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Description A rash of strange and horrifying births sweeps through London in the new horror thriller from master of the genre Graham Masterton. A SERIES OF STRANGE BIRTHS A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains. The chief surgeon performs a C-section, and delivers a catastrophically malformed foetus that is somehow alive... A DEVASTATING ATTACK Sewage engine Description A rash of strange and horrifying births sweeps through London in the new horror thriller from master of the genre Graham Masterton. A SERIES OF STRANGE BIRTHS A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains. The chief surgeon performs a C-section, and delivers a catastrophically malformed foetus that is somehow alive... A DEVASTATING ATTACK Sewage engineer Gemma is plunged into a ghostly darkness in the tunnel where she works. She escapes, but her boss goes missing in the chaos. He is later found alive... but his legs have been severed and his eyes pulled out. A SUPERNATURAL THREAT DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of the supernatural squad must team up once more to solve the mystery and save the city. But, if they are to succeed, first they must delve into the dark arts of witchcraft...


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Description A rash of strange and horrifying births sweeps through London in the new horror thriller from master of the genre Graham Masterton. A SERIES OF STRANGE BIRTHS A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains. The chief surgeon performs a C-section, and delivers a catastrophically malformed foetus that is somehow alive... A DEVASTATING ATTACK Sewage engine Description A rash of strange and horrifying births sweeps through London in the new horror thriller from master of the genre Graham Masterton. A SERIES OF STRANGE BIRTHS A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains. The chief surgeon performs a C-section, and delivers a catastrophically malformed foetus that is somehow alive... A DEVASTATING ATTACK Sewage engineer Gemma is plunged into a ghostly darkness in the tunnel where she works. She escapes, but her boss goes missing in the chaos. He is later found alive... but his legs have been severed and his eyes pulled out. A SUPERNATURAL THREAT DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of the supernatural squad must team up once more to solve the mystery and save the city. But, if they are to succeed, first they must delve into the dark arts of witchcraft...

30 review for The Children God Forgot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! After reading the impactful, mind blowing, blood cells freezing opening of the book, I was already hooked! A woman feels the stabbing pain in her stomach, is found in her car, barely breathing! When she opens her eyes at the hospital, realizing she’s pregnant which is impossible because she doesn’t make sex with anyone for a long time. But her miraculous pregnancy is not the most shocking news she gets. She is carrying a monstrous baby ( Something reminds us Alien movie’s memorable chestbur Wow! After reading the impactful, mind blowing, blood cells freezing opening of the book, I was already hooked! A woman feels the stabbing pain in her stomach, is found in her car, barely breathing! When she opens her eyes at the hospital, realizing she’s pregnant which is impossible because she doesn’t make sex with anyone for a long time. But her miraculous pregnancy is not the most shocking news she gets. She is carrying a monstrous baby ( Something reminds us Alien movie’s memorable chestburster scene !) who has ugly deformities make your stomach churn ! And this is not the only faceless monstrous baby who was recently born! There are lots of them, spreading green light, walking at the dark tunnels in their ghostly figures ( so spooky, shaking to the core premise, isn’t it? I jumped up and down several times, screamed, dropped my e-reader! ) Great part of the book is the supernatural investigation team: nope: unfortunately they are not Winchester Brothers! The writer of the book is not Eric Kripke. But if you recently read Ghost Virus which is the author’s previous work, you’re already familiar with DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel, of Tooting Police department! They already worked on a case about occult but they cannot imagine what kind of danger awaiting them in the city! There is something going on in the sewers reminding you of the mash up of Guillermo del Toro’s Strain and Return of Living Dead: when the babies grow into something between Walking Dead’s extras and Michael Jackson’s Thriller video clip dancers, best way to fight with them apply witchcraft! Overall: this is wild, wild, wild, horrifying, smart, well written ride with quirky, enjoyable characters ! I’m giving four classic horror stars! It was such a heart pounding experience and a delightful adrenaline crush for me! Special thanks to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    The Children God Forgot is not a book I will forget about soon! It is creepy, dark and chilling. Imagine aliens meets the Gerber baby meets a powerful witch and throw in an octopus. What!?! Yes, things get strange but in a delightfully creepy way! This was a highly imaginative and creepy tale with some great detective work. There are things amiss in the sewers. Where else? But also, above ground as well. Great, just great. Nowhere is safe. A woman goes to the hospital with severe stomach pains to The Children God Forgot is not a book I will forget about soon! It is creepy, dark and chilling. Imagine aliens meets the Gerber baby meets a powerful witch and throw in an octopus. What!?! Yes, things get strange but in a delightfully creepy way! This was a highly imaginative and creepy tale with some great detective work. There are things amiss in the sewers. Where else? But also, above ground as well. Great, just great. Nowhere is safe. A woman goes to the hospital with severe stomach pains to learn that she is pregnant and after a C-Section is performed, the surviving infant is severely malformed? How is it still alive????? In the sewer, Gemma and crew are attacked, but by what? Her supervisor does not make it out of the sewer with them, he just seems to disappear but is later found alive but missing his legs and eyes. Who or what did this and why????? Plus, yikes eye stuff grosses me out, luckily there is no graphic detail, or I would still be passed out on the floor. Soon there are more mysterious pregnancies, green lights and deformed infants. Did I mention this is creepy and I may possibly never be able to enjoy smelling lemons again? This is only the beginning. The proverbial you-know-what really begins to hit the fan (and not because some of the book takes place in the sewer). Sewers, deformed babies/children and a witch all make for a sinister tale. This book is original, creepy and fun at the same time. It is oddly compelling, and I hated when I had to put it down. I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. This book reminded me of the movies my sister and I would sneak out of bed on Saturday nights to watch at midnight growing up. Most were black and white B horror films, and we could not get enough of them. This book brings on that sense of nostalgia. It is more creepy (how many times have I said 'creepy' in this review?) than gory, more sinister than straight out horror. I loved the vibe of this book. It has the right number of chills and scares without being over the top. The detectives and Gemma are likeable, and I was rooting for them while they were doing their detective work. I loved the "aha" moments as they learned more. The unraveling of the tale was spot on and nothing felt rushed. Plus, I learned a few things while reading this book: 1. If there was no way you could have gotten pregnant and yet somehow you are...be afraid, be very afraid... 2. Dogs are the best! (I already knew this but they really are) 3. Nothing good can come out of going down in the sewer - you have been warned! An overall enjoyable book that was creepy (I had to mention it one last time!), original, dark, interesting and captivating. Thank you to Head of Zeus and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. See more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    My thanks to Head of Zeus, Graham.Masterton and Netgalley. It was nice to see my two favorite coppers back. And, yes! That's it. That's the only nice thing I can say about this crapfest. Just a wee bit too political for me, and really kind of racist. I can usually take things in stride, but racist anti abortionists will always send me off the deep end. I'm finally done with this author. I would love to re-read all my faves from him, but I'm afraid of what I might find! My thanks to Head of Zeus, Graham.Masterton and Netgalley. It was nice to see my two favorite coppers back. And, yes! That's it. That's the only nice thing I can say about this crapfest. Just a wee bit too political for me, and really kind of racist. I can usually take things in stride, but racist anti abortionists will always send me off the deep end. I'm finally done with this author. I would love to re-read all my faves from him, but I'm afraid of what I might find!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Max Birner

