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- From Graham: 'I paid for the orphans from Dom Dziecka in Strzelin to visit Radio Wroclaw and see how radio programmes were made. They were told to keep quiet during recording and apparently they almost asphyxiated from holding their breath!'
- Review of the region A blu ray of the Shout! Factory release of The Manitou (1978) here.
- This is the official media release for this year's Written In Prison Award. Click here to read the WIP press release.
- From Graham: 'I don't know what to think about this portrait of me by my French friend Jeremy Leclercq as Gitche Manitou the Great Native American Spirit...!!'
- From Graham: 'I will be at the Trolls et Legendes festival in Mons, Belgium, over the Easter weekend. I will be signing all of my books published in French, including Ghost Virus and Katie Maguire, as well as the new horror anthology The Dark Gates of Madness.'
- From Graham: 'The following appeared in The Times yesterday, 09/04/19':
Donald Trump’s allies often compare claims of Russian collusion to “a badly written spy novel”. Now one intelligence analyst thinks they might be right.
Euan Grant, a border control consultant who has worked in former Soviet republics, has spotted some striking similarities between the Steele dossier on Russian collusion and a Cold War-era thriller.
Ikon, a 1983 novel by the Scottish author Graham Masterton, is about a president whose predilection for prostitutes and unusual sexual requests leaves him susceptible to Russian blackmail.
In another twist, Masterton told The Times that his book was inspired by Ronald Reagan’s brother Neil, who told him that the former US president suspected the Russians were “forever trying wheedle their way into various structures of US politics”.
Mr Trump vehemently denied allegations that he hired prostitutes to urinate on a Moscow hotel bed, as outlined in a dossier compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele. The Mueller inquiry in the US recently concluded that there was no collusion between Mr Trump and Russia in the 2016 election.
Mr Grant, a former strategic intelligence analyst at Customs and Excise, said: “I read Ikon in 1983 and the premise is that every US president since the Cuban missile crisis had been fatally compromised by the Russians. A key part of the plot is that a presidential candidate in the US is vulnerable to blackmail precisely because of the same kind of lurid sexual practice that allegedly Trump went through.
“It wouldn’t be the first time a blackmailing intelligence agency has got an idea from a book.”
Mr Grant, who was born in Greenock, advised the European Commission on border control in Ukraine. He is concerned about Russia’s attempts to undermine western governments but sceptical about some of the outlandish conspiracy theories about Mr Trump.
Masterton, the Edinburgh-born author of more than 100 novels, said the lurid blackmail plot was “probably just a figment of my imagination” drawn from his years as editor of the adult magazines Mayfair and Penthouse UK. But he said there was a “strange possibility” that his novel went on to inspire the sources who informed the Steele dossier. He said: “This kind of extraordinary thing does happen. It was very popular at the time, really well received, sold a lot of copies, and was translated into Polish and Czech.
“In the strange world of intelligence, a lot of it is not intelligence at all. It’s just a lot of imagination, wishful thinking, conspiracy theories, and ideas that agents may have picked up from books and almost come to believe is true.”
Masterton said he used to go drinking with Neil Reagan near San Diego. “Neil was often very grumpy about Ronald and used to say things like, ‘My brother is president of the USA and all I got for my birthday was this lousy necktie.’”
- From Graham: 'Stranglehold, the short horror story that I co-authored by Dawn Gorham Harris will be launched in its Greek edition on April 6 at the Fantasmagoria festival in Thessaloniki.'
- From Graham: 'Three Katie Maguire crime thrillers have so far been published in German by Festa Verlag, and more are on the way! Right now I am writing Katie #11, as yet untitled.'
- From Graham: 'The Third Annual Graham Masterton Written In Prison Award is launched in Poland today, April 1. We are inviting inmates of all of Poland's penal institutions to write 1,000-word short stories on any subject. There will be prizes for the ten best, and we are hoping to publish an anthology of the winning stories from the first three years of the contest.
'The prizes will be presented at Wolow Prison near Wroclaw in September.
'Special thanks to Marcin Dymalski and Iwona Bawolska, who make the contest possible, and also to Robert Kuchera the Warden of Wolow Prison for his enthusiasm and support.'
- From Graham: 'Easily one of the most touching dedications I have ever been given ... especially since the book is so brilliant. It's Number One in the non-fiction bestseller list in Ireland!'
- From Graham: 'Sebastian Sokolowski's horror magazine Okolica Strachu, which is easily the best in Poland, has just been published. It is full of great stories and fascinating articles about horror, as well as the short story "Stranglehold" written by Dawn G Harris and me.'
