graham masterton is an immense talent. all his books are written with such depth and imagination - you just cannot put them down! i can safely say this is one of my favourites, and i have lost count of how many times i have read it; but i never tire of the story (a fabulous and original twist on wilde's dorian gray). as you are reading, you can imagine the characters/events in your mind as though you were watching a movie. this is a skill he manages with all his works. the horror is graphic, and not for the faint hearted; but it is delivered as a valid part of the story with sophistication, and is not in the least bit shlocky. a must for anyone who enjoys thought provoking horror. i've been hooked since reading the manitou in 1975, and have been collecting his novels ever since. he carries out an immense amount of research for his stories, and it shows in the quality of his writing. coupled with the fact that his imagination is simply incredible. any horror fan who has not checked out graham masterton is really missing out. this man, in my opinion, far outclasses stephen king, and deserves far more recognition.