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A series of murders in which the victims are horrifically mutilated is triggered by the archaeological discovery of a hidden chamber filled with the skulls of children. Investigations reveal the possibility of an even greater evil. The author's other novels include Shadows and Death Day....

Title : relics
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ISBN : 922783
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 257 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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relics Reviews

  • Andrew
    2019-04-08 23:01

    Do I have known of the author Shaun Hutson for some time, in fact since my early days of reading when I was working my way through Stephen Kings early books and the first works of James Herbert but I never really got round to trying any of his work. Well I was out on my travels as I do and found a small charity book shop so I thought why not (I later discovered this is in fact also a signed copy).Well all I can say is that I remember a review years ago coining the phrase "Splatter Punk" - yes it was riding on the back of cyber punk - however all the same I think it sums it up quite succinctly. The book is graphic very graphic and I will admit having read my fair share of horror I still feel uneasy about the abuse of animals especially those that are unable to defend themselves and yes brutality whether it is delivered on animals or fellow humans is not right but I did feel that there could have been other plot devices the author could have used. That said this book is a product of its times - this edition was 1986 where horror was more for shock and revulsion than fear and terror. As I have commented before it sometimes is easier to gross someone out that to terrify them of the unknown. This is not a bad book, although it is riddled with typos though that is the editors fault not the writers. Would I read any more of his work - well I might do, I see the similarities to James Herbert here, his earlier books like the RATS series are very graphic but his later works a subtle and creative so who knows, maybe on another one of my travels.

  • Stephen Hayes
    2019-04-07 03:48

    It was on the "horror" shelf of the book shop, it had been reprinted, and was going cheap. I'd never read anything by the author before, So I thought it might be OK for some light bedtime reading. I suppose it does fit into the horror genre, just. It's also a sort of half-baked whodunit (one of the main characters is a detective, though he doesn't do much detecting. I suppose in that there are some very faint echoes of Phil Rickman, who seems to hover uncertainly between the supernatural horror and whodunit genres, with his more recent works leaning (to my disappointment) to the latter. But Rickman's books have character and plot; this book has neither. And Shaun Hutson seem to try to cover over the lack of such things by playing the grossout card, right from the very first chapter, going over the top with blood and gore. Oh and the obligatory sex scenes with "throbbing members" -- it was, after all, first published in the 1980s, when most publishers seemed to make such scenes obligatory. In this book, however, they are combined with the "fetid stench" of still-throbbing freshly disembowelled entrails. The trouble is that when you have a "fetid stench" in every second chapter (and there are seventy chapters) one's sense of literary smell tends to become a bit jaded. The book has a bunch of archaeologists who discover a cave with inscriptions and skeletons. Some of them meet with nasty accidents, which apparently serve no purpose in the plot other than to provide the occasion for another grossout. The archaeologists seem to know as little about archaeology as the detectives do about detecting. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book by Phil Rickman, and now at least I know that Shaun Hutson doesn't fill the gap.

  • Craig
    2019-04-06 06:15

    Some books purport to be 'extreme' but this guy is the master of extreme indeed! A great, balls to the wall Gore filled read. The story is interesting and the Gore scenes get nastier and nastier as the book progresses, good fun. Plus it's one of thise rare books where the ending is definitely not "happily ever after".....

  • Christopher Law
    2019-03-30 00:46

    Yes, I know Hutson is a terrible writer but I've loved some of his stuff since my teens and rereading them gives me nostalgic pleasure. This one is one of my faves, mostly because of the child sacrifice and the it goes dark ending. If you've read any Hutson you'll either hate him or have a soft spot like me, if you haven't - expect bad writing, dire soft porn, lots of gore and plot issues galore, plus a few heavy metal quotes.

  • Leo .
    2019-04-07 00:14

    I have read a few of Shaun Hudson's books. My two favourites are Erubus and Shadows.

