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The Fungus

Narrated by: Ian Pringle
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

When a brilliant scientist seeking to solve the problem of world hunger tries to create giant mushrooms through genetic manipulation, what could possibly go wrong?

The mutated spores escape the lab and spread across all of England. Toadstools grow to 20 feet tall, and a case of athlete's foot can mean a grisly and horrible death.

But those who die quickly are the lucky ones. Those who survive infection by the fungus will be transformed into something unthinkably monstrous...

With a perfect mix of nightmarish horror and black humor, Harry Adam Knight's cult classic The Fungus (1985) will grow on you.

©2018 Harry Adam Knight (P)2019 Valancourt Books LLC

Critic reviews

"A spectacularly gruesome nasty, written with inventiveness, grisly wit, and considerably more intelligence than almost any of its competitors." - (Ramsey Campbell"

 "Loud, scary, silly, sick fun ... you will never again go near mushroom soup." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A first-rate and vivid thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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Trashy body horror but excellent narration

I enjoyed a lot of this book -- the pulpy setting, gleeful gore and over-the-top fungal horrors. There was a bit too much gratuitous rape and wafer-thin characterisation (especially for the women!) for me to fully enjoy it. It was a product of its time, I suppose - the glimpses of current affairs c.1985 grounded the action in he wider world quite well (apartheid, the Troubles Margaret Thatcher et al). The narrator did a brilliant job and really elevated the story.

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Grossly good

What fun, gross fury horror. I have never been keen on mold and now its boarding ob a phobia lol. I would definitely recommend this book

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Fungoid Body Horror/Thatcherite Thriller (+Sex)

Well...I think the headline covers it well. Fungus! (Lots of) sex! Science! (More) sex! Not for the fainthearted. Well written, until the weak ending, which brought in a plot point that had absolutely no connection to anything else before it. Liked the narration - but the occasional Americanisms ("mensroom", "diaper") were a bit jarring in such a quintessentially 1980s English setting. However, fair play to Ian Pringle for managing the many mycology terms easily. Some of the imagery will stick with you forever - I read this book in the 1980s and could still recall the incident of the socks. Fair bit more sex in the book than I could remember and some of it was pretty repellent, be warned. Delighted to have been given the opportunity to listen to this via a free code from the publisher, Valancourt.

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  • Janet
  • 15-01-20

The Fungus Among Us

I was surprised by how good this book was. The narrator did a great job as well