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No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properti No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properties, nor about their strange appetites. But he's about to find out...


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No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properti No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properties, nor about their strange appetites. But he's about to find out...

30 review for House of Bones

  1. 4 out of 5

    R.J. McCabe

    My first journey into Graham Masterton’s world...Hmm... As an aspiring horror author, I always try and keep abreast of who the most popular (as-well as upcoming) horror authors are, yet somehow I missed Graham Masterton completely, and, if truth be told, I always thought Masterton and Matherson (I've read Matherson) were the same person...Oops!! And so, upon researching Graham Masterton and seeing just how many works he'd published I got a little excited, called myself a "silly sausage" and began My first journey into Graham Masterton’s world...Hmm... As an aspiring horror author, I always try and keep abreast of who the most popular (as-well as upcoming) horror authors are, yet somehow I missed Graham Masterton completely, and, if truth be told, I always thought Masterton and Matherson (I've read Matherson) were the same person...Oops!! And so, upon researching Graham Masterton and seeing just how many works he'd published I got a little excited, called myself a "silly sausage" and began reading the first Masterton novel I could get my hands on. That novel is of course House of Bones, which I hope is nowhere near his best. The plot is pretty good, and the idea was also quite captivating, however I found the dialogue in this book borderline cringe, with cardboard, stereotypical characters who at times said the most ridiculous things. There's a moment in this book where John (main protagonist) is telling Courtney (slightly annoying co-worker) about being followed by a killer statue. Rather than saying "What the fuck are you waffling on about?" Which I think would be the most typical response, It takes two sentences until Courtney has swallowed the story as if it's an everyday occurrence to be chased by a statue. He handles the news as if John has told him he's merely had his bike stolen; i.e very mild concern. This unbelievable, childish tone continued throughout the book and when it ended I felt as if i'd just read a slightly gorier version of a Goosebumps tale. Also, there's a moment when the old mysterious Mr.Vain, tells John he's been waiting for someone like him to come along for a looooooong tiiiiiiime. The question I had was why? As John seemed, for the most part, an immature wet lettuce, who spent most of his time scared, and running away from things. I would rate this book as mildly entertaining, an easy read but not my cup of tea. I liked the idea of the killer houses, but aside from that nothing much else. I sincerely hope my next foray into Masterton is a little more harrowing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    A quirky horror mystery with a fascinating premise where houses are absorbing their occupants. John starts working for a London estate agent as soon realises that something is not quite right with some of the properties on the company’s books. Whilst trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, John heads to one of the houses in Brighton. I always like stories that are set in my home town, so i really enjoyed this segment of the story. It really raised the stakes as the threat wasn’t just contained t A quirky horror mystery with a fascinating premise where houses are absorbing their occupants. John starts working for a London estate agent as soon realises that something is not quite right with some of the properties on the company’s books. Whilst trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, John heads to one of the houses in Brighton. I always like stories that are set in my home town, so i really enjoyed this segment of the story. It really raised the stakes as the threat wasn’t just contained to London. A highly enjoyable read. This book was originally published under the Point Horror Unleashed range, it’s perfect for young teenagers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    I really liked House of Bones but I think that the sentences could've been less choppy and the dialogue less juvenile. It was still a very good story though, creepy and worth reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    When working within horror genre (and I specify this because I didn't really didn't care for his latest environmental thriller) Masterton really brings the goods. Even with this horror lite or possibly YA novel of his, it's still very good entertainment. John tries to be a responsible young man, getting a promising employment at 18, but first jobs can really be a killer, especially when dealing with hungry (literally) hungry houses. One of the best things about Masterton's horror is that always When working within horror genre (and I specify this because I didn't really didn't care for his latest environmental thriller) Masterton really brings the goods. Even with this horror lite or possibly YA novel of his, it's still very good entertainment. John tries to be a responsible young man, getting a promising employment at 18, but first jobs can really be a killer, especially when dealing with hungry (literally) hungry houses. One of the best things about Masterton's horror is that always solid backstory and this one doesn't disappoint either with some heavy Druidic lore. This book is very pun friendly, so at the very least...it's all about location, location, location. Lot of fun and a very quick read, only a couple hours.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Re-read this for Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror): https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Re-read this for Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror): https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  6. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Bamford

    Enjoyable read with enough strange happenings to hold your interest.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Pleasingly tacky-British and full of estate agent slagging off. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Pleasingly tacky-British and full of estate agent slagging off. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Was really fun. Reminded me of British horror movies from the 70's.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Philip Lindsay

    Another good but eerie tale This story grows and grows. Towards the end I couldn't put it down. Intriguing and quite fascinating. He thinks strange does Masterton