- From Graham: 'From April 19 - 21 I shall be attending Trolls et Legendes, the fantasy festival in Mons, Belgium. I shall be promoting the French-language edition of Ghost Virus as well as signing any other French-language editions that readers bring along.
'A bit of stop-press ... Bragelonne will be bringing out a new edition of Ritual in French and promoting it at over 70 book festivals this year under their new line called "Bragelonne Terreur".'
- From Graham: 'The Greek anthology of short stories which features "Stranglehold" co-authored by me and Dawn G Harris will be launched this Saturday March 6 at the Polis Art Cafe in Athens at 6:00 pm (if you feel like going!) and it will be promoted at various venues around Greece before a major launch at the Fantasmagoria horror and sci-fi festival on April 6-7 in Thessaloniki.
'The book is called Stranglehold in Greek (actually "noose"). (I had thought it was called "Rock" but blame that on Google Translate).'
- From Graham: 'Thanks to Inge and Frank Festa at Festa Verlag my books have been selling very well in Germany and I am hoping to have new German-language editions out soon.
'I visited Leipzig to "meet and greet" with German readers and also to say hello to Johann Sebastian Bach.
'Here is a link to a German-language review of my work.'
- From Graham: 'A new Greek horror anthology has just been published with the creepy tale I wrote with Dawn G Harris "Stranglehold" as its lead story. The title of the book translates as Rock, although I'm not sure if this means "rock" as in "Gibraltar" or "rock" as in "'n'roll".'
- From Graham: 'My friend Dr Sabina Brennan, a famous neuroscientist from Trinity College Dublin, has had her first book published today (March 7). 100 Days To A Younger Brain tells you how to sharpen your thinking and defer possible dementia.
'The book came about after both Sabina and I were appearing last year on the RTE afternoon TV show in Cork - The Today Show With Maura and Daithi (I was talking about my Katie Maguire thrillers.) After I heard her speak about brain health I asked her if she had ever considered writing a book on the subject. She never had, so I asked her to write me some sample chapters and a synopsis, and I found her an agent in London.
'She sent me the book chapter by chapter to approve, and when it was finished it was picked up by Orion Spring, the health and welfare division of Orion publishers. It has been featured with a double-page spread in the Daily Mail and there will be an interview in The Times.
'Along with Dawn G Harris, the author of Diviner, Sabina and I are now developing a series of books to help parents cope with children's mental challenges, such as depression, self-harm, bullying and brain injury.
Sabina describes how her book came to be written in a very gracious acknowledgement in the beginning.'
- This is where Graham will be visiting in May:
- Two of Graham's books are available in this month's Amazon (UK) Kindle monthly deals, Living Death (£1.99) and Ghost Virus (£0.99).
- This story (re: Graham's book, How To Drive Your Man Crazy In Bed being outlawed in Ireland in 1985) appeared in the Irish Sun this morning.
- Advance publicity for Graham's appearance at the Strzelin Book Festival in Lower Silesia in September:
- From Graham: 'An insight into the workings of animation ... a clip from Death and the Comedian from Mighty Pie Studio.
'I am the voice of Death and the voice of the Comedian is that of my son, Dan Masterton who did the animation.'
- From Graham: 'Dawn G Harris (the author of Diviner) gave me a present tonight that I will treasure always ... a 1927 copy of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery & Imagination ... the book that inspired me when I was only 10 years old to write my first horror stories.'
- From Graham: 'I have just received my copies of Infekcja, the Polish edition of Plague of the Manitou. This is the latest struggle between Harry Erskine and Native American demons, and will enable Polish readers to complete their collection of Manitou madness!'
- From Graham: 'A lunch yesterday at Rules, London's oldest restaurant, to thrash out ideas for a new co-authored book with Dawn G. Harris, Camilla Shestopal (our agent), Dr Sabina Brennan and me. And some oysters!'
- From Graham: 'I had a great time meeting French readers and friends at Noeux-les-Mines fantasy and horror book festival on Sunday 10th Feb. I don't know how many copies of the French-language edition of Ghost Virus I signed, but it was a lot! The young Belgian publishing company who have brought it out, Livr'S, are incredbly enthusiastic and they are doing everything they can to build up my sales in France again after a long hiatus during which horror did not sell at all well. A new generation is emerging who have been brought up on fantasy and horror games and they are extremely keen on anything supernatural and scary!'
- Today is publication date for the latest Katie Maguire novel, Begging To Die.
- Just in from Graham: Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton is nominated for The 2018 Best Book Award in the Horror category.
Vote between 1-28 February 2018 here.
Lubimyczytac.pl The Best Book Award was first launched in 2016. A simple idea – all book fans can pick a book of the year by voting – was met with great enthusiasm, thus making it the biggest book competition in Poland.
