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The Hell Candidate Hardcover – March 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0727811158 ISBN-10: 0727811150

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Pub Ltd (March 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727811150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727811158
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,589,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ***Doum666*** on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Graham Masterton is the most prolific and entertaining horror writer of our time. It would be true to say he's been my favourite author for the past 15 years. His writing style is amazing and no one writes a story like he does.

THE HELL CANDIDATE is a perfect blend of politics AND horror, which is maybe why this one is not for everyone and might be slightly different from the stories he usually writes. Senator Hunter Peale is running for president, everything seems to be fine until the whole staff move to an old house called Allen's Corner , initially called "Hells end" where lots of strange events happened several years before.....Senator Hunter Peale quickly begin to change his behaviour and even his politics to become a completely different man, a very evil man.....

The story is fast paced again but this time with lots of politics and campaign details as well as we follow Hunter and his staff through the whole campaign. The first chapters in Allen's corner are very effective and scary, Masterton writes like he was really there himself. Everything is very visual, you can hear, you can see and you can even smell everything as the story goes. Very well written with a couple of shocking scenes written in Graham's unique way will make this book a memorable read for any horror fan.

I believe Hunter Peale was a good man at the beginning and that the evil possessing him finally got him to keep wanting more and more power to finally become this horrible, sick, perverted and demented man on the verge of leading the country.....

We are all different as human beings thats true, but deep down inside, we all have an Hunter Peale thats just waiting to come out and spill some guts......

ENJOY!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Masterton originally published this one under his pseudonym Thomas Luke; as far as I know he's only used that name one other time (for the novelization of a 1980 movie called, I think, "Phobia," directed by John Huston of all people). It's not top-of-the-line Masterton, but not uninteresting; I wish he'd exploted the severe amorality of his main character/narrator (the would-be kingmaker pulling the strings behind a presidential candidate who seems to have signed some kind of deal with the devil). As often happens with Masterton, the most bizarre and violent occurrences are treated with almost hilarious casualness by the witnesses; this could have come off quite satiricially in "The Hell Candidate" if Masterton had explored the main character's obvious indifference to the increasing depravity of the candidate's behavior and the horrors wreaked upon various others around them. Still, Masterton's almost always good with a hook, and at keeping you interested right through the end.
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A fairly moderate Republican presidential candidate suddenly changes his politics...becoming a hardline conservative, emphasizing aggressiveness in social and foreign issues. Press secretary Jack Russo can't figure out what has gotten into Hunter Peal, the man he admires.

As radical as Peal's positions are getting, he is drawing amazing levels of support. With growing horror, Russo begins to realize that Peal made the proverbial deal with the devil. And anyone who gets in his path on his way to the Oval Office will pay. What will happen when he gets there?

Great horror thriller written by British writer Graham Masterton under a pen name in anticipation of the 1980 presidential elections. I read this when it originally came out and several elements have remained with me ever since. It remains hard to find. It is dated, of course, by topical political references, but remains a chilling story as Russo watches the man he followed change into something he refuses to quite grasp. Driven by ambition and fear at leaving Peal surrounded by willing sycophants and possible retaliation from jumping ship, Russo stays with Peal..

Russo tries to find a solution but how do you beat Satan himself, lusting after the most powerful job on the planet where your car has a bumper sticker that says "My other car is Air Force One"? (By the way, the little spoiler about what exactly is going on is clearly revealed on the back cover blurb. What can I say?)

Masterton seems to have a pretty good grasp of American politics of the era and the American electorate as Peal presents a vision of America in which everyone impossibly gets what they want, backed up by shared hallucinations and an appeal that transcends explanation.
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By KinksRock on August 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I must admit I enjoyed this book. I don't recommend it for anyone who can't handle perversity and sacrilege. Sometimes it feels like the author is trying to push the envelope as far as he can to see if he can disgust you. But if you can handle it, and you are a fan of both horror and politics, this is the ideal book for you.

Perhaps the reason it is no longer in print is because there is so much political content and so much horror content, and a small audience that will be interested when it goes in one direction or the other (politics or horror).
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