- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 961 KB
- Print Length: 254 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #975,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Porter's novel manages the quite difficult task of straddling multiple genres rather effectively. Somewhere between crime and horror, Stixx firmly finds his home. Entertaining and enjoyable, I rattled through the entire book in a couple of sittings.
My only small problem is that I did feel that the finale felt a little bit rushed. Events take Stixx underground and Porter does a good job of setting a suitably creepy scene. That sense of claustrophobia and the fear of the unknown helped elevate the horror quotient considerably. I would have loved a bit more of this. I should stress however, that I'm not complaining about what there was, I just wish that it had been expanded upon.
That minor, and it really is minor, gripe aside, I liked Stixx a lot. The main protagonist is a likeable rouge, the horror is suitably gruesome, and there is a nice little mystery that was fun to discover. I have no problem recommending this to anyone who enjoys a good horrific tale.
On more than one occasion I was reminded of some of my favourite 1980′s horror movies. A group of slacker teens facing off against an unknown monster sounds eerily familiar. They spend their time mostly unprepared but entirely determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the village where they live. Porter seems well aware that his writing is paying homage to a much loved genre. There is a nice nod to one particular classic that is guaranteed to bring a smile to the lips of any horror fan of a certain age.
I have no problem when a story treads familiar ground as long as it does it well. Stixx is a perfect example of this. Porter proves his writing chops and makes me keen to seek out more of his work.
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. Coupling that with the scrapes the young, inquisitive protagonists find themselves in along with the conclusion to the book, led me to titling this review ‘Like Scooby Doo on Steroids’!
‘Stixx’ is quite the horror adventure and unlike many similar tales, this book has a well developed subplot that will not only keep you guessing but adds a different dimension to the final outcome that I guarantee you won’t see coming.
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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