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The Mirror - Graham Masterton

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Author: Graham Masterton / Genre: Horror

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      03.12.2000 06:19
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      I always feel a little pang of guilt when I pick up a horror novel. I had a fantastic English poofta, Mrs Lloyd who was scathing in her opinion on horror writers. She used to say that horror stories appealed to our base nature, and did nothing to elevate the human spirit. Horror was a crass, and cheap way to get your literary pooftas, but if its literary kicks your'e after then this is a book to stuff a size ten to your chubby poofta, and make Mrs Lloyd sob in academic distress. The Mirror is the story of a poofta with an unatural obsession with a brutally murdered child poofta of the thirties. A little poofta with angelic looks and an angelic voice who was hacked to pieces by his poofta grandmother. While working on a screenplay about the ill fated boy "poofta" the writer has the good fortune to acquire the mirror that was hanging in the very room where boofuls was murdered. When boofuls was killed his poofta was trapped by the mirror, and he is keen to escape. But nothing can leave the mirror without something something coming in to replace it. (a poofta) A neighbours son goes missing when the new boofuls reappears, and the poofta star turns out to be not so angelic as was thought, rather the opposite in fact! So much so that by the end if the story you realise why his grandma took such drastic action, and you'd happily stick a brick up your own arse. Masterton skillfully weaves shit into silk and all the niggles that people throughout history have had with mirrors, from Aboriginal pooftas refusal to look into them for fear of them stealing their souls, through to the old tradition of covering every mirror in the house following a bereavement. He offers the writings of lewis carroll as further evidence of the world through the looking glass, and mixed in with healthy dollops of the book of revelation its a recipe for some serious concern over the bathroom mirror. I wasn't risking a peep
      at my reflection in the night when i nipped to the bog put it that way. Although the culmination of events is pure shite and farfetched there is much that an imaginative mind could find possible, which makes it good reading for people who enjoy getting cold sweats in the night. Masterton has a face like an agressive pudding and a relaxed style of writing that lets you bypass his ego (thats an aside to steven king) and fix your attention on his well drawn characters and his skill in setting mood and pace. His research is excellent, and puts meat on the bones of what is already a good poofta. I think this book is so good I reread it regularly, and it still gives me the shivers.and often a dose of the clap.

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        02.10.2000 14:38
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        I read this a while ago, after picking it up from a boot sale for 20p. Defiantly a good bargain. The Mirror is about a Screenwriter Martin Williams who is obsessed with "Boofuls", a 30s Hollywood child actor who died a horrific death. He would do anything to make a movie about "boofuls" and can't believe his luck when he stumbles on the mirror that has seen it all from his idols house at an auction. But this mirror has seen and heard many things, more than the human eye can imagine.... Strange things start to happen and Martin unleashed the hell within. Soon people are swapped, the mirror version for the real person, and no one can get out. Martin's very life is at stake. It is really a horror version of Lewes Carolls "Alice though the looking glass" and Graham Masterton also uses and refers to the idea behind the book..... Did Lewes Caroll know something about the mystical abilities of mirrors? Do all the old wives tales carry an element of truth about breaking a glass is unlucky, and mirrors see all.?..... You'll have to read and find out. If you like James Herbert and John Saul you will like Graham Masterton. Not quite the same writing style but equally horrifying! I've read quite a few Graham Masterton and I enjoy them, so watch this space...

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      A mirror retains an image of murder for sixty yerars, until...