Review: Night of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith

The Welsh coast basks in summer tranquility. Then the ‘drownings’ begin. But not until the monstrous crustaceans crawl ashore, their pincers poised for destruction, does the world understand the threat it faces. A seafood cocktail for the strongest stomachs.

Night of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith. Book # 1 in the Night of the Crabs series. Kindle edition is published by Black Hill Books, August 2010. Originally published in 1976, UK. 153 pages.

Ooooooooooh YEAH!! πŸ˜€ I have been wanting to read this book for SOOOOOOOO long! I love Guy N. Smith’s work (that I’ve read so far). He is a master of the 70s / 80s pulp horror and creature feature novels. One day I want to read every horror novel from him. πŸ™‚ It has taken me a while to read this book though because I don’t have the whole series yet! I just have book #1 and #4. >.< BOOO! But, I figured screw it, I can’t wait any longer! If I made a list of my favorite things, at the very top would be “pulps”, “creature feature horror”, and ” sea creatures”. So, it’s no surprise Night of the Crabs has been on my radar for several years now! Giant crabs?! Yes, please!!

Guy never disappoints me. He gives you exactly what you are looking for. Pulp fiction, B-movie vibes, with lots of insane monster action. I absolutely loved how this book felt like such an homage to 1950s sci-fi horror movies like THEM!, but with typical British flare. πŸ˜€

Night of the Crabs is very fun. Duh! πŸ˜€ Who doesn’t want giant crabs?? For the most part, the pacing is quick. Loved the B-movie vibe. This book is a real fast read. Perfect for summer beach time!

The only parts of the story I didn’t really care for was the ultra fast romance with the 2 main characters. It felt a little unnecessary. Just give me more giant crab carnage, please!!

The other thing I didn’t really love was the very, very end. It wasn’t bad, but it felt so abrupt!! Like, the people think they killed all the crabs, but they never really investigated it fully. They are like “Welp. I don’t see any crabs. Time to go back to merry old England now.” Wha-??? That’s it?? Nobody is gonna do a lengthier check then that??? There aren’t even any dead crabs laying around!! GAH!! D: Just so…. abrupt…

Night of the Crabs is still an epic read. It is quick. It is crazy. The romance seemed so awkward and the ending is a little bit anti-climatic, but you can’t help but love this epic creature horror tale. I look forward to reading the rest of this series! πŸ˜€


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