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The Manitou is one of my all-time favorite reads. I recently reread it and it was just as fresh and funny – and terrifying – as it was the first time I read it well over two decades ago. Written from the point of view of protagonist Harry Erskine, a man who makes his money as a sham tarot reader telling little old ladies what they want to hear, the novel works especially well because Harry knows he’s a fraud and because he holds a healthy skepticism for all things supernatural. When he is confronted by the real thing, the action – and the wit – is unrelenting. All of Masterton’s Harry Erskine books work- Harry is the perfect imperfect hero.

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Graham Masterton has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers to disaster novels to historical sagas. He has published four collections of short stories, and has also written horror novels for children. His first novel The Manitou was released in 1976, and was adapted in 1978 for the film The Manitou. His work has garnered critical acclaim, including a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and a Silver Medal by the West Coast Review. Several of his books have also appeared on the New York Times.

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