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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,165 ratings  ·  112 reviews
They slime, they ooze, they kill...

A novel of mind-shattering horror, and a new breed of slime-ridden, oozing slugs lurking in the waist-high grass, developing a taste for new things...for blood, for flesh...human flesh!
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 1988 by Warner (first published November 1st 1982)
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Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1980s, reviewed, horror
This is one of those books that, depending on how I rated, it could go anywhere on the five star spectrum. It's ridiculously bad, but at the same time, so over the top and silly that I enjoyed myself the entire time. I could give it a 5 based on pure entertainment, but based on some of the more dreadful aspects, I would find it quite difficult to live with myself afterwards. Honestly, the fact that I even finished/am reviewing this book...

This is a book about killer slugs. Not only are they kil
Edward Lorn
Oct 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You can't eat steak all the time. Sometimes, you want a plate of ribs. Shit, sometimes you want a Slim Jim, or, Tom Cruise forbid, a can of SPAM. Well, this plate of meat has gone over some time ago and is crawling with maggots and rot. It's bad, and not even in a TROLL 2 so-bad-it's-fun-to-watch-while-you're-high-on-crank bad either. Slugs treats its readers like idiots. I know I feel like a moron for finishing it. But can you blame me for wanting a can of SPAM between sirloins?

Slugs is an abso
Michael Sorbello
Synopsis: As the people of Merton bask in the summer heat, a new breed of slug is growing and multiplying. In the waist-high grass, in the dank, dark cellars they are acquiring new tastes, new cravings. For blood. For flesh. Human flesh...

Review: A fun and simple creature feature about man-eating slugs. It's very similar to The Rats by James Herbert, though I feel like the monsters and characters weren't quite as well developed. The gore and horror elements were surprisingly good at points and I
The Grim Reader
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
There are a couple of horror authors that I never got around to reading. One of these is Shaun Hutson, and the other is Richard Laymon. I’ve remedied the Hutson omission here with Slugs, and I will be trying a Laymon book later in the year. Slugs is described as “The classic horror story from the Godfather of Gore”…Wow! I was expecting big things. Sadly, the book never got close to being “classic” in my opinion. It is kind of fun, but ultimately forgettable.

Sometimes you have a pretty good idea
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid I stole this book from my uncle and read it in one sitting, scared the crap out of me. It didn't teach me lesson though cos I then stole his VHS of The Thing and that gave me nightmares for weeks. :)

Not sure how well this book would work today, ya gotta have a fear of slimy things to appreciate it, no fear and you'll probably find this a dull read. Shaun Huston's writing style makes it easy to read and the book is short so give this one a go.
Andrew Lennon
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. I fell out of routine a bit so it took me ages getting through it, but I'm glad that I stuck with it because it was well worth it.
The story itself was very good. The concept, oh god. The whole thought of the slugs.....
My skin was crawling the entire time I was reading!
Definitely worth checking out.
Highly recommend.
Oliver Clarke
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Confession time before we start. As a teenager, Shaun Hutson was my favourite British horror author. More than Herbert, who I found a bit ploddy at times, his books had a violent energy that really appealed to me. They’re blatantly ludicrous, but so efficiently written that it’s easy to forget that. Hutson never takes himself to seriously, despite the horribly dark themes he often ends up exploring, which gi
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I really loved this nasty up to the point horror story on slugs. Reading the book is like watching a movie. You can see every details and can't put down the book until you have it finished. Fantastic find from the 80s, my first book from this author and a clear recommendation! I definitely haven't read the last book by Shaun Hutson! ...more
Odd Pardon

EDIT: 4/11/21 - changing to a 3 from a 3.5 as the book has settled a bit. I liked it some. There's certainly a charm in reading about slugs with they central tooth fucking up the townsfolk, but not much happens, the story beats are lackluster, and I only really liked a supporting character out of the whole cast of characters. Hutson is great with description but here you can tell he was still stretching his legs.

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A great creature feature. My first Shaun Hutson book to read, and I loved it! Just follow the slimy trails for a creepy crawly good time full of B Movie type terror
Nick Sheridan
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This Garth Marenghi-esque novel treats the reader to a constant procession of unrelated and unlikeable characters who either meet a sticky end at the hands (or proboscises) of the slugs, or blindly never realise how close they came to a squelchy and bloody death.

Slugs makes no bones about positing women in ostensibly traditional roles. They cook dinner, they look after children, they take showers, enjoy a good natter, and are hysterically passionate about housework. They also get beaten by drunk
Maria Lago
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It does exactly what it says on the tin: pure unadulterated fun. Begone, pretentious readers, there's nothing for you here. ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Slugs oozing out of dark, dank basements, driven by an insatiable thirst for human blood, an overpowering crazing for warm flesh. Slugs - boring into human bodies, attacking the soft, internal organs, eating their victims alive from within.

