Author: William Meikle
Publisher: Dark Region Press
Page count/Size: 188pp
Release date: March 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
I was a little concerned when this novella started with ‘The whale farted’, but trust me on this, there is a reason. Inside the whale, hitching a ride is one of many extremely large crabs which are attacking people. As the first of the crabs breaks through the blubber, three researchers are butchered.
Marine Biologist Shona Menzies is dragged from her bed in the middle of the night by mysterious black clad men from Homeland Security. She is needed for her skills and knowledge about crustaceans because these crabs are not only large; they are bullet proof and incredibly smart. And they are looking for a breeding ground.
At the same time, Joe Porter catches one of the larger crabs at its early stage of development and tries to sell it to a New York zoo as a new exhibit. On the rampage through the New York subway system, the crabs attack and destroy everything in sight as Homeland Security led by a number of the military hunt them down.
This book plays out like a deliciously bad B movie done with style. There is plenty of gore, lots of chasing, lots of action and limbs flying everywhere.
Though Joe Porter’s later heroic actions are a little at odds with his earlier characterisation, and the cover art is a little shaky, these are my only complaints.
This is a creature feature that is a true guilty pleasure with a strong female lead and some great death scenes. At times, it even feels a little like Aliens as the military fight a particularly alien for deep in the bowels of the city.
Dedicated to Guy N Smith and pure pulp, this book is what it says on the tin. Great fun.