The Medusa Touch

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The Medusa Touch
Cover of the first edition
Author Peter Van Greenaway
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Thriller novel
Publisher Gollancz
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

The Medusa Touch is a 1973 novel by Peter Van Greenaway, which was adapted fairly faithfully into a feature film in 1978.

The novel tells the story of a radically disenchanted novelist with highly destructive telekinetic powers. Its dialogue was described in Kim Newman's book Nightmare Movies (1988) as "incredibly misanthropic".[1] The Medusa Touch is one of several Van Greenaway books featuring the character Inspector Cherry of Scotland Yard.

The 1978 movie version starred actor Richard Burton as the lead character John Morlar.[2]


  1. ^ Newman, Kim (1988). Nightmare Movies: Critical History of the Horror Film, 1968-88. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7475-0295-1.
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