I am a big fan of Graham Masterton's horror, crime and now ALL his books. It's hard to review this book without revealing the key secret that makes the plot as good as it is. Once you've had the secret revealed you get a sense of knowing the book is going to take you on a journey into the unknown and that it does indeed! You don't know this London at all.
The Doorkeepers was a book with an interesting premise.
Review: THE DOORKEEPERS by Graham Masterton I always expect super stories from this accomplished author, and I am always satisfied.
They end up running into Ella, a psychic medium, while combing the neighborhood looking for anyone that might know Julia. In each dimension, there are Doorkeepers called the Hooded Men that hunt down anyone that comes through the doors into the different worlds. As Josh and Nancy follow Julia's trail through a door into another dimension, what they find is pure terrror. The Doorkeepers is a great story and my first from Graham Masterton. Story and characterization is Masterton's trademark and it shows in the Doorkeepers.
The book almost rates suspense rather than horror, but that genre label is quickly tossed once you read a few of the more potent scenes. *shivers* This one isn't as supernatural as some of his other stuff screams to be, touched more with fantastical other world imaginings, and while I didn't dig it as much as I have some of his other stuff, it's still a more than worthy book to read for the horror fan. Character wise, I really felt for poor Julia in the beginning, for it's hard to imagine something so horrifying happening to you.
There were times while traveling with Josh that I actually had to stop and take a breath. Something new around every corner as he traveled dimensions with whoever was there at the time. Reading his books makes you think that he actually creates new history, which I love. I recommend this book to any Masterton fans or to anyone who loves a good paranormal thriller!
There is also a fair amount of gore scenes included just to remind us that this is, first and foremost, a horror novel. Another strong book by Masterton.
Alternate worlds, it's a fascinating topic isn't it? Some representations are macabre, some show a world a little like ours and some...well...some show something completely different. I won't spoil too much, but here in The Doorkeepers the world(s) is very much like ours, but then in some ways it really isn't. I don't think there's perhaps enough substance there to make this a genre classic, and I don't know if I'd ever read it again.
This was the first novel that I read from Graham Masterton, and I was damn glad I chose to read it. Graham Masterton is a brilliant horror writer, perhaps the very best out there today in my humble opinion.
At this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex 'how-to' books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror novels, including Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of America; Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review of Books; and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wilde's tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non-French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.