trilogy is equally very important in your novels: for example, in APPARITION, the young girl is in white, M. Billings in black and the hairstyle of Kezia Mason is red (like the preraphaelit models: E. Siddal? F. Cornforth?); TENGU associates the devils with red body and black crow face or wings, with the No mask; the "Chosen Child" has a white face but wear a black cape and causes bloodshed; the kitchen in RITUAL is of an immaculated white before being coloured with the red blood and this can be verified by the black holes (œilletons) in the door...
And some titles of your novels are THE SNOWMAN, WHITE BONES, THE RED HOSTEL...
My impression is that the other colours (blue/green/yellow)are less present... I suppose the forest of FOREST GHOST is in black shades rather than green (well, I haven't yet read this novel, but I am quite impatient to do it, as soon as the ghost will speak french... and give you my impression).

Many thanks !

Christophe



308 Sat February 15 2014 - 16:32:08
Fullname: Paul Schofield
Email: scramblybush@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hi Graham, jus read your message about your writing plans for the near future. Your final comment was about writing a real scary book soon. Over the Xmas period I turned the lights down low and listened to the audiobooks of my favourite 2 classics of yours, 'Pariah' and 'Family Portrait'. These tales are still as good as when I first read them upon original publication. So, my question is Graham, which would you class as being your best top 5 horror novels? Which gave you most satisfaction to write? My top 2 I have mentioned, then it would be such a hard choice for next 3, keep changing my mind, but 'Mirror', 'Tengu', 'Night Wariorrs', 'Prey', 'Walkers', 'Wells of Hell', 'Death Dream' are all jostling for position and there are lots of others also competing. Anyone else, who reads this post, please post your top 5. It will be interesting to see how we all compare.


309 Sat February 15 2014 - 15:58:15
Fullname: Matt Williams
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Comments: Just added a new Message from the Author to the website. Enjoy!


310 Sat February 15 2014 - 14:26:15
Fullname: Garry Snaith
Email: garry.snaith@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Just bought Garden of evil on Kindle, cant wait to read it as I love the Jim Rook series. This is a busy and great year for you and us readers, with some great books in the pipeline. I am particularly salivating at the thought of a new Manitou book, as I have a soft spot for this series, as it was the Manitou that introduced me to your works way back in 1977. Thanks to 37 great years, and many more to come


311 Sat February 15 2014 - 10:47:14
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: I think it is important when writing fiction to engage all of the senses, Christophe...sight, sound, smell, touch. Readers need to be involved in a story and because of that it is important for them to know what the characters can see and hear and smell and feel. Yes...I do try to "paint" a picture in a reader's mind, and I do think there is something spooky about the colour white,,,the colour of ghosts and mist and shrouds. If and when you get to read FOREST GHOST you will discover that there is something frightening and white flickering behind the trees...


312 Thu February 13 2014 - 17:35:15
Fullname: ROUSSELLIER
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Comments: Dear Graham,

Thinking about the dominant colours of your novels, it seems to me that it's the black and the red, which are in relation with blood, fires and devils (On the other side my impression is that some very common and optimistic colors like the green and the blue are quite rare...).
But the most fascinating for me is your utilisation of the white colour, mostly associated with the death (in Europe, the white colour is mostly associated with joy, weddings, happiness...): for example, in TENGU the No mask which brings the death, in APPARITION the white dress of the little girl is associated with maggots in her hairs; in SNOWMAN, the white iceberg provokes the shipwreck and the death of so much passengers... Besides, I have noticed that you have changed the title of KATIE MAGUIRE in WHITE BONES, which associates the white colour and the ritual murders.
Is my interpretation about your romantic use of white colour correct? Is it actually your will to act like a painter when writing a novel?

Best regard,

Christophe


313 Thu February 13 2014 - 10:11:18
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: Thanks for your very kind comments, Paul. My agents are doing their best to see that all of my backlist is available on audio. The audio version of WHITE BONES the Irish crime novel has been done particularly well, read by Caroline Lennon (who played Siobhan Hathaway in The Archers radio series). She has also read an audio version of BROKEN ANGELS.

I very rarely know exactly how a novel is going to turn out until the very end, so I didn't always have an apocalyptic ending in mind for TENGU. When it came, though, I thought some poetic justice would be a suitable way to finish the book off. My editors questioned it, but I think it was the right way to finish it.



314 Wed February 12 2014 - 18:55:17
Fullname: Paul Schofield
Email: scramblybush@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Graham....I have just finished listening to the excellent audio reading of 'Tengu', one of your many classics from the 80's. It got me thinking, in your initial idea and/or draft of the novel, did you always intend the end apocalypse or did you have an alternative ending? And please, Graham, more rights sold for classics like 'Charnal House', 'Wells of Hell', 'Heirloom', 'Devils of D Day', 'Death Trance' and especially 'Prey' and 'The Walkers'. Although a lot of audiobooks have become available on Audible, I have been with you from the very beginning and the above mentioned classic tales are the ones I want to be able to listen to in the very near future. Hopefully. Cheers mate.


315 Mon February 10 2014 - 18:05:31
Fullname: Matt Williams
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Comments: Just added info on Graham's recent Polish award, which you can read here. Well done, Graham!


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