Ritual creator Graham Masterton, a most prolific horror writer and famous for his Manitou series of books, was the first author to genuinely shock me. The content in question I considered to be absolute overkill in its use of violence, and associated emotional overplay, to elicit a response from the reader.
I think I was around fourteen, and had wandered around to the library to pick up a few books to read. I don’t think it was too long before I saw Black Angel, something with a fairly graphic depiction of some demonic figure splashed upon its cover and thought it might make an interesting read. It was certainly that, and I can still recall being pulled along in a story, which was if I recall correctly, interspersed with hardcore demonic serial killings. Click here to read more.. »