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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  631 ratings  ·  142 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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Justin Tate
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rollicking entry into the “Paperbacks From Hell” re-print series. If your favorite part of creature creepers is watching people get eaten alive, this will satisfy your desires unlike any other. Nearly every chapter includes a graphically-described swarm of mutant cockroaches devouring human flesh. A few innocent animals too, for good measure.

True to the bizarre trends of '80s horror, additional moments will "leave" you scratching your head in the most amazing way. Those familiar know I'm talki
3.5/5 stars!

One of my favorite sub-genres of horror is the creature feature, and boy does this one deliver!

On a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, something is happening in the middle of the island's dump. There's hissing and movements, then someone's dog dies and so begins THE NEST.

I'm not going to make like this book is some kind of literary achievement, because it's not. (Does anyone really pick up a giant cockroach book and think it's literary? I guess it's possible, but it's not the c
Jack Tripper
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really 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 a well above average creature feature, certai
Cameron Chaney
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2019, adult
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Video review coming shortly!

The Nest, written by Gregory A. Douglas (aka, Eli Cantor), was originally published by Zebra Books in 1980. Since then, the novel has been out of print, available only to those persistent enough to find it in used bookstores. Fortunately, that is no longer the issue thanks to Valancourt Books and their Paperbacks from Hell series. With the help of author Grady Hendrix and vintage horror expert Will Erric
Tyler J Gray

I liked it. At times it felt both pretentious (with having to constantly look up words only to realize it seemed to just be using "big words" because it could, not because it needed to. Like a "look what big word I know!" even though this is just a killer cockroach book...) and badly written. I mostly liked all the science but eventually it did feel a bit dry. The romance felt...weird too...and i'm not sure why it was there.

That stuff aside though I did like it for the most part. It's gross,
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A guy fucks a pile of leaves and roaches shit in each others mouths. I’d give it ten stars if I could.
3.51/5.0 stars. I liked the old school feel to this just enough to round up to 4. This story takes a bit of an odd perspective for me considering my very science-minded young son is raising some giant cockroaches in a cage in his room right now (amongst many other creepy crawlies). I’ll definitely be looking at them differently from now on, lol. Fun creature feature horror.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favorites
Paperbacks from Hell #1

Besides Chemistry, Biology has been the one course that fascinates me a LOT. However, with the inherent disgust for crawly insects, human and animal gross anatomy, and basically anything Biologists deal with, except plants, I bravely chose Chemistry over it. That's the very reason why I enjoyed this book so much! Yes, it's gross, it's freaky, it's creepy, but I love it!

This book was first published in 1980 so it really has that 80s creature/monster film vibes which I
Jon Recluse
On a small, quiet island off the coast of Cape Cod, there's something up down in the dump.
The rats are on the run....and then they simply aren't there anymore.

Something nasty has just moved up the food chain....and the human inhabitants are next on the menu.

The Nest is an old school 'Nature Gone Wild' novel, featuring healthy doses of gore....brought to you by the creatures that make pretty much everyone's skin crawl.....mutated....evolving past repulsive into a relentless, flesh shredding, bone
Horace Derwent
this has nothing to do with the 1988 namesake film 囧

what did i say before? to seek a copy of 80's horror paperback in chinkland is way harder than to find a pure piece of gold nugget

just like, the more sweeter the lick of ass is the more stinky the fart it out blasts
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was creepy.

The Nest is for cockroaches as Arachnophobia is for spiders. Damn near sure to induce entomophobia, this 1980's creature feature horror brought back to life thanks to Grady Hendrix's Paperbacks from Hell and Valancourt Books is a spine tingling, disturbingly good piece of fiction which, thanks to the authors extensive research, reads scarily plausible - yep, even with these menacing cockroaches reaching the size of 8 inches in the book, somehow this feels like it could hap
William M.
Aug 10, 2011 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
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
This one is the first book in Valencourt's line of "Paperbacks From Hell" novels. These are reprints of 80s horror novels that were featured in Grady Hendrix's nonfiction book Paperbacks From Hell.

I preordered the whole line because I trust both Hendrix and Valencourt Books to find some wothwhile stuff.

After this book, I still hold that trust in them, with a few qualifiers.

It's a tale as old as time: giant mutant cockroaches terrorize a small New England Island.

The book alternates between three
Dick Grunert
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the War And Peace of mutant cockroach books.
Peter Derk
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the first read for my new book club: The Peter Derk Book Club!

