New novel Sharkantula trades-in on pop culture’s obsession with mutant sea life
With Roger Corman’s endless Sharktopus movies setting the tone for the endless Shark-whatever movies to come, birthing a strange sub-genre and crazed culture that peaked with the Sharknado series, it makes sense that the cult-lit world would take a bite out of the beast.
And so, here were are with writer Essel Pratt (now THAT’s a name!) and his new novel Sharkantula. One would imagine that conjuring scenes of mutant shark monster carnage in the subjective mind would be far more vivid than the cheap CGI used in the films.
Synopsis: 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.
Hailing from Mishawaka, Indiana, Pratt knows his hybrid horror and if you’re interested in rolling the dice on the man’s work and see if Sharkantula has bite, go to his Amazon page and purchase.