Sunday, January 11, 2015
Blind Panic by Graham Masterton
(pb; 2010: fifth novel in The Manitou series)
From the back cover:
"It began without warning. Across the country, people were struck suddenly and totally blind. At first it was just a few, but gradually more and more fell victim to the spreading darkness. Hospital emergency rooms filled to overflowing as highway pileups and airplane crashes were everywhere. But now the true horror has arrived. Silent, spectral hunters have begun to stalk their now-helpless prey. The blind can only grope in frantic fear as the ghostly marauders prowl the streets, leaving nothing but death in their wake."
Blind is an entertaining, fast-paced, worthy-of-a-B-movie horror novel. It features the return of supernatural con man Harry Erskine, as well as Amelia Carlsson née Crusoe (his psychic non-girlfriend), Singing Rock (Sioux medicine man and ex-car salesman) and Dr. Snow (Native American expert) from previous Manitou books (The Manitou, Revenge of the Manitou, Burial and Manitou Blood). Of course, it wouldn't be a Manitou novel without its titular character, Misquamacus, "the most fearsome Wampanoag medicine man of all time" (a.k.a. "The One Who Went and Came"), whose sixth* shot at resurrection and vengeance -- this time using the spirits of other powerful medicine men and the bizarre, giant Eye Killers -- is spectacularly cinematic and apocalyptic, its gore and terrors off-set by Masterton's quirky humor and his solid use of thematic faith, love and other human emotions.
This is a good, fun read, worth owning. Followed by Infection.
(*Harry Erskine and Misquamacus also tangled in a short story, "Spirit Jump," which takes place between Burial and Manitou Blood. This story appeared in the 1996 Faces of Fear anthology.)