Flesh and Blood Paperback – 15 May 1995
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I am a relatively late discoverer of Graham Masterton. Upon ‘going digital’, I came across his work in the form of his Katy Maguire police procedural series. I was unaware of the extensive catalogue of horror-based novels he has written. I started reading his horror works with, ‘The House that Jack Built’ and was immediately struck with the scope of his imagination. The next book to cross my path was, ‘Family Portrait’ and as both a fan of the horror genre and the works of Oscar Wilde, this novel soon elevated itself to one of the best I have read. Thus I have embarked on a literary mission to read as many of Masterton’s works as possible in 2015.
‘Flesh and Blood’ is an excellent story which begins with a father taking his three young children into a field. The man is clearly highly agitated by something, and makes continuous reference to ‘bad blood’ and to saving the children. Using a scythe, he then decapitates two of them along with two passers-by but the third child escapes. Chapter one thus sets the scene for a thoroughly enthralling story.
The story is rich with disturbing themes of genetic manipulation, incest, fear and murder. We meet members of a research facility who are looking to genetically humanise an enormous hog. And all the time, we fear the return of a human / plant hybrid which is due to return to cash in on a Faustian deal made with his ‘children’.
If this sounds incredibly far-fetched, then just go with it. This is classic Masterton. It is all based on Czech mythology and much of it will ring true. How many of our children’s nursery rhymes have similarly dark undertones? And afterwards, never forget:
‘Cross your heart, cut out your guts, and hide from the bristly hedge.’
The so-called 'good guys' - Gareth and Nathan are just as repellant as the villains and I found the way the whole vivisection argument is presented completely unbalanced - those for it are all portrayed as rational and balanced and those against are portrayed as deranged lunatics. Gareth is completely amoral and I would rather have seen him meet a grisly fate than the huge number of anonymous characters who are casually killed off at one point or another.Read more ›
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I originally read this book years ago not thinking much of it but then I couldn't seem to forget parts of the story so just had to read it again.Published 1 month ago by Rai-Marie
Excellent read that would be a good horror film. A bit disturbing, but it adds to the gripping nature of the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Denise Munnelly
Really hated this book, but it's my own fault for buying it. If you're squeamish about the thought of animal experiments, avoid it like the plague.Published on 10 April 2014 by VMJ