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They slime, they ooze, they kill ...

One female slug can lay one and a half million eggs a year - a fact which holds terrifying consequences for the people of Merton. As the town basks in the summer heat, a new breed of slug is growing and multiplying. In the waist-high grass, in the dank, dark cellars they are acquiring, new tastes, new cravings. For blood. For flesh. Hum

Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published 1993 by Time Warner (first published 1983)
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Nick Sheridan
Review originally written for and posted at Crap Looking Books

When you're in the habit of intentionally judging books by their covers, it can be a little hard to find something of questionable content that'll still be entertaining. Sometimes you find yourself looking at the same endless parade of pedestrian covers and nothing really jumps out and yells "READ ME!"

This was not one of those times.

This Garth Marenghi-esque novel as good as leapt (or slithered) into my hands, and not because it's par...more
First published way back in 1982, this was one of Hutson's very early offerings to the splatterpunk genre. It has become one of his most well-known novels and was even made into a film in 1987. The plot is simple and classic - giant slugs with a taste for human flesh go on a rampage. The usual sprinkling of cliched characters with a gore-packed storyline that races through from start to finish. The simplicity is the key to the novel, and Hutson has produced a great one here. It is enjoyable and...more
Jenny Thomson
The master of horror, Hutson's books are all about entertainment. Who gives a stuff if there's zero characterisation and he doesn't take 2 pages to describe one tree?

After reading this you will never look at slugs the same way again.
If you're looking for a thick, slimy slice of gore, Slugs delivers beautifully. Following the classic "evil animals" structure, such as that used to gruesome effect in James Herbert's The Rats, Slugs has all the staples: the oversized, flesh-eating vermin, the rugged yet educated hero, the visceral descriptions, and most of all, the layering of death and sex in equally gory detail. (Neither is for the faint-hearted.)

The actual plot, in which our hero discovers how to destroy our mollusc menace,...more
Christopher Fulbright
I really loved this book. It was a blast to read, delivered action and gore and really evoked some 80s nostalgia for me. I loved the pop references, and all the creative ways people died slimy, gruesome, sluggy deaths. The sex scenes were ok, but since I'm one of those people who gets to have sex in real life, I can take or leave them. I read this book from beginning to end with a grin on my face.

So, you're no doubt wondering, why did I only give this book three stars?

First off, the writing was...more
My first memory of Slugs was as a child at the local video store. I would always gaze in wonderment at the shelves of forbidden horror movies, equally scared and excited by looking at the covers, my imagination running wild wondering what lay within. Seeing the Slugs VHS cover was particularly harrowing. It wasn’t until years later that I actually tracked down the book that the VHS was based on. By all accounts, the movie was fairly poor and could not live up to the book it was based on. There i...more
Mariano Hortal
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Mi defensa a ultranza de la literatura de género siempre da sus frutos.
A veces, es necesario olvidarse de lecturas sesudas y disfrutar, como un niño, de libros como este.
No me digáis que no es encantador conocer a un autor al que llaman “El Padrino del gore” o, mejor aún, “el Shakespeare del gore”. Pues en efecto, es el caso del británico Shaun Hutson, al que solo conocía por “El enigma de las palabras muertas” que, por otra parte, no me parec...more
Joe Stamber
Slugs is fairly typical 80s horror pulp fiction. That's not a criticism! It's a ridiculous tale about killer slugs who sound 2 feet long but turn out to be slightly larger than normal. Like all good cheesy horror novels, no woman is introduced without describing her breasts, just about everyone between teenage and middle age is horny and doomed characters arrive on stage clutching a cliched resume to make them real. Somewhat bizarrely, Hutson alternates the tag for his main character between "Br...more
La Espada en la Tinta
Salí al balcón hace un par de días, ya en pleno diciembre, y encontré en el tiesto de una hortensia, bajo un trozo de plástico, una gran babosa viva. Viscosa, reluciente entre las gotas de condensación, contrastando fuertemente con su negro grisáceo contra el plástico blanco, parecía completamente inofensiva. A la planta no le quedaban, de todos modos, hojas; decidí dejarla tranquila dando por hecho que el frío de estos días acabaría con ella. De vuelta en mi estudio, me acordé del libro que ten...more
David Gómez
Nunca me imaginé que podría gozar tanto con una novela protagonizada por babosas asesinas; incluso puse en duda que unos bichos tan lentos realmente pudieran ser asesinos.
Me lo he pasado genial con Slugs de Shaun Hutson, novela publicada originariamente en 1982 y que Tyrannosaurus Books ha rescatado para deleite de los lectores de terror y bajo la magnífica traducción de Javier Martos. No suelo decir nada de las traducciones, pero creo que aquí se nota desde la primera página el cariño, el cuid...more
Lyn Mckenzie
I don't like to give bad reviews but i had to with this. I was really enjoying the book until about half way through. Like a lot of Shaun Hutson books i have read there seems to be a common theme of rape which i am not comfortable with but i thought i would give this one a go anyway against my better judgement. But after a certain scene half way through i gave the book away as i felt there was simply no need to describe how a slug climbs up inside a woman as she is having sex and stats eating he...more
Gemma Farrow
I love creature feature films, and when it comes to having them in horror books, all the better. James Herbert's RATS was superb, credible and had the potential to happen one day.

