Walkers – Graham Masterton

I can’t remember the design of the cover of “Walkers” by Graham Masterton but I sure can remember enjoying the creepy atmosphere this British writer created in this book. As it is quite common with some of his work, the main complaint would be the length of the book or lack thereof. But first things first.
Jack Reed, a happy husband and father finds an old residence during one of his voyages on a rainy day and he falls in love with it. The his next step is to turn this ruined abandoned building into a hotel. There is one huge obstacle to jump through though, the building’s history and its contents within the walls… As Jack soon finds out more and more about his recent object of such strong emotions.
A story from over sixty years ago reveals the building purpose. It used to be some kind of mental asylum where rapists, murderers ,mentally ill and all sort of psychopaths used to be kept away from the world. There used to be over 100 patients and their main leader was Quintus Miller.
He used to be short but of muscular build, his eyes were showing no emotions and his upper body had an awful tattoo depicting two hands reaching from behind his back and tearing his stomach apart. One unique fella.
One day all the inmates disappear. No one knows what had happened there. As it later turns out, all the patients had been magically united with the building itself.
With a help of some ancient spell all of these psychopaths were melted into the walls of the asylum and to rid of them and the curse itself there is only one solution. Murdering eight hundred people will free Quintus and his horde of murderers from the spell that holds them captured within the walls of the old asylum.
Jack will have to face this enormous and scary task and the price of this endeavour will be his son’s existence. The battle between Quintus and Jack might lead Jack’s son to become one of the needed victims unless Jack finds an alternative solution to this horrific challenge he is faced with.
As much fun I had while reading “Walkers” due to the creepy atmosphere of mental asylums, the stories of its patients and very vivid and disturbing descriptions of murders and insights of minds of the disturbed people as much I disliked the fact that the book wasn’t longer and that Masterton didn’t elaborate more in certain points of the story or that he didn’t involve some side stories from within the book more. Nevertheless it was a great read for an autumn evening.