The Medusa Touch

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The Medusa Touch
Cover of the first edition
AuthorPeter Van Greenaway
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreThriller novel
Publication date
Media typePrint (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. 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.[1] The movie and the novel feature characters who are convinced that Morlar has unexplained powers which cause death, but maybe he predicts the awful things which are about to happen, much like the characters in "The Final Destination" movies. They saw everyone getting killed before it happened but tried to prevent it. In "The Medusa Touch" Morlar lets it happen and convinces himself that he made it happen. Also, maybe it should've been called "The Medusa Stare" because Morlar stares at people, symbolically turning them to stone, but he does not touch them.


  1. ^ "The Medusa Touch (1978) - IMDb". IMDb.