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    It has taken me a little while to write this review and I'll tell you why. 1. This book taps into a fear that stays with you. I mean, finding something that we, as house dwellers, need and think of has harmless into... oh, I don't know.... something that will suck your whole being, slowly allowing you to understand what's happening and still be able to do nothing. The feeling of helplessness of those who see it and those to who it is happening triggers a deep sense of fear. 2. I only just moved It has taken me a little while to write this review and I'll tell you why. 1. This book taps into a fear that stays with you. I mean, finding something that we, as house dwellers, need and think of has harmless into... oh, I don't know.... something that will suck your whole being, slowly allowing you to understand what's happening and still be able to do nothing. The feeling of helplessness of those who see it and those to who it is happening triggers a deep sense of fear. 2. I only just moved out of home for the first time. So it was only three weeks total that I had been living with the safety of my father's snoring and my mother leaving lights on. Now I live with my two friends who go to bed early and don't snore or leave lights on. So as I was reading this book in bed I couldn't help but inch away from my wall, it didn't help.... my bed is against the wall. So when it became scary I ended up like this: Stay away from the walls bitch! 3. This book is just as amazing as it is scary. Masterton manages to create a story in which a naive young man makes one little mistake that opens his eyes to a whole new, horrifying world. He discovers that there are houses in which soon after people have moved in they simply disappear and no one knows where to. Whole families just gone, they leave all their gear behind and are never seen again. While poor young John discovers there isn't just one house in which the walls are filled with bones or even two, but more and countless people have fallen prey to them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This one was very tame for what I expect from a Masterton book, but it was a great story with a lot of historical background to it. I really enjoyed where the origins for the story came from, and felt that Masterton took a unique approach in regards to the plot of this particular novel. The research was fantastic--as expected--and the supernatural thread really brought the book together well. I highly recommend this book to fans of supernatural horror fiction, and natural mysteries combined!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    This book took me awhile to get into. I wasn't ready for such simplistic writing and was a little disappointed at first. Luckily, what seemed like a book based on simple scares turned into an interesting, somewhat creepy read centered around Druidic lore. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned scare.

  13. 4 out of 5

    A

    so unbelievabley scary! dont read by night!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I loved this book, especially as it was based on the Druid mythology and was based in England - a lot of the Point Horror books are based our Amercian High School Students.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barry Rosenberg

    An intriguing beginning but then becomes a bit ho-hum. I've since read that this was meant as a YA book. That may explain the quick fade away.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Neil Davies

    Written originally for the young adult market - just proves that Graham Masterton is a brilliant horror writer, even without the extreme gore and sex he is more than capable of. Great story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    Kept me interested throughout. Quick and fast paced listen.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Kiernan

    This is a good book, it reminds me of a YA goosebumps and that's why I gave it five stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    SenoraG

    Creepy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Armand

    This is the most thoroughly British horror novel I've read yet. It's not just in the expressions (Oi!) or the food (ice lollies and fish & chips), but more importantly in the subject matter, dealing as it does with (view spoiler)[bloodthirsty Druidic spirits that traverse ley lines across the British Isles. It has at its heart a grand magickal conceit, where manifold houses built along the said lines act as profane temples of human sacrifice. (hide spoiler)] Our young hero John is the newest rec This is the most thoroughly British horror novel I've read yet. It's not just in the expressions (Oi!) or the food (ice lollies and fish & chips), but more importantly in the subject matter, dealing as it does with (view spoiler)[bloodthirsty Druidic spirits that traverse ley lines across the British Isles. It has at its heart a grand magickal conceit, where manifold houses built along the said lines act as profane temples of human sacrifice. (hide spoiler)] Our young hero John is the newest recruit in a real estate agency. He uncovers sinister hijinks involving several properties in their boss's special listing, and it's up to him and his pals to stop a vast and primal force that spans millenia from claiming more victims. I think a more accurate title would be Houses of Bones since we're dealing with more than one murderous residence here. This is an exceptionally enjoyable romp, except maybe for modern-day Druids because it casts the past practitioners of their order in a most unflattering light. It's a solid offering with an intriguing ending that leaves the door open for a sequel. I'm rating it 7.5/10 or 4 stars out of 5.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joe Stamber

    House of Bones is a horror/paranormal thriller that is tame by Graham Masterton's standards. The novel starts with the discovery of a large quantity of human remains walled up in a demolished house. We then meet the main character, John, as he starts work at an Estate Agent's that turns out to have a number of properties in its portfolio that have a disturbing secret. John talks his new colleagues into investigating the mysterious houses and opens the expected can of worms. Being a Graham Master House of Bones is a horror/paranormal thriller that is tame by Graham Masterton's standards. The novel starts with the discovery of a large quantity of human remains walled up in a demolished house. We then meet the main character, John, as he starts work at an Estate Agent's that turns out to have a number of properties in its portfolio that have a disturbing secret. John talks his new colleagues into investigating the mysterious houses and opens the expected can of worms. Being a Graham Masterton novel, House of Bones is an easy read and entertaining enough. However, there is nothing ground breaking here and Masterton has written many better novels with a lot more graphic content than this. Regular readers of horror and/or Masterton will find House of Bones a bit lacking as far as thrills go. For anyone who likes an old-fashioned fairly gentle horror, it's a quick read that might fit the bill.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bea Tea

