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The Tribe

Novel by Glenn Chandler 1981.

David Spender, respected lecturer in anthropology, unexpectedly cooks his daughter and force feeds her to his wife, then disappears. As more similar acts of cannibalism are reported, the police are forced to follow their only lead; all the prime suspects were students of anthropology at the same place at the same time, and all accompanied their professor on a trip to a cannibal village in Papua New Guinea. But even the police don't realise how horrible the end of their hunt will turn out to be.

Unlike the world of films where such items abound (especially in Italy), there aren't too many cannibal novels about, so to be one of the best doesn't seem to be as much of an achievement as it should. Not that this stands up against Graham Masterton's Ritual anyway. It isn't stunningly original and the central character is a bit of a cliche, but it's just different enough to make it something more than just another average horror novel, and it's certainly a worthwhile read for those who like their horror a little sick. It'll also be a bit of a surprise for anybody expecting another book like Chandler's previous Hamlyn offering (and only other book), The Sanctuary: the horror in that one, though it certainly exists, is far from as frequent or graphic as in this particularly nasty item.


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