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Click, click, click, click.

Phillipsport, Maine, is a quaint and peaceful seaside village. But when hundreds of creatures pour out of the ocean and attack, its residents must take up arms to drive the beasts back. They are the Clickers, giant, venomous, bloodthirsty crabs from the depths of the sea. The only warning to their rampage of dismemberment and death is the terrible clicking of their claws. But these monsters aren't merely here to ravage and pillage. They are being driven onto land by fear. 

Something is hunting the Clickers. Something ancient and without mercy. Deadite Press is proud to present the authors' preferred version of J. F. Gonzalez and Mark Williams' gore-soaked, cult-classic tribute to the giant monster B-movies of yesteryear. 

"Miss those glory days of cheap'n'nasty bone-crunching horror? They're back. Clickers will eat you up and spit you out!" (Peter Atkins, screenwriter for Hellraiser II and III and Wishmaster)

©2011 Cathy Gonzalez (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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H.P. Lovecraft's Deep Ones meets "The Birds"

“CLICKERS” feels like Hitchcock’s “The Birds” as nature goes to war with mankind in a small sea side town. Soon, however, it turns into a better then average Lovecraftian mythos tale.

WHATS da’ STORY Morning GORY?
And GORY is da’ word in this weird tale where the favorite modes of death are:
A.) Intestines pulled out and “chowed down on”.
B.) Head bitten off (“crunch!”)
C.) Tug of war in which two monsters pull a person (or child) apart.
YEP, Giant deadly red crab monsters from the cosmic depths arrive with a massive terrible ocean storm.
These vicious-fishes mix the worst parts of a man eating crab with an acid spitting scorpion.
They crawl up the beach in the thousands and nearly wipe out a small, quaint, sea-side vacation town.
...and after they attack, then the really bad things arrive.


RATING:
I liked it!
It was better written than I’d hoped.

“Clickers” is a fast-paced-action Mythos tale from the H. P. Lovecraft deeply creepy world of Dagon.

However:
• Sure, some characters go insane when faced with Lovecraftian horror. Normal for a mythos tale.
• Yet, other characters do the exact STUPID things you'd NEVER ever do if you were in a horror novel.

Of course, very few characters in those horror novels, & “Where Monster’s Dwell” comic books, & such scary literature scenarios actually know that they are in a horror story / comic book and / or monster movie. So, okay... actually, who knows WHAT people would really do in that kind of an event?

Me? I'd probably wet my pants & stand there scared-frozen 'till the crab-monsters ate me. Yeah.

Finally:
Okay. The author suffers from “white man syndrome”.
Though a good writer, I think he has an unenlightened psyche that has backward views of minorities & women.
I.E. the author writes some mildly degrading slights.

Case in point:
1.) The red-neck bad-guys repeatedly mouth all kinds of vile slurs. I could do with-out (some) of that, thanks.

2.) Some really bad things happen to seemingly guiltless innocent minority characters for no-good reason... except maybe to foster a surprisingly gory sense of fear that no one (except the white male hero) is safe from the monsters.

3.) The women stayed in the back and... ‘clucked’ like “mother hen's", & weep, & fall into the men’s arms. With statements like... “Rick wished he had time to assure the women everything will be okay.”
Com-on, I bet there'd be plenty scared men-folk ( like me ) who'd need assurance too.

3.) Repeats a few times how an inter-racial lesbian couple makes love each night “for hours”. Sure, a common adolescent male fantasy scenario, but, it did nothing to move the plot along.

Okay, okay. I know it's just a 'monster-book', but... it's da' 2020's and all.
Sure, it could be that the authors are aware the 100 year old stories of H P Lovecraft have fairly unenlightened ideas about the social & cultural differences we commonly acknowledge as normal & excepted now-a-days, and thus, the boys consciously mimicked Lovecraft’s backwards 1920's social views on such racial, feminist, & LGBTQ cultural values to create an old-timey “Lovecraftian” feel in this "Lovecraftian Mythos" horror story.
Maybe.
If so, that would be clever, not very socially sensitive, but cleaver indeed.

RESOLVED:
Despite such social/cultural musings, I LIKED "CLICKERS".
I liked it for it’s sheer rushing-head-long screaming-ghost-train-ride into a blatantly blood-thirsty monster-infested darkness.

Just… ah… in the future, consider some of your fans could be women, and/or black, and/or gay, and try to not poop-on-us quite so obviously... (or at least with-out a good story-plot-point reason to) in da' future.

Peace guys! Keep writing da' scary stuff!

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Really different and entertaining!

This book had surprise after surprise. The narrator was great! Held you on the edge of your seat all the time. Nonstop excitement. There’s a sequel, but apparently not on Audible yet. Waiting for it!!

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Fantastic Story

I have been waiting forever for this book to come out on audible. Was not disapointed

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Lefty politics are unnecessary.

Could have been a good listen if not for the left leaning crap that is pushed in the listeners face. Evil white rednecks that hate stereotypes. Rural people are actually a lot kinder than any city folk I've met.

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Snap this up!

This was a fun filled gore fest. Dismemberment, exploding bodies, asshole cop, no escape, small town, and almost no survivors blood bath. Damn what a ride!

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Decent story, lots of gore, and some laughs.

Picked this one up expecting a boring hard to finish book but it turned out pretty well written. I love the blending of 80's b movie and H.P. mythos, my only complaint is not referencing the proper name for a certain creature. Might buy the next 2 books

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It was ok

It was an ok read. Some parts I thought were done fantasticly. However other parts were quite boring and didn't add much to the plot. It was a real roller coaster of this is fun, nope its boring again. The characters are dull, barely any depth to them, which I guess is realistic for the setting. If you can stick it out, there are decent part, and plenty of fun gore. overall I am uncertain about finishing the series.

Beware that It does have its moments of racial slurs, but In no way is the author portraying those characters as good, and they get theirs at the hands of the clickers.

As far as reviewers claiming its not apropriate for the 2020s, 'unnecessary minority and lesbian bashing' , I felt the reviewer read way way too much into it. I didn't get that experiance even the slightest. I felt everyone was treated pretty equally by the clickers. Its just a gory and crass ride.

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Interesting premise but poor execution

I wasn’t sure about this book to begin with but I’m a sucker for monsters and the usual tropes of pulpy horror.

If you’re looking for a book to get lost in and characters you care about then this is not for you. Everything is just… flat. I couldn’t tell you anything about any of the characters. Even the creatures are kind of boring. How someone could take such an interesting premise and manage to make it this mundane is beyond me.

It’s not terrible but it’s not great either. Meh sums it up.

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Excellent book !!!

What a great story! Tense , interesting and scary ! I'd definitely recommend this !

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Love Love Love Super Fun

This book gave me a deep satisfaction that I wasn’t expecting. To me is feels like a nod to Stephen King, especially The Mist and The Dark Tower. Plus there’s a wonderful slathering of H P Lovecraft. I love this book and I’m going straight into Part 2 right now.

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  • Kenneth Skaldebø
  • 08-02-22

Excellent creature featur with fantastic narration

Who does not love killer crabs, well written characters, small town America and lots of gore?
Well, I do. so this book was perfect for me.
Only thing that does this book better is the narration by Chet Williamson!

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  • 01-30-22

Enjoyable

Pretty good horror B-movie creature feature. It is full familiar tropes shared with hundreds of other books like it, but it's enjoyable.

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