I looked around at celebrity book clubs, and you know what I saw? Oprah. Reese Witherspoon. Hermione Watson. And I thought, "Why not me?"

Then I ignored all of the immediately apparent reasons why not me and did it anyway.

Our first meeting will convene at the Key Largo Lounge on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, 7 PM (MST). We will discuss The Nest, if anyone read it, and stickers and bookmarks will be distributed.

Did the sticker
Valancourt Books has spoiled me, I think. By reprinting books by the likes of Michael McDowell, Ken Greenhall, and Bernard Taylor, they've come to represent a way to discover the lost gems of the horror genre. When I heard they would be publishing some reprints of the better novels featured in Grady Hendrix's Paperbacks from Hell, of course I signed up for the subscription service to get all of them. The Nest is the first in that series.

The thing is, Valancourt has also published books like Slim
Kevin Fitzsimmons
Feb 09, 2015 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
Jamie Stewart
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DOES EXACTLY AS IT SAYS ON THE TIN!!! Or in this case the book cover. The Nest is a pulpy, gruesome rollercoaster ride of a book. It is my second read of the Paperbacks From Hell series and while it doesn’t quite which the depths in terms of its characters as When Darkness With Us does, it makes up for that in bloody, gory horror. That isn’t to say it’s characters are one dimensional, they aren’t, but their concerns are immediate and superficial. A father cares for his kids. A woman falls in lov ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up from 3.5 stars. Enjoyable, gross, and frothy, but with a last chapter that has to rank as one of the worst conclusions to anything I’ve ever read.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The short review: This book is good, but overlong, and though it really repeats itself...there is something to be said about a book that features multiple scenes of people having roaches tunnel through their eyes into their brain. I mean, goo, huh? Also, there's a bit with a handcuffed man on a small island confused about how to find the sheriff and so he decides to dry hump a pile a leaves and roaches tunnel through his eyes and eat his brains. How about that, huh? The late 70s to early 80s? Am ...more
Ken Saunders

The roaches called the dump their home
and they shared it with the rats.
They lived on island garbage,
avoiding men. And cats.

The roaches' family grew so big
the town poisoned their home.
But what should have made the roaches shrink
just made them mutate and roam.

Variety's the spice of life,
even for a roach.
By eating rats instead of garbage
they learned to hunt and poach.

Growing strong on meat and blood,
the roaches made a plan.
They swarmed out of the dump one day
and ate a naked man.

Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peter Benchley has a lot to answer for. While entertainment purveyors had been peddling the theme of "humans encounter killer animals" well before he penned Jaws in 1973, his novel and the subsequent film based on it left an indelible mark on both audiences and the world. In Jaws, audiences saw the foundations laid for what would be a legion of tropes associated with stories where nature herself (sometimes with a little help from science run amok) provides the raw materials for a good old fashio ...more
Jul 24, 2019 marked it as dnf-for-good
dnf. Writing comes off very dated and amateurish.
Nicholas Gray
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually really, really liked this book. I'm already creeped out by buggers, so I knew this book would send shivers down my spine. There were two scenes that stuck with me and the characters were likable. I don't know what else I can say other than I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes horror. ...more
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Whoa!!! WHOA!!!!!!

Going in, I thought this book was going to be hella cheesy..... I was wrong!!! Thank gahhh!!

It was good, like, really good.
*Side Note: I listened to the audiobook, which was FANTASTIC!!! The Nest is narrated by Matt Godfrey, who has narrated a bunch of great books.
It doesn’t matter if you read the book or listen to the audiobook.... it’s legit either way. But.... there’s something about the way Godfrey tells the story. Expressing emotions from each character, bringing them t
Dan Poblocki
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Pure cockroach-insanity. I feel like I need a bath now.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt Godfrey was a joy to listen to expound on the many descents into unmitigated madness. Deft handling of the hard science too. Love this thriller.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audible
Superb! Exactly the kind of of horror I was craving, too! Perfectly terrifying and gruesome.

I will say I never thought I could loathe cockroaches more. Well. . . this novel proved me wrong. 😵
Jeff Jellets
Aug 06, 2014 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
I love creature features, especially creepy crawly ones. The Nest is an oldie in this genre, but it hasn't lost its bite during all those years - literally.

Between the covers of this book you will find a disturbing mix of cozy island feeling and very graphic descriptions of roach attacks - wonderful! The writing has an old-fashioned, almost distinguished? flair about it, which should come as no surprise, considering it has been written about 40 years ago. It especially shows in the sweetly bloss
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