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Worms

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

The Norfolk coast made for a perfect holiday - as long as the sun still shone. But when the rain came, the creatures left the shadows....

Worms

Spectres from the past tortured James Hildebrand's mind. His blackest nightmares were crowded with malevolent, coiling images of decay. Then, suddenly, he knew the threat was real.

Worms

The dead alone could not quench their hunger. And, for the living, the horrors that fed and multiplied in the darkness of the night became more terrible with the dawn....

Written by screenwriter Christopher Wood (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker) under the pseudonym James R. Montague - an homage to the great ghost story writer M. R. James - Worms (1979) is a rediscovered horror gem that will make your skin crawl.

©1979 James R Montague (P)2019 Valancourt Books LLC

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Perfect seventies horror production

I loved this, I am certain that I read this back in the eighties, and I think Hannibal HIlls was the perfect man for the job of narrating it.

It's a typical story from that era, creepy crawly worms and shocky jumpy moments (not so shocky these days though) about a rather unpleasant couple who should probably have got divorced years ago, back in the seveties that was not really so common though but it probably would have saved this lady's life. He finds the property of his dreams, she disagrees, so bye bye wifey. After murdering his wife, he goes on to buy the 'home' he has his heart set on, which is, in fact a derelict outbuilding/boat house. He is forever plagued by WORMS (the caps are deliberate) , they are everywhere, in paintings, in his nightmares, in the water ... Blegh. So I hope I have set the scene for you here, it's ridiculous but enjoyably so.

The ending is perfect, literally perfect, made my day anyway.

I totally recommend this one to fans of seventies and eighties horror, and even to others, try it, you might enjoy it, it's really rather entertaining.

I received my own copy free of charge at my request and I am delighted to leave this unbiased and honest review.

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This is my first audio book by James r Montague i liked it 10 out of 10 hanniba l hills is good as allways

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Old Style Horror

I love old sci-fi and horror and this book was right up my street.
Cheesy and rather stupid, it would make an excellent B-movie (provided they dialled down the inherent sexism rife throughout but alas, political correctness was rather sparse back in 70s cult literature).
Performance wise, Hills does a decent job but it does take a while for him to hit his stride with this book. Would be interesting to hear others he has narrated for a sense of style.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request via Audioboom and have voluntarily left this review.

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I’ve heard scarier books in my time…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book… But it wasn’t what I got.
It was certainly Strange… Maybe I just read harder horror novels… But this didn’t really scare me. As for the narration, I think hills sounded bored at the beginning… And it wasn’t until towards the end that he really seem to get into it.
This isn’t one I would read again, but if you are beginning the genre… Then maybe I would suggest this one. But I suppose as it was written in the 70's, they couldn't write the same stuff they do now.

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  • Simone
  • 11-08-19

Holy Shit

If you like classic horror and creature features, then this is the book for you! First of all, this story was first written in 1979 so I'd avoid this one if you require modern horror tropes. Psychological horror combined with an element of visceral horror might be the intersection where my favorite horror stories lie. There's something about hearing these old words read out loud (by Hannibal Hills, no less) that makes me shiver, even just thinking about it. I enjoyed this one from top to bottom and Hannibal Hills is always worth listening to. 10/10 would recommend to any horror lovers, especially lovers of classic horror!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • timj26
  • 23-06-19

Excellent

I’m glad these classic horror novels are getting new life in audiobook form
Part psychological horror and part creature feature that still holds up
The narration by Hannibal with his deep voice and pleasant accent fit the story perfectly
If you like 70s and 80s horror don’t skip this one
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Skyharbour
  • 19-09-19

Wriggling, Squirming WOOOOORMS!

Gleefully narrated by Hannibal Hills, 1979's Works has shot up to one of my favorite audiobook listens of all time.

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  • PattyH
  • 10-07-19

Excellent!

I loved everything about this audible. Suspense, drama, horror with twists and turns throughout the story.

The only thing that's better than the story is the narration. Hannibal Hills was the best choice for the story. One compliments the other making Worms the best audible so far this year.

I received a copy of this audible free at my request. I'm thrilled to be able provide my review.

