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Transplant

Novel by Daniel Farson 1981.

Dick Mauley is famous, an obnoxious chat show host known to millions. He is also in desperate need of a heart transplant as his own heart has almost given up the ghost. Luckily for him, a murder victim with a suitable donor organ soon arrives at the same hospital. Tom Claymore, the donor and caretaker at Highgate Cemetery, managed to disturb a group of occultists in mid-ritual, only to be clubbed to death by their leader, a deeply sick character christened Tony Williams but known as the Creep. But once the Creep raises Tom from his grave, he finds that he cannot again find peace until he has destroyed his heart, and to do that, he has to find and destroy Mealey.

Following Curse was never going to be an easy task, and Transplant is certainly not in the same class. The plot is similar in some ways to Gary Brandner's Walkers, and the quality is also on that sort of level. Some good ironic touches don't quite make up for the annoying character regurgitation from Curse, even down to the principal characters' names: Tom, Dick, and, er, Anne! But the standout note is what appears to be an almost hidden reason behind the novel: Farson is the great nephew of Bram Stoker, and therefore it is strange to find a fictional 'great nephew of Bram Stoker' wanting his stolen Stoker artefacts back!


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