Has this one been mentioned on the site ? Sorry I cannot scan the cover but basically its a tacky drawing of a big red eyed frog. Its baggy throat pouch on its chin features a guy struggling to break free.
The blurb on the cover reads.... FROM OUT OF THE MARSHES CAME A SLIMY SLITHERING NIGHTMARE.
Well we've had crabs, slugs, cats , rats and every concieveable insect so why not frogs.
Have'nt read it yet but when I do I will put up my views on it. Just wanted to know if anyone has seen, had or read the book. Me , I never had believed it existed till I saw it.
Post by franklinmarsh on Mar 15, 2009 20:16:09 GMT
Go erebus! I'd only ever seen the title and was praying that it was about frogs. Looking forward to your review. (Gets on high horse). For sheer rubbish When Animals Attack you can't beat Halkin's Slime (killer jellyfish).
Well I'm currently reading . Worms by James Montague. Hannibal Rising by T Harris, The 24th Pan book of Horror and Scared Stiff by Ramsey Campbell. Yep a proper mixed bag that is I know. But when Ive done Croak it is. Maybe on a double Bill with Slime. Never got round to reading that bugger.
Well I started Croak today and despite the silly subject matter and daft cover the book is a little belter. I'm breezing through because its such a good read and a well written one at that. The plot ( Beware of Spoilers ) begins with large marsh filled with mating toads and most importantly their spawn whisked up in a freak electrical mini tornado vortex ..Yep ! you heard right. The subsequent frog spawn is dumped high into trees and also onto a guy who has just butchered his wife and lover. He quickly chokes to death in the sticky plasma. The wriggly little spawnoids get everywhere. And in one part that shocked me a young 14 year old girl naked on her bed having an erotic dream is violated by the gelatinous invaders. Yes you've guessed right they do go up there. A guy who has ingested some spawn clogged water from his tap has gone into a mini mania. Lying in dark areas naked and venturing out only at night to lap up woodlice and burst slugs in his maw. Bluebottles fair no better. To add to this his belly has become very bloated...Hmmm I can see where thats going. At the local public school the bully has tipped some of the offending matter into the school desert which of course is semolina BRILLIANT. The head and local nun who has been visiting have already feasted on that , as to has a timid teacher. Who has now become sex crazed and visited a soho hooker. Her death is not unlike the opening scene of the book detailing the plight of mating toads. Sounds crazy I know but there is plot threads in the book and characters are well developed . And that is as far as I have gotten with it. I will finish it later today as its that good. Shame this one is little seen or heard of and Is without a doubt a must have. Go search the stalls, carboots and ebay.
For sheer rubbish When Animals Attack you can't beat Halkin's Slime (killer jellyfish).
Judging from erebus's review so far, i think you may have spoken a little hastily there, FM. Great going, mr. e! This sounds like everything a novel called Croak should be and more. And i bet even Tricycle doesn't tackle the evils of semolina.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Post by H_P_Saucecraft on Sept 2, 2009 21:22:17 GMT
Enjoyed it immensely, I can't really add much that erebus' hasn't said already, except I can't help feeling this has a bit of the Lewis touch about it, just wondering if it might be him under a pseudonym.
& one of the lines certainly raised a smile: "He was effette, with an air of woofter about him"