The protagonist of “Death Trance” by Masterton is Randolph, a happy husband, content father of three kids and well organised owner of a cotton manufacturing company.
Randolph was never interested in joining to an association of owners dealing with oil and cotton and this was definitely not a welcomed sight in eyes of Randolph’s rivals.
The average life, so the speaks comes to an end when Randolph finds out that there was an explosion in his factory. It forces him to finish the holidays earlier as he is leaving his family in Quebec to investigate the cause of the accident.
Meanwhile his defenceless family becomes a victim to a very brutal murder, and the description of the murder brings Black Angel’s first chapter to a readers mind.
When Randolph finds out about the tragedy he finds himself unable to just carry on as before and the very successful man slowly becomes a shadow of himself. To add to the injury the company might not be able to meet requirements of their last important contract.
Randolph’s life becomes quite unbearable until the meets a Hindi doctor who tells him there might be a way to contact his dead family by means of entering an old mystic ritual called Death Trance Randolph becomes desperate to say final farewells to his lost family. In order to do that he must find a spiritual leader, who will help him enter the Trance and find his family.
He doesn’t realise he is being followed by paid killers when he leaves for Bali, where he hopes to find a wat to enter the trance and meet his family. He also isn’t worried that the ritual itself is very dangerous and he could become a victim of a goddess of death Rangda, or her zombie helpers.
“Death Trance” is a well written story that let’s us slowly find out small chunks of facts about the deadly ritual itself while we get to know Randolph and how his personal tragedy affected him to the point of nearly breaking him. When we think we know everything and we expect the novel to lead us to certain finish Masterton surprises us again and the plot takes an unexpected turn and all of sudden we feel like we are back to square one, just with much more knowledge but very little use of it.
A very enjoyable read and one of the stories when there’s a certain atmosphere attached to it, making you feel quite out of time and place once you finish reading the book and find yourself back to your present circumstances.
Not many books written by Graham Masterton were turned into movies, perhaps most of them were just to graphic to try to show to the public without removing some important scenes that were just an integral part of how it all goes in Masterson’s worlds.
“The Burning” also known as “The Hymn” is another great example at how the author integrated some common beliefs, mixed some real history and decided to scare us away.
In this title we have a happy woman who decides to take her life away in a rather drastic way of setting fire to herself after she soaked in fuel. Her boyfriend who doesn’t believe the fact his sweat heart had a dying wish tries to find out what happens and at some point I bet he wishes he never had.
After he learns that his soon to be wife wasn’t the only one that immolated herself he just digs deeper and deeper until he finds out his fiancee was follower of cult which founder promised immortality to those who’d sacrifice themselves by being eaten by fire.
The cult originated during the second world war when the Nazis tried to create an army of a superior beings and one of the pieces was never released last opera by Wagner. It all starts getting complicated but what our main character faces becomes much more terrifying than finding out exactly what happened to his darling. It could involve the future fate of the world.
While this book isn’t as scary as some other ones written by Masterton, “The Burning” takes a reader on a journey where one must ask about matters such suffering, what humanity turned into, the meaning of life and death.
With so many various and different characters plotted into the story, the dread of the Third Reich influencing the present times, one must nearly sense the urgency of what is presented to us and there is no time to waste.