    "How much worse could her life become, if she wasn’t even allowed to die?" This has to be one of the weirdest (if not the weirdest) books I've read in 2020... but I'm not complaining! The Children God Forgot follows a set of disturbing incidents of mysterious pregnancies and disappearances. I'm not going to lie, this book took me a little bit until I was fully "into it". But I think the changing perspectives really keeps the pace moving, and some of the body horror made me cringe while reading i "How much worse could her life become, if she wasn’t even allowed to die?" This has to be one of the weirdest (if not the weirdest) books I've read in 2020... but I'm not complaining! The Children God Forgot follows a set of disturbing incidents of mysterious pregnancies and disappearances. I'm not going to lie, this book took me a little bit until I was fully "into it". But I think the changing perspectives really keeps the pace moving, and some of the body horror made me cringe while reading it. The horror itself was great, the last time I've revisited the sewer setting in a horror novel was It by Stephen King, and these ones are just as creepy! I definitely wouldn't say this is a book for everyone, but it will really appeal to the certain few who ready to read something all out bloody and suspenseful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Coycaterpillar Reads

    Okay so apparently I am most definetly in the minority with my thoughts on this review but I've had to DNF at Chapter 6. There were so many things that I found problematic about this book that I just had to put it down for my own sanity. I felt there was a lot of internalised racism that kept coming to the fore. I know, I know, bare with me a moment. The typical white english doctor who kept mispronouncing the Nigerian patient's name. He made no attempt to ask how it was pronounced and the patie Okay so apparently I am most definetly in the minority with my thoughts on this review but I've had to DNF at Chapter 6. There were so many things that I found problematic about this book that I just had to put it down for my own sanity. I felt there was a lot of internalised racism that kept coming to the fore. I know, I know, bare with me a moment. The typical white english doctor who kept mispronouncing the Nigerian patient's name. He made no attempt to ask how it was pronounced and the patient obviously had this over and over again from being in the UK. Too much mysgony. Women being described in extremely sexual ways. It's not the blinking 80's! One interaction between one of the police officers and another just smelt of homophobia. She turns him down when trying to ask her out, and he takes the hump as she "turns out to be the L in LGTBQ". The Nigerian dialogue felt guessed at and a little bit insulting. Oh yes and the classic quote "that vaping makes you smell like a poof." If its in the characterisation and it adds something to the storyline then okay but this just felt way too much and that was only in the first 6 chapters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    THE CHILDREN GOD FORGOT, by Graham Masterton, is a novel I seem to be in the minority on. The story was unique, and had some great, unforgettable scenes. There were two detectives that returned (first appearing in the novel GHOST VIRUS), that I enjoyed seeing again. This takes place in a multi-cultural area of England, so I was surprised at the amount of racial/gender slurs. Additionally--although it may not have been intended, it came off to me as having a strong "anti-abortion" message. (Which THE CHILDREN GOD FORGOT, by Graham Masterton, is a novel I seem to be in the minority on. The story was unique, and had some great, unforgettable scenes. There were two detectives that returned (first appearing in the novel GHOST VIRUS), that I enjoyed seeing again. This takes place in a multi-cultural area of England, so I was surprised at the amount of racial/gender slurs. Additionally--although it may not have been intended, it came off to me as having a strong "anti-abortion" message. (Which will be fine for some, but may be offensive to others). The last thing that didn't work for me was the slang/dialog. Obviously, this is a personal issue, as others will get through it just fine. I struggled a bit with some of the more "regional" dialogs. Overall, good concept, this one just didn't work as well for me. Thank you to NetGalley for the arc copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    There is a lot going on in this book. Mysterious pregnancies, murderous mutant fetuses, deformed children skulking through sewers clogged with body parts. I think this is the craziest story I have read in quite some time, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Oh and there's a witch, lets not forget the witch. There are characters in this book from a previous novel "Ghost Virus" which I believe I described as gruesome gore fest of a story but you don't need to have read that to get onto the wild ri There is a lot going on in this book. Mysterious pregnancies, murderous mutant fetuses, deformed children skulking through sewers clogged with body parts. I think this is the craziest story I have read in quite some time, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Oh and there's a witch, lets not forget the witch. There are characters in this book from a previous novel "Ghost Virus" which I believe I described as gruesome gore fest of a story but you don't need to have read that to get onto the wild ride of The Children God Forgot. I am pretty good with handling gore but the graphic descriptions of what went on in the sewer had me holding my breath and trying not to suffocate. I received an advance copy for review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Children God Forgot by Graham Masterton Pages: 326 Publisher: Head of Zeus due out February 4, 2021. This is a book I requested from NetGalley and the publisher and the review is voluntary and are all my own opinions. Are you ready for some really creepy horror involving deformed fetuses that, even after being aborted, can travel about in the sewers causing havoc? Angelic faces, tentacles for a body, they can travel to another woman and insert themselves! They attacks in groups, dismembering anyo The Children God Forgot by Graham Masterton Pages: 326 Publisher: Head of Zeus due out February 4, 2021. This is a book I requested from NetGalley and the publisher and the review is voluntary and are all my own opinions. Are you ready for some really creepy horror involving deformed fetuses that, even after being aborted, can travel about in the sewers causing havoc? Angelic faces, tentacles for a body, they can travel to another woman and insert themselves! They attacks in groups, dismembering anyone in the sewer system. They also have a deadly witch that guards them, Satan's girlfriend no less! Yea, it's that kind of crazy, horror filled, keep the lights on, covers off to watch for the creepy things, and a dog at your side! (The witch is afraid of dogs!) This is a super creepy book which I love! I love books that remind me of good, old fashioned, scary-the-pants-off-you, unpredictable, and disturbing! This is that! This has a lot of side mysteries that are horrific and horrifying and soon they all merge into one! You need an ominous, bloody curdling book yet one that reminds you of a late night horror flick? This is it but scarier than a movie. Only problem I had is that the dialogue is too real and very British which for a Midwest American it was difficult to follow in places. Had to really think about how it was used to figure out the meaning.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    This is a great horror story, the plot, the description was great, and I love Blizzard. The description is horror: malformed fetuses in the womb or outside, body parts ripped off. Thank you Netgalley for this nice book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    My first DNF of the year. The synopsis sounded fantastic Sadly I bailed by Chapter 3 so never got to the story Those first two chapters left a rather unpleasant taste in my mouth Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Misogyny were all featured in such a way I just couldn't carry on. My first DNF of the year. The synopsis sounded fantastic Sadly I bailed by Chapter 3 so never got to the story Those first two chapters left a rather unpleasant taste in my mouth Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Misogyny were all featured in such a way I just couldn't carry on.

