One of the classic horror novels of the seventies, Graham Masterton’s debut novel is a tale of revenge as an ancient Red Indian medicine man is reincarnated in modern day New York intent on reclaiming his land from the white men.
Bestsellers Magazine described it as “a tale that just won’t let go, and which will have them screaming for more. Highly and memorably visual, The Manitou aches for translation onto film: the special effects possibilities are virtually never-ending … word of mouth could make it this year’s rage!”
In fact, the book was made into a film by William Girdler, starring Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg.
This special Telos edition celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the novel. It features a new introduction by the author, and the book’s original ending, which after publication in the first hardback edition was changed for all subsequent editions. The revised ending is also present so readers can at last make their own minds up which is superior. The book also includes internal illustrations taken from pre-production drawings for the 1978 William Girdler film, which have never before seen publication.
Published 31 October 2002
Also published as a signed and numbered limited edition deluxe hardback:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh on 16 January 1946. After finishing his state education at the Whitgift school in Croydon, he worked for the Crawley Observer as a cub reporter and in 1967 applied to work for the Daily Telegraph, but was turned down. He then went to his uncle who worked on the Evening Standard, and was turned down again due to lack of experience. A day later his girlfriend suggested trying a new magazine called Mayfair. He applied and was hired. As it turned out, he ended up doing virtually everything: writing the headlines, copy editing, typography – training that resulted in him being able to write about anything at short notice. After three years he moved over to the UK edition of Penthouse. The publishers had just started an American edition, which led to Masterton visiting New York on a regular basis, getting to know the American publishers. With the support of those publishers he started writing sex instruction books. In 1975 Masterton turned to horror. His first novel was The Manitou, and he followed that success with a stream of further titles. In the ’80s he diversified into writing historical sagas, thrillers, even movie tie-ins. Nowadays, he regularly contributes creative and instructive articles to magazines, and short stories to international anthologies and is still writing novels.