Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Origin of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith


Crabs Cult Classic Book 3

Don’t let the title fool you. This book is less of an origin story and more of a continuation of the crab’s storyline that began with Night of the Crabs followed by Killer Crabs. Smith may have felt it necessary to offer some type of origin of these giant crustaceans, which is quite simply stated in a sentence or two. The Russians had conducted some underwater nuclear testing that obviously resulted in a crab’s mutation. Smith doesn’t waste any more time with the origin than that, and that’s fine by me. He jumps right into a story about the Welsh gamekeeper, Bruce McKechnie, a devious bastard and the first to discover the crabs prior to the events described in Night of the Crabs. As the laird of Crenlarich near Loch Merse, his income is accentuated by the hunting he leases on his property. Loch Merse apparently has an underwater tributary that leads to the sea, and when the crabs show up McKechnie is determined to keep their existence a secret in order to avoid a panic that would nullify his business opportunities. Well, when one person too many goes missing (eaten by the giant crabs, of course), McKechnie has his hands full as people disappear and the crabs increase their attacks. Make no mistake about this – the crabs are intelligent, malevolent, and hate humans except to eat them. Their pinchers will rip you apart. There’s a saucy woman named Christine Blacklaw, who jumps from McKechnie’s bed to the bed of John Ryland who is looking for his missing brother. He won’t find him because the crabs ate him. Fog shrouded woodlands, a mysterious bog, the waters of Loch Merse and some calculating, evil giant crabs all make for a gorefest of fiendish terror. Dripping with some bloody atmosphere, The Origin of the Crabs is classic Guy N. Smith all the way. There is a brief appearance by the Australian, Klin, from Killer Crabs. Smith is consistent in keeping track of his characters.


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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