- A news item from Ginger Nuts of Horror:
- This is the media release from the Horror Writers' Association about Graham's award, which is fantastic news. Well done Graham!
- This is the French version of the Ghost Virus video. Graham will be going to Noeux-les-Mines in northern France on Sunday, February 10, for the Salon du Polar festival and signing copies of the Livr'S edition.
- Here's a promotional video for Ghost Virus. It comes out in paperback on February 7.
- From Graham: 'My Malaccan Devil's Curry has won an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Cookbook Contest run by the Horror Writers Association.'
- From Graham: 'I have entered a creepy short story called "National Balance" for this year's Sunday Times Short Story Contest. Considering the first prize is £30,000 it's worth a shot! The story is based on this 1856 painting of Derby Day by William Powell Frith which was painted only about two minutes away from where I live!'
- The first three Katie Maguire crime thrillers are now available in German from Festa Verlag. More to follow!
- The French edition of Ghost Virus published by Livr'S has just gone to the printers and will be on sale on February 11 the day after Graham has visited Noeux-les-Mines in France to promote it.
- Just in from Graham: The third Katie Maguire thriller, Red Light (Racheengel, translated as Angel of Revenge) will be published in German by Festa Verlag on February 27.
Meanwhile I don't think there's any doubt where I shall be on Sunday, February 10 ... at a crime book festival in Noeux-les-Mines in northern France.'
- The Manitou will be released on Blu-ray on April 16 via Scream Factory. Extras will be announced on a later date, but the company has confirmed that it will feature a reversible cover with alternative art.
The 1978 horror film is based on Graham Masterton’s 1976 best-selling novel of the same name, itself inspired by the Manitou spiritual concept of Native American mythology.
The Manitou is the final movie directed by William Girdler (Grizzly, Day of the Animals), who died in a helicopter accident prior to its release. Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara, Susan Strasberg, Stella Stevens, Jon Cedar, Ann Sothern, and Burgess Meredith star.
What surgeons thought to be a tumor growing on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg) is actually a fetus growing at an abnormally accelerated rate. But when Karen reaches out to former lover and phony psychic Harry Erskine (Tony Curtis), she discovers that she is possessed by the reincarnation of a 400-year-old Native American demon. Now with the help of a modern-day medicine man (Michael Ansara), Erskine must survive this ancient evil’s rampage of shocking violence and forever destroy the enraged beast known as The Manitou.
- The tenth Katie Maguire thriller, Begging To Die was available on Kindle from December 10, so now be read as an ebook.
Rough sleepers are being found dead in the streets of Cork, and Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire has an almost impossible task tracking down their killer.
- From Graham: 'The horror podcast This Is Horror are seeking nominations for the best horror novel of 2018.
'If any website readers would like to nominate Ghost Virus then their support will be much appreciated!'
- 'The Line-Up' has listed eleven horror novels which they think would make good movies. Among them is The Devil In Gray.
THE DEVIL IN GRAY
By Graham Masterton
In a town still plagued by ghosts of the Civil War, there is a serial killer on the loose. Recently, there have been a series of particularly grotesque and seemingly random mutilation murders, all of which took place in locked rooms. The only tip authorities have received comes from a young girl with Down syndrome who supposedly witnessed the killer in action. The Devil in Gray is a dramatic and suspenseful story, dotted with elements of the supernatural—making it a great fit for the big screen.
Here are the third Written In Prison contest objectives:
THIRD NATIONAL LITERARY CONTEST FOR THE GRAHAM MASTERTON AWARD
"WRITTEN IN PRISON", Wołów 2019
Organisers of the competition:
Warden of the Wołów Prison
REBIS Publishing House
ALBATROS Publishing House
Municipal and District Public Library in Wołów
Objectives of the competition
The main objective of the competition is social rehabilitation of prisoners by communing with art and creative contact with the environment. Its important aspect is also popularisation of the creativity of persons detained in prisons and detention centres, and:
• activating of the detained into creative activities and taking on challenges,
• developing various interests of persons deprived of liberty,
• promoting socially acceptable forms of leisure as an alternative to the previously undertaken, unacceptable ways, <
• fighting apathy, alienation and lack of conviction about the influence on reality.
1. The competition is open to persons detained in prisons and detention centres.
2. To participate in the contest, one is to send his/her own story (maximum 1300 words) on any subject, previously unpublished and not awarded in literary competitions, prepared in Polish or English in typescript, computer text or readable manuscript along with a filled in participation form until May 31, 2019 to the following address:
with a note "WRITTEN IN PRISON"
3. One author may enter one story.
with a note "WRITTEN IN PRISON"
3. One author may enter one story.