Slugs: The classic horror story from the Godfather of Gore Kindle Edition
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Mike Brady was an environmental health inspector for the Merton borough council, moving there with his wife for a quiet life. After Mike has to serve an amenity notice on a resident, he notices strange slimy trails heading towards a mutilated body. With more slime trails turning up on the new estate and unexplained illness and deaths, Mike knew that he would have a hard time explaining that slugs were the cause of it.
Even though I had read this book before, I still had that same feeling of trepidation when I re-read it. This is a story that builds up tension and whilst you are reading you know something is going to happen. The scenes where the slugs attacked still gave me goose bumps. The way the author set the scene with the prologue you knew that these slugs were not your regular non-threatening garden variety slug. Throughout the story you could feel Mikes frustration and even though his hands were tied with regulations, he knew that he had to do something. With only a small amount people to turn to, it made it feel as the task was a lost cause. One of my favourite characters was Foley the museum curator as he reminded me of a wannabe mad scientist.
Even though it was set in the 80s the story did not feel old fashioned and as a fan of heavy metal I got a buzz every time I recognised an Iron Maiden reference. If you like your horror gory and want to read a great British author then pick up this book. If you want to know more about the slugs than Breeding ground is also published.
Though I read it 30 odd years ago a couple images have more or less stuck in my mind
I suppose this could be considered spoilers of sorts:
The image of the loser going to the peep show and being attacked by slugs was utterly lacking in tension or terror , it didnt even evoke disgust ,(except the description his his 'finish' relative to the disinterested dancers midriff) , as the whopping question remained , " why in the hell dont you just walk a couple feet to get out of the way? An avalanche of anything much less foul smelling ,slow moving slugs is heralded by enough sights,sounds,smells and other signs that its ridiculous that ANYONE would succumb to them even if they were caught up in their 'moment' and the dancers thoughts about the pervs impending doom were equally obtuse. Towards the end of the book when the soldier 'infected' by bites went mad from pain then began stealthily killing his comrades was inexcusably stupid even to a 13 year old.
Its amazing that Hutson made a career out of writing.Perhaps he got better at it but ive no interest in giving him my time or money to find out. His 'peers' Clive Barker and Stephen King , F. Paul Wilson or Paul Boorstin are far better and H P Lovecraft is better still. Read them for chills and horror or go nosing around the dime store horror aisle of a local bookstore , you'll find something worth a couple bucks. Slugs isnt even worth the time I took to write this review.
The story follows a health inspector, Mike Brady, who discovers the first victim of the slugs and his subsequent investigation. As the story unfolds, what first appeared to be a crazy theory about the slugs being responsible clearly is proven true. Public encounters with the slugs increase, as do the number of casualties and evidence of slime trails. Mike and his wife, Kim, enlist the help of Don Palmer, a sewage officer, and John Foley, a museum curator, to get to the bottom of the outbreak and find a way to stop them before they spread from their breeding ground in the sewers into the general water supply.
The slugs are an ever-present threat throughout the book. They are silent. You won't hear them coming. They are small and can slither through small spaces, disgustingly including many human orifices. They are carnivorous and can hide unnoticed in food. Ingesting a slug will, of course, lead to a very unpleasant death. If that is not enough, put them in a large enough quantity in an enclosed area and that is seriously fear inspiring. These are not the type of slugs that a sprinkling of salt or poison will take care of.
This is a very enjoyable read. Slugs is a wildly entertaining book. So much fun! There are so many scenes of the most vomit-inducing grossness. My particular favorite occurs over lunch at a restaurant. After reading this you will never look at a slug the same way. Shaun Hutson wrote a sequel to this called Breeding Ground that I'd also recommend. It's more of the same, but in this case that is a good thing.
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The thought of long, black blood sucking and flesh chewing slugs. Icky.Read more