Literature / Carnivore

Carnivore is a campy sci-fi horror novel written by Leigh Clark that is an unusual cross between Jurassic Park and John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). In it, a group of researchers and evil Russians use chemicals to make a revived and recently hatched Tyrannosaurus rex baby grow to adult size in a matter of weeks.

Because this is a Tyrannosaurus rex and it does get mistreated, it gets loose and goes on a rampage at an isolated Antarctic research outpost. It then proceeds to eat everyone. Bloody Hilarity Ensues.

It's a cliche-ridden B-movie fest with characters we've come to expect in crappy horror movies and the very concept of a maneating dinosaur stalking humans in well beyond below zero temperatures of the Arctic is idiotic.

Because of this, it is immensely entertaining.

The following tropes can be used to describe the novel:

  • Artistic License Biology: While it may have been the result of chemicals mutating it, the T. rex hatches from it's egg and grows to adult size in a matter of weeks.
  • Behind the Black: The tyrannosaurus is consistently completely invisible to anyone not looking directly at it.
  • Black Hole Belly: The T.rex eats enough people at a time that it should, but all accounts, be rolling rather than running.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Evil Counterpart: Grushka, the vicious Russian husky is portrayed as this for Wolf.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Firearms are explicitly noted to be more useful for causing avalanches than actually harming bad guys.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: That exposure to radiation will accelerate the baby's growth with no negative side effects whatsoever is taken as a given by the characters, and it does so.
  • Invincible Villain: The tyrannosaurus can move like the Flash, jump like the Hulk, is immune to bullets, is apparently sapient enough to figure out how technology works and how to counter it, and is apparently incapable of so much as twitching a muscle without killing at least three minor characters.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Why was there a T. rex egg in Antarctica?
  • Mood Whiplash: After about two-hundred pages of high-flying, nonsensical dinosaur carnage with a cast of literally hundreds dying as soon as they're introduced, the book suddenly shifts gears into a moody, high-stakes antarctic chase story.
  • Noble Wolf: The high-content mixed breed wolf-dog named... er... Wolf.
  • Oh, Crap!
  • Red Shirt: Apart from the two leads and a dog, everyone else is either meant to die or be eaten by the T. rex.
  • Stock Dinosaurs
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Some effort is made to justify this: There is literally nothing else for the rex to eat out in the frozen wilderness, and it needs constant food to stay warm.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Literally every single character at least once.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex