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Summary

It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul... Martin Williams is a broke, two-bit screenwriter living in Hollywood, but when he finds the very mirror that once hung in the house of a murdered 1930s child star; he happily spends all he has on it. He has long obsessed over the tragic story of Boofuls, a beautiful and successful actor who was slaughtered and dismembered by his grandmother.

However, he soon discovers that this dream buy is in fact a living nightmare; the mirror was not only in Boofuls house, but witness to the death of this blond-haired and angelic child, which in turn has created a horrific and devastating portal to a hellish parallel universe. So when Martin’s landlord loses his grandson it is soon apparent that the mirror is responsible. But if a little boy has gone into the mirror, what on earth is going to come out?

Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men's magazine Mayfair. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. Graham Masterton's debut as a horror author began with the wildly popular The Manitou in 1976. Altogether Graham has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers and horror, to disaster novels and historical sagas, as well as four short story collections. He lives in Surrey, England.

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Critic reviews

"Like all good horror stories, this moves from the familiar and the credible to the fanciful and disturbing...the drama is tense, the writing superb." ( Sunday Times)
"Violent and relentlessly-paced. Mirror is major Masterton, which is to say that it's a fat and juicy read!" ( Mystery Scene)
"A fast-moving plot, well-defined characters, graphic horror and unstoppable thrills." ( OtherRealms)
"The reader finds himself viewing the story more as a motion picture than as a novel, and it moves just as rapidly. The author blends reality, superstition and fantasy in just the right amounts to make MIRROR believable and deeply chilling" ( Rocky Mountain News)

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  • JamesW
  • Nr Stroud, Gloucester
  • 23-08-13

A horror classic

I need to say a disclaimer, I'm biased, this was my very first Graham Masterton book I ever read almost 25 years ago. I went on to become a massive fan of his and while I felt some of his later books lost me slightly, I remain loyal to the end

Mirror was just a wonderful book to read when I was 14, I have read it multiple times since and was thrilled to find it available for audio

It is set in Hollywood in the 80's and aside from a few tv series mentioned and monetary non inflations, the story is relatively timeless.
A child actor called Boofuls from the 1920's was brutally murdered and his spirit ended up in the mirror which witnessed the crime. 60 years later a screenwriter and fan buys the mirror and all Hell breaks loose... Literally. Boofuls was most definitely not what he appeared to be

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, the mythology of mirrors is explored and there are some wonderful references to CS Lewis as well. It is also wonderfully read by Robert Slade who brings a wonderful childlike evil to the main character as well as some excellent accents of other characters

This is just a great, old school, horror story. Once read, you will be definitely checking out Graham Masterton's back catalogue

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  • Freda
  • Warrington, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Nail Biting Mirror

I read this book over 20 years ago and really enjoyed it but the audio version just brings it to life. I listened to it all in one go, couldn't switch it off. One of Masterton's scarier stories, a must for horror fans.

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Satisfing horror story

I've not encountered Graham Masterton before and I'm more used to supernatural novels rather than horror. Therefore, I'm not able to compare this audiobook with similar titles. The horror elements are fun; they are set within the context of the narrative, they are gripping and don't seem gratuitous (given that this is in the horror genre). The main character, an Hollywood scriptwriter, reminded me of hard boiled detective heroes. The C.S.Lewis allusions are great. The 1980s setting is a bit jarring at times. I liked the narration. On the basis of Mirror, I'll try more of Masterton's audiobooks.

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Captivating page turner!

If you could sum up Mirror in three words, what would they be?

Terrifying! Visceral! Captivating!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mirror?

Glad when they killed that nasty little brat!!!!

What three words best describe Robert Slade’s voice?

Good story teller!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The imagination hearing the book's ENOUGH, wouldn't want to make a film of it, too graphicr

Any additional comments?

Along with "House of Bones" by same author, it's hard to say if gonna be venturing near any mirrors or walls for a while!!!

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Awesome Story from an Awesome Author

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. I found it to be a gripping and quite scary read.

What other book might you compare Mirror to, and why?

The Manitou by the same author as Manitou was another great read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where Boofuls leaves the mirror world for ours.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I generally read them in half hour segments when going to bed.

Any additional comments?

The is one of my favourite Graham Masterton books and the narrator did a great job.

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Brilliant!

Would recommend this book to any horror enthusiast. Had me gripped right from the start!

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Terrific story one of the best

Would you consider the audio edition of Mirror to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version but the audio was brilliant
Truly very well written

What did you like best about this story?

Love the 70's the screen writer who's wise cracking humour has the same kind of voice as the American tv shows the A Team he writes for.
The writer Graham Masterton is Scottish but you would not think so, as he writes about LA, Hollywood so convincingly

Have you listened to any of Robert Slade’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but his performance here is amazingly good, he performs the main characters humour very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it is the type of story you don't want to put down.

Any additional comments?

The quality of Graham Masterton's writing is technically brilliant, his other novel the house that jack built should be made into an audiobook, as the writing in that is exceptional.
He writes really great horror stories with well written characters .

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Great story

I loved Graham Masterton as a kid. Found his stories really inventive and shocking but wasn't sure how they were going to translate to audio.
I absolutely loved this recording.
Robert Slade made it sound a little like an old American detective novel (think Mike Hammer) and I was enthralled from start to finish.

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Good, but dated.

I read The Mirror when it was first published in the 80's and really enjoyed it. I always find Masterton an easy read and this was no exception. The only complaint I have is, on rereading it around 30 years later, is that a lot of the references are a little dated and not as PC as some readers may like, but the novel is "of its time". That aside, I thoroughly recommend it.

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Review for audiobook Mirror.

Absolutely fantastic. The narrator was superb. Story great.
Will definitely look out for audio books read by Robert Slade.

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  • sasha mcmorris
  • 12-10-17

sickeningly horrifyingly wonderful book!

My mom used to read this to me before bed, still a childhood favorite!

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  • Ray
  • 05-09-17

One of the best

The story & narration was excellent. The narrator's voice & intonation of the characters really matched the horror theme of the book. Very well done.