This is just the kind of story I enjoy! Slugs. Man-eating slugs! It was as awesome as it sounds! Total creature feature B-movie wonderfulness! <3 Seriously love it. It was a lot of fun reading this story. The only thing I didn't like is that a slug ate a pet b
Keso Shengelia
They slime, they ooze, they kill...
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
1. Gross out horror - meh.
2. Why did they never try salt?
3. Antibiotics don't work for a virus.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being devoured alive is a terrible way to go, so naturally there's an entire genre of horror devoted to animals going apeshit on folks who should be higher up on the food chain. Peter Benchley wasn't the first dude to write a book about nature culling the human population (he's pre-dated by the likes of Daphne Du Maurier's The Birds from 1953, and Stephen Gilbert's Ratman's Notebooks from 1969), but after Jaws hit the best-seller list in 1973, you couldn't stop the copycats. James Herbert was on ...more
Deacon D.
I love me some Shaun Hutson and in honor of this gruesome little gem, I've added a new bookshelf : icky. ☺ ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, monster
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Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
First published way back in 1982, this was one of Hutson's very early offerings to the splatterpunk genre. It has become one of his most well-known novels and was even made into a film in 1987. The plot is simple and classic - giant slugs with a taste for human flesh go on a rampage. The usual sprinkling of cliched characters with a gore-packed storyline that races through from start to finish. The simplicity is the key to the novel, and Hutson has produced a great one here. It is enjoyable and ...more
Kenneth Skaldebø
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take heed this is no Hemingway.
But it is exactly what you expect a book about murderous slugs to be like, a short fun gory story that you don’t need to think much, its is escapism on its finest.
The book reads like a B horror movie from the 80s (avoid the move that’s based on this book) with lots of gory slug induced slimy deaths, some gruesome descriptions during the mandatory teen sex scene that you would come to expect from it all.
It’s a fun read if you like the promise of unlikely creatures
Phil Zimmerman
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
This is a dumb fun book. Some of the descriptions of people getting eaten by slugs are wonderfully gut wrenching. I've watched the movie many times and am surprised how closely it mimics the book. One thing bugged me was how oblivious the public is to this crisis. Everything seems to only be happening to Brady. Would have enjoyed an angle of more public fear. ...more
John Ryan
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Either 1 or 5. Deeply entertaining schlock. Laughed out loud at some of the clunkers ("what kind of a slug bites a man?"), winced at some of the horrific death scenes and generally had a great time. I want to watch this movie with a loud of beer and pizza (and I did watch the adaption, which was a different kind of weird). Worth seeking out. ...more
Jennifer Thomson
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The master of horror, Hutson's books are all about entertainment. Who gives a stuff if there's zero characterisation and he doesn't take 2 pages to describe one tree?

After reading this you will never look at slugs the same way again.
Sasha Jackson
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I found this in a charity shop for 10p, read it, and most of the other shaun hutson novels corny horror, but a qiick undemanding read, was good for me during my horror phase, but badly written shit, hutson always amuses but. it always the ways he intends.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I never watched the movie, but I'm betting it's just like the book.
Positive: the book was really well written, you thought you were watching a movie. Lots of gory parts. Great for a horror fan.
Negative: I didn't finish the book because it was too much like every cheesy horror movie. Way too predictable! Same old story line as any movie about a killer animal/ insect and I seen too many of those. I like cheesy horror movies, but when I read I like the element of surprise. I like getting scared a
Jason Kron
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has all the essential elements of true trash horror: Gratuitous sex scenes, several loose eyeballs, children biting their parents to death, and slugs devouring a scrotum.
Thomas Wright
this book is very much a pulp read not necessarily a bad thing the language used to describe people may be a issue for some people very much a product of when it was written

i don't have much to say about this other than i enjoyed this book for what it is

the biggest thing for me was finding out it is this book iron maiden got the song name 22 acacia avenue from
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a fantastic horror book.
Squeamish and grotesque with lots of stomach churning moments.
I may be biased since I'm a fan of Shaun Hutson's works but it was great.
I wouldn't have thought I would have enjoyed a book about killer slugs, it spunds ridiculous but it was written well enough to not only interest me but make me feel a tad ill in some parts.
Reading the sequel was an easy choice for me and didn't reduce in quality.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first memory of Slugs was as a child at the local video store. I would always gaze in wonderment at the shelves of forbidden horror movies, equally scared and excited by looking at the covers, my imagination running wild wondering what lay within. Seeing the Slugs VHS cover was particularly harrowing. It wasn’t until years later that I actually tracked down the book that the VHS was based on. By all accounts, the movie was fairly poor and could not live up to the book it was based on. There i ...more
Yvonne Davies
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
For the month of Mays reading challenge, I had to read a book from my childhood. Books were a big part of my growing up and I found this a hard choice. Racking my brains, I decided to read the book that got me into the Horror genre, so after a good many years when I originally read Slugs I decided to read it again.
Mike Brady was an environmental health inspector for the Merton borough council, moving there with his wife for a quiet life. After Mike has to serve an amenity notice on a resident,
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British horror novelist, including horror and urban thriller novels.

His novella Slugs was made into a movie, although Hutson didn't like the movie. He also appeared in two horror movies himself.

Hutson is a Liverpool F.C. fan.

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