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Literature / Bugged!

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"Stop the giant beetle, I want to get off!"
"'EATEN ALIVE BY BUGS!' screamed the headlines - and then the terror-strick panic began."
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A 1974 horror novel written by Donald F. Glut (who also gave the world the Novelization of The Empire Strikes Back). It has a pretty straightforward "plot," if you can call it that; insects rise up against humanity and start eating people.

Tropes used in this novel:

  • Covers Always Lie: The insects are of ordinary size (no Big Creepy-Crawlies), and certainly there isn't a scene of a half-digested man erupting from the back of a giant beetle.
  • Crusty Caretaker: The Old, Dark House comes complete with its own sinister butler, who doubles as The Igor.
  • Excited Show Title!: The novel's title features a pretty pointless (but attention-getting) exclamation point.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: One possible reason for why all the insects are suddenly attacking people.
  • Old, Dark House: The main characters are visiting one for some kind of get-together just before the attacks begin. It's incredibly crummy and run-down, and comes complete with its own creepy butler.
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  • Shout-Out: Some of the characters are named for Carl Barks characters.
  • The Swarm: Not just of one particular insect, but different kinds.
  • Verbed Title: Titled for its plot, people being eaten alive by bugs.