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Stixx [Kindle Edition]

Remy Porter
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FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF DEAD BEAT

There’s a murderer loose in Greystones, a small estuary village tucked against the wintry, wooded trails of O’Halloran Hill. The gory body count begins to rise, sending the media into an all-out feeding frenzy. The village is swamped with police and onlookers, and everybody wants to catch ‘The Vampire Killer’.

While the hunt is on James Stixx and his partner-in-crime, Faye Burns discover that beneath the surface is a whole different story, a mystery that goes back decades. The teenagers find everyone has something to lose, or secrets to bury.

And all the while the vampire is waiting … choosing its moment to strike …

"Intense, atmospheric and gripping. From the start this novel grabs you and refuses to let go. I miss the novels I grew up with; Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz and The Dark by James Herbert. No one writes good, small town horror anymore. Except for Remy Porter that is. This is a great novel. Quirky characters, a brooding small town, secrets galore – oh, and a vampire. The writing style is snappy and to the point, dialogue is spot on and the atmosphere of a small town in England is caught beautifully." ~ Derek Gunn, author of the Vampire Apocalypse and HMS Swift books

"A menacing, well-written tale of horror and mystery adventure. Salem's Lot meets the Hardy Boys." ~ V.M. Zito, author of The Return Man

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (17 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DGSCLUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Remy was born in Wigan in 1974, and grew up in The English Lake District.

He is currently an Australian Police Prosecutor and lives near Adelaide.

He was formerly a police officer in the North of England.

In 2010 his best selling zombie novel, Dead Beat was published.

In 2013 the vampire horror-mystery Stixx has been unleashed.


Check out his website: www.remyporter.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Stixx... 24 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
James Stixx is your typical teenager. He likes nothing better than copious amounts of booze down at his local pub or some mild recreational drugs, anything to take the edge off. His life is little dull and he is frequently bored. He longs for some sort of escape, something to escape from his boring repetitive job at the supermarket. How does the saying go? Be careful what you wish for? Suddenly, people in the village start dying and he is thrust into the midst of a police investigation.

Stixx comes across well. He is exactly the sort of mish mash of contradictions you would expect in a teen. Porter does a good job of capturing the teenage awkwardness that exists within his protagonist. Stixx is all cocky-front on the outside, but internally he is increasingly desperate to impress the new girl in the village, Faye Burns.

Along for the ride is Stixx's best friend, Red. There is an easy camaraderie between the two, and it's quickly established that they have known one another for years. Red perfectly encapsulates his role as Stixx's sidekick. He manages to be even more bolshie than Stixx which is a feat in itself.

There is nothing I like better than a literary small village. All those deliciously evil suppressed secrets and neighbours with twitching curtains; Greystones is exactly that. You get a sense of a close knit community that is just a little bit isolated and more than a little bit odd. The story is set in and around Christmas, and the writing captures the long pitch-black nights and short grey days. There is something wonderfully sinister about this time of year. Evil is abroad and you just know that nobody is safe. It is the perfect setting to introduce a maniac who has no other desires but to kill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling take on the vampire genre 23 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In his latest work, Porter deals with the utterly exhausted sub-genre of vampire fiction and delivers a chilling, intense story.

Porter's monster is skilfully drawn within the first few pages of the novel. The vampire and his attacks are brutal and terrifying. But the book's hero, Stixx, also has an unsettling air and as the story unfolds each character is revealed to have secrets, and something to gain from the vampire killings.

Porter's writing is as fast-paced and exciting as ever and his characters are well drawn, with lively, charismatic leads and a sinister supporting cast. I particularly liked the volatile character of Faye, who lights up the page every time she appears and is a real driving force in the narrative. The suspense of the story is palpable yet here and there it's peppered with the wicked sense of humour which is characteristic of Porter's work.

As I've come to expect from Porter's writing, there are plenty of grisly moments and the satisfying ending is unpredictable. A sharp, smart work of horror fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Scooby-Doo on Steroids! 28 Jun 2014
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Remy Porter is an author who has been on my radar for quite some time now, having first read his contribution ‘Squawk’ in the excellent zombie anthology ‘holiday of the Dead’. Porter’s 2013 novel ‘Stixx’ is an entirely different story altogether and indeed, is a vampiric horror story which is thankfully devoid of sparkly undead teenagers.

Rather than being an alternative spelling of the river of Greek myth, the ‘Stixx’ of the title refers to the main character: a young under-achieving shelfstacker who still lives at home with his mum in a small town in the North of England, making a bit on the side from a cannabis cultivation. Much of the story centres on Stixx, his actions and desires, with some chapters narrated from the point of view of others in the story, including the vampire.

It would appear that Porter has drawn on his own experiences in creating this book, given that the author grew up in the north of England and his own knowledge of the law and police procedures, ‘Stixx’ is enriched as the action unfolds and the village falls under the scrutiny of both the media and the police as the hunt for a killer gets underway and the bodycount continues to increase; and I can assure you, Porter doesn’t hold back with the gore.

‘Stixx’ rips along at a fair pace and keeps the reader engaged, wondering who’ll be the vampire’s next victim and as the subplot becomes ever deeper, you’ll find yourself wondering what’s really been going on in Greystones.

At times, I struggled to suspend my disbelief regarding some of the key characters decisions. After all, there is a spate of killings in a small town and yet, Stixx and his friends seem to have utter disregard for their own wellbeing, even after being attacked by the vampire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read :) 1 May 2014
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Excellent story and a great writing style makes this a thoroughly good book that you will find hard to put down. Cant wait to read more from this author' maybe a follow-up to Stixx?
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5.0 out of 5 stars stixx 22 April 2014
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Loved this book, great strong charachters , great settings and a great story. A real page turner will keep you guessing till the end.
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