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The Slime Beast

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Professor Lowson is searching the Wash for King John's lost treasure. Instead he awakes a reptilian creature buried in the mud, which seems to have arrived on this planet in a meteorite. It starts wandering around, killing and eating anybody it comes across. Lowson wants to capture it alive, his companions want to kill it before it kills anyone else. Soon the locals are ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published April 1976 by New English Library (first published October 2nd 1975)
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The Slime Beast was first published by New England Library in 1976 and saw many reprints.

Believed dead and forgotten, the Slime Beast has risen from the mud. Even more terrible than before, it roams in search of human victims and feeds ravenously on their offal.

We do not know whence this creature came, from outer-space or a survivor from primordial times? Furthermore, was it alone or did it have a mate who has also survived unseen out there on the mudflats? It is certainly thought provoking.

I be
Randolph Carter
Claws its way up from two to three stars on the strength of self parody alone. A truly awful novella who's vintage gore and soft core porn give it the air of crude naivety today. I can't believe it was thought good even in its own time. The sort of book that would have gotten you in trouble if your mom found it under your mattress. The kind of thing you passed around at camp until the cover fell off and the corners were all blunted.
Feb 21, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I rarely make New Year's resolutions because I know how bad I am at keeping any of them, unless they're things like “breathe everyday” or “procrastinate when you get around to it”. This year, though, I decided to try anyway. My resolution was to read more non-fiction books. Specifically to read more non-fiction than fiction. My fiction to non-fiction ratio is usually about 80% to 20%, so this won't be a trivial one to keep. On the other hand I do love learning new things so hopefully it won't be ...more
Eigentlich will der Archäologe Professor Lowson im englischen Marschland mit seiner 20-jährigen Nichte Liz Beck und dem jung-dynamischen Gavin Royle einen Jahrhunderte alten Schatz heben. Doch anstelle der Schatztruhe gräbt das Team ein Reptilienmonster aus, das an den SCHRECKEN VOM AMAZONAS erinnert. Ob Bewohner eines fernen Sternes oder Laune der Natur, wer kann es sagen, aber fortan streift das schleimige Monster nächtens vom Hunger nach (Menschen)Fleisch getrieben auf der Suche nach ...more
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Well, that was a fun ride! It is a horror classic from another era, when disco, sex and carelessness ruled the world. It is just what it is - a short tale of a mysterious monster which terrorized British swamps and surrounding village. There is blood, there is gore, there is a secret and... SLIME BEAST itself.
„Bestia” Guya N. Smitha uraduje koneserów tych nie do końca poważnych horrorów, w których prześladowcą jest potwór, bestia, tajemnicza kreatura o niecnych zamiarach, gdzie legenda ożywa
J.R. Park
Dec 29, 2014 J.R. Park rated it really liked it
Condensed in to 110 pages is a quintessential Guy N Smith novel. From the word go we have a love interest and 'perfectly formed' ladies, fist fights and nutty professors.
Within a few chapters the Beast is up and roaming and tearing people limb from limb. The attacks start off unseen but as we move further into the story we get some wonderfully gruesome descriptions.
The sleaze isn't far away too with sex scenes and perverted lurkers of the Wash.

Some of the characters jump to massive conclusions t
Doctor Edward Diesel
Too bad. I was hoping this would be pulpy-trashy fun but it is just plain bad.
David Macpherson
Nov 29, 2016 David Macpherson rated it it was ok
Wow, a really cheesy R rated horror movie trapped in a hundred page book. I laughed out loud. That's a good thing, right? A dashing man of science from the British Museum, a gorgeous virgin and a duplicitous older scientist go into the marshes to find buried treasure but instead find a slime beast from outer space that smells bad and tears up people and dogs. The townspeople are torch bearing malcontents who deserve to be dismembered. The handsome man and the virgin are bound to have a lot of ...more
Nov 19, 2016 Wayne rated it really liked it
A nice on from Guy. The Slime Beast moves at a quick pace. 3 people are looking for a treasure and find The Beast. Where he comes from, know one knows. Not even Guy. The sex scenes are hilarious. It's almost like a prudish English matron wrote them. The ending comes fast and quick. Everything about this book screams B-movie. It drips with cheese. I loved it.
A so-bad-it's-good book. Thoroughly unlikable, cardboard characters and lots of gore, at least in the later portions of the book.

Two things annoy me, though.

Firstly, Lowson and Gavin continually leap to the wildest conclusions without any evidence. For instance, Lowson is just absolutely certain, without even the slightest bit of doubt, that the Slime Beast is an extraterrestrial. He's right to assume that the museum people would dismiss his theories: it's total nonsense. Whether or not it turns
Richard Wilkins
Aug 31, 2015 Richard Wilkins rated it did not like it
I have enjoyed a few of this author's books. unfortunately not this one though. Avoid unless you absolutely have to read it.
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Guy N. Smith always provides a fast and entertaining read, in small doses.
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Great monster story, just a bit too simplistic.
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Apr 24, 2014 James Fogarty rated it really liked it
This is pure campy old-fashioned pulpy goodness. A quick, shallow, but fun read.
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I was born on November 21, 1939, in the small village of Hopwas, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. My mother was a pre-war historical novelist (E. M. Weale) and she always encouraged me to write.
I was first published at the age of 12 in The Tettenhall Observer, a local weekly newspaper. Between 1952-57 I wrote 56 stories for them, many serialized. In 1990 I collated these into a book entitled
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