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''The Slime Beast'' is a 1975 horror novel written by Guy N. Smith (''Literature/TheFestering''). An expedition led by Professor John Lowson is searching for [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland King John]]'s treasure in "the Wash," an estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. Accompanying him are his niece Liz Beck and assistant curator of the British Museum Gavin Royle. The trio find more than they bargain for, both in the form of hostile locals from the nearby town of Sutton who believe the treasure ought to remain where it is, and a ferocious reptilian monster covered in slime which the expedition unearths and which wants to do its darnedest to kill everyone it runs into.

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''The Slime Beast'' is a 1975 horror novel written by Guy N. Smith (''Literature/TheFestering'').Creator/GuyNSmith (''Literature/NightOfTheCrabs'', ''Literature/TheFestering''). An expedition led by Professor John Lowson is searching for [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland King John]]'s treasure in "the Wash," an estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. Accompanying him are his niece Liz Beck and assistant curator of the British Museum Gavin Royle. The trio find more than they bargain for, both in the form of hostile locals from the nearby town of Sutton who believe the treasure ought to remain where it is, and a ferocious reptilian monster covered in slime which the expedition unearths and which wants to do its darnedest to kill everyone it runs into.


* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:The poor photographer in the first book who survives an encounter with the Slime Beast, only to run into it again in the very next chapter while he's still badly wounded and get brutally torn apart by it.]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Lowson's expedition digging the Slime Beast up.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:The poor photographer in the first book who survives an encounter with the Slime Beast, only to run into it again in the very next chapter while he's still badly wounded and get brutally torn apart by it.]]


* AdultFear: In the sequel, Brian Bromley, a father of two, experiences the very real fear that his children might have to live through a Slime Beast attack like he did, or - worse - be killed by it. His motivation to help Gavin kill the second creature is primarily based on a desire to ensure his children's future. Gavin and Liz themselves also spend a good chunk of the book concerned for his daughter Amy. And then there's the Turners and the Brindleys, the families of horny teens Tommy and Laura, who got killed by the Slime Beast sneaking off to have sex. Imagine waking up to discover your son or daughter is gone and you have no idea if they've eloped or been brutally slaughtered.
* AlliterativeName: A few characters, particularly in the sequel. '''B'''rian '''B'''romley, '''T'''im '''T'''ranter, '''T'''ommy '''T'''urner, '''F'''rank '''F'''orman, etc.



* CoitusInterruptus: Twice: first when the Slime Beast kills Mallard Glover as he's attempting to rape Liz, and then later when it kills a soldier and a local woman who are having sex. It happens yet again in the sequel, when the second Slime Beast kills teenagers Tommy Turner and Laura Brindley after they sneak out in the middle of the night for a tryst.
* EvilSmellsBad: In both books, it's made very clear that the monsters really stink.

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* CoitusInterruptus: Twice: first when the Slime Beast kills Mallard Glover as he's attempting to rape Liz, and then later when it kills a soldier and a local woman who are having sex. It happens yet again in the sequel, when the second Slime Beast kills teenagers Tommy Turner and Laura Brindley after they sneak out in the middle of the night for a tryst.\n
* EvilSmellsBad: In both books, it's It's made very clear that the monsters really stink.



* GuttedLikeAFish: Happens to [[spoiler:Mallard Glover]] in the first book, and many, many people in the sequel (see PickyPeopleEater).
* HighVoltageDeath: [[spoiler:How the second monster dies in the sequel. A stray powerline lands on it and fries it, causing it to [[ImMelting melt]] into a puddle of glop.]]

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* GuttedLikeAFish: Happens to [[spoiler:Mallard Glover]] in the first book, and many, many people in the sequel (see PickyPeopleEater).
* HighVoltageDeath: [[spoiler:How the second monster dies in the sequel. A stray powerline lands on it and fries it, causing it to [[ImMelting melt]] into a puddle of glop.]]
Glover]].



* KillItWithFire: This turns out to be the only way to kill the Slime Beast in the first book. [[spoiler:Gavin fries it with a flamethrower.]]

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* KillItWithFire: This turns out to be the only way to kill the Slime Beast in the first book.Beast. [[spoiler:Gavin fries it with a flamethrower.]]



** [[spoiler:The coincidence of the meteorite landing in the first book notwithstanding, ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'' more or less ends up agreeing with Gavin's theory that the Slime Beasts are ancient creatures native to Earth. Specifically, they appear to come from the sea.]]



* PickyPeopleEater: The Slime Beast in the second book only likes eating human entrails, to the exclusion of every other body part. More than once, it kills someone, eats their intestines, and leaves the rest of the body to rot.
* PoliceAreUseless: Par for the course in a story about a rampaging lizard monster. Chief-Inspector Harborne and his partner Detective-Inspector Borg do little more than twiddle their thumbs, and Sutton's PC Thorpe isn't any better. Averted in the sequel, in which Chief Superintendent Waller is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure aware of the original creature's rampage, willing to listen to what Gavin has to say, and even provides some of his men to assist him and Bromley. [[spoiler:Their bullets still fail to hurt it, and it's fire that once more does the trick.]]

