The previous short story I read by this writer, Fearworld, had a creapy Nigel Kneale feel. This however is more of a space opera. It dosn't have the same Hammer Horror feel and at first I found this and the strange slang language off-putting. However, such is the power of Melhuish's writing that I was quickly drawn in and the slang actually enhanced the atomsphere and belivabilty. Plus the horror starts very quickly. In other books they amp up the gore at the expense of good characterisation, but in Terminus there is a good balance and the horror is more horrifying because we care about the main character. I really enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it.