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The Manitou
The Manitou | Graham Masterton
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An ancient, powerful, and vengeful spirit attempts to reenter the world through the body of a terrified young woman in this horror classic. Phony psychic and conman Harry Erskine never really believed in the occult until Karen Tandy approached him with a rapidly growing tumor on her neck, complaining of dark and disturbing dreams. When the mass is revealed by doctors to contain something living, the stakes skyrocketnot only for Karen and Harry but for all humanity. Something terrible is returning from the shadows to which it has been confined for centuriesa Native American monstrosity determined to destroy every vestige of the white race that oppressed and preyed upon Americas Indians. And unless a motley group of ill-prepared defenders can harness an ancient native magic, there will be no stopping the malevolent shamans terrible rebirthand no escaping the wholesale carnage it will engender. The Manitou introduced the great Graham Masterton to the canon of horror, instantly placing him among the genres elite. A longtime favorite for its bold originality, unrelenting creepiness, supernatural shocks, and otherworldly surprises that would have made H. P. Lovecraft proud, Mastertons classic continues to stand tall alongside Stephen Kings Carrie, Peter Straubs Ghost Story, and other unforgettable literary horror debuts.
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This book kicked ass and my only regret was I didn't have more time to read it in one sitting. It is honestly the most unique knock off of "The Exorist" that i have ever encountered. It is flatout supernatural suspense until the end when it becomes a huge gore fest. Also, the book provided a unique social commentary in regards to how America's bloody past rides on the backs of all Americans and one day it will come full circle for revenge.

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Well, that was interesting. Turns out Singing Rock couldn't evoke Unitek's manitou because since it was crafted by the white man, only a white man can evoke it's spirit, to which Erskine does exactly that, closes the portal, causes Misquamicus to spontaneously combust, and Karen to live again.

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BookwormOfTheDamned Thank you! I had no clue that's what that button did lol 7mo
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Considering how technology deformed Misquamicus by x-ray, it only makes sense that technology will defeat him. After Singing Rock receives from the Unitrak the code to evoke its spirit, he and Erskine return to the 10th floor for the final showdown, which has become nothing more than an icy hell full of rat like parasites that are making way for the great old one to rise. However, Singing Rock discovers he can't evoke the Unitrak manitou.

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I also should have seen this coming.

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Lieutenant Morino's annoying arrival isn't for nothing. Having become a believer of the manitou, he has previously corresponded in front of Singing Rock and Erskine to his main office regarding crime records through a major computer system intended for law enforcement called Unitrak, which Singing Rock believes this system can be used as a technological manitou that is dedicated to law and order.

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I should have seen this coming.

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Earlier, Singing Rock explains to Erskine everything has its own manitou. This includes inanimate objects. Reason being is these objects come to life by the spirit of those who constructed the object. So, since Misquamicus is awakening the hospital's manitou so that it may act as a portal to the old one, & all else has failed in defeating him, Singing Rock has one final trick up his sleeve. Technology.

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As expected, the manitou has killed all of the police & has used their blood to draw symbols to awaken the hospital's manitou so that it will act as a portal. After doing this, he trys to resurrect the great old one, who is like the devil, but as Singing Rock explains, the great old one would make the Christian devil seem like a gentleman. Now, they must close the portal that Misquamicus opened, save Karen's soul, & kill Misquamicus.

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After Erskine attempts to infect Misquamicus with influenza & fails, due to hallucinations, Lieutenant Morino, who has floated in & out of the story (when Mrs. Hertz died & when he tells Erskine that Amellia & MacArthur died) arrives with his men. Despite Erskine, Dr. Hughes, & Singing Rock warning Morino & his men from entering floor 10, which has undergone complete control by Misquamicus, Morino sends 11 of his men to investigate.

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While the men face down Misquamicus, he summons a demon, The Star Beast, who requires blood in order to return from the neatherworld, which Dr. Hughes sacrifices a part of himself to, so they be rid of the creature. After a small showdown, the men flee from the area and consider the only way to kill Misquamicus is to infect him with an influenza, which the Sisters of Nazareth have a vile of in their hospital that could infect a city.

