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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
on 6 August 2008
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
VINE VOICEon 5 April 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2014
I gave this book a 5 star rating, because i had to keep reading, to find out what could possibly happen next.
some content even made me feel quite faint in parts, and i had to put it down for 5 mins!!!!
i would recommend this book to anyone who likes scary. supernatural, weird unexpected story lines with a good twist in the tale.
this is one book iwill read again......already read it twice in three years!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2014
Very good read despite the few spelling mistakes, however some of them made me laugh. Loved the whole thing. Fantastic
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on 18 May 2015
Now I like a good horror as much as anyone else but this novel is just ridiculous and though gory is so odd in its tale that it looses any form of grip that a good horror should have.
Foetuses coming to life after bring aborted- not scary just stupid really! The twist at the end appears more as if by accident than well thought out.
Poor editing in the kindle version.
I wouldn't bother with it really.........
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2006
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2001
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2014
Although dated now still a great read. If you like Shaun Hutson this is a must read.
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