  11. 4 out of 5

    April

    Revenge of the dead babies? As a woman let me just say, what a horrifying beginning! Graham Masterton's writing is so vivid in this book that I could feel everything. The sewer was fantastically gross and Jerry and Mallett interview with Rusul had me cackling. This book has everything: an evil witch, nauseating body horror, likeable characters, a bit of comedy but still heart thumping suspense. The creepy weirdness of the nestlings pushed this novel into the 5 star zone for me. This one will be Revenge of the dead babies? As a woman let me just say, what a horrifying beginning! Graham Masterton's writing is so vivid in this book that I could feel everything. The sewer was fantastically gross and Jerry and Mallett interview with Rusul had me cackling. This book has everything: an evil witch, nauseating body horror, likeable characters, a bit of comedy but still heart thumping suspense. The creepy weirdness of the nestlings pushed this novel into the 5 star zone for me. This one will be another hit for Masterton. Words to describe this story: "bizarre" and "horrifically unique".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Last one of the year... Wow loved this. The children God forgot by Graham Masterton is only the second book from the author I have read, and I am a fan already. A woman with stabbing pains arrives at the hospital barely breathing when she is given a C-section. The women have not had sex for a long time, so she wonders how this happened. But the foetus that is delivered is horrifically malformed. But it still lives. When the nurse takes a short break, the foetus has disappeared only hours later ano Last one of the year... Wow loved this. The children God forgot by Graham Masterton is only the second book from the author I have read, and I am a fan already. A woman with stabbing pains arrives at the hospital barely breathing when she is given a C-section. The women have not had sex for a long time, so she wonders how this happened. But the foetus that is delivered is horrifically malformed. But it still lives. When the nurse takes a short break, the foetus has disappeared only hours later another woman comes in who had a abortion only to find out that there is a baby inside which is identical to the one previous. This book is a weird, terrifying book but got hooked from the first page. I have not read anything like this before but enjoyed it not only for its uniqueness but its originality. This has everything you want a gripping book, but also a horror book which is also part police procedural too. Loved it five stars from me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