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* PickyPeopleEater: The Slime Beast in the second book only likes eating human entrails, to the exclusion of every other body part. More than once, it kills someone, eats their intestines, and leaves the rest of the body to rot.
* PoliceAreUseless: Par for the course in a story about a rampaging lizard monster. Chief-Inspector Harborne and his partner Detective-Inspector Borg do little more than twiddle their thumbs, and Sutton's PC Thorpe isn't any better. Averted in the sequel, in which Chief Superintendent Waller is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure aware of the original creature's rampage, willing to listen to what Gavin has to say, and even provides some of his men to assist him and Bromley. [[spoiler:Their bullets still fail to hurt it, and it's fire that once more does the trick.]]



* RememberTheNewGuy: Wildfowling guide Brian Bromley in the sequel, ''Spawn of the Slime Beast''. His backstory involves having been a child during the first monster's rampage in Sutton forty years ago. Except there's no kid named Brian Bromley in the original book - and in fact no children appeared at all.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Gavin Royle is the sensitive one, while John Lowson is the manly one. This is an interesting reversal of how it usually is; you'd think the younger (twentysomething) Gavin would be the manly one, being TheHero and all, with Lowson (somewhat bookish and in his fifties) the sensitive guy, but it's the opposite. In ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Brian Bromley ends up playing the manly to Gavin's sensitive.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: With a dash of OutOfFocus and just a dab of WhatHappenedToTheMouse Tim Tranter bails from the expedition very early on in the second book and is never seen or mentioned again.
* SequelHook: The first book didn't really have one, but ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'' [[spoiler:has the second creature lay an egg, setting up a potential third book.]]

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* RememberTheNewGuy: Wildfowling guide Brian Bromley in the sequel, ''Spawn of the Slime Beast''. His backstory involves having been a child during the first monster's rampage in Sutton forty years ago. Except there's no kid named Brian Bromley in the original book - and in fact no children appeared at all.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Gavin Royle is the sensitive one, while John Lowson is the manly one. This is an interesting reversal of how it usually is; you'd think the younger (twentysomething) Gavin would be the manly one, being TheHero and all, with Lowson (somewhat bookish and in his fifties) the sensitive guy, but it's the opposite. In ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Brian Bromley ends up playing the manly to Gavin's sensitive.\n* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: With a dash of OutOfFocus and just a dab of WhatHappenedToTheMouse Tim Tranter bails from the expedition very early on in the second book and is never seen or mentioned again.\n* SequelHook: The first book didn't really have one, but ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'' [[spoiler:has the second creature lay an egg, setting up a potential third book.]]



* ShoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gavin dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!



* TooDumbToLive: The sergeant in the first book refuses to send for reinforcements because he wants to kill the Slime Beast himself for a promotion. In the sequel, despite being repeatedly warned not to venture out onto the Wash without an experienced guide, Frank Forman and George Scott are so hellbent on bagging a goose that they do precisely that - and get slaughtered by the Slime Beast pretty much immediately.

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* TooDumbToLive: The sergeant in the first book refuses to send for reinforcements because he wants to kill the Slime Beast himself for a promotion. In the sequel, despite being repeatedly warned not to venture out onto the Wash without an experienced guide, Frank Forman and George Scott are so hellbent on bagging a goose that they do precisely that - and get slaughtered by the Slime Beast pretty much immediately.promotion.



** This is taken UpToEleven in the sequel, where the residents of Sutton continue being a bunch of douchebags even forty years later, and Amy Royle's boyfriend Tim is also a huge asshole who antagonizes his girlfriend's father at every opportunity. Only Brian Bromley is presented as being friendly towards the Royles.


''The Slime Beast'' is a horror novel written by Guy N. Smith (''Literature/TheFestering''). An expedition led by Professor John Lowson is searching for [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland King John]]'s treasure in "the Wash," an estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. Accompanying him are his niece Liz Beck and assistant curator of the British Museum Gavin Royle. The trio find more than they bargain for, both in the form of hostile locals from the nearby town of Sutton who believe the treasure ought to remain where it is, and a ferocious reptilian monster covered in slime which the expedition unearths and which wants to do its darnedest to kill everyone it runs into.

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''The Slime Beast'' is a 1975 horror novel written by Guy N. Smith (''Literature/TheFestering''). An expedition led by Professor John Lowson is searching for [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland King John]]'s treasure in "the Wash," an estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. Accompanying him are his niece Liz Beck and assistant curator of the British Museum Gavin Royle. The trio find more than they bargain for, both in the form of hostile locals from the nearby town of Sutton who believe the treasure ought to remain where it is, and a ferocious reptilian monster covered in slime which the expedition unearths and which wants to do its darnedest to kill everyone it runs into.


