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The Pariah (A Star book) Paperback – 20 Oct 1983


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Star; paperback / softback edition (20 Oct. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352313676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352313676
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,561,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" San Francisco Chronicle "Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" San Francisco Chronicle "Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" San Francisco Chronicle "Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" San Francisco Chronicle "Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" San Francisco Chronicle

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'One of the few true masters of the horror genre' James Herbert - author of Others. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jeffrey J. D. Norman on 18 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this book more than 30 years ago and I am very surprised that nobody has thought about making a film based on it. It's got everything a good horror film needs, the thought of people's dear departed relatives rising from the dead because of an evil spirit awakened from a sunken shipwreck, must be on a par with the Amityville films.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "tormey_boy" on 25 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I first read this book as a kid and it frightened the pants off me. It's one of those rare books that actually make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. You experience all the cold dread, uncertainty and fear that the main character goes through.
I won't give away too much of the plot, but it revolves around a shipwreck excavation and the discovery of a large copper container. The fishing village near where it was found soon falls foul to the power of an ancient, demonic force and, quite literally, all hell breaks loose.
This is one of the best horror stories I have read for a long time. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys being scared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
Another absorbing read from Masterton "The Genius". I have been a horror novel fan for 30 years, and no other horror writer is as consistantly brilliant and imaginative. This story is based on an ancient shipwreck which harbours a malevolent force, the power emanating from the wreck is making the dead walk.....I guarantee you won't be able to put this book down. I am an avid collector of his books, and urge other readers to check out his other stuff too - you WON'T be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jude Faulkner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Dec. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book all the way through but I have to confess that I thought the ending was rushed through and a bit boring. Characters who seemed to be heading for a main part were just 'chopped off' in the last few pages. I felt that the author had got really engrossed in the writing for the main part but seemed to run out of both ideas and time at the end. Maybe the publisher was pushing for an end date?
A very good read non-the-less.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony B. Thomas on 24 Sept. 1999
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Another masterpiece from the unrecognized master of the macabre. As the story opens a tormented and grief stricken husband trying to recover from the loss of his family is seeking solace in sleep.Outside the weather is freezing cold with a drizzling rain and yet he hears the familiar sound of the swing in the frontyard "squeak-squeak squeak" just like it used to when his adored wife used to swing. She is dead. The weather is not fit for man or BEAST to be out in it. As events in this small town become more macabre everything points to an old ship that sunk 200 years ago in the harbor. You won't believe what the ships hold HOLDS!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Greatrix on 9 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Not quite what I'd expected after reading the blurb and a few reviews here on Amazon, but that's not to say The Pariah isn't a cracking read.

The first thing I noticed (having read quite a few of Masterton's other novels, and being something of a fan), was how impressive some of the author's technical writing is here - some of his best. This is a very polished piece of work, utilizing a remarkable narrative voice and original prose. John Trenton is one of Masterton's most human and intimate characters - sympathizing with the loss of his wife and his subsequent torment is easy. But perhaps the strongest string to this story's bow is the sense of place it imparts. After spending a few hours inside The Pariah, I felt as if I were very familiar with the fishing village of Granitehead, and its neighbouring harbour town of Salem. These places, and the people who live therein, have their very own feel and quaintness, and was something I bought into very quickly.

For the most part, The Pariah is a story of one man's hauntings, his subsequent investigation into the cause of it all, and his plot to bring it to an end - and relies on spookiness and intrigue for the majority of its kicks. The demonic element the blurb boasts doesn't really make an appearance until near the end of the tale.

If there is any reason to downgrade The Pariah from a 5 to a 4, is its ending. It seemed fairly rushed to me, and a little Ghostbuster-esque (you'll know exactly what I mean once you've read it for yourself).

All in all, a very good read with enough frights and intrigue to keep you happily reading until its final page.
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This is not one of his best books. I found it became more and more ridiculous as the story continued. The ending was poor, and many sub-plots were not followed through to conclusion. Sad, as Graham Masterton became one of my favourite authors with "The House That Jack Built", which was brilliant.
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Very good story. Gripping from first pages right to the end. Strongly recommended
. Could not stop reading at all
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