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While Erskine sits outside of Karen's room, waiting, the nurse who is sitting with her suffers a cruel death. Having heard a ruckus, Erskine runs to aid Karen to discover the nurse who sat with her has been turned inside out. Next, Erskine wakes Singing Rock from his nap to help. Together, the men & Dr. Hughes runs to Karen's aid, to see Misquamicus has been birthed, in turn ripping Karen apart, killing her. Yet, he is trapped in the circle.

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Upon Singing Rock seeing Karen, he discovers the manitou inside of her is of the strongest medicine man who ever lived, Misquamicus. Understanding he is up against a great opponent, Singing Rock makes a protective circle around Karen, which Misquamicus will be unable to cross as long as the circle remains unbroken. Afterwards, everyone has no other choice but to wait for the birth, which occurs in a grisly wrath.

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While discussing how to rid the manitou Erskine explains that Dr. Hughes said the reincarnation has been deformed due to x-ray radiation. (I'm expecting x-rays will play a big factor into the manitou's downfall.) At the hospital, Erskine, Dr. Hughes, Singing Rock, and Mrs. Karmann explain to Karen's parents what they are dealing with & what it will cost is Singing Rock can save their daughter. Karen's parents, though in disbelief, agree.

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As Erskine & Singing Rock are driving, Singing Rock says the only way to save Karen is to remove the manitou & put it in someone else, which Erskine argues, what's the point. Another suggestion is they wait for the manitou to birth itself so it in turn can carry Karen's manitou. Next, there is a chance to have Karen do to the manitou what it did to her. Because of how deadly this may be Singing Rock is asking for $30k IF he can save Karen.

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Things just became more dangerous. Erskine has met Singing Rock at the airport & is surprised that he looks like an everyday person & not the stereotyped medicine man. On their drive to the hospital, Singing Rock explains that the manitou, AKA the spirit, who is inside Karen used a magic that is old & powerful, because of this, he estimates the manitou has already been reincarnated 5 or 6 times, each time gaining more power & knowledge.

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Early on, one can see the concept is symbolic for white guilt in regards to the genocide against Native Americans, Dr. Hughes's dialogue paints a sympathetic picture for the medicine man. Also, I like how the tumor is symbolically located on Karen's back. It suggests Americans carry on their back a bloody past. Until now, I couldn't decide if Masterton was a casual racist or if some of his dated verbiage was used to make a point. Loving this.

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Upon visiting Dr. Snow and gaining his knowledge, Erskine learns that only another medicine man can banish the spirit. Luckily, Dr. Snow knows of such a man in South Dakota named Singing Rock, which they might have to pay for him to agree to remove the spirit. After their meeting, Erskine returns to the hospital to speak with Dr. Hughes where the message of the book is revealed. CONTINUED

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Feeling again they are in over their heads, Amellia reaches out to a college professor, which through a friend's friend, they are put in contact with an anthropologist, Dr. Snow, who after little convincing, believes the circumstance. What I feel is bad @$$ is how Dr. Snow explains medicine men could conjure spirits so vile that it would make the demon in "The Exorcist" seem like an angry dog. This comparison sets the stage for an epic battle.

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What I think is awesome with this is the originality of everything when all books were trying to become the next "Exorcist." An example of this is when the trio is researching medicine men and they discover a medicine man could destroy himself by drinking burning oil, then he could rebirth himself in the past or future by using a human being, may it be male or female, or animal, as his host for birth.

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After the spirit departs & Erskine, MacAuthur, & Amellia leave, they identify the spirit as a Native American, & it makes sense this spirit referred to boat with the Dutch verbiage. Reason why is because this area of NY was once New Amsterdam where Dutch sailing ships once came. Since the spirit heard boat in Dutch tongue, it makes sense it would still refer to it as such. As they research Native Americans, they learn about medicine men.

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Having expressed to Mrs. Karmann that Karen's condition may be due to a spiritual invasion, she allows Eeskine, Amellia, & Amellia's lover, MacArthur to hold a seance at her apt. With this move, Amellia & Erskine hope the vibes of her apt. will reveal the cause of nightmares & Karen's tumor. When they arrive at her apt, the seance begins & the evil emerges as the face of a Native American male in the table surface they are gathered at.

