Family Portrait by Graham Masterton. Book review

Family Portrait  by Graham Masterton, Hammer ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim McLeod

First the body of a young girl was found in Europe with all of her skin expertly teased away from her body whilst she was still alive. Very soon a second corpse is discovered in New England, and a third corpse shortly after that. Can a mysterious painting really be implicated in these deaths, and if so just what is the terrible family secret that the painting hides?

Here Masterton, gives us his riff on the Picture of Dorian Gray. And as you would expect from a Masterton novel, this is one hell of a read. Masterton is often lumped in with the trash horror of the early 80’s. Which is extremely unfair: he has a real talent for writing excellent horror novels, and Family Portrait is another fine example of such a well-written book. Highly recommended.

Family Portrait  by Graham Masterton, Hammer ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim McLeod

First the body of a young girl was found in Europe with all of her skin expertly teased away from her body whilst she was still alive. Very soon a second corpse is discovered in New England, and a third corpse shortly after that. Can a mysterious painting really be implicated in these deaths, and if so just what is the terrible family secret that the painting hides?

Here Masterton, gives us his riff on the Picture of Dorian Gray. And as you would expect from a Masterton novel, this is one hell of a read. Masterton is often lumped in with the trash horror of the early 80’s. Which is extremely unfair: he has a real talent for writing excellent horror novels, and Family Portrait is another fine example of such a well-written book. Highly recommended.