24 September 2020

The House of a Hundred Whispers

By Graham Masterton

My Review 

I fell in love with Graham Masterton's horror books as a teenager in the early 1980s. Almost forty years later my enthusiasm hasn't waned. Never having been a Stephen King fan, Masterton was always my number one choice for anything supernatural and scary. 

When the owner of All Hallows Hall is found dead, his family gather at the mansion for the reading of his will. During the night they hear whispering but can't locate the source. Then the young son of a family member disappears, forcing the family to stay put. When yet another person vanishes it's time to face facts and accept that something supernatural and very sinister is happening.

I really enjoyed The House of a Hundred Whispers. It forged ahead at a good pace and had just the right amount of spookiness without being overly scary. Whilst there are a couple of macabre scenes, if you're wanting an all-out gorefest this wont be for you. 

Did it make me want to sleep with the lights on? Nah, not at all! That being said, there's just something about Masterton's horror books that I really love. This one was no exception. It kept me turning pages and captured my imagination from the get-go. It was an exciting and highly entertaining read.     

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Head of Zeus (13th May 2021)

The Blurb

On a windswept moor, an old house guards its secrets... The new standalone horror novel from 'a true master of horror.'

All Hallows Hall is a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the bleak and misty Dartmoor. It is not a place many would choose to live. Yet the former Governor of Dartmoor Prison did just that. Now he's dead, and his children – long estranged – are set to inherit his estate.

But when the dead man's family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house's famous priest hole. And then, on the same morning the family decide to leave All Hallows Hall and never come back, their young son Timmy disappears – from inside the house.

Does evil linger in the walls? Or is evil only ever found inside the minds of men?

The Author

GRAHAM MASTERTON was born in Edinburgh in 1946, and at the age of 17 he joined his local newspaper as a junior reporter. He was appointed deputy editor of Mayfair at the age of 21, and at 24 he became executive editor of Penthouse. After leaving Penthouse, he wrote The Manitou, a horror novel that became his first bestseller and was adapted into a film starring Tony Curtis.

Graham spent twenty-five years as one of the world's bestselling horror authors before he turned his talent to crime writing. Inspired by the five years in which he and his late wife lived in Cork, he created a series of novels featuring Katie Maguire, the first female superintendent in the Irish police force. The first book in the Katie Maguire series, White Bones, was published by Head of Zeus in 2012 and became a top-ten bestseller. Graham continues to write thrillers and horror novels alongside the Katie Maguire crime series, which has now sold over a million copies worldwide.

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