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The Master

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1988.

Ann Rawsthorne takes up her new appointment as arts teacher at a private school in the Highlands of Scotland, expecting a quiet and lonely time. She finds life is anything but quiet, with boys falling into bogs and dying on the games field, none of which is helped one jot by the headmaster, who seems a little on the sadistic and dictatorial side. This turns out to be because he is the leader of a Satanic coven whose avowed aim is to raise from the dead the founder of the school, the long-since departed Laird, whose leadership would naturally cause no end of havoc.

A more recent Guy Smith straight-forward horror title, and is thus typically well-written in his usual style with plenty of gore. After fifty odd genre efforts, however, an author needs more than ever to produce something a little extra in order to avoid the trap of being pigeonholed, and this one is less than average. Also, he unwisely gives away all the plot early on in the book; and thus there are no surprises to look for and no clever twist in the tale. Less than average fare from the god of gore; he later produced another book with a similar plot, though of much higher quality, so forget this and buy Witch Spell.


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