Communityby Graham Masterton
Michael is involved in a car crash which kills his girlfriend. He wakes to find himself in the hospital of a small town in Montana. There he convalesces and gradually becomes acquainted with the local community, most of whom seem to be clever and charming, although some are arrogant and difficult to get on with. In particular he forms a relationship with a smart… See more details below
Michael is involved in a car crash which kills his girlfriend. He wakes to find himself in the hospital of a small town in Montana. There he convalesces and gradually becomes acquainted with the local community, most of whom seem to be clever and charming, although some are arrogant and difficult to get on with. In particular he forms a relationship with a smart and pretty local girl. He learns that he has been in a coma for weeks and that his friend’s remains have already been sent back to California for cremation. He keeps in touch with his family through emails and phone calls.
As time goes by, however, and he gradually recovers his mobility, he begins to notice odd things about the community. People disappear without explanation and nobody ever mentions them again. Strangers come and go on a regular basis but the local people seem to ignore them. He is about to leave and go back home when his new girlfriend disappears. He stays to investigate. He gradually begins to come to the terrible conclusion that he is actually dead and that everybody in the town knows that he is no more than a ghost. The truth, however, is far more shocking...
Marred by clumsy dialogue, implausible characters, and repetitive, morbid sex, Masterton’s derivative tale of a snowbound town and its insular inhabitants promises little and delivers less. Horror fans will immediately recognize the ever-cheerful Stepford cutouts and slightly demented children who form the “sleepy” community of Trinity, where Michael Spencer is recuperating from a devastating automobile accident that took his memories and killed his fiancée, Tasha. Released from the hospital, Michael moves in with Isobel Weston, a beautiful widow who provides him with tasty dinners and sexual favors. He is befuddled when he realizes that none of the townspeople leave tracks in the snow, and that the identity given to him by the hospital staff doesn’t ring true. As winter and the novel drag laboriously on, Michael continually fails to see what is painfully obvious, requiring a parade of supporting characters to spell it out repeatedly. Masterton (Garden of Evil) has written some unquestionably chilling tales, but here he jettisons plausible suspension of disbelief to stretch an interesting idea into a circuitous novel fatally undermined by the blandness of its cast. (Oct.)
Booklist Starred Review of Community
After a car accident, a man struggles to recover his memory and find out the truth about the small town in which he's convalescing. Michael and his girlfriend, Tasha, are driving the windy roads of the Cascade Mountains when a tailgater runs them down. When he wakes up weeks later in the Trinity-Shasta Clinic, Michael can't remember a thing, even his own name. When the kind doctors tell him that he's Gregory Merrick, Michael doesn't know enough to disagree, and he prepares to spend much needed time recuperating in Trinity, a local town of convalescents and their companions. He's set up as roommate and companion to local resident Isobel, and the arrangement quickly turns sexual, much to Isobel's delight. In spite of Michael's desire to be happy, he becomes convinced that there's something suspicious about the town. He's especially troubled by the constant whispering between the hospital staff and select residents. In addition, he's nagged by the sense that there's something he still can't remember, something that has to do with a woman at the hospital to whom he feels drawn. At length, Michael does the unthinkable and investigates Trinity, determined to find out whether secrets are being kept in order to help residents or for more nefarious reasons. Fans of Masterton (The Red Hotel, 2013, etc.) may be shocked by the lack of blood and gore, whose absence allows more plot development than usual.
- Severn House Publishers
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- 5.54(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.57(d)
Meet the Author
Graham Masterton, a “master of modern horror” (Library Journal), is one of the world’s best-selling horror writers. A journalist by trade, Masterton’s debut novel, The Manitou, was an instant hit and was filmed with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg.
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