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Book Review: Sharkantula: Shark. Tarantula. Sharkantula. (A B-Movie Novel Book 1) by Essel Pratt

Sharkantula: Shark. Tarantula. Sharkantula. (A B-Movie Novel Book 1)
by Essel Pratt
October 24, 2018
219 pages
Publisher: Immortal Gaze Publications; 2 edition
Shark. Tarantula. Sharkantula.

When a genetically modified tarantula finds itself loose in the Great White shark exhibit at Shark World, the feisty arachnid sinks its fangs into the main attraction. Without warning, the Great White mutates into Sharkantula and the opening day show turns deadly. The mutated shark/tarantula hybrid is hungry and ready to feast upon the flesh of those that don't run away fast enough to escape her webbing. Desperate to stop the carnage, a group of Shark World employees join forces with the tarantula's keeper in an effort to stop the devastation before Sharkantula can escape the confines of the aquatic theme park and spread her terror across the United States.

The book begins with scientist Dr. Fisher and his assistant are being threatened by the government not doing the experiments the government wanted, but trying to find a cure for cancer, using genetically changed spiders. 

One of those spiders escapes and ends up at the marine park, Shark World, where it bites a Great White shark. It is now a sharkrantula. The monster is insatiably hungry and attacks people.

Sharkantula is what happens when you add a campy B-movie premise to horror and science fiction and make it a novel. You get monsters, all the characters you would see if this had been a movie, gore (it is a shark, plus a tarantula, too!), and loads of fun. 

Before you think it is safe to read a book at the beach this summer, watch Shark Week, or binge all your Sharknado movies on DVD, read Sharkantula. It might just make you careful about taking a dip in the seawater off that beach or checking to see if any siders are hanging around your house before turning on the TV. 

I give Sharkantula: Shark. Tarantula. Sharkantula. (A B-Movie Novel Book 1) 4 Shark Week sheep.

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Essel Pratt is a master of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance. 

Hailing from Mishawaka, Indiana, his passion for writing began in the early years as his imagination taunted from within, begging for a release. Dabbling in art at first, he found that the stories that pleaded to be told could not be imprisoned by ink and paint alone. His most notable and prevalent accomplishments include Final Reverie, Sharkantula, and the multiple short stories that have garnered a following of their own, such as the adventures of Detective Mansfield.

Inspired by C.S. Lewis, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Harper Lee, William Golding, and many more, Essel doesn't restrain his writings to straight horror, instead exploring the blurred boundaries of horror within its competing genres, mixing the elements into a literary stew.


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