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The Sucking Pit

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1975.

Tom 'Romany' Lawson, aged woodman, is discovered dead. His virginal niece Jenny mixes up a potion described in his diary and is immediately transformed into a murderous sex maniac. She ends up helping a giant gypsy leader named Cornelius to regain the local ancient Romany burial site, the Sucking Pit, by blackmailing the owner of the land with sexual favours. But her ex-boyfriend, a reporter, is astounded by the changes within her and won't give up the search for the truth.

One of the tackiest novels in the history of pulp horror. There is absolutely nothing missing here: lots of gore, lots of sex, murder, blackmail, grave-robbing, weird funeral ceremonies, instant love affairs, instant insanity, the resurrection of the dead, magic potions, people who say things like "You have killed her. You must die for what you have done!" or "A thousand thousand curses upon the fools. Better would it be had they left his corpse to the scavenging crows" completely dead-pan, lots more gore, lots more sex... the definitive pulp horror novel: miss at your peril! It's not a particularly well-written book but who cares - the thrills and the spills are everything here - and like its closest comparison, Pierce Nace's Eat Them Alive, it'll never stand up to analysis, just sit back and enjoy. If you survive the first few pages, you'll love it!


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