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Breeding Ground

Novel by Shaun Hutson (England) 1985.

The carnivorous hybrid slugs left alive at the end of the first novel, 1982's Slugs, resurface in London to cause predictable chaos. As their insatiable breeding continues, their sheer numbers block the sewers causing roads and buildings to become flooded with sewage, and the death toll of course rises and rises. After mass evacuation of the city, the only course of action is to provide the slugs with more live bait...

Just as filled as Slugs with the usual Hutson-patented viscera and pathological description, and just as enjoyable. The man himself promised never to return to his most financially rewarding book for a sequel, but the money must have done plenty of talking. I'm not a great admirer of the need for sequels, but this one succeeds, because it's close enough to the original to be similar, but not close enough to be the same. Just so long as there isn't a Slugs III, which doesn't seem too likely, as Hutson would never again be taken seriously if he did, as he regularly appears in print saying that it would require a fee of astronomical proportions to return to the series he has come to despise so much, which is fair enough. Another good one from the so-called bad boy of horror.


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