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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812521870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812521887
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,488,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Masterton is a full time writer and lives in Surrey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on February 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Delving into Hindu mysticism, "Death Trance" tells a story of murder, revenge and greed. The main character - Randolph Clare - is the owner of a successful company in the cotton oil business. However, someone - it seems - is out to destroy him. First one of his factories is bombed, and then his wife and three children are horribly murdered. While in hospital recovering from the shock of hearing this, he meets Dr. Amara, a practicing Hindu, who tells Randolph about the Hindu belief in reincarnation, and mentions people who may be able to contact the dead. This becomes an obsession for Randolph, even as he begins to fear for his life. Dr. Amara warns that there is terrible danger in seeking the death trance, as leyaks - zombie-like creatures - inhabit the plane of reality one enters, waiting to grab souls for their goddess in hopes that she will grant them rest. The book takes us from the cotton fields of Tennessee to India and back.

This book is NOT for the faint-hearted - the scenes where Randolph's wife and children are killed is difficult to handle and that is only the first of many very graphic scenes. However, it is very well written and a satisfying horror read. A recommend from me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amer Mattar on August 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Imagine not saying goodbye to your loved ones before somthing bad happens to them and then you get the chance to say bye....sort of.

This book is scary, gory, and downright disturbing...which is Great! The horror of realizing what has happened and what one will do to get back at a hated person is amazing. IF you want to be scared bad, and do not mind reading up on gory stuff, this book is for you. Just make sure you have a light on, the windows are closed a machette under your chair!

Graham Masterton, once again, has proven himself in this book to be above and beyond all mortal horror writers! It is really sad that the U.S. do not recognize him much (do not publish his out of print books) and would rather recognize such <yawn> writers as Stephin King.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DavidMatthewCollins on August 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read this gentleman's work before and must say with him its usually going to be a hot or cold piece. This book is so hot its IMPOSSIBLE not to read it!! I bought this book ages ago, either I did or my grandmother gave it to me I cannot remember. But anyway, I have tons of books in my room some on my shelf, in my drawers and under my bed ( I can't seem to find enough space to put them all in. While I was looking for something new to read before I finished the last few chapters in another book I read, I found this one on the floor. Out of a whim I started to read it and two days later I was done!!

The story sucks you in and doesn't let go of your imagination, one thing many people don't realize is that the more you read the most surreal your dreams become. This book was very surreal and detailed, I really really enjoyed it and recommend it to horror fans, spiritual fans and thriller fans. Also those of you into the dynamics of how a business works this is a good little book to check out. My only grip was the ending of the book, I felt the author ran out of steam right toward the end, and it also left the love-interest theme hanging. If a sequel had been made to explain the end I would have really loved to have purchased it. Having said that I am still buzzing from such a good read!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Gumm on May 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading "Death Trance," and I have to agree with the three other reviews already posted--this book is one heck of a thrill ride.

I read a lot of horror fiction--some of it's OK, some of it can be pretty lame, but sometimes a book sticks out and really draws me in. "Death Trance" is one of those books.

While not giving any of the story line away, I will say that those who are faint-hearted may wish to avoid this book because of the extreme violence depicted toward the beginning. However, if you can make it through those gruesome scenes, "Death Trance" is far more tame on the "gross-out" factor than other Masterton books out there.

For those of you who like crime novels and are looking for something a little different, you may wish to check this book out--it has a mystery, a very twisted criminal conspiracy, and more. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
A wealthy industrialist suffers a lot of misfortune. Industrial accidents, and the death of his family. This leads him to go looking for supernatural help, and travels to Indonesia for some reason, to find a death trance guru, so he can talk to his dead wife.

Of course, it is not going to be as simple as that, either for him, or for the hindu trance master he finds.
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