“Thirst” is a horror novel written by Guy N. Smith, first published in 1980.

Plot Summary

Mel Timberley, professional lorry driver, swerves to avoid a hare and crashes into Claerwen Reservoir, polluting the entire water supply of Birmingham with the most deadly weedkiller ever created. Ron Blythe was the chemist who helped to create the spray and now, with thousands of people suffering and dying, his conscience forces him to try to work to find an antidote. Unfortunately, he gets stranded inside Birmingham, now sealed off, and full of anarchists, escape criminals and weedkiller-poisoned sufferers from the Thirst, all of which turn the city into a hell inside England.

Themes and Style

  • Suspense and Gore: Smith’s narrative is filled with suspenseful pacing and graphic descriptions of violence and gore, adding to the visceral horror of the story.
  • Exploration of Fear: The novel delves into the psychology of fear, exploring how the characters grapple with their own fears and vulnerabilities as they confront the supernatural forces that threaten their lives.
  • Redemption and Sacrifice: “Thirst” also touches upon themes of redemption and sacrifice, as the characters must make difficult choices and face the consequences of their actions in their struggle against the vampire.


“Thirst” received positive reviews from fans of Guy N. Smith and horror enthusiasts. Readers praised the novel for its suspenseful plot, atmospheric setting, and memorable characters. The blend of horror, suspense, and gore resonated with audiences, making it a popular choice among fans of the genre.


“Thirst” remains a beloved entry in Guy N. Smith’s extensive bibliography, showcasing his talent for crafting chilling and suspenseful horror tales. Its exploration of themes of fear, redemption, and sacrifice continue to captivate readers, cementing its status as a classic in the realm of horror fiction.