    2/5 stars I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It is definitely one of the stranger and more unique horror books that I have ever read, and I had fun with the weirder aspects of it. It was truly horrifying and disgusting, with quite a lot of body horror. Because this is a horror book, the fact that I was truly horrified and creeped out is obviously a huge plus. Since this book follows multiple storylines, it was fun to explore how the twisty and horrific series of events connected. Reg 2/5 stars I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It is definitely one of the stranger and more unique horror books that I have ever read, and I had fun with the weirder aspects of it. It was truly horrifying and disgusting, with quite a lot of body horror. Because this is a horror book, the fact that I was truly horrified and creeped out is obviously a huge plus. Since this book follows multiple storylines, it was fun to explore how the twisty and horrific series of events connected. Regardless of my gripes I had with the writing and the plot in general (which I will discuss next), it was undeniably entertaining and gripping. My main issue with this book is the uncomfortable feeling I had about some undertones to the story. I don't know if it was the purpose of the author or not, but it definitely had a very strong anti-abortion feel to it. The 'monstrous' and horrifically malformed fetuses in the story came from women who had aborted their pregnancy. It just felt like a sort of punishment for these women. Additionally, the ghost woman (trying to keep this spoiler free so I won't describe her more) kept saying how all human life was sacred and was punishing people for choosing abortion. I just don't like the idea of a male author writing a book that seems to have such a strong anti-abortion message, although I will reiterate that I am not accusing the author of harbouring these feelings or intending this message, but it was just a feeling I couldn't shake while reading. Similarly, a lot of the dialogue came across feeling either sexist or mildly racist. It is that kind of grey area in which people debate whether it is okay for characters to say discriminatory things without it reflecting badly on the author. But for me, since it added absolutely nothing to the story and felt completely unnecessary, it just left me feeling uncomfortable. The two main female characters in particular, both Gemma and DS Patel, were treated with many micro-aggressions and underhanded comments. While it felt like the author was not necessarily condoning these comments but rather commenting about the characters that said them, it still felt wholly unnecessary. The dialogue more generally was also just quite difficult to follower. It felt quite stilted and all over the place, which took a while to get used to. While these negative feelings about the book didn't negate the overall uniqueness and enjoyability of the story, it did leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. I feel like we are at a place in literature in which it is no longer tolerable to have major insensitivities in books, no matter how unique or enjoyable the book itself is.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    “It’s so beautiful” she whispered, “How can anything so horrible be so beautiful.” So difficult to review without giving away any of the gory, twisted details. The beginning is an absolute crazy ride, nonstop cinematic tense action that forces you to keep reading. I caught myself muttering “no, no, no...” repeatedly and I felt violated like the words crawled up inside me and were burrowing around. Beings in the sewers, deformed feotus’ striving to stay alive, a long dead witch, and two detective “It’s so beautiful” she whispered, “How can anything so horrible be so beautiful.” So difficult to review without giving away any of the gory, twisted details. The beginning is an absolute crazy ride, nonstop cinematic tense action that forces you to keep reading. I caught myself muttering “no, no, no...” repeatedly and I felt violated like the words crawled up inside me and were burrowing around. Beings in the sewers, deformed feotus’ striving to stay alive, a long dead witch, and two detectives trying to piece it all together...this book made me cringe and squirm. “Nobody else wanted to have it on their service record that they had spent weeks chasing fortunes with eight legs and a hooded figure made of smoke.” This book was so good that I didn’t want to read it because I didn’t want it to end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Tabler

    The Children God Forgot by Graham Masterton is a terrifying story that pulls many of the different horror levers.  The story starts with pain, visceral stabbing pain in a woman's belly. The woman in question wakes up in the hospital, completely confused. She finds out she is pregnant, which is impossible. There is no way that she could be pregnant; she had an abortion three months ago. The doctors perform an emergency c-section and deliver a horrifically malformed fetus. One that could not possib The Children God Forgot by Graham Masterton is a terrifying story that pulls many of the different horror levers.  The story starts with pain, visceral stabbing pain in a woman's belly. The woman in question wakes up in the hospital, completely confused. She finds out she is pregnant, which is impossible. There is no way that she could be pregnant; she had an abortion three months ago. The doctors perform an emergency c-section and deliver a horrifically malformed fetus. One that could not possibly be alive, but it is. Major Cthulu vibes here. Then a rash of strange births and pregnancy sweep through London.  "How much worse could her life become, if she wasn't even allowed to die?" Simultaneously, sewage engineer Gemma, owner of the sewage company, and cameraman make a routine check in a section of London's sewers. As they travel through the engulfing claustrophobic darkness of a sewer pipe, they discover a fatberg, a stony mound of toilet paper, and grease clogging the sewer flow. They also find a severed women's hand floating in the refuse. Immediately, chaos happens, lights flash, electricity arcs, and the three workers are thrown into utter and complete darkness while trudging through human waste. To say that the moment is something of nightmares would be an understatement.  Up ahead around the pipe bend, the three workers can see child-like figures glowing amongst the waste. Child-like figures made of claws, horribly and inhumanly disfigured, that move with lightning speed. They make a run for it, and all make it out except for Gemma's boss, who disappears only to be found later with his legs amputated and his eyes ripped from the sockets.  DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of the supernatural squad team up once again to delve into what is lurking in London's sewers and if it is going to stop with one dismembered body or if there will be more.  Spoiler alert, there will be more. Because, of course, there will be. Masterton will be Masterton, and it won't be just one type of horror. He is going to poke and prod every kind of horror with a stick. He makes you squirm and scream and feel sick. I think that you could have a solid horror story of just the sewer part of the story because, especially for someone with claustrophobia...holy shit. But, there is a robust supernatural angle to this story. What are these things that look like malformed children, and who is the woman with the knives that keeps appearing?  Unfortunately, I will have to stop the description there because it will give it away if I say anymore. Imagine something like The Strain, but with occult vibes taking place in a sewer. Now top it all off with a police procedural, and you won't be far off. Because at the story's heart is a case that needs to get solved.  The supernatural squad is a competent duo. There is no flash with them, aside from wanting to get to the heart of the case. They had appeared together in the novel Ghost Virus; if you have read that, you would be familiar with the pair. However, reading the previous installment in no way affects your enjoyment of this one.  The Children God Forgot will not be for everyone because this is some deep body horror. It is terrifying. I'd put some trigger warnings, flaying, abortion, claustrophobic spaces; there is a lot. If you can't make it through the first three chapters of this book, you will not like what is in store. It will only get scarier and darker with a lot more gore. I love horror, and even I had to put the e-reader down now and then. Because, wow, some of these scenes are dark as hell. One particular one included one of these monstrous fetus-creatures eating a cat and tearing it apart with a cracking sound of a broken rib cage—bits of fur flying everywhere. You get the point.  If you love horror of all sorts and want to be scared, The Children God Forgot is for you. Masterton is, well, a master of writing horror. If you are new to his books. Congratulations, you are in for a hell of a ride! I know that some of these scenes will be burned on your brain like Masterton used an actual branding iron; I promise you will recover from the cat scene and a few others soon.  

