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Reliving a childhood terror – X – The Unknown
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2012
Mr. Hutson’s retelling of the classic 1956 Hammer film “X – The Unknown “ allowed me to relive the terror I felt as a child when seeing the movie as a child on TV back in the ‘6os. In one scene, he actually re-created an accurate narrative of a nightmare I had for many years as a child. I would highly recommend seeing the old black-and-white movie either after or especially before reading his book. The movie was able to set a particularly cold, grim, creepy and dark atmosphere that seemed to be lacking in his writing (hence only 4 stars). His constantly changing scenes for over 60 “mini-chapters” did get a little annoying, but thinking of this in terms of a short, paperback sci-fi novel; it works for me.
I think he might have done more with some of the “creature’s” details (lacking in the 1956 movie as well), but his storytelling left my imagination ripe for a potential sequel (…. An appeal to Mr. Hutson).
Don’t expect Stephen King here. Just a good, simple and scary “paperback” genre.