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Preview — The Troop by Nick Cutter
In chapter 37, Shelley uses his buck knife to cut into Ephraim. Then, in the next chapter, Max is stabbed by Shelley with the same knife. - But Max never showed any signs or symptoms of getting infected. Even at the end it says he was tested multiple times by doctors and was all cleared. What's up with that?? (hide spoiler)]
i know people have been a little coy with details in their reviews for this, but i'm not going to be, because i think that its strongest selling point is what people have been all shy about mentioning.
so - imma just say it: tapeworms. genetically-modified, kick-your-ass motherfucking tapeworms.
the setting is falstaff island, which is a tiny uninhabited island off the coast of ANOTHER tiny but inhabited island, prince edward island, in beautiful eastern canada. a scou ...more
Cutter can write some splendid horror and this book easily placed him towards the top of my favorite authors list.
Well played, Mr. Cutter! Well played.
Every page was a splendid discovery, evoking feelings of nostalgia for the Horror of my youth.
The Troop follows a group of boys who are taken by their Scoutmaster, Tim Riggs, to an island off the coast of Eastern Canada for a weekend camping trip.
When a very ill ...more
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Perhaps I was simply expecting too much, as The Troop doesn't bring anything even remot ...more
It's sickening, sad, & especially because it all occurs ...more
Trigger warning: graphic animal abuse
Here’s the reading vlog where I read this book: https://youtu.be/J2LyhHZvGo4 ...more
See that picture up there? Do you know what that is? It's a tapeworm. Which is a nasty, (sometimes not so) little, parasite that can infest pretty much any living thing.
That said, this was a story about a Boy Scout troop that visits an island to do their yearly Boy Scout stuff. But this will be the last trip together, ever. Can you guess why?
I had a blast with this book. It was a quick read and I loved the format in which it was told. The only issue that I had with it is that some of the char ...more
Okay. So. You read horror? You enjoy it? This book is on the top shelf. When you're in the horror VIP lounge and you want to order premium, top shelf horror, you order a Nick Cutter and if you want the most ba ...more
First of all, when Stephen King goes out of his way to blurb a book, I pay attention. About The Troop he says:
"This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it's a perfect gift for a winter night."I'm a sick puppy! Right away, I perk up like one of those Pointer dogs on the scent. Secondly, the book description refers to The Troop as Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins. Oh yeah! You just pressed two of my book buttons right there. I'm light ...more
It's October and Scoutmaster (Dr.) Tim and his five Eagle Scouts from Troop 52 have been dropped off in the Canadian wilderness at terror (my word) island for three days of fun and hiking. The boys are a mixed bag of tall &...more
Besides that, I was bored to tears almost. I was waiting to see what was going to be the outcome and I wasn’t too happy with that either. I liked two of the boys in ...more
This book is the embodiment of that quote. It didn't terrify me. It didn't horrify me. But it did gross me out and disgust me.
*Sigh* I have heard so much greatness about this book, and about this author, but this book just didn't do it f ...more
Scoutmaster Tim has led a troop of boys out into the Canadian wilderness on an annual camping trip. They can go hiking, have a bonfire and there will be ample opportunity to bond and earn some merit badges. They are on a small, uninhabited, isolated island located just off Prince Edward Island.
On their first night, a stranger, very unexpectedly, arrives in their camp. He does not look well. He is very hungry.
Holy crap balls Batman! This one scared the shi ...more
I just wanted to pass along a heartfelt thank you for pushing this story to such an extreme that I felt the
Why you little!
The Troop is the story of Troop Fifty-Two’s weekend field trip to a tiny uninhabited island off the coast of Prince Edward Island. — Five boys and their Scoutmaster. Two days. ...more
This was different, but not that scary. Mainly I read this book for a horror element because I heard from a lot of people that it is one of the most disturbing and scariest books they ever read. Sadly, for me, it didn’t meet the expectations. It clearly had huge horror elements, but there wasn’t enough contrast to properly feel the horror and really fast I personally become numb for all the terrible experiences which were described. In addition, the characters were not that interesting to a ...more
- Nick Cutter, The Troop
Happy Horror Week 2017!
It’s that time of year again, when we take a break from a world that is already terrifying – like, really, really terrifying – and spend a little bit of ...more
What makes this book so disturbing isn't only the sub ...more
A scouting trip on Falstaff Island goes disastrously wrong following the arrival of an emaciated man, asking for food. This man isn't just hungry, he's sick. Pretty quickly, the young boys are fighting for survival, both against this sickness and each other.
Okay, so first of all - when Sadie and the guys at NRB kept pushing me to read this book, telling me I'd love all the horror and gore etc...they did NOT tell me that I'd als ...more
Yes, lots. Of clowns.
All this to say that while I am not a horror aficionado, there is definitely a tendril of creep- factor worming its way up my spine - at least ...more
things are burrowing into their bodies, and eating them alive from the inside. And yes, the gore is explicit, and as graphic as words can conjure up. It was well written, and you really feel for most of the kids. They feel real, and t ...more
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I've been asked to set this up by The Powers That Be, and I'm more than happy to, although I can't really say much about myself seeing as Nick Cutter doesn't exactly exist—he's a pen name. A cool, tough pen name! Your mileage will vary on whether you agree, but that was the thinking. Horror writers should have crisp, punchy names. Stephen King. Clive Barker. Nick Cutter. Not that I ...more