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Phobia

Novel by Thomas Luke (Scotland) 1980.

The story was by Gary Sherman and Ronald Shusett; the screenplay based upon it by Lew Lehman, Jimmy Sangster and Peter Bellwood. As a result it has to be them as much as author Graham Masterton who are responsible for this novelisation. It's not bad. But the plot is hardly original, the characters are not defined enough for Masterton to get his teeth into. Only the basic idea is sound, and it's not much to build on.

Dr Peter Ross (Starsky and Hutch's Paul Michael Glaser in John Huston's film) is a neurologist concerning himself with phobia patients: people who are literally paralysed by an uncontrollable fear. He is working with five convicted criminals, each a chronic phobia sufferer: of heights, of crowds, of snakes, of enclosed spaces and of men. Using kill-or-cure methods to help them overcome their fears, Ross is hindered by the fact that his patients are gradually being killed, by murder or by what seem to be accidents. Worthy of a close inspection by fans of Graham Masterton, who does an admirable job with poor material, but there's not too much incentive for anybody else.


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