Been driving myself crazy trying to remember the name of this book; basically, an old man (a caretaker, I think) finds a brood of eggs on an island resort. The eggs hatch a bunch of nasty, telepathic aliens that have their fun torturing the elderly people at the resort. I remember it being British and released sometime in the 70s or 80s.

It had a transgressive bent, from what I can recall.

Some basic information:

  1. It's a book.
  2. The author, and all of the human characters, are British.
  3. It was published sometime in the 70s or 80s; maybe the 90s.
  4. The cover features a grotesque-looking alien.
  5. The aliens are sadistic and torture people for sexual pleasure.
  6. It's set on a tropical island; specifically, a resort.
  7. I believe the title starts with "The", followed by the name of the aliens. It was some sort of nonsense-sounding word.
  8. I believe it was only published as a paperback.
  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. When did you read this? Do you recall the cover art or any character or place names?
    – DavidW
    May 23 at 18:46
  • Ages ago. About ten years. The cover art has an alien on it that looks pretty nasty; I can't recall any of the character names, but I do remember that the title is short. Starts with "The," followed by the name of the aliens in the book.
    – jstek
    May 23 at 18:48
  • Cocoon in the Bizarro Universe
    – Spencer
    May 23 at 22:47
  • Not Cocoon, I'm afraid. It was a book.
    – jstek
    May 24 at 1:55
  • @jstek Of course not; that was a joke.
    – Spencer
    May 24 at 11:37

1 Answer 1


This is the very hard to find horror novel The Jim Jams by Michael Green (1994).

It is exactly as described: the twisted little monsters are the Jim Jams, hatched from eggs found on an island beach. The terrorize the inhabitants - many elderly - in surreal ways.

Cover is quite memorable:

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  • Thank you so much! This is the exact book!
    – jstek
    May 26 at 8:05
  • Managed to find a copy on the world-wide web; I was wrong on several accounts. 1. Added the vague quality of "British" to it --- maybe because I associate it with being elderly. 2. It was published in the 90s.
    – jstek
    May 26 at 8:14

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