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Worm

Novel by Simon Ian Childer (Australia) 1987.

Taking over the 'Simon Ian Childer' pen-name for a solo effort, John Brosnan finds a nasty species of animal that, surprisingly, nobody had used for a gore novel, not a small feat given Guy Smith's prolific output of nature's revenge stories. Most worm novels deal with earthworms, only Brosnan going for the parasitic worms that live inside the human body: ringworms, roundworms etc. Here we have Olivia Finch hiring private detective Edward Causey to investigate Egyptian doctor Abdul Shayaz who she suspects had something to do with the three foot long worm that erupted out of her sister on the operating table. Alien had nothing on this.

Far better than Tendrils, the other 'Childer' novel on the market, this is still well over the top stuff, but written with tongue firmly in cheek. Fast paced with some good characters, especially down-on-his-luck detective Causey, this builds up to a wonderful twist at the end. And there's a particularly outrageous reason for the worms to be bred in the first place. If you like over-the-top gore novels, you'll love this one.


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