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Minor spoilers “Oh dear god I can’t believe this. What are they going to look like when they’re born? And what are you going to do with them, once they are?” Quite a few unexpected turns with Masterton’s latest release and the story is abhorrently crafted. Two English detectives who specialize in supernatural occurrences (they also appear in “Ghost Virus”, which I will also check out) put their habitual murder cases on hold after a couple of foul incidents start sweeping London, primarily a comme Minor spoilers “Oh dear god I can’t believe this. What are they going to look like when they’re born? And what are you going to do with them, once they are?” Quite a few unexpected turns with Masterton’s latest release and the story is abhorrently crafted. Two English detectives who specialize in supernatural occurrences (they also appear in “Ghost Virus”, which I will also check out) put their habitual murder cases on hold after a couple of foul incidents start sweeping London, primarily a commercial sewer blockage. Investigators call it another industrial accident at first, but a project manager gets sucked into the fatberg, only to be found mutilated and covered in excrement once his body is retrieved. At the same time, a hybridized storyline involving aborted fetuses who insert themselves into the wombs of innocent women surfaces. Both plots sound ridiculous, and they are at first. Masterton has a lot of ethnic and turd humor in the early chapters-the raunchy fart jokes are delivered fashionably with smart-witted Cockney dialect-and once he gets that off his chest, things take a violent turn-piles of dead bodies, graveyards, suicidal tendencies. Somehow, they all coincide with the runaway fetuses and mysterious sewers. I wanted to give this a five, but the ending was rushed into delivery and seemed unfinished. I still highly recommend. Thanks to NetGalley for providing the free e-ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    I always start a review of any Graham Masterton book with a little of my own (ancient) history. During the 1980s my teenage years were spent devouring Masterton's horror novels. School homework? Pfft, what school homework?! I loved getting my hands on anything he'd written. As he has aged so have I. Now, almost 40 years later, I feel immensely nostalgic whenever a new Masterton book is published. Well, what can I say except that this was one crazy bizarre read! Malformed foetuses are hopping fro I always start a review of any Graham Masterton book with a little of my own (ancient) history. During the 1980s my teenage years were spent devouring Masterton's horror novels. School homework? Pfft, what school homework?! I loved getting my hands on anything he'd written. As he has aged so have I. Now, almost 40 years later, I feel immensely nostalgic whenever a new Masterton book is published. Well, what can I say except that this was one crazy bizarre read! Malformed foetuses are hopping from womb to womb. Yes, you heard me right! Imagine going to bed and sensing movement underneath the bedcovers. Suddenly you're wide awake fighting off a spider-like creature with an oversized cherubic baby's head. As if that's not terrifying enough, it's creeping up your legs trying to burrow itself inside you, EEK! I really enjoyed this book, the second in the series featuring DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel. It was such a fun read with likeable characters. Yes, it was gory and definitely not for the fainthearted but those of us who've grown up reading twisted 1980s horror will love it. Set in multi-cultural London, it contained a fair amount of British humour which lightened the mood — there were moments when I literally couldn't stop laughing at the sheer craziness! It was outrageously entertaining and I do hope a third book is in the pipeline. Book Source: Review copy from the publisher Read my review on my blog: https://bit.ly/2LTuoxO

  18. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    I've been a fan of Graham Masterton for decades and am delighted at this continuation of the intriguing police partnership of London police officers Detective Sergeant Jamila Patel and the rougher-quality Detective Constable Jerry Pardoe, first paired in GHOST VIRUS [2018]. Although the two officers are assigned to different stations, they share a reputation as capable of deciphering "the weird," and the current set of tragedies can't get much more weird. Say goodbye to practicality and logic. T I've been a fan of Graham Masterton for decades and am delighted at this continuation of the intriguing police partnership of London police officers Detective Sergeant Jamila Patel and the rougher-quality Detective Constable Jerry Pardoe, first paired in GHOST VIRUS [2018]. Although the two officers are assigned to different stations, they share a reputation as capable of deciphering "the weird," and the current set of tragedies can't get much more weird. Say goodbye to practicality and logic. This is Weird, this is Supernatural, this is seriously over-the-top. Strong Caution: The Horror contained here is Extreme, including a substantial amount of Body Horror. Much of the violence is perpetrated on women and girls, who are targeted due to the functions of the human reproductive system. Violence is also perpetrated against males, and there are references to prior episodes of violence against women and men, and to child fatalities. Abortion is a significant issue here as are congenital birth defects, stillbirth and miscarriage, and thalidomide. So sensitive readers, be aware.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steve ** Black Country Short Thoughts **

    I was sitting here thinking which Graham Masterton books I have read in the past and I think the only one I had read was a copy of "The House That Jack Built" which I picked up in a second hand book shop. Other than that Graham Masterton had more or less passed me by with my attention taken by James "The Master - None shall beat" Herbert, Bentley Little and Richard Laymon. So I went into this book kinda blind - sometimes the best way and sometimes not. The first thing I found out was this was the I was sitting here thinking which Graham Masterton books I have read in the past and I think the only one I had read was a copy of "The House That Jack Built" which I picked up in a second hand book shop. Other than that Graham Masterton had more or less passed me by with my attention taken by James "The Master - None shall beat" Herbert, Bentley Little and Richard Laymon. So I went into this book kinda blind - sometimes the best way and sometimes not. The first thing I found out was this was the second book in a series. Fortunately its not necessary to read the first. Obviously Id always recommend to read in order but enought is referred to so you dont have any problems (but still doesnt spoil the first book) Now to this book... DING DING DING WE HAVE A WINNER FOR BOOK OF NEXT YEAR ALREADY I was struggling lately with horror books having read a few bad ones in a row but this feels like an old school horror book - the best I can compare it with being The Rats by James Herbert in so much that the subject matter is so revolting but you just can't stop reading it. Well written and paced with likeable characters. DC Jerry has just enough sarcasm/humour to break up the horror without diluting the atmosphere and Jamila being the DS who keeps him in check. SPOILER ( spoilers posted behind spoiler tag in full review on www.blackcountryshortthoughts.co.uk ) I could quite honestly go on and on but can you guess I liked it? Quite honestly the best horror I have read in a long time and I now feel like I have my mojo rejuvinated for Horror. I will be seeking out Mr Masterton's back catalogue as a matter of urgency (starting with the previous book featuring these characters). Why didn't anyone tell me??? I see a repeat of when I discovered Laymon and binge read all his back catalogue. There is only one option for the rating...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Runalong

