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Graham Masterton, born in 1946 in Edinburgh, Scotland, is a prolific writer in several genres who is most famous for his voluminous output of horror stories. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he edited the UK editions of men's magazines Penthouse and Playboy. Quite possibly as a spin-off of this career, he wrote hack sex comedies and several volumes of sex manuals, something he has cheerfully never tried to disguise or conceal as an embarrassing reminder of what he did to earn a living before his literary career really took off.


Significant works by this author include:

  • The Manitou series:-
    • The Manitou, (1976)
    • Revenge of the Manitou, (1979)
    • Burial, (1991
    • Spirit Jump (short story), (1996)
    • Manitou Blood, (2005)
    • Blind Panic, (2009)
    • Plague of the Manitou, (2015)
  • the Night Warriors series:-
    • Night Warriors
    • Death Dream
    • Night Plague
    • Night Wars
    • The Ninth Nightmare
  • the Rook series:-
    • Rook
    • Tooth and Claw
    • The Terror
    • Snowman
    • Swimmer
    • Darkroom
    • Demon's Door
    • Garden of Evil
  • the Sissy Sawyer series:-
    • Touchy and Feely (based on the Beltway snipers)
    • The Painted Man (also published as Death Mask)
    • The Red Hotel
    • the Nathan Underhill series:-
    • Basilisk
    • Petrified
  • the Katie Maguire series

  • the Harry Erskine series

  • Standalone novels:-


This author's works provide examples of:

  • Artifact of Doom: The titular Heirloom and Mirror.
  • Autocannibalism: Behind the cult in Ritual; published as Feast in the USA.
  • Bleached Underpants: averted, as he has never tried to conceal an early career in soft-core pornography.
  • Don't Try This at Home: a stickler for accuracy, Masterton added a disclaimer to The Devils of D-Day:
    All of the devils and demons that appear in this book are legendary creatures of Hell, and there is substantial recorded evidence of their existence. For that reason, it is probably inadvisable to attempt to conjure up any of them by repeating out loud the incantations used in the text, which are also genuine.
  • Dream Land: the setting of Night Warriors and other stories.
  • Cthulhu Mythos: Misquamacus, of the Manitou series, originates from August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft's The Lurker at the Threshold. Several of his standalone novels and short stories also take inspiration from the Mythos, such as Prey and The Wells of Hell.
  • Ghostapo: The Devils of D-Day inverts this, as it's the Allies who were in league with demons
  • Historical In-Joke:
    • In Tengu, Hiroshima was chosen as a target for the atomic bomb to obliterate a place where indestructible warriors possessed by demons were being created.
    • In A Terrible Beauty, the Lusitania was torpedoed because British intelligence informed the German admiralty that a wanted murderer was aboard the ship.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: In The Pariah, the death of the Toltecs, the atrocities of Caligula, the Black Death and the Salem witch trials are all attributed to the demonic antagonist.
  • Indian Burial Ground: The Manitou.
  • Magical Native American: Certainly Misquamacus. Also Charnel House 's George Thousand Names.
  • Multiple Narrative Modes: Not all of The Manitou books are narrated by Harry Erskine; Burial switches between his point of view and third-person.
  • Our Ghouls Are Different: the leyaks in Death Trance.
  • Pen Name: published a few as 'Thomas Luke' (including Novelization of movie Phobia - which mentioned another of his novels, The Hell Candidate).
  • Recurring Character: Harry Erskine. As well as the Manitou series, The Djinn and mentioned as a fictional character in Black Angel.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: After David undoes the events of Prey, only his son doesn't remember them.
  • The Savage Indian: Misquamacus is a very savage Indian.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: literally so in The Devils of D-Day.


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