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Spawn [Paperback]

Shaun Hutson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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28 Jun 1990
Released from a mental hospital where he has spent all his adult life, Harold Pierce is given a job as a hospital porter. But that job involves the disposal of aborted foetuses, something which brings back nightmare memories of Harold's accidental killing of his baby brother years before. A time of trauma and terror has begun, terror heightened by the escape from prison of convicted killer Paul Harvey who, hunted by the police, embarks on a muderous rampage. Pierce and Harvey, both disturbed, are about to unleash a terror beyond belief.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (28 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751513784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751513783
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shaun Hutson is a bestselling author of horror fiction and has written novels under eight different pseudonyms. He has also contributed stories to 'Kerrang' and 'Raw' and used to host Sky TV's 'Monsters of Rock' programme.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Spawn is just one of those classic Hutson novels that has shaped him into the respected splatter author he is today. The novel doesn't weave a particularly complex plot, or delve into strong charcterisation, but what it does do is produce some light, horror entertainment. The book is basically about two disturbed men and the unnatural consequences of their deeds.
Harold Pierce is released from a mental hospital where he has spent all of his adult life. His new job as a hospital porter involves him in the burning of aborted foetuses - an act which brings back nightmare memories of the death by fire of his baby brother Gordon. The trauma is such that the deranged but gentle Harold begins to neglect his duties.
Paul Harvey is a convicted murderer and his escape from prison places the Exham police force under a great deal of pressure. Their vigorous manhunt yields no results but when they begin to investigate a brutal series of murders no one has any doubt that it is Harvey who is decapitating the hapless victims.
Nothing notably outstanding sticks out from the book, but I must say that I did enjoy it. It's one of those novels that you really don't want to put down as your dragged from page to page, until you're at the gorey climax. The important thing with this novel, as with most if not all Hutson novels, is not to expect a masterpiece. Mr. Hutson writes gorey, enjoyable, easy to read, splatter horror with no complex or detailed plots. And he's a master at what he does!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sick, twisted and totally brilliant 6 Aug 2008
By M Evans
Format:Paperback
This is one warped book! The plot of this story is bizarre, depraved and thoroughly riveting. A real page turner, but full of gorey scenes and twisted ideas. Maybe not his very best, but a highly readable shock-horror story that certainly leaves an impression. You have been warned!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychic vampire aborted foetuses! 5 April 2009
By marky77 VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Spawn is the fourth book by Shaun Hutson that I have read (Complusion; Relics; Breeding Ground) and as always utterly addictive and very bloody.

The book starts with Harold Pierce accidentally starting a fire in his home and accidentally killing his mother and baby brother in what is probably the most brutally graphic burning scene ever written.
Years later he is released from a mental home where he is given a job at a local hospital burning aborted foetuses. Harold feels sorry for them and burries them in a field outside the hospital. There is soon a freak lightening storm which brings the foetus' back to life...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hutson! 10 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
Back cover synopsis: Released from a mental hospital where he has spent his adult life, Harold Pearce is given a job as a hospital porter. But that job involves the disposal of aborted foetuses, something which brings back nightmare memories of Harold's accidental killing of his baby brother years before. A time of trauma and terror has begun, terror heightened by the escape from prison of convicted killer, Paul Harvey, who, hunted by the police, embarkes on a murderous rampage. Pierce and Harvey, both disturbed, are about to unleash a terror beyond belief...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as Usual 3 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was the second book that I read by Shaun Hutson and I wasn't disappointed. Shaun Hutson constantly impresses me with his ability to scare you beyond belief. Give this book a go you will not be disappointed.
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read a number of Shaun Hutson books a few years ago and remember that I thoroughly enjoyed them. For some reason, I then 'lost touch' with his books , but when I saw a number available for Kindle and only 99p each, I quickly downloaded a few and have now started Spawn. I am halfway through it at the time of writing this (Kindle shows that I am 50% of the way through it) and am really enjoying it. But the thing that stops me giving the book 5***** is the appalling grammatical errors. There are commas in the wrong places, which make some sentences hard to read and some incorrect words as well. In fact many of these errors clearly show that this book has simply been scanned and not digitally reformatted for reading on Kindles. For instance, a section that I was reading this morning had the word "minor" in a sentence......this should have been "mirror" and proves that when the book was scanned, the scanner thought that "minor" was the correct word, an error that would have been avoided if it was digitally converted. These errors are becoming annoying, which is a shame as the story being told is really good - if you think you wouldn't be put off by the errors, buy it and I hope you enjoy it. A warning though, the book is a bit 'graphic' and not necessarily a good one to read if you are eating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 31 May 2014
By Kieron
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great to revisit this in digital form. Nobody does this sort of thing better than Shaun Hutson. The literary equivalent of a low budget horror movie. Unpretentious, twisted, and totally awesome.
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