Werewolves: sexy or evil?
By Kimberly Richarson
Let me get right to the point – Andy Deane’s werewolf novel, The Sticks, is one incredible ride! The narrating character, Brian, who is an all around slacker but a good guy at heart, leaves a party one night after being hoisted out by the host, affectionately known as Lisp. Several hours later he discovers that Alicia, his recent ex-girlfriend who attended the party with him, has disappeared. What follows next is a roller coaster ride leading Brian and his friend Jessica through a nightmare that is headed by werewolves that are not sexy, charming, mysterious, or even likeable. These werewolves are mean, vicious, cruel, destructive, and pure evil…and I loved it! The 210-page novel will keep you turning pages till the very end and leave you wishing there was more.
The author, Andy Deane, is the front man for the dark alternative band Bella Morte, of which I am a big fan. The Sticks is a well crafted werewolf novel that will appease lovers of classic horror and gore movies, as well as those who just like a good werewolf that rips its prey to shreds without any form of nicety. Brian’s sometimes humorous narration is the voice of an average guy who just happens to get caught up in a terrible worse case scenario situation. When I read the book, I felt as though I was actually listening to Deane tell a really cool story he overheard one night while on the road touring with his band. I could truly believe in his werewolves; they did not have supernatural origins but were more the result of a bad case of rabies, making it all the more believable and terrifying. And when the werewolves died, they simply died. There was nothing supernatural about their bloody death, making it all the more plausible that this story could have happened in any small town in the US. Big thumbs up to Deane for keeping me entertained all the way through. I can’t wait to read his future books. You rock!