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The Uninvited

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  16 reviews
It was like any other spring day in the quiet, peaceful community of Lapeer Parish, Louisiana. But for Sheriff Vic Ransonet it was the beginning of a nightmare. People were disappearing without a trace. Animals were being eaten right down to the bone. Lush fertile fields of crops were being stripped bare. But the sherriff knew the evil that lurked in the barns, sheds, and ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 301 pages
Published January 1988 by Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp. (first published 1982)
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This was a creepy, crawly, crazy book!

What do you get when you mix toxic chemicals with insects? Mutants on steroids that grow from an inch to twelve inches! Not only do they get big, but they are also cannibalistic meaning they are very hungry.

Lapeer Parish, Louisiana with a population of a few thousand are enjoying the quiet life, until the mutants show up. When a farmer's herd of cattle end up dead and all that is left of them are bones is when the mystery surrounds the community. Then peop
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Okay the only reason I gave it so many stars was because it was a fun read. This book read like a "B" horror flick, I totally enjoyed it because of that. If you do not like those types of movies than you won't like this book. ...more
Laura Thomas
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It starts with a little spill. Just some toxic junk. No big deal.

Until that stuff changes something. Creates something new and deadly.

If you hear the clicking, it’s already too late.

Another scary good story from this author with more creatures. I can’t tell you what they are. I can tell you they appear from out of nowhere, strip a body down to the bare bones in the time it takes to say, Oh sh#t!, and vanish just as quickly.

No place is safe. As the town is slowly cut off from the rest of the worl
Darla Colwell
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing-read
I absolutely loved this book. It gives you the willies. It will make your skin crawl. If you are into scare you out of your will like this. If you are into romance will not like this.
Give it a shot. Leave the lights on!
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
William W. Johnstone is best consumed with a tongue lodged so firmly in cheek that it requires an oral surgeon to straighten the problem out. And if you don't believe me, I cordially, uh, "invite" (see what I did there?) you to join me for a romp through another of his square-jawed, Republican-Jesus-fearing, journalist-hating, gun-humping redneck horror tales from Zebra Publishing.

It's the very early 80's, and courtesy of government malfeasance and scientific idiocy (80's horror's absolute best
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great "nature on the rampage" book. Also, one of the few Zebra horror books that does not deal with a young child's horrific nightmare. This ones about a pesticide that was spilled in a parish in Louisiana. It effected only one bug, the cockroach. It turns them into giant, a foot long at the most, mutant flesh or anything in their way, eaters. The residents have to combat the bugs and try to survive. The President of the US encircles the contaminated areas so no one can get in and more i ...more
Neil Davis
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book

This is amazing read!! I can't recommend this book highly enough. Thrilling from beginning to end. One of his best.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I really liked this book, was hard to put down, and kept you guessing who would survive. A good read for any monster,disaster, horror fan.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A short take:

Intelligent, carnivorous mutant bugs and a handful of small town folk who stand out as more than bugfood. I give Johnstone a lot of credit for craft, as he ventures into genre cliche territory and extracts a fine story that makes for a fun and easy read. Don't let him fool you, kids: this kind of storytelling takes serious work to read so effortlessly. I probably won't come across another mutant bug story that is half as entertaining as this one.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was like any other spring day in Lapeer Parish, Louisiana. But for Sheriff Vic Ransonet it was the beginning of a nightmare. People disappearing without a trace, animals eaten down to the bone. It started with a small chemical spill that went unnoticed. The the roaches came out. And they were hungry.

Killer mutant cockroaches! Quick little story that was pretty fun to read. I enjoyed reading the path of destruction the roaches caused.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a number of times as a teen.

Fun book, kind of horrible. Guilty pleasure.
S.David Long
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crawling With Action

Not an original plot but interesting enough to keep you r reading. The characters were mostly believable so nd the action was non stop. Overall a good classic B movie read.
Joe West
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giant mutant roaches... Need I say more?

Seriously, big bugs going berserk through parishes. Death and mayhem, you got it! People losing it, you bet. Let the roaches attack!
Stephen Fodor
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
roaches. gah!
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William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.

Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life,

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