Shropshire Star / Mid-Wales Journal Interview

Return of the slime beast spawns new era for Guy.

A PROLIFIC author who lives on the Mid Wales/South Shropshire border has been surprised by renewed interest in a book he wrote 40 years ago.

Guy N Smith is possibly the most prolific pulp horror author of all time. He has had over a thousand short stories and magazine articles published, written a series of children’s books under the pseudonym Jonathon Guy, two thrillers under the name Gavin Newman, and a dozen non-fiction books on countryside matters.

However, he is best known for his 70 or so horror books.

Pilot

But for Guy, who lives between Knighton and Clun, it’s the revival of interest in his third book, The Slime Beast, which he wrote in 1975, which has come as a pleasant surprise.

At the time of its publication, The Slime Beast sold about 100,000 paperback copies, has had many print runs and three different covers. Now a film company is keen to put the story on the screen and a new hard-back cover version has been published.

“Suddenly last year it surfaced when a film company from Canada got in touch and said they would like to do a film,” said Guy.

“They shot a pilot and they are now at screenplay stage and so hopefully soon I will get to see the script.

“Then within one or two weeks Centipede Press published it as a signed, hard cover edition of 250 copies. So there has been no contact between the film company and publishing company but it looks like the old Slime Beast is back after 40 years!”

Guy added: “I spoke to the film director a few weeks ago and I told him that the renewed interest had given me an idea to do a sequel. So I have written Spawn of the Slime Beast and that is selling really well, particularly as an e-book.”

Guy who has his first story published in a local newspaper at the age of 12, followed by 55 more before he was 17, said that with all the latest activity he is busier now than ever before.

Despite his passion for writing at an early age, Guy followed family tradition and went into banking. It was to be some 20 years later before he became a full-time author.

The 1970s were a boom time for pulp fiction, and Guy made his debut with ‘Werewolf by Moonlight’.

It was ‘Night of the Crabs’, though, which really established him as a writer, virtually overnight in that memorable long hot summer of 1976. The title was the ‘No.1 beach read’. It saw numerous reprints and spawned six sequels, along with several short stories, as well as a movie.

Almost 40 years later, at a recent fan club convention at his home, which attracted fans from all over the country, Guy launched his latest Crabs book, Crabs Omnibus, a compilation of some new shorts stories and those that have already been published.

“It’s really for the collector, so they can have the whole complete collection,” said Guy.

As well as his latest books being available and a possible film in the near future, Guy will also be making an appearance tomorrow night (Saturday 31st Nov 2015) for a Halloween Flicks in the Sticks special film showing.

Screening

Dilys Thorpe, who runs Flicks in the Sticks for the local area, wanted to bring something a little out of the ordinary to the audience for the spookiest night of the year. So together she and Guy will be presenting a special screening of ‘Island Claws’ at Clun Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

The action takes place on a tropical island where marine biologists are experimenting with growth hormones on crabs. This results in radiation-mutated crabs.

The film is taken from Guy’s book ‘Night of the Crabs’ and he will be on hand after the film showing to answer questions from the audience.

Tickets are £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for children and they are available by calling (01588) 640254.

For more information on Guy N Smith, and to access his back catalogue of books, visit his website at www.guynsmith.com

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