    What an oddly literal front cover. I thought this was, I dunno, some metaphorical screaming face turning into a skull while half submerged in a wall... well ain't I the fool! I have to admit I was presently surprised to read a Point Horror book that WASN'T about a creepy stalker! Whats that I say? No phone calls with a throaty voice at the other end? No threatening notes stuffed into lockers? NOPE! I was even more delighted that this horror book had a supernatural element. I'm 9 books into my Poi What an oddly literal front cover. I thought this was, I dunno, some metaphorical screaming face turning into a skull while half submerged in a wall... well ain't I the fool! I have to admit I was presently surprised to read a Point Horror book that WASN'T about a creepy stalker! Whats that I say? No phone calls with a throaty voice at the other end? No threatening notes stuffed into lockers? NOPE! I was even more delighted that this horror book had a supernatural element. I'm 9 books into my Point Horror nostalgia kick and this is the first one that contained anything even remotely supernatural. Bonus points for this being set in the UK. As a Brit I'm often baffled by the American stuff in Point Horror books. Now I can be totally at home with references to crisp bags, double decker buses and Tooting Bec common. Ahhhhhh.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex Stoiche

    A pretty light read will a bunch of Masterson cheesiness and lore. Some surprisingly creepy sequences considering how light on the book is, which is probably a testament to the authors skill. Fun for something quick

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    Again Graham Masterton delivers the goods. Over many years he has never lost the horror writing skill. He was one of the first I read and have been a fan ever since Recommended for when you need a good old-school horror story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hermann

    Wow. I can't say enough good things about this book. It was a quick and fast paced tale that definitely kept me guessing and not wanting to put the book down. If you want an entertaining quick read that will creep you out, definitely give this book a shot.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books

    I used to absolutely LOVE the Point Horror books! I would go through each of them in one sitting, for the most part. They definitely tweaked my interested in the horror genre.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Micky Parise

    Really enjoyable book. Great characters and plot and story just flowed along nicely. Recommend highly.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Dean

    I could see this being an excellent movie. Parts of the book just didn't connect for me but overall, a scary and exciting story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Layla

    I actually enjoyed this and found it genuinely scary at times!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    If you've read the reviews on this website before, you'll know we're die-hard fans (no pun intended) of Graham Masterton. Masterton is grossly overlooked and definitely deserves the title "King of Horror" more than Stephen King. Don't believe me? Just give his novels a try. Start out with Feast (review here: Dreamworld Book Reviews - Feast), THEN think about challenging this statement. Graham Masterton is also extremely prolific, so you'll find a horror novel that covers just about every nightma If you've read the reviews on this website before, you'll know we're die-hard fans (no pun intended) of Graham Masterton. Masterton is grossly overlooked and definitely deserves the title "King of Horror" more than Stephen King. Don't believe me? Just give his novels a try. Start out with Feast (review here: Dreamworld Book Reviews - Feast), THEN think about challenging this statement. Graham Masterton is also extremely prolific, so you'll find a horror novel that covers just about every nightmare you've ever had. House of Bones originally came out in 1998 but was re-packaged in 2008 with Severn House. The novel is about a young realtor named John who discovers that the office manager, Mr. Vane, is in charge of several spooky houses with walls that seem to "eat" people. Bones -- both new and old -- are found mysteriously behind the walls of these houses and people who view the properties are disappearing. When John witnesses a colleague undergo a horrifying, freakish death, he heroically begins to investigate with intentions of putting these nasty "house demons" to rest. Graham Masterton is such a master storyteller. No matter how ridiculous the premise of his novels may seem at first, you'll enjoy yourself regardless. With a people-eating house and a murderous, marble statue that comes to life in House of Bones, you'll truly shiver with disgust and horror while devouring this book. Masterton also weaves in some ley-line history which really adds to the overall creepy effect of House of Bones. The novel is engrossing, but really short. I love Masterton's dark humor, classic style and of course the doomed, unhappy endings. What more could you want from a true horror novel? Fans of this genre will really enjoy it -- although if you're a true horror fan, I'm sure you're already enjoying works by Graham Masterton. In addition to Feast (AKA Ritual 1988), my other favorite novels by Masterton include Prey(1992), Master of Lies (AKA Black Angel 1991), and Death Mask (2009). Read more book reviews at http://dreamworldbooks.com.

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