They've been with us forever - prowling the smoky roadhouse dives that are their watering holes and hunting grounds. Predators, lurking amidst the human herd.
Changing shape at will. Lusting for blood and meat they are gods in the wild. Gods in disguise. And they feed on the spark inside each of us.
Syd was just another lonely working class guy singing the steel-town blues. Then he met Nora. She's sensual, Erotic. Amoral. A creature of the night and she's luring Syd across the line that few can cross - and fewer survive: the line that separates man from beast.
This will be a Crossroad Press production.
©1993 John Skipp & Craig Spector (P)2012 David N. Wilson
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I haven’t read much horror. Despite being a great admirer of Stephen King and having read much if not most of his work, it seems rare for horror writers to be truly character based. These guys are clearly very King influenced (their vampire novel especially). I have the sense that you could leave the werewolves out of Animals and still have a worthwhile novel (though a less fun novel). I found Skipp and Spector completely by accident. I know nothing about splatterpunk. Frankly I could care less. I only want to read more of their work because they’re really good writers. They don’t reinvent anything. They just take everything that has come before and almost have what could be the final word on whatever subject in the genre they’re doing. At least for their generation.
I’ve heard over the years that writers don’t like werewolves because there isn’t much you can do with them. They’re thematically shallow and there is just not as much you can do as opposed to, for example, vampires. I’m not sure if I believe that or if creative types just haven’t been creative enough. Either way, Animals makes a clear point that you can do a hell of a lot of interesting work with werewolves.
If you're looking for some twilight-esque teen love drivel this isn't your book. Written solidly for mature audiences. The characters are fleshed out and believable. The prose is a little awkward but it works. Spots of intense violence and sex but the main story centers around the psyche of the characters. Gritty, believable and hard as nails. Definitely worth a look if you like your werewolves with a shot of tequila and a touch of leather clad madness.
science fiction lover, horror lover, but also like fiction
I really enjoyed the narrator.
I liked the unexpected twists and turns of the story. This was a very different werewolf story. When Vaughn came and collected Nora, I expected that Sid would go after her. Another memorable moment was finding out that Jane AND her grandmother AND her parents were werewolves. Didn't see that coming!
His narration "took" me into the angst of the characters. I don't think I would've gotten the same impression if I had read the book.
Sid, because he didn't know what was happening to him. Nora, because she was a crazy but tortured soul. And at the end, I actually felt for Vaughn, when he found his true love, only to have Nora make him kill her. The whole Nora-Vaughn thing -- co-dependence at its worst.
This is one of the best werewolf stories I've come across. Gory without being gruesome, and I really feIt for the protagonist. I read it quite a few years ago and found out that another book of these authors came out in audiobook format a few months ago. I emailed one of them to find out if this one would be in audio as well and never got a response. I lucked up on it last week and was super excited to get it.
I loved the rural setting, the protagonists' backstory and how he eventually came out on top. The descriptions of the supporting characters and the great music really set the tone.
If he narrated another type of story - yes. In my opinion, he wasn't a good fit for this book. I can tell that he was trying hard to mask an accent and it threw me off a bit. I think Robert Petkoff would have been a great choice.
Not sure. I think the title is fitting.
Really happy that I could listen to one of my favorite stories. It was written in 1993. That's a long time to wait.
Awesome, horrifying, engrossing
There's nothing like animals
I have not
This was an awesome audiobook. John Lee does this fantastic story a good bit of justice and was an excellent choice.
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