    DNF after one third Using racist and homophobic actions without any challenge or exploration of the issues is for me a terrible approach. Felt more like a book enjoying being deliberately unpleasant Dialogue also hackneyed and plot glacial reads like 1980s leftovers - I will jot read this author again Full review https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl... DNF after one third Using racist and homophobic actions without any challenge or exploration of the issues is for me a terrible approach. Felt more like a book enjoying being deliberately unpleasant Dialogue also hackneyed and plot glacial reads like 1980s leftovers - I will jot read this author again Full review https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A woman is driving when she has a car accident. She has terrible pain in her stomach. When she wakes up, she finds out she had a baby. A monster baby as it is very malformed. What does it look like? The doctors agree that the baby won’t live long. The mother can’t believe. It as she knows there is no way she was or could be pregnant. Engineer Gemma is in the sewers checking on a spot where it appears to be almost blocked. When she goes down again with her boss and other engineers, she sees the l A woman is driving when she has a car accident. She has terrible pain in her stomach. When she wakes up, she finds out she had a baby. A monster baby as it is very malformed. What does it look like? The doctors agree that the baby won’t live long. The mother can’t believe. It as she knows there is no way she was or could be pregnant. Engineer Gemma is in the sewers checking on a spot where it appears to be almost blocked. When she goes down again with her boss and other engineers, she sees the lights turn green and ghost children. The lights go out and her boss is taken away as they go back toward the opening. Will her boss be found? The police of Tooting are called. The police chief sends detectives Jerry Pardoe and Jamila Patel who have had experience with the supernatural. Will they experience what Gemma did? How will they solved this horrible mystery? The novel is horror and a mystery. It is so creepy that I can’t imagine what will happen next. It’s riveting with the terror of seeing and not seeing. It has the perfect amount of intrigue and suspense. The book kept me enthralled to the vey end of it. Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I wasn’t obligated to write a favorable review or any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    The Children God Forgot starts with a woman in pain. It turns out she is pregnant, even though she insists that’s impossible. The doctor decides this baby must be born for the safety of the mother and child due to its deformity. When the baby is delivered, it is a monster with a cherubic face. It then disappears from the baby unit. Meanwhile, Gemma is working in the sewers with colleagues, she sees what seems to be a small child in the midst of a fat berg…...and things get dark and creepy. DS Pardo The Children God Forgot starts with a woman in pain. It turns out she is pregnant, even though she insists that’s impossible. The doctor decides this baby must be born for the safety of the mother and child due to its deformity. When the baby is delivered, it is a monster with a cherubic face. It then disappears from the baby unit. Meanwhile, Gemma is working in the sewers with colleagues, she sees what seems to be a small child in the midst of a fat berg…...and things get dark and creepy. DS Pardoe and DS Patel begin an investigation into recent events and what they find is the thing of nightmares. This is a true, classic horror story with enough creepy moments to keep even a hardened horror fan happy. Yes, the way women are portrayed is a bit off putting at times, very heavy breasts and pouting lips, the police are homophobic and there is some casual racism too….it feels as if it’s set in the 70’s in that way. But overall this is a classic style horror story with dark sewers and creepy baby things and will certainly rattle your nerves. Thank you to Vicky at Head of Zeus for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Children God Forgot. This is my honest and unbiased review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    The Children God Forgot starts with a woman in pain. It turns out she is pregnant, even though she insists that’s impossible. The doctor decides this baby must be born for the safety of the mother and child due to its deformity. When the baby is delivered, it is a monster with a cherubic face. It then disappears from the baby unit. Meanwhile, Gemma is working in the sewers with colleagues, she sees what seems to be a small child in the midst of a fat berg…...and things get dark and creepy. DS Pardo The Children God Forgot starts with a woman in pain. It turns out she is pregnant, even though she insists that’s impossible. The doctor decides this baby must be born for the safety of the mother and child due to its deformity. When the baby is delivered, it is a monster with a cherubic face. It then disappears from the baby unit. Meanwhile, Gemma is working in the sewers with colleagues, she sees what seems to be a small child in the midst of a fat berg…...and things get dark and creepy. DS Pardoe and DS Patel begin an investigation into recent events and what they find is the thing of nightmares. This is a true, classic horror story with enough creepy moments to keep even a hardened horror fan happy. Yes, the way women are portrayed is a bit off putting at times, very heavy breasts and pouting lips, the police are homophobic and there is some casual racism too….it feels as if it’s set in the 70’s in that way. But overall this is a classic style horror story with dark sewers and creepy baby things and will certainly rattle your nerves. Thank you to The publishers and NetGalley for an eARC of The Children God Forgot. This is my honest and unbiased review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittney our.bookish.reads

    I honestly didn't want to set this book down, but alas, I have 3 kids who rely on me. That being said, if you plan to read this book, you will be staring at it in horror as you read it and still want more. This has to be one of the more gore laden books I have read in quite some time and I must say I absolutely love gore. What I liked ¤ The gore and otherwise are very descriptive and if you have an active imagination then you will 100% be able to envision what you read. ¤ A good portion of it is v I honestly didn't want to set this book down, but alas, I have 3 kids who rely on me. That being said, if you plan to read this book, you will be staring at it in horror as you read it and still want more. This has to be one of the more gore laden books I have read in quite some time and I must say I absolutely love gore. What I liked ¤ The gore and otherwise are very descriptive and if you have an active imagination then you will 100% be able to envision what you read. ¤ A good portion of it is very intense. ¤ it is told in multiple POVs ¤ Not all POVs are exactly the same, but similar. TW: Abortion/fetal death Gore is extremely descriptive This book is honestly horrifically beautiful and if you can stomach any gore I highly recommend this book! Thank you Netgalley, Head of Zeus and Graham Masterton for this incredible horror novel! Pub date: February 4, 2021

