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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

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"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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more of this please audible. Can we get some more 80's horror please, Guy N Smith for starters.

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Fungus Gone Wild

Classic '80s horror. So glad this book got a audiobook release. The narrator did a great job.

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An absolute cult classic masterpiece

The story begins wildly and how the fungus starts to spread was told with great detail. How the fungus took over people with all possible disgusting ways was gross to imagine. I love this book and this author became my favourite. I now have to read all his other books :]

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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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Good listen

Far better narrator than his other book which was ruined by the guy reading it. Enjoyed this story, i'm presuming it was written in the 1980's and as a consequence doesn't have much political correctnes in it. I found this quite refeshing but i imagine younger listeners would be annoyed by it. Holy crap i just added a trigger warning to something, i'm not as old and crusty as i thought!

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A Good Body Horror Romp

I had heard about The Fungus for some time before I discovered it on Audible, and I’m glad I got to experience it. The story wastes no time in establishing London being overtaken by the titular fungus, and the shifting points of view work in showcasing this and the main cast, who are a good range of character types and have fairly well handled arcs. The plot’s simple and doesn’t feel dragged out, making it all the easier to enjoy. I liked the dark humour, which I feel was particularly effective at the beginning, it stops the book from being totally grim. The ending is strong and doesn’t leave the reader or listener with a sense of dread that wastes their investment. Ian Pringle does a solid job of voicing the characters, such as the reluctant protagonist and author Barry Wilson and the violent booze-loving Sergeant Terence Slocock, both at odds with each other. This would probably have made a good 80s horror flick back, especially with all the body horror involved. I’d recommend it to fellow fans of body horror works, whether it’s literature of film.

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Another Cult Gem From Valencourt Books

The Fungus is a really enjoyable scifi/horror story from the mid '80s. It's not quite as good as Slimer (also by Harry Adam Knight) but well worth a listen. Ian Pringle does a great job with the narration. It's well read and the characters are clearly defined. I love the work Valencourt Books is doing releasing underappreciated books for a new audience. Recommended.

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The Fungus

This was good! Trying to end world hunger,a scidntist invents mushrooms,until it is found to be sentient and shows its own agenda. Ian Pringle was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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The Day Of The Truffles

Mycological body-horror adventure set in Thatcher-era Britain. With an ichor-stained tongue poked firmly into an ulcerated cheek, this recently disinterred pulp novel from 1985 spans the gaps between the catastrophe fiction of John Wyndham, the sexually-explicit shocker staples of the '70s and '80s, and the post-Apocalyptic neo-zombie fare of '28 Days Later' and 'The Girl With All The Gifts' (the latter even shares the same climactic locale of a tumescently fungoid BT Tower). Credited to Harry Andrew Knight, this book was actually one of several co-written by the late John Brosnan and Leroy Kettle. Brosnan was a well-known film critic of the era and this background is evident in the lurid B-movie thrills and cinematic narrative structure to be found here. A more ambitious book might have made clever play on the implicit political satire, but instead this rattles along with the gimlet-eyed efficiency of a John Carpenter flick. Despite the schlocky grindhouse stylings, the book is entertainingly written, with the pseudo-science well-handled and plenty of vivid imagery throughout; just don't expect consistent characterisation or contemporary sensitivities to be spared. All said, what really elevates this is Ian Pringle's top-notch narration. For those that care about such things, his intonation is similar to Julian Rhind-Tutt, which suits the novel perfectly; he even makes the frequent, gratuitous sex scenes far less cringeworthy than they deserve. Excellent work that man! Oh, and fantastic cover art.

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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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  • 10-05-20

Nicely done with an old school feel.

The world is it deep doo-doo. A perfect environment for mushrooms. Ok. I tried to make something happen there and it didn't really pan out. The fungi actually came first. Then the world turned to doo-doo. This one started pretty fast and wasted zero time putting our protagonists (and the entire world) in great peril. Basically it's the story of two mycologists. One trying to feed the world (FAIL) and one former turned mid-list spy novel writer that may be the only hope to save the world. Oh yeah and they used to be married. This could get interesting. Nicely done with an old school feel.

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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

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  • Liv
  • 30-11-20

Fun, old horror with frustrating characters

As someone who gags at the sight of fungus and mold, I will admit this book made me uncomfortable and that’s not something many horror books have managed to do. But the main characters take this book downhill pretty quickly. You’ve got 3 stereotypes; the intelligent writer, the smoking hot scientist, the trigger happy army boy. So far, so clique. Except all of them suck. The writer is whiny and gets a thing up his rear about the doctor after barely knowing her, all he does is complain, and frankly the fungus infected people are more likable than he is. The doctor comes off as a strong independent woman to the point that it feels like a joke. “I can shoot, fight, fix cars, oh but I love being mistreated and having needless sex on a dangerous mission”. The army man is introduced and you think “maybe his redemption will come soon and he’ll be a badass this story needs”. Instead he’s just a plain ol’ ass and plays dick measuring contests with the writer. Honestly this book doesn’t do anything new but it does do plenty wrong.

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  • Deedra
  • 26-10-20

The Fungus

This was good! Trying to end world hunger,a scidntist invents mushrooms,until it is found to be sentient and shows its own agenda. Ian Pringle was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • Natsu
  • 12-09-20

okay

feels like a very abrupt ending. as through the author gave up trying to think of s good ending.

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  • Scott
  • 28-06-20

The perfect summer listen

A perfect example of 1980's paperback horror. A lot of action, a little sex and whole lot of disguting apocalyptic monsters. Fast, fun and suspenseful, a perfect way to spend a few summer afternoons listening in my studio.