Book review: Thylacines – Deborah Sheldon



The characters in this book obviously never watched Jurassic Park as a university professor decides it a good idea to resurrect a litter of thylacines from a preserved specimen. But what the hell is a thylacine? Well, the thylacine was a Tasmanian tiger. A wild dog, much like a dingo, it was well-known because of its carnivorous tendencies. This animal became extinct a few years back. So, let’s bring them back! What could possibly go wrong?

Well, as it happens, quite a bit. Firstly, these thylacines are considerably larger and so is their appetite….for human flesh! A group of animal rights activists are the catalyst for carnage as they break into the laboratory and set free the animals.

This novella by Deborah Sheldon is a brisk, well-paced read. It features strong female characters (which is always nice!), an Australian setting (again, nice!) and just enough gore to satisfy this reader. I had no idea what a thylacine was until I read this, and although perhaps these animals aren’t quite as terrifying as a nest of man-eating spiders or a plague of giant bugs like some of the other Severed Press books I’ve read, they certainly are capable of wreaking havoc resulting in flesh being ripped from bone and heads getting chewed!

You know exactly what you’re going to get with a book like this. Thylacines is fun, b-movie style horror.

3.5/5 stars from the Grim Reader

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I thought to myself those can’t possibly be a real thing but google just proved differently. What’s funny (or scary) is that it appears they’ve arisen from the dead and have been spotted rather recently by a man who says, “I don’t think it’s a thylacine, I know it’s a thylacine,” Mr Richardson said. The end times are near, it seems!

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  2. Haha. That’s excellent!


  3. LizScanlon says:

    This sounds like a cool idea- bringing the thylacines back! I mean, I didn’t even know about the species, I am ashamed to admit, so there’s something new for me here!

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  4. I did not know what a thylacine was either, so I learned something new! They may not seem as scary as other things, but I think they’d be plenty terrifying if they were attacking you lol.

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