Its a bad thing when a review for an author starts out praising another author. But that's what's happened here, simply because SLUGS by Hutson isn't up to the likes of greater creature books like Herbert or Guy N Smith's NIGHT OF THE CRABS.

Shaun Hutson writes well, it's simply his mastery failed when it came to trying...more
Funny, engaging, short and massively enjoyable, Slugs is a complete page turner of a novel. It has everything you could want from a horror story - massively graphic detailed scenes of utter suffering with certain taboo subjects touched upon, laughable sex scenes, a prognanist we care about who has a hot wife, and Giant Killer Slugs. And such wonderfully normal characters, i loved it, the drunk, the butchershop owner, the buisnessman, the health officer! Shaun Hutson really likes to develop his c...more
Desde luego Slugs es sorprendente, menuda novela de terror. Hacía tiempo que no me lo pasaba TAN bien leyendo, he disfrutado cada una de las páginas, cada uno de los ataques babosos, ENORME. Hutson escribe muy bien, es una novela clásica de terror, sencilla, pero con un argumento que la hace espectacular, ¿Babosas asesinas? Pensadlo, desarrollar una trama con eso y salir no solo airoso si no triunfante es un mérito grandioso. Sexo, babosas y muuucha sangre, buenísima novela de terror que os hará...more
I enjoyed this book, but one thing I must admit I thought while reading, was yuck, yuck, yuck & more yuck ! Shaun Hutson first novel was very well constructed, very liner & interesting. Not realistic, & the ending did not sit right with me. Considering the main character was a Health & safety officer & could never really understand how he could never alert any of the other part of the authorities to the 'problem' I would recommend this book to all hutson & horror fans as...more
Felt the urge to throw up, especially since some of the death scene were graphic, and since i have a phobia of the damned things. This was really enjoyable, since now common slugs don't scare me so much and the ones in the book make me even more terrified to step out the front door into the garden.
In other words i am now to carry at least a few packets of salt everywhere i go just in case...
Written by my favourite author, I couldn't expect less than brilliance from Mr. Hutson, and it delivered! A tiny bit of horror, entwined with a small dash of sex and a whopping great chase. Slugs lived up to it's expectations and left me craving more Hutson!
One of his earliest - I see he started young with the gross/creepy factor. I do not want to see a slug for quite awhile....especially the carnivorous type, that grow to 5-6 inches. Good early 80's horror.
Early Shaun Hutson story.

Nasty story about slugs mating and turning carnivorous!!! They begin a killing spree in the small town of Merton.

One Shaun Hutson is most known for.
I did like this story but for some reason Hutson seems to throw in sex scenes where they are not necesary. I like the story line and would now like to see the film!

If you ever want a quick and gross but fun read, read any of his books. You will think diffrently about iceberg lettuce after reading this (hee hee).
I loved this book. So much gore and so very descriptive. If you like horror and gore and haven't read slugs then you should
if you're 13 and want gore sex and slugs this'll see you fine. it whipped around the playground when i was a teen
Chris Morgan
Lol.. Read this book when I was 17.,. Enjoyed it at the time.
I think of the story now & can't help but smile.
Killer slugs... and only the Health Inspector can save the day! Grim, gross, gripping and brilliant.
All I can say is that I was disturbed after just reading the opening pages.

Fantastic read!
Keith Larkworthy
The first adult Horror story i remember reading when i was 10 or 11. Soooo long ago...
Old school horror. I fell in love with Shaun Hutson the moment I read this book.
Emma Harris
Love Shaun Hutson books, this was the first one I read years ago and loved it.
It will surprise no one who knows me that I enjoyed this book.
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British horror novelist, including horror and urban thriller novels.

His novelle "Slugs" was made into a movie, although Hutson didn`t like the movie. He also appeared in two horror movies himself.

Hutson is a Liverpool F.C. fan.

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