Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Crabs: The Human Sacrifice by Guy N. Smith


Crabs Cult Classic Book 6

According to his autobiography, Pipe Dreams, Smith believes Crabs: The Human Sacrifice is the harder book to find because of a low print run. That is undoubtedly true, although copies do show up on e-bay. Copies are certainly not as common as some of the other titles, so if you see a copy be sure to buy it. Crabs: The Human Sacrifice takes place during the same time-frame as Crabs on the Rampage. It is a separate story taking place during the same period when the crab’s population is dying of cancer and intent on lashing out at humans before they go. This one involves a macabre cult of crab worshippers and human sacrifice, which lends another level of eeriness to the proceedings. Smith’s acclaimed imagination is like a hot iron as he weaves a plot with multiple characters and those malevolent crabs and their fiery red eyes and appetite for human flesh. As you would expect, the crabs will disembowel people, snip their legs off with those razor sharp pinchers, and slurp up the flesh and bones like a starving fat man at a banquet. Imagine having your arms and legs snipped off, and before you bleed out you stare into the beady, evil eyes of a giant crab that is intelligent, and had intentionally hunted you down! This book combines several elements and passages from Crabs on the Rampage which makes it seem a little disjointed, with a hybrid feel, but entertaining nonetheless. This 1988 entry in the series would be the last for some time, but Smith wasn’t quite done yet.


COMPLETE CRABS TITLE LIST:

Night of the Crabs (1976)
Killer Crabs (1978)
The Origin of the Crabs (1979)
Crabs on the Rampage (1981)
Crabs’ Moon (1984)
Crabs: The Human Sacrifice (1988)
Killer Crabs: The Return (2012)
Crabs Omnibus (shorts collection, 2015)

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