Smith wrote a sequel, ''Spawn of the Slime Beast''. Gavin and Liz have gotten married and had a daughter, Amy. Along with Amy's photographer boyfriend Tim Tranter, the Royles return to Sutton to confront their age-old fears which have been plaguing them for forty years... only to discover evidence that a second Slime Beast has surfaced. It's up Gavin and local guide Brian Bromley to stop the second monster's murderous rampage.

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Smith wrote a sequel, ''Spawn ''[[Literature/SpawnOfTheSlimeBeast Spawn of the Slime Beast''. Gavin and Liz have gotten married and had a daughter, Amy. Along with Amy's photographer boyfriend Tim Tranter, the Royles return to Sutton to confront their age-old fears which have been plaguing them for forty years... only to discover evidence that a second Slime Beast has surfaced. It's up Gavin and local guide Brian Bromley to stop the second monster's murderous rampage.
Beast]]''.


* HighVoltageDeath: [[spoiler:How the second monster dies in the sequel. A stray powerline lands on it and fries it, causing it to [[ImMelting melt]] into a puddle of glop.]]



* KillItWithElectricity: [[spoiler:How the second monster dies in the sequel. A stray powerline lands on it and fries it, causing it to [[ImMelting melt]] into a puddle of glop.]]
* KillItWithFire: This turns out to be the only way to kill the Slime Beast. [[spoiler:Gavin fries it with a flamethrower.]]

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* KillItWithElectricity: [[spoiler:How the second monster dies in the sequel. A stray powerline lands on it and fries it, causing it to [[ImMelting melt]] into a puddle of glop.]]
* KillItWithFire: This turns out to be the only way to kill the Slime Beast.Beast in the first book. [[spoiler:Gavin fries it with a flamethrower.]]


* KillItWithElectricity: [[spoiler:How the second monster dies in the sequel. A stray powerline lands on it and fries it, causing it to [[ImMelting melt]] into a puddle of glop.]]



** [[spoiler:This is also how the second monster goes out in the sequel.]]


* ShoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gaving dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!

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* ShoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gaving Gavin dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!


* ShoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gaving dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!


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* ShoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gaving dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!


* SHoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gaving dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!

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* SHoutOut: ShoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gaving dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!

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* SHoutOut: To Smith's magnum opus, ''Night of the Crabs''; in ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Gavin and Tim have an argument about reports of giant grabs attacking people along the coast. Gaving dismisses the whole thing as a hoax, insisting a crustacean that huge would be incapable of moving under its own weight, meaning Guy N. Smith just did a TakeThat against [[SelfDeprecatingHumor himself]]!

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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Gavin Royle is the sensitive one, while John Lowson is the manly one. This is an interesting reversal of how it usually is; you'd think the younger (twentysomething) Gavin would be the manly one, being TheHero and all, with Lowson (somewhat bookish and in his fifties) the sensitive guy, but it's the opposite. In ''Spawn of the Slime Beast'', Brian Bromley ends up playing the manly to Gavin's sensitive.

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* TheQuietOne: Detective-Inspector Borg doesn't say much.


* AdultFear: In the sequel, Brian Bromley, a father of two, experiences the very real fear that his children might have to live through a Slime Beast attack like he did, or - worse - killed by it. His motivation to help Gavin kill the second creature is primarily based on a desire to ensure his children's future. Gavin and Liz themselves also spend a good chunk of the book concerned for his daughter Amy. And then there's the Turners and the Brindleys, the families of horny teens Tommy and Laura, who got killed by the Slime Beast sneaking off to have sex. Imagine waking up to discover your son or daughter is gone and you have no idea if they've eloped or been brutally slaughtered.

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* AdultFear: In the sequel, Brian Bromley, a father of two, experiences the very real fear that his children might have to live through a Slime Beast attack like he did, or - worse - be killed by it. His motivation to help Gavin kill the second creature is primarily based on a desire to ensure his children's future. Gavin and Liz themselves also spend a good chunk of the book concerned for his daughter Amy. And then there's the Turners and the Brindleys, the families of horny teens Tommy and Laura, who got killed by the Slime Beast sneaking off to have sex. Imagine waking up to discover your son or daughter is gone and you have no idea if they've eloped or been brutally slaughtered.

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* AdultFear: In the sequel, Brian Bromley, a father of two, experiences the very real fear that his children might have to live through a Slime Beast attack like he did, or - worse - killed by it. His motivation to help Gavin kill the second creature is primarily based on a desire to ensure his children's future. Gavin and Liz themselves also spend a good chunk of the book concerned for his daughter Amy. And then there's the Turners and the Brindleys, the families of horny teens Tommy and Laura, who got killed by the Slime Beast sneaking off to have sex. Imagine waking up to discover your son or daughter is gone and you have no idea if they've eloped or been brutally slaughtered.

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