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    The writing style was terrific. It really grabbed you in from the first page. I also liked how there were many different characters, with different circumstances. It seemed almost like short stories in the beginning, but they all ended up coming together. The characters seemed very detailed and developed, even the ones that weren't introduced several times. That said, the book was a bit too much for me personally. I felt sick with some of the descriptions of the deformities. That is not a bad th The writing style was terrific. It really grabbed you in from the first page. I also liked how there were many different characters, with different circumstances. It seemed almost like short stories in the beginning, but they all ended up coming together. The characters seemed very detailed and developed, even the ones that weren't introduced several times. That said, the book was a bit too much for me personally. I felt sick with some of the descriptions of the deformities. That is not a bad thing, I'm sure that's how the book is supposed to be and there are many that enjoy the detail, but for me personally.. it wasn't for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joe Geesin

    From the detectives that solved Ghost Virus, we get a trip into the sewers of South London and a ghost story of sorts, with some occult thrown in for good measure. A much better read than Ghost Virus, and some of the attrocities that should not have been born reminded me of a scene from Hellraiser 2 (and James Herbert's Others too), although here there is less reliance on the abnormality and more on the occult connection. Some good characterisation and interaction with a twist at the end, well wo From the detectives that solved Ghost Virus, we get a trip into the sewers of South London and a ghost story of sorts, with some occult thrown in for good measure. A much better read than Ghost Virus, and some of the attrocities that should not have been born reminded me of a scene from Hellraiser 2 (and James Herbert's Others too), although here there is less reliance on the abnormality and more on the occult connection. Some good characterisation and interaction with a twist at the end, well worth reading

  27. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I have to admit that I am a bit conflicted about this book. I really enjoyed the storyline and the idea of a horror series. On the other hand, I found something that lessened my enjoyment and made me a bit uncomfortable. I found some of the dialogue a bit racist and sexist towards minorities and to women in general. I am sure it was not intended to come across that way but it definitely did to me. The story itself is interesting and original. I do like the idea of a horror series that continues I have to admit that I am a bit conflicted about this book. I really enjoyed the storyline and the idea of a horror series. On the other hand, I found something that lessened my enjoyment and made me a bit uncomfortable. I found some of the dialogue a bit racist and sexist towards minorities and to women in general. I am sure it was not intended to come across that way but it definitely did to me. The story itself is interesting and original. I do like the idea of a horror series that continues with the same investigators.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    A massive fatberg leads to a supernatural and bloody stink in south London Upon arrival at our mid-seventies, most of us might be thinking of slowing down and pulling out the pipe and slippers for a snooze beside the fireplace, not so for Graham Masterton. If anything, the king of Scottish horror fiction is more prolific than ever, releasing high quality novels with frightening regularity. However, the maestro of gory and over-the-top horror is not cashing in by publishing unpublished lesser work A massive fatberg leads to a supernatural and bloody stink in south London Upon arrival at our mid-seventies, most of us might be thinking of slowing down and pulling out the pipe and slippers for a snooze beside the fireplace, not so for Graham Masterton. If anything, the king of Scottish horror fiction is more prolific than ever, releasing high quality novels with frightening regularity. However, the maestro of gory and over-the-top horror is not cashing in by publishing unpublished lesser works of yesteryear which might be lurking in his sock drawer, he has no need, as his recent fiction is truly superb. Should you have lost track of his recent output, or not sampled him since the 1980s horror heyday, now is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with some outlandish fiction. An outstanding example is the recently published House of a Hundred Whispers, which was amongst the very best ghost stories of 2020. Such is Masterton’s class, although it was only recently released, it is widely different in both style and substance from this latest effort. The Children That God Forgot is a sequel to Ghost Virus (2018), which was one of my favourite novels of that year and, impossibly, is probably a more ridiculous read than the original! The books are connected by the investigating police officers, DC Jerry Pardoe, and DS Jamila Patel, otherwise The Children That God Forgot works fine as a standalone novel. The original investigation involved killer clothes, jumpers, and hoodies etc, which came to life and killed lots of people very gruesomely. After Pardoe and Patel solved the case, they picked up a ‘Ghostbuster’ reputation within the police force and whenever something weird happens they are given the case. “Who are you gonna call?” You all know the answer. The Children That God Forgot picks up the action nine months after Ghost Virus with Pardoe and Patel reunited to work the latest case to have the top brass in the police scratching their heads. The story is set in south London, around the Tooting and Peckham areas, which is very close to where I live, and I enjoy picking up on some of the local references. Masterton said in a previous interview with Ginger Nuts that he once had a girlfriend who lived in Tooting and paid a few more recent visits whilst researching Ghost Virus. Pardoe, who is divorced, has a slight crush on Patel, but as she is ranked higher than him, it bubbles away in the background and as Patel is of Pakistani origin there is a culture clash which raises its head at various times in the novel. How many British Pakistani women are in the London Met? Not very many I would guess…. Is this Graham Masterton horror novel the first (or for that fact any?) to feature a fatberg? Possibly so…. After a huge fatberg is discovered in the sewers of south London a team of engineering experts are sent to investigate and discover human body parts which seem to have been severed with a saw. The team also reported seeing illuminous green lights and swore they saw horribly disformed children before one of the engineers disappears, only to reappear later, horribly disfigured, mutilated, but barely alive. Elsewhere a young woman, who swears she had an abortion some months only, is rushed to hospital with terrible pains in her stomach. The chief surgeon delivers a living child with the face of an angel and the body of a tentacled monster. The doctors are unanimous that the baby must be terminated and decide to euthanise, as there is no way it could survive independently, however, before the opportunity to do so, the foetus disappears. They are at a loss as to where it might have gone or who might have stolen it. Slowly the two stories merge, with Pardoe and Patel scratching their heads at a mystery which has them rushing haphazardly across south London whilst fighting for their lives. Once you accept that the plot is totally ridiculous, and akin to the novels Masterton was writing thirty years ago, there is a huge amount of fun to be had here. It might slightly lack the overall flow of Ghost Virus, but that is because there is probably more going on this this sequel, so prepare yourself for a very gory blood-soaked rollercoaster which pulls no punches. These days the world is a very grim place, and this type of very British, trashy, and pulpy horror is the perfect antidote for forgetting reality and your troubles for a few hours. Things could always be worse….. I would also like to provide a trigger warning; because of the nature of the story much of the violence is inflicted on women and it is very gory body horror which might leave you wincing, particularly if you are female, but this can be forgiven as it is a crucial part of the story concerning anatomy. If you have watched the Alien franchise films and were grossed out by the ‘face-hugger’ creatures I would avoid this book, as what goes on here is a thousand times worse. As is usually the case with Masterton novels, things get crazier and crazier as we enter the realms of the supernatural, witchcraft and exorcism. But do not worry nobody ‘exorcises’ the fatberg! However, I would question the repeated assumption that notes that Patel is the ‘expert’ on supernatural matters because of her Pakistani heritage. I really have no idea how Masterton can keep churning out these outlandish plots with such frequency and even though some of the police dialogue comes across as outdated and hammy, it was incredibly easy to get sucked into the plot, with some of the action sequences being terrific. There is no rest for the wicked and the ‘Ghostbusting’ team of Jerry Pardoe and Jamila Patel return in The Shadow People, a tale of a cannibalistic cult terrorising London. I am already sold!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Graham Masterton is one of those authors that I have not come across before, so I was intrigued about what lay ahead for me in the pages of The Children God Forgot. In fact, this story contains one of those old fashioned, full-on horror books in the vein of James Herbert that I was so fond of as a teenager, so reading this one was a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. This is the kind of horror that will appeal very much to lovers of the macabre, so if you prefer to get your horror kicks from torture Graham Masterton is one of those authors that I have not come across before, so I was intrigued about what lay ahead for me in the pages of The Children God Forgot. In fact, this story contains one of those old fashioned, full-on horror books in the vein of James Herbert that I was so fond of as a teenager, so reading this one was a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. This is the kind of horror that will appeal very much to lovers of the macabre, so if you prefer to get your horror kicks from tortured psychological suspense with a whisper of the supernatural, and find it hard to suspend your disbelief, then this is going to be too much of a blunt instrument for you. Still with me? Then read on... Instead, Graham Masterton fills his tale with creepy monsters, both in the deformed fleshy sense and spectral ones from beyond the grave, that can do you real harm, and he lets them run riot. The sights, sounds and even smells that are minutely described in these pages are ones that come from your worst stomach-churning nightmares, and they will leave you wishing you never have to venture into the sewers below the streets of London - do not read alone at night! The characters are very likeable, with some well-written strong women, and despite Masterton's occasional habit to dwell overly on the physical attributes of the female players and indulge in the odd racial stereotype, I found myself becoming quite fond of them and worrying about the dangers that lay ahead in the story - and their bloody trials and terrifying tribulations were many, dear reader. I really enjoyed the way Masterton weaves his gory fun into a book that is essentially a police procedural cum mystery tale by bringing in a big dollop of the occult. There are some deliciously dark, well-crafted themes exploring witchcraft, demonology and possession which were used to great effect, with nice echoes of The Exorcist, IT, Rosemary's Baby and even, at times, Alien - and a disturbing take on the subject of abortion too. As in all good horror novels, the scary ride terminates with a disquieting ending that will haunt you, and since it bodes well for a sequel full of more ghastly goings on it will be interesting to see what Graham Masterton has up his sleeve for DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel next.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karolyn

