I only became aware of this book because a Twitter account I follow posted a couple of the author’s covers as part of a tribute to him following his death just before Christmas. After seeing this I went on a Wiki search and discovered that Smith was a hugely prolific pulp horror writer and this book, about a Welsh town attacked by giant killer crabs, was the one that jumped out.
It’s a fast paced, enjoyable yarn about a scientist who goes to investigate after his nephew goes missing while swimming and soon he uncovers that there’s something lurking beneath the waves. What follows is an engaging and gripping tale, told in short, fast chapters as the army struggles to figure out how to beat their crustacean foes.
It’s a really fun read, and Smith does well in making the crabs feel genuinely menacing and has a nice line in macabre action. There are a couple of sex scenes where he seems less at home, but these are minor quibbles and par for the course for the genre and time (1976).
This is the first in a series of novels about killer crabs, and I will definitely be dipping a toe back into these waters. 8/10.
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