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Furthermore, the fetus is attached to her like a siamese twin and removing it will kill Karen. While Erskine is a con artist, he does have a friend, Amelia, who us legitly gifted. Seeing this is out of his hands, he calls Amelia and explains the circumstance. To get to the bottom of this, he explains Karen's aunt, Mrs. Karmann is also one of his clients, and odd enough she has had the same dreams as Karen. CONTINUED

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Concerned for Karen's wellbeing Erskine speak with Dr. Hughes & explains who he is & his business with Karen. Despite Dr. Hughes is a man of rationality & not the supernatural, this case has him grasping at straws & is hoping to retrieve any info that could help Karen. Because of this, he asks Erskine to come to the Sisters of Jerusalem. Once there, it is explained to Erskine that the tumor is no typical tumor. Instead, it is a fetus.

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After Mrs. Hertz's fit, Erskine sees she is levitating, when he goes after her, she throws herself down the stairs of his apartment complex. Being that she is 75, the fall kills her. After emergency arrives and takes his report, he goes to the library and learns the boat in which Karen drew depicts a Dutch ship from the 1650s.

Deciding to call the hospital to check on Karen, he poses as her uncle and discovers her surgery was a failure.

SleepyDragon You can mark these as spoilers so that the text is hidden until a user clicks on it. Its a cool feature here on Litsy. 7mo
BookwormOfTheDamned Awesome! Thank you. I didn't know about that feature. 7mo
BookwormOfTheDamned I'm a little dumb to this, but how do I mark a post as a spoiler? 7mo
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Before Karen leaves, Erskine asks she make note of any further detail in her dreams & he will help her interpret. Overnight, the dream occurs again & she leaves for Erskine an envelope with greater detail of the ship prior to her surgery. Preventing him from being able to conduct further research, an elderly client, Mrs. Hertz, comes to him for a reading. Instead, she goes into a fit that causes her to yell out the German word of boat. CONTINUED

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You can't keep a good spirit down.

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As they visit, she explains to him of a reoccurring dream she has suffered since the tumor appeared. One that regards a dark sailing ship and a deserted island, which he interprets the ship as being a representation of what ails her, and the deserted island is to represent herself. After, she leaves he does a personal reading on her and the outcome is literally impossible as the magician card shows up twice in the same spread.

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After the opening concludes, the 1st chapter introduces a gimmick psychic, Harry Erskine. While he puts little to no stock in the occult or psychic ability, he plays the role of a medium & rakes in the $. That all changes when Karen Tandy asks him for a reading on the surgery which she is scheduled to have tomorrow regarding her tumor. Instantly, Erskine senses there is something legit about Karen & feels sorry for her with the drive to help.

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Agreeing to see the patient, Dr. Hughes goes to Dr. McEvoy who introduces his patient, Ms. Tandy, a young woman who has a paperweight sized tumor on the back of her neck. What is more disturbing is, this tumor has only been there for 3 days and it's moving! What's even more horrifying is that x-rays taken by Dr. McEvoy shows this tumor is actually a formed fetus, which they haven't told this to Ms. Tandy yet.

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Just started and I am loving it. At the very beginning Masterton jumps into the grotesque and dread with a scenario that would make Dr. Pimple Popper proud! While jumping directly into the subject, he is able to provide strong characters.

The book opens at The Sisters of Jerusalem hospital & introduces Dr. Hughes who has received a call from Dr. McEvoy, which is requesting Dr. Hues's opinion on a tumor that one of his patients is suffering from.

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Wow! exactly what i would want from a classic horror book. From page one to the end,my attention was kept with on the edge of your seat, page turning excitement. 👍👍👍

MStew I just found this book! So I'm glad it's a good one!💀 1y
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Dang ! This book is the stuff of nightmares.☠💀👻
#horrorbooks #vintagehorror

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Mehso-so

A bit dated.

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Some thrift store horror paperback finds. Digging the "Fright Night" novelization as its by Skipp & Spector whose work I love.

LeahBergen That Child‘s Play looks mighty familiar. I think I read it in the 80s. 😆 2y
Kosugi @LeahBergen I've just started collecting them in the past year or so and lots look very familiar! 2y
BookishTrish I'm so jealous you have a copy of 2y
BookishTrish Please tell me how it's held up over the years 2y
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