One can not be mistaken if the plot of “Flesh and Blood” by Graham Masterton sounds like a cheap screenplay to a very cheap class B or even C horror movie but somehow the British author makes it all work and actually makes the read a worthwhile.
The story starts from a scene of a brutal murder; a father beheads two of his children with a sickle, in order to try to save them from “bad blood” and a horrible fate. A third child manages to escape crazy dad’s ideas and the dad gets arrested.
The oldest daughter that survived hides inside of her genes an unbelievable secret; the girl possesses genes of a half human half plant creature, originating from some ancient times. Coming all the way from Slavic myths, Janek the Green, also known as the Green Traveller travels with his minions from house to house offering poor farmers great harvest for the price of him having sex with the farmers wives.
The human-plant creature fulfills its fate through centuries and then comes back to collect his due in his bloody vendetta. It kills siblings, impregnates another woman and the blood line is preserved through centuries. The Green Traveller also consumes insides of his descendants, to preserve human characteristics and avoid being defeated by the plants world…
There is also another shocking twist to the story. Part of the brain of the youngest child that was beheaded gets stolen and is later transplanted in Spillman institute into a body of gigantic, genetically created pig that goes by the name of Captain Black as the group working in the institute tries to prove that it is possible to transport human’s consciousness into body of an animal.
The scientist are unaware of the fact that the little boy was a far descendant of the Green Traveller, and can not link the sudden onset of the pig’s aggressive behaviour to anything they know… The worse thing is that the pig is freed by an ex group of eco terrorists and Captain Black, or perhaps the Green Traveller comes back to collect his due…
As crazy and as cheesy as it sounds the action happening in “Flesh and Blood” is really interestingly presented and it creates actually a really good read, as Masterton skilfully mixes Slavic myths with the explosion of genetic field and science that became so popular in the nineties… Or perhaps I really enjoy whacky stories.
It is quite rare to get Masterton’s book as e-books so for those on kindle device, the copy of the book can be found here.