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The Nest

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
It was just an ordinary garbage dump on peaceful Cape Cod. No one ever imagined that conditions were perfect for multiple breeding, that it was a warm womb, fetid, moist and with food so plentiful that everything crawling, creeping and slithering could gorge to satiation. Then the change in poison control was made and the huge mutants began to leave their nest - in search ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Zebra
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Jack Tripper
Apr 04, 2016 Jack Tripper rated it liked it
Shelves: horror

On a 2-mile-long, 1-mile-wide island near Cape Cod, the small community there is unaware that the cockroaches infesting the nearby dump are undergoing a strange and frightening mutation. No, this isn't a "giant bug" novel, though these cockroaches are slightly larger than normal. These roaches have rapidly evolved to form a hive-mind intelligence, as well as much stronger mandibles. There are hundreds of thousands of them. And they're hungry.

This was an above-average creature feature, definitely
William M.
Aug 10, 2011 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Gorgeous prose and exceptionally creepy descriptions make this book one of my favorite surprise discoveries. The writing quality of this author clearly displays a well educated man, and without question, a very talented storyteller. His vision and vocabulary is crisp and clean, submerging the reader deep into his very dark territory.

This book contains some brutal, unrelenting violence against characters you come to care for, and the author dispatches them in graphic detail without an ounce of r
Kevin Fitzsimmons
Feb 09, 2015 Kevin Fitzsimmons rated it it was amazing
This novel is one of the most delightfully disgusting things I have ever read in my life. A small fishing village develops a serious cockroach problem and all Hell breaks loose. Cockroaches eat rats, rats eat kids, cockroaches eat kids. Cockroaches crawl up people's butts and eat their eyes out.

While all this is going on there is still time for a love triangle and lots and lots and lots of discussion about the habits of cockroaches.

This novel is firmly tongue-in-cheek. You can almost hear the a
Jeff Jellets
Aug 06, 2014 Jeff Jellets rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror

Killer Cockroaches crawling at the bottom of the heap of 80s schlock.

Ah the 80s! A boom time for horror fiction, when spinner racks were filled with gaudy-covered paperbacks, riding on the coattails of stephen-king-mania. Gregory A. Douglas’s The Nest is certainly a product of the period, a creature-feature formulaic: pick icky creature (in this case a cockroach), mutate it (with environmentally unfriendly pesticides); imbue it with a hive intelligence (and a thirst for human blood!), and set it
Sep 26, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it liked it
The novel ‘The Nest’ by Eli Cantor (under the pseudonym of Gregory A Douglas) was first published back in 1980 by Kensington Publishing Corp. Under the pseudonym of Douglas, Cantor credits his true identity at the beginning of the book with the following passage:

“Thanks are due to novelist Eli Cantor for suggesting that an island could be terrorized by an invasion of mutant insects as by killer sharks off its beaches.”

The novel is set on Yarkie Island off Cape Cod where rats are seen leaping fr
Mar 06, 2012 William rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011
::SPOILERS:: I hate being OCD because that meant i had to finish this book and it was BAD!!!! If you like the entire story being black and no parts in it being upbeat and happy (i mean come on even Stephen King's books the good guys win at the end.) this book it doesn't happen, even at the very end. and almost everyone dies, old ladies, little girls, this author is messed up in the head or something. no joke, he even had a scene where an escaped prisoner dies while he is having sex with the fore ...more
Will Cawkwell
Sep 13, 2016 Will Cawkwell rated it it was amazing
I'm currently going through a bugs phase, things like slugs, worm, eat them alive, bugged and more.
The Nest stands out amongst these as it's bigger, deeper and more character based than the others I've read.
This is what happens when a very talented author takes on a very trashy sub genre. I loved it.
Boris Cesnik
Jul 23, 2014 Boris Cesnik rated it really liked it
Better than I thought.

Quite gory, fast paced and readable.

The story is good, nice premises but the insect nest topic could have been better developed and explained with more scientific details. The other letdown was the predicability of some events, not highly original.

Overall pretty enjoyable. Will look into buying more of his books.

Otto Too
Jan 24, 2016 Otto Too rated it it was ok
I remember this and every time something interesting started to happen it turned into something stupid, over all not terrible but I remember one tense scene that really had me on board was ruined and really made it feel like I was finishing the book out of obligation.
Ralph Carlson
Dec 29, 2014 Ralph Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's not to like with mutant giant killer roaches. We all need a giant bug book or movie every once in a while.
Jun 20, 2016 Jon rated it it was ok
Who would've guessed that face munching cockroaches could be this boring?
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