When a yacht being used to smuggle drugs sinks, the six smugglers must seek refuge the only place they can – an abandoned oil rig in the middle of the sea.
But there’s something strange about this oil rig. For one thing, it looks more like a scientific research facility. And for another, there are no people – only piles of clothes with no bodies in them.
It soon becomes clear that something is loose on the rig. Something deadly. It’s stalking them, one by one, but it’s not just a horrible death they have to fear – it’s what comes after . . .
The basis for the cult film Proteus, Harry Adam Knight’s first novel, Slimer (1983), is a wild thrill ride that mixes creature feature horror, fast-paced action, and a dose of black humor. This long-awaited reissue of this rare novel features a new introduction by the author.
Title: Slimer | Author: Harry Adam Knight | Re-release Publisher: Valancourt Books | Audiobook Pub. Date: 2019-April-17 | Length: 5 hr 46 min | Narrator: Hannibal Hills | Language: English | Triggers: Rape | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy of this book from the narrator for review consideration, and am voluntarily posting this review.
This was my first time listening to Hannibal Hills narrate. While I did have to speed his narration up a bit, I generally liked his work. His accents were good, his range between the men was decent. His female voices weren’t grating to the ears, but not terrifically varied, either. His voicing of the characters had me wanting to said character every time he appeared in my ears but considering the dude was a class A jackass it was a good choice.
The characters aren’t much to speak of. You’ve got an asshole drug-runner and his tough girlfriend, a druggie and his girlfriend that would do anything for him, and then the other guy and his girlfriend. That is pretty much all you find out about the characters and, really, all you need to know about them. They’re characters in an 80’s cheesy horror book. The rules say that only a few of them are going to survive and the rest are going to die horrifically. (I like this rule.)
There was a scene in here that made my stomach churn. Unusual for me. I can put up with a lot without even thinking about it, but stuff being forced unnaturally far down people’s throats triggers my gag very, very quickly. The rest of the scenes were weird and/or gross, but not particularly disturbing. (Sometimes they were kind of fascinating to imagine.)
In regards to the story itself: It took a while to hook me and it reminded me a little too strongly of The Thing but I was nevertheless engaged in what I was reading. This is only a 133-page (at least on Kindle) book, so by necessity the story had to be tight and the pace rapid. Stuff starts happening within about fifteen minutes and doesn’t let up until a suitably dramatic ending.
Overall, Slimer is not particularly original or horrifying, but it is as cheesy as you would expect horror from this era to be. I’m happy that Valancourt are re-releasing these gems in an era that can embrace them for their bad-goodnesss. Hannibal Hills did a solid job as narrator and I’d be willing to listen to more from him in the future.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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