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by Shaun Hutson

  • ISBN: 0099556227
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Shaun Hutson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House UK (May 1, 2014)
  • Pages: 368
  • ePub book: 1932 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1460 kb
  • Other: azw lit lrf docx
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 407


Shaun Hutson (born 1958) is a British novelist in the horror and crime genres. Under his own name and various pen names, he has written at least thirty novels. A native of Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, England, Hutson now lives and writes.

Shaun Hutson (born 1958) is a British novelist in the horror and crime genres. A native of Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, England, Hutson now lives and writes in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

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.

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A new and updated novelisation of the classic Hammer film written by one of Britain's best known horror authors. Set in Afghanistan and Scotland, X The Unknown tells the story of what happens when a young boy stumbles upon an horrific new chemical weapon that has been developed by the British army.

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The murders had been savage and apparently motiveless

One female slug can lay one and half million eggs a year- a fact which holds terrifying consequences for the people of Merton. As the town basks in the summer heat, a new breed of slug is growing and multiplying. The murders had been savage and apparently motiveless. Carbon copies of killings committed years earlier and by men currently incarcerated in one of Britain's top maximum security prisons.

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A new, updated novelization of a classic Hammer film

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 fetuses, and cancer levels are 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.


Era Era
We start out, as does the movie, with a mysterious, and fantastic, attack on Private Lansing, who is a soldier out on the Buckinghamshire marsh on an exercise. He's looking for planted radioactive materials when everything goes pear-shaped, and the ground opens and the horror starts, and the dying begins.

When Lansing is found he is dying of radiation poisoning, and it is near a huge split in the Buckinghamshire marsh that hadn't been there before. Sergeant Michael Coulson & Lieutenant James Bannerman, Lansing's commanding officers, start investigating the attack. But, going over their heads, the army calls in Doctor Adam Royston, who will go to the Broughton Green Military Research Facility to see the experts Doctor Peter Elliot and his father Professor John Elliot. And that which lives below the earth, and the explanation as to what that something is, is what will drive a wedge between father and son.

Of course, as the story progresses, more soldiers and townspeople start developing symptoms of radiation sickness, tumors and such. And then despite the unbelievably of the creature, it then arrives on the scene and all hell breaks loose.

One of the requisites of Shaun Hutson doing this novelization was that the story had to be updated from the fifties, which was the original date of the making of the movie. Now, even though it has been updated, the song basically remains the same, as all of the major scenes have been left in, even if they have been altered and updated. My favorite scene from the movie, the death of the radiologist is here, although Hutson eventually wrecks it.

Another problem is the addition of additional extraneous characters that add nothing to the novelization. Like Claire Reese, who finds out that she has a malignant breast tumor, or Nikki Cross who finds that her unborn baby has become a mass of tumors. Another demerit is that while I can get behind this creature's massive expelling of radiation which is the cause of instant and corrosive tumors, but that a second exposure can not only cure the cancers, but heal all of the damage the these cancers and tumors caused? Ah, no. Don't believe it. Just because this is a super-science horror story doesn't mean you get to contradict your own reality.

The first, and only, previous Hutson novel that I read "Slugs", which was his first novel, and it was so bad that I couldn't be bothered to read anything else of his until the "X The Unknown" novelization appeared. And while this novel is certainly much better than that novel, it still doesn't convince me to go and buy anything else of his. And, while this is a decent novelization, and like any good novelization, it can certainly stand on its own, I wouldn't put it up there with the best of them that I have read.

However, let's give credit where credit is due. Because, while I haven't seen this movie in several decades, when Hutson is allowed to, and when he allows himself to do so, he certainly is able to maintain the flavor of the movie. Still, from what I remember, and as I said, it's been awhile, the movie was a relic of its time, and its updating has added nothing to the story.

For this site I have also reviewed the following creature feature adaptations:

Alan Wake by Rick Burroughs.
The Frighteners: A Novel by Michael Jahn.
Godzilla - The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox.
Mutant Chronicles by Matt Forbeck.
 Plasmid by Robert Knight (Christopher Evens).
Reptilicus by Dean Owen.
Rabid by Richard Lewis.
Fegelv Fegelv
Mr. Hutson’s retelling of the classic 1956 Hammer film “X – The Unknown “ allowed me to relive the terror I felt as a child when seeing the movie as a child on TV back in the ‘6os. In one scene, he actually re-created an accurate narrative of a nightmare I had for many years as a child. I would highly recommend seeing the old black-and-white movie either after or especially before reading his book. The movie was able to set a particularly cold, grim, creepy and dark atmosphere that seemed to be lacking in his writing (hence only 4 stars). His constantly changing scenes for over 60 “mini-chapters” did get a little annoying, but thinking of this in terms of a short, paperback sci-fi novel; it works for me.
I think he might have done more with some of the “creature’s” details (lacking in the 1956 movie as well), but his storytelling left my imagination ripe for a potential sequel (…. An appeal to Mr. Hutson).
Don’t expect Stephen King here. Just a good, simple and scary “paperback” genre.

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Goldcrusher Goldcrusher
Good adaptation of a classic 50's monster movie with just enough changes to make it more relevant. Fun read, especially if you've seen the film.
I ordered this book with high hopes for a modernized version of the classic Hammer film. It is very poorly done. It's like he took all the main parts of the original film and just plugged them into a plot which is very slow moving and a bit helter skelter . The main Character Dr. Adam Royston has no personality what so ever. The monster is almost an after thought. Very disappointed..
Nkeiy Nkeiy
I believe Hutson did a great job with fast capture technique, and staying close to the classic Hammer from the 50's. I look forward to seeing what he might do with some of the Quartermass movies, or the Lee and Cushing team.
Ann Ann
X the Unknown

Story line was very suspenseful, a nail biter at times....what else would you expect from Shaun Hutson? The master of chills :)
Kagalkree Kagalkree
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

Like many of us, I'm a bit of a purist regarding adaptations of classic works, so the fact that Shaun Hutson chose(actually, this decision was the publisher's, not Hutson's)to bring this adaptation forward to the present day and relocate it a long way south of the events of the original 1956 film filled me with no little trepidation.

Having said that, I hadn't seen the movie for a very long time--probably sometime back in the late 60s--so I decided to watch it again first, so I could more easily see what changes had been made.

I'm pleased to report that the alterations actually work very well and, in hindsight, the book hangs together rather better than the original.

Freed from the constraints of the film board censorship, Hutson is able to be more realistic with the dialogue of the soldiers. He neatly adds material and characters which give more weight to the events of the film, without sacrificing anything. There are only two major changes, other than period and location. The first is in making the lead character somewhat younger than in the original, which I found perfectly logical. The second is right at the end, where he has Royston realise that his original plan for destroying the entity was simply not going to work and comes up with a better and more believable one.

I'd always thought the "monster" to be vaguely Lovecraftian in concept, and it's evident that Hutson agreed, as he ends the book on a quote from the master himself.

To some extent, I regretted my decision to view the original movie version first, as it rather took all the suspense out of reading what turned out to be a very enjoyable SF/horror novel.