As the thread title implies, I am relatively new to GNS. My mother had an old copy of Mania around the place for years and one day, about 7 or 8 years ago, I picked it up and read it. I wasn't really impressed at the time. Then about a year ago I picked it up and read it again... what a difference several years makes!
I am now pretty much hooked. In the last few months, I have managed to acquire the following:
Bats Out of Hell Locusts Doomflight Warhead Sabat 1: The Graveyard Vultures Accursed The Wood Abomination Cannibals The Master Carnivore
My favourite out of these has been The Master, even though I understand that it isn't really one of his more popular titles. Warhead and The Wood were great too. I didn't care much for Locusts though.
My mother was also nice enough to give me, along with Mania, her collection of Graham Mastertons and Shaun Hutsons.
I've been a one-eyed Guy guy since I picked up the first NEL paperback of "The Slime Beast" in '75. I hooked into Guy's view of the world immediately, and my enthusiasm has not flagged in 33 years. I have first editions of all his novels because I simply bought them as they appeared. "Werewolf By Moonlight" I had to chase up, though.
I don't dislike any of Guy's novels. I really admire his pulpy sincerity and relish for the lurid (served up proudly without guilt).
Guy is probably the bedrock of my pulp reading. I've not read half of my collection - I prefer to read one then follow a different avenue - knowing I can rely on Guy when I'm in a quandary what to read next. I started CRABS MOON and stopped 3/4's of the way through - then months later finished it up. It's pretty good. The only book I started but didn't finish is LOCUSTS - no idea why I struggled - maybe something new arrived that I *had* to read immediately - it happens.
I remember having to work through ENTOMBED - but looking back I enjoyed it more in hindsight - some books demand you put in a herculean effort I find. Couldn't get on with THE WOOD at all - felt repetitive - wandering the wood over and over - though I'll admit the smugglers were a damn good addition. Maybe I'm going senile in my old age eh Dem?
I was very lucky to get all three werewolf books last year - I really must read the first soon. I'm determined though that this year I finish all the books I start . Problem is I have so many books ... :-)
Post by ghostwriter2109 on Jul 25, 2008 11:39:27 GMT
There is going to be a whole lot of new GNS activity over the next six months. Reprints of the crab franchise (and a new crab novel), graphic novel of NOTC and audio books of a good selection of the novels too...and a range of collectables too. And negotiations are in place for a filmed version of Slime Beast.
This almost slipped under the wire. Obviously getting the original series back in print makes fiscal sense - though as Dem said and I agree - many fans will probably covet the originals first - most are easy to acquire anyway - except stuff like Human Sacrifice of course. I think a new book is the most exciting prospect to me! Oh and crab fridge magnets.
Guy produced a number of synopses for crabs novels in addition to the six published by NEL. There was an excellent article about the whole crabs phenomenon by Andy Hurst (the creator and original publisher of Graveyard Rendezvous) in issue three of GR.
There was Crabs: The Flesheaters, Crabs: The Survivors and Crabs: The Return, that I can recall. The latter was actually completed and prepared for sale to NAL in the States, according to Andy's piece. I would imagine this one is the most likely to be published, unless GNS has written a new novel from scratch.