X The Unknown

X The Unknown In a quiet field in Buckinghamshire a huge crack has appeared in the earth s surface And people are dying Incinerated beyond recognition At the same time hospitals have noticed an increase in catast

  • Title: X The Unknown
  • Author: Shaun Hutson
  • ISBN: 9780099556220
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a quiet field in Buckinghamshire, a huge crack has appeared in the earth s surface And people are dying Incinerated beyond recognition At the same time, hospitals have noticed an increase in catastrophic deformities in foetuses, and cancer levels soaring.Dr Adam Royston, a scientist working at the nearby military base, thinks he knows what it is a creature as old asIn a quiet field in Buckinghamshire, a huge crack has appeared in the earth s surface And people are dying Incinerated beyond recognition At the same time, hospitals have noticed an increase in catastrophic deformities in foetuses, and cancer levels soaring.Dr Adam Royston, a scientist working at the nearby military base, thinks he knows what it is a creature as old as the earth that slumbers for centuries, then wakes to feed on the energy and radiation produced by humans But if he s right, and they can t find a way to destroy the creature roaming the countryside, then it s not just Buckinghamshire that could be in danger, but the whole world.

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    1. Shaun Hutson has done a worthy job in translating a 1950s British attempt to mimic the American monster movie (and Hammer's effort to follow on from the initial success of Quatermass) to twenty first century Britain.It is often tougher to write a page turner for the average bloke than a literary effort for the soi-disant intellectual in Hampstead and from that point of view Hutson does well.Indeed, I would go further and suggest that he has a talent for introducing simple descriptions of very re [...]

    2. Well it was OK as horror stories go, but nothing really startling. Nothing really unusual either. Ive read better by this author

    3. I really enjoyed this, a very quick read that flowed very well. A definite must read for fans of the Hammer Horror films, and fans of horror in general.

    4. This novel is what it is. It's a three star novel. I like the novel. I can't say it was bad or good because it wasn't. It just was.This novel is a remake of a 50's/60's horror novel from the famous Hammer Films. The difference is that it's set on today standard instead of that era.There are some interesting parts but they are not solid throughout the book. The characterization is only from our main character and the rest characters are cardboard without changes. The female characters are not int [...]

    5. Ahhh my old friend shaun hutson, this is how I feel about the author & his books. I never met him personally, yet his books are comfort reads. When i am stressed or feel like reading a horror novel, he is one author i go too. This book is a good example of why. A basic update of a hammer 50s film, with all hutsons quirky touchs & cynical views on life. Enjoyable if not inventive. I read it quickly which is a good sign to me. My criticism is there was an unnessary racist comment about afg [...]

    6. My first Shaun Hutson book was ‘relics’ and I absolutely loved that for the sheer terror I felt as each character met their gory end. This however, felt a bit bland in comparrison. It is an adaptation from the fifties Hammer film, and although now set in the present day, the quiet village, the army base and a radioactive monster plot all seem a bit cliché. For me, this didn’t have a sufficient strangle-hold on my senses to consider it a page-turner. I’m a Shaun Hutson fan, but this cann [...]

    7. This was Shaun Hutson's second novelisation of an old Hammer film [the first being Twins of Evil].I didn't think this was quite as good as Twins Of Evil, but I still really enjoyed it. Hutson also set it in the modern day, which I felt worked well. Just found out his third Hammer novelisation [Revenge Of Frankenstein] has just been released, which I look forward to checking out. However, I'm beginning to wonder when Hutson will write some of his own stuff again, which is alway's top notch IMO.

    8. I only picked this book up because I needed a title beginning with X for my collection.It's actually really good fun, rattling along like an old-school horror (it is a re-imagining of a Hammer classic after all) and full of clichés like 'what the hell was that?!', but a good read while it lasts.Recommending if you're after a nice bit of light reading.

    9. Scientists investigate a series of mysterious deaths and illnesses.The first hundred odd pages gripped me but then the plot moved firmly into “B Movie” mode. Some of the writing / characters were a bit weak / under-developed / dated.

    10. I love Shaun Hutson's books and I enjoyed this very much. The story was straight forward, but engrossing.For anyone wanting to write horror they need to read Hutson.

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