    Chiasoka was driving her car when she almost crashed with a bus due to agonising pains in her stomach. A woman kindly called an ambulance to take her hospital. Once there and the hospital had done the tests, she was informed about being pregnant. She said she couldn’t be, she’d had an abortion and it had been successful. They all agreed to terminate the pregnancy but when the doctors saw the baby open its lovely blue eyes, they just couldn’t kill it. They put the baby into an incubator in a sepa Chiasoka was driving her car when she almost crashed with a bus due to agonising pains in her stomach. A woman kindly called an ambulance to take her hospital. Once there and the hospital had done the tests, she was informed about being pregnant. She said she couldn’t be, she’d had an abortion and it had been successful. They all agreed to terminate the pregnancy but when the doctors saw the baby open its lovely blue eyes, they just couldn’t kill it. They put the baby into an incubator in a separate room with a nurse monitoring it. When Dr Macleod took Professor Karounis to check on the baby it was missing from the incubator. The nurse had left it alone so a search of the building was made and CCTV checked to see who could have been near that wing, with no luck. They had to bring the police in to investigate. Gemma, worked as an engineer in the sewers for Crane’s Drains and usually loved it. Only she had felt spooked after seeing a child-like face peering down at her earlier when she was in the sewer, Newton hadn’t seen it. When Martin arrived, he joined the team going into the sewer for a look himself at the fatberg. Their helmet lights gave off enough light to work with. They found a severed woman’s hand in the fatberg and Martin said the police had to be called. He asked Newton to take a few pictures and then, ping, all their helmet lights went out. They turn to leave the sewer, Gemma catches a glimpse of white in the distance, it’s a child-like thing floating towards them, then there’s more of them. It then goes pitchblack while the team are being attacked and their helmets are being torn off. The team tries to make their way back to the sewer opening. They then realise Martin is missing. They call the police. MIT decided this is a case for their crime busting time of DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Had me hooked from the start and I just couldn’t put the book down. I like both Jerry and Jamila and would like to see them again. They work well together. It was a great story. This is true horror! One of Masterton’s best that I have read.

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