It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul... Martin Williams is a broke, two-bit screenwriter living in Hollywood, but when he finds the very mirror that once hung in the house of a murdered 1930s child star; he happily spends all he has on it. He has long obsessed over the tragic story of Boofuls, a beautiful and successful actor who was slaughtered and dismembered by his grandmother.
However, he soon discovers that this dream buy is in fact a living nightmare; the mirror was not only in Boofuls house, but witness to the death of this blond-haired and angelic child, which in turn has created a horrific and devastating portal to a hellish parallel universe. So when Martin’s landlord loses his grandson it is soon apparent that the mirror is responsible. But if a little boy has gone into the mirror, what on earth is going to come out?
Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men's magazine Mayfair. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. Graham Masterton's debut as a horror author began with the wildly popular The Manitou in 1976. Altogether Graham has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers and horror, to disaster novels and historical sagas, as well as four short story collections. He lives in Surrey, England.
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"Like all good horror stories, this moves from the familiar and the credible to the fanciful and disturbing...the drama is tense, the writing superb." (Sunday Times)
"Violent and relentlessly-paced. Mirror is major Masterton, which is to say that it's a fat and juicy read!" (Mystery Scene)
"A fast-moving plot, well-defined characters, graphic horror and unstoppable thrills." (OtherRealms)
"The reader finds himself viewing the story more as a motion picture than as a novel, and it moves just as rapidly. The author blends reality, superstition and fantasy in just the right amounts to make MIRROR believable and deeply chilling" (Rocky Mountain News)
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"A horror classic"
I need to say a disclaimer, I'm biased, this was my very first Graham Masterton book I ever read almost 25 years ago. I went on to become a massive fan of his and while I felt some of his later books lost me slightly, I remain loyal to the end
Mirror was just a wonderful book to read when I was 14, I have read it multiple times since and was thrilled to find it available for audio
It is set in Hollywood in the 80's and aside from a few tv series mentioned and monetary non inflations, the story is relatively timeless.
A child actor called Boofuls from the 1920's was brutally murdered and his spirit ended up in the mirror which witnessed the crime. 60 years later a screenwriter and fan buys the mirror and all Hell breaks loose... Literally. Boofuls was most definitely not what he appeared to be
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, the mythology of mirrors is explored and there are some wonderful references to CS Lewis as well. It is also wonderfully read by Robert Slade who brings a wonderful childlike evil to the main character as well as some excellent accents of other characters
This is just a great, old school, horror story. Once read, you will be definitely checking out Graham Masterton's back catalogue
"Nail Biting Mirror"
I read this book over 20 years ago and really enjoyed it but the audio version just brings it to life. I listened to it all in one go, couldn't switch it off. One of Masterton's scarier stories, a must for horror fans.
"Satisfing horror story"
I've not encountered Graham Masterton before and I'm more used to supernatural novels rather than horror. Therefore, I'm not able to compare this audiobook with similar titles. The horror elements are fun; they are set within the context of the narrative, they are gripping and don't seem gratuitous (given that this is in the horror genre). The main character, an Hollywood scriptwriter, reminded me of hard boiled detective heroes. The C.S.Lewis allusions are great. The 1980s setting is a bit jarring at times. I liked the narration. On the basis of Mirror, I'll try more of Masterton's audiobooks.
This is the first Graham Masterton book I have read/listened to and I am not disappointed. I came across Mirror entirely by accident and needless to say I will be exploring other titles by the author.
The storey is set in the 1980's in Hollywood; a screenwriter purchases a mirror that bore witness of the gruesome murder of Boofuls, an enchanting and talanted child actor in the 20's. Once the mirror is in his apartment, against the protestations of his spirited italian landlord, strange events begin to unfold.....
A great atmospheric book read excellently by Robert Slade, I was hooked from the start. Masterton introduces us to many colourful characters and as a previous reviewer stated some interesting references to CS Lewis and the mythology behind mirrors...
Most certainly worth a listen and if you're reading this review I urge you to purchase this book!!
"An original horror story"
I might try to add some depth to the characters
I would. This book was quite entertaining.
Not that I remember.
I think it would work quite well as a TV show, or even as a film.
The story takes a while to get going, but once it does it's quite suspenseful, although a bit gory in places. The references to Lewis Carroll are intriguing, and I would recommend this to friends of horror stories.
"Terrific story one of the best"
Haven't read the print version but the audio was brilliant
Truly very well written
Love the 70's the screen writer who's wise cracking humour has the same kind of voice as the American tv shows the A Team he writes for.
The writer Graham Masterton is Scottish but you would not think so, as he writes about LA, Hollywood so convincingly
No but his performance here is amazingly good, he performs the main characters humour very well.
Yes, it is the type of story you don't want to put down.
The quality of Graham Masterton's writing is technically brilliant, his other novel the house that jack built should be made into an audiobook, as the writing in that is exceptional.
He writes really great horror stories with well written characters .
It would be better if it could get to the end of part 1 without causing my Ipod to freeze
The main guy - Martin
Kept well to the book
The story is fine
It is the fact it freezes my Ipod that is the problem
I had so much enjoyed Broken Angels by the same author that I thought I would enjoy this book. If you are readers who enjoy supernatural stories this might appeal to you. When the protagonist of the book buys a mirror of a child star from the thirties and hangs it in his home strange events begin to occur. For me it is highly unoriginal and old hat as an idea but it could have worked if the main character was more interesting.
I managed to listen to quite a lot of it before giving up because the narrator does his best to make this an exciting listen and talented as he is he cannot save this book for me.
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