  • Warren Stalley
    2019-03-29 23:09

    When a team of archaeologists discover a historic burial site, full of ancient relics little do they realize there’ll be hell to pay. As events in the small town of Longfield grow more bizarre Police Inspector Steve Wallace together with archaeologist Kim Nichols tries to piece together the puzzling gruesome murders which occur in the aftermath of the site discovery. With a gore factor that goes through the roof Relics is not for the faint hearted. Graphic deaths and explicit dogfights go right off the scale in a sheer splatter-fest of horror. Reminiscent of early James Herbert this is strong stuff and absolutely not for the faint hearted. To summarize this is a shocking and bloody journey leading to a bleak conclusion that truly freezes the blood from well-known British horror author Shaun Hutson.

  • Jack Keane
    2019-04-21 00:10

    I've recently gotten on to Shaun Hutson to try and fill the James Herbert shaped void in my life and well... i'm not overly impressed, it's rushed and lazily written, no real character development and relies heavily on shock value which very quickly wears off. I give it 3 stars because it's a semi entertaining read akin to a no brainer action movie. This review is specifically for relics but I could say the exact same for every single one of his books I have read so far, which funnily enough is the same problem I had with James Herbert God rest him, although at least he could give genuine scares on occasion.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-08 00:54

    I really din't like this book. Ok, I liked the whole mystery of finding relics and trying to solve the mystery behind them, but I didn't like that the author made up different stories throughout the book which I think were irrelevant. Also, I didn't like the ending. Come on, really? The character which I liked the most killed a child. And the other one was likely a monster. And in the end the whole world was doomed. I give it two stars for the mystery. Otherwise, I really didn't like this book.

  • Simon C
    2019-04-02 00:08

    I had always considered Hutson to be the poor man's James Herbert prior to reading this book and it did nothing to dispell that impression. While in a similar vein, Herbert's work is much better written and thought out.The build up is competent if pretty predictable and the very end has a certain bold charm to it but the Twist just doesn't work on any level and had me muttering 'No, no, no!' Never a good sign.

  • Craig
    2019-04-07 02:58

    It's a long time since I read a horror story like this - one where the blood spurts with quite so much ferocity and with little consideration for political correctness. Okay, so the story was a little clichéd and I'm not sure of the relevance of some sections, but this deserves an extra star for the ending, which was gloriously unexpected.

  • Merri Frederick
    2019-04-18 06:07

    I didn't just "not like it", I absolutely HATED it!!!!! It was repetitive in the killings, dis-jointed in the sheer number of story lines it had going on, none of which really connected to the other; there were loose ends and the ending was absolutely ridiculous!!! I actually threw the thing away when I was done so that no one else would have to suffer through this gawd awful swill.

  • Melanie Suthons-hart
    2019-04-03 23:15

    What a disappointment. I really was looking forward to a good horror. Like others have said, how could the author go and make the lead characters turn into such vile villains. I don't always want a happy ending, but this is such a complete let down. I felt so cheated after giving so much of my precious time to this book.

  • Jamie Henderson
    2019-03-25 02:11

    This was my first Shaun Hutson book and will certainly not be my last. Ive seen people complain about un-necessary extraneous passages but to me it blended together smoothly and never had a moment of boredom. Nice downbeat ending!!

  • Andrew Tickner
    2019-04-15 22:55

    This is a wonderful read and is the first Shaun Hutson novel I read; so admittedly does have a special place in my heart. However, if you haven't read any of Hutson's book in the past, this is a great place to start.

  • DJMikeG
    2019-04-14 01:07

    Nonstop gore and mayhem with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed it in the way I enjoy "Friday the 13th" movies. Its horrible, but its fun and a decent diversion. Hutson is the literary equivalent of a Big Mac.

  • Chris King
    2019-04-12 01:55

    Crimson,crimson,crimson,crimson, filled jolly, ritualistic,intestine spraying caper!Crimson has now became my favourite word.Crimson!

  • Dan Khan
    2019-04-04 05:03

    Like a slasher b-movie. Scary plot, lacks character depth, viseral stomach churning parts, do not give to 12 year olds !!

  • Jodie Walker
    2019-04-15 21:56


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