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  • Deedra
  • 26-07-19

Worms

Eerie,gross,fun..it is all those wrapped into one book.I loved the setting and ambience of this book. A man retires to a small town by the beach only to find that you can not escape justice. Hannibal Hills was the perfect narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Brian
  • 21-07-19

Awesome Creature Feature

Awesome creature feature with a tortured protagonist giving a juxtaposition between psychological horror and horror of a more straight forward kind. Like any good creature horror story that's not all that's going on as in response to the existence of the title worms humans find it in their capability to cast doubt on who the real 'enemy' is. And along the way it's exciting and creepy and gross (worms right?).

Narration is fantastic.

I received the audiobook code for this at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Bill
  • 30-06-19

A very nicely done tale! Plus worms are gross...

I dug this one. The worms are more of a backdrop for most of the story even though they definitely wreak some major havoc. They are more like Poe’s raven or tell-tale heart. The real menace being human nature instead of the outward manifestation of a beastie. (Bwhaha…I almost sounded smart there for a second.)

Top notch narration added a little extra something here, as good narration will. The pacing and tone and realization of the characters came thru expertly and made the story that much deeper.

*I received a requested complimentary copy of this audiobook and am leaving this honest and voluntary review.

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  • Troy Buffington
  • 29-10-19

Brilliant

Brilliant and eerie. You’ll squirm and twitch as the worms invade your mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s gross, disturbing and captivating.

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  • Tiffany
  • 19-08-19

Worms

I found the beginning of this book a little boring. It does get better as the story progresses. I think the narrator saved the book for me during the boring bits. I thought he did a wonderful job. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Al
  • 01-08-19

A rustic horror story

I received a free audio copy of the book from the author. In no way does this alter my review.
Worms is a horror story, something in the vain of Clive Barker goes to Emmerdale Farm, a tale of normal folk thrown into a bizarre situation.
James Hildebrand is a normal man - a wife, a job, struggling to get by - and so forth. On a holiday to Norfolk, James decides he’d like to move there, but his equally unhappy wife refuses. An accident leads to her death, but James makes some money from her estate and buys his dream home. That’s when he starts to see the worms, causing him to question his sanity. As strange things happen and his guilt and mental state are further threatened, James struggles to keep it all together. When the government start building a nuclear power place nearby, things...well, when did nuclear power and creepy crawlies ever end well?
Worldbuilding
It’s Norfolk, so there’s hardly a need to create a “world.” That being said, the author captures the bleak windswept marshlands well. Also, everything that belongs there, everywhere they eat, live and so forth reflects the world James has fallen into. The worms are creepy a singular force of nature that reflects our “hero’s” fraying sanity..
Score - 4/5
Characters
James is the main character and tells us his tale. He is likable, despite his obvious flaws, and he manages to maintain a sense of humour throughout, even as he loses his faculties. He manages to make us root for him, despite his incredibly poor life choices, and he gives an often hilarious narrative of the story. The rest of the cast could step out of any rural British soap opera on the surface, but the author, through the medium of James, shows some layers of depth that are often overlooked in side characters in horror.These aren’t your average country bumpkins.
Score - 4.5/5
Plot
Dang, the plot is stellar. If one could imagine a plot rattling along at a glacial pace, then this is the one. Don’t let this put you off though. The story throughout is tight, and almost every word pushes you towards the final payoff, which you probably won’t see coming. Even the power plant addition, which at first doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, ties in nicely with the rest of the novel.
Score - 5/5
Writing
Very nicely written, with apt descriptions of people, places and things, capturing the essence of the locale and its denizens. As mentioned already, there is plenty of humour, of which I am a fan, and the moments with the worms are portrayed with more of a nod to creeping dread than cheap thrills and frights .
Score - 4.5/5
Personal Enjoyment
I enjoyed this one immensely, and found it hard to pick out many flaws. The narrator (the real one, not James) might have been the finest part of the whole experience, breathing life into the characters ( and annelids) and I’m not sure if there is a better narrator on the planet when it comes to conveying fear through the word “worms.”
Score - 5/5
Verdict
A gentle, slow-burning horror that is well worth your time.
Total Score - 23/25