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Slugs (Slugs #1)

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,258 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
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

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Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published 1993 by Time Warner (first published January 1st 1982)
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Edward Lorn
You can't eat steak all the time. Sometimes, you want a plate of ribs. Shit, sometimes you want a Slim Jim, or, Tom Cruise forbid, a can of SPAM. Well, this plate of meat has gone over some time ago and is crawling with maggots and rot. It's bad, and not even in a TROLL 2 so-bad-it's-fun-to-watch-while-you're-high-on-crank bad either. Slugs treats its readers like idiots. I know I feel like a moron for finishing it. But can you blame me for wanting a can of SPAM between sirloins?

Slugs is an abso
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Andrew Lennon
Jan 20, 2016 Andrew Lennon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. I fell out of routine a bit so it took me ages getting through it, but I'm glad that I stuck with it because it was well worth it.
The story itself was very good. The concept, oh god. The whole thought of the slugs.....
My skin was crawling the entire time I was reading!
Definitely worth checking out.
Highly recommend.
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 08, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
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This book was more comedic than scary, but it was still a good story and the writing style reminded me of a black-and-white B-movie.
Nick Sheridan
My longer review of this book is posted at CrapLookingBooks.com

This Garth Marenghi-esque novel as good as leapt (or slithered) into my hands, and not because it's particularly crap looking- it isn't. You've got the uncomfortably fetishised human mouth, a slug causing some rather gross wounding, and the title that lets you know upfront exactly what the book is all about.

Slugs definitely treats the reader to a constant procession of unrelated and unlikeable characters who either meet a sticky end
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Ignacio Senao f
Oct 11, 2014 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lectura rápida, adictiva, directa y fácil de seguir. Si John Carpenter escribiera un libro, sería muy parecido a este.
Babosas asesinas, con dientes y una longitud impropia. ¡Tapemos todos los agujeros de casa para que no entren!
Marsten
Oct 10, 2014 Marsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Este libro me ha gustado bastante aún reconociendo que es un libro sin muchas pretensiones más allá de hacerte pasar un buen rato. Y eso, os asseguro, que lo consigue.

El autor, Shaun Hutson, tiene un estilo directo, sin florituras, ágil, ameno. Prima la acción y los diálogos por encima de las descripciones y el desarrollo de los personajes. Totalmente en línea con el ritmo constante y la ligereza de la trama.
La historia es original aunque poco creíble por lo que respecta a la voracidad, rapidez
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Dreadlocksmile
Jul 22, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sasha Jackson
I found this in a charity shop for 10p, read it, and most of the other shaun hutson novels corny horror, but a qiick undemanding read, was good for me during my horror phase, but badly written shit, hutson always amuses but. it always the ways he intends.
Jennifer 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.
Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"
Good book. Again, with Hutson, plenty of gore to sink your teeth into.
Starslug
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,
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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
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Andrew
Jan 13, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jamie Henderson
Swift story - I thought the plot sounded ludicrous but it actually made a lot of sense and two scenes in particular made me feel sick inside as they were graphically well written. The first half felt like a carbon copy of James Herbert's The Rats but came into it's own after the halfway mark.

I have yet to see the film adaption but from what I have heard it's rather poor so I'm glad I read the book first - nothing is worse than seeing a poor film adaption and assume the book is equally bad.
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
Jan 05, 2014 La Espada en la Tinta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: received
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
Oct 14, 2013 David Gómez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lyn Mckenzie
Feb 18, 2013 Lyn Mckenzie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
David
Aug 16, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaun Hutson has produced some wonderfully Gory stuff, and also some bang average writing... Unfortunately, slugs is just about worthy of three stars. But only just.
Karen
Apr 13, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual with The Godfather of Gore, this is not for the fainthearted. It is a typical creature-feature, but when Sean Hutson does nature gone bad, then you know things are going to get bloody!

A hunky hero, and layers of gruesome, intermingled with some strong sex scenes, very much one for fans of Mr. Hutson.
Elso
Jul 28, 2014 Elso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving life to the creatures of the garden is awesome. There were moments in this book that were entertaining and disturbing. A great read.
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
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*givemeallthetacos*
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
Erik
Oct 08, 2014 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
classic horror, still one of his best!
Julius Downes
Dec 26, 2014 Julius Downes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fast paced read.
Mehmet
Aug 08, 2014 Mehmet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hell-on-earth
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
Georgia Manning
damn zombie like slugs
Wendy
Jan 24, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this it is easy to see how Shaun Hutson earned his 'Godfather of Gore' tag. Some of his later works took on more of a political/crime edge, which didn't quite work for me. This though, it's Hutson at his very best.
Rae
Jul 26, 2014 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
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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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