Friday, March 9, 2018

Crabs Omnibus by Guy N. Smith


Crabs Cult Classic Book 8

I might be accused of being a crabby cultist, or a crab cult member or just a cult crabber. Either way, I’m a happy fan of Guy N. Smith’s legendary crab’s horror novels. Yeah, crabs. I’m hoping by now many of you have ordered books direct from Guy’s website. The thing about the crabs is this – they hate humans, and they are intelligent enough to plan attacks on coastal towns. They are extremely difficult to kill, and once you make them angry they won’t forget you. Did I mention these are giant crabs? Reading a crab’s novel is the prose equivalent of a drive-in movie horror fest in Technicolor which means the blood and sunsets are all red. Red is the color a killer crab wants to see as its pinchers rip your body apart. Crabs Omnibus is a 2015 collection from Black Hill Books. The collection starts out with a novelette, “Crustacean Carnage,” followed by the shorts, “Decoy,” “Revenge,” “The Vigil,” “The Survivor,” “Crabs Armada,” and “The Final Encounter.” These shorts work quite well no matter their length. Smith dives right in and the crabs are feeding again. My favorite here is “Revenge” which ties up loose ends from Killer Crabs and offers a final fate for Klin, the masculine Australian outdoorsmen who still believes that stolen money is buried in the sand near his old place. (see Killer Crabs for the details). This is the eighth crabs book by Smith and I have a gnawing suspicion we haven’t seen the last of the crabs. Meanwhile, rather than go out to dinner at the local Red Lobster Restaurant, why not log onto Guy’s website and order one of his books. Smith’s crab’s books are an acquired taste, but once you savor that tender meat, you’ll be hooked on a crustacean diet.


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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