From the godfather of bizarro fiction, Carlton Mellick III, award-winning author of Quicksand House and Cuddly Holocaust, comes a “kaiju” tribute novel that explores the surreal aftermath of a giant monster attack.
The creature was finally dead. After months of fighting it, trying desperately to stop it as it rampaged across the American countryside, turning city after city into a landscape of rubble, we finally managed to beat the damned thing. We actually saved the human species. We survived.
But the corpse still lingers.
In the center of the city once known as Portland, Oregon, there lies a mountain of flesh. Hundreds of thousands of tons of rotting flesh. It has filled the city with disease and dead-lizard stench, contaminated the water supply with its greasy putrid fluids, clogged the air with toxic gasses so thick that you can’t leave your house without the aid of a gas mask. And no one really knows quite what to do about it. A thousand-man demolition crew has been trying to clear it out one piece at a time, but after three months of work they’ve barely made a dent. And then there’s the junkies who have started burrowing into the monster’s guts, searching for a drug produced by its fire glands, setting back the excavation even longer.
It seems like the corpse will never go away. And with the quarantine still in place, we’re not even allowed to leave. We’re stuck in this disgusting rotten hell forever.
The Big Meat is a gut-wrenching, nerve-squirming survival story of loss, addiction, and claustrophobia.
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By Sam Reeve
For day three of our Japanese Horror Month, I bring you Matango, directed by Ishiro Honda, famous for having directed several of the Godzilla movies, including Godzilla, Godzilla King of the Monsters, and Mothra.
The story tells of a group of rich people sailing around on a yacht, only to encounter a storm that sends them drifting to a mysterious island. They find a wrecked ship, the insides of which are covered in fungi, and they decide to clean it up and move in. Stranded with little food or supplies and unable to call for help, the group forages for food, fights amongst themselves and tries to figure out why the crew of the old ship went missing.
Of course there are also mushroom people on the island who, for reasons unknown, are lonely and want the others to become like them.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: I wasn’t super keen on this flick, but I did like the special effects. The weird mushroom forests and creepy ship were pretty awesome, and there were a few parts that were a little spooky.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK: I was imagining these people trying to fight off the mushroom monsters the whole time, which sounded pretty sweet. The primary antagonist, though, ends up just being the stranded folks themselves. The first hour of the film is them fighting over food and the women, which was interesting (survival stories can be pretty cool), but wasn’t at all what I had expected. You don’t even get any real action with the mushroom monsters until the very end, which disappointed me a bit.
The film may still be worth seeing if you’re a fan of Honda’s work, and it was big enough in Japan to have spawned a line of toys:
Many have called it a “great” horror film, but I wasn’t won over. If you decide to check it out for yourself, let us know what you think in a comment below.