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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  4,492 ratings  ·  111 reviews
In the remote Texas town of Inferno, a creature of evil beyond anything the world has ever encountered descends. He traps the town and ravages the land with grisly executions and horrible mutations . . . until the people rise up in a final, desperate battle. From the author of Swan Song. Original.
Paperback, First Edition, 538 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Pocket Books (first published 1987)
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Elaine I read this book about 20 years ago. I remember really liking it, but none of the details. Still, when someone asks me to recommend a good…moreI read this book about 20 years ago. I remember really liking it, but none of the details. Still, when someone asks me to recommend a good thriller/horror author, I always recommend McCammon. Another that sticks with me is "Mine", although it is a huge departure from his usual supernatural stuff.(less)
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Dan Schwent
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Deep down, in the centre of the blackness, something might have shifted—a cautious, slow stirring; an ancient thing, contemplating the shine of light that touched it through the murk. Then it was still again, pondering and gathering strength.

McCammon takes some time to set up his story and his characters. This is one of the aspects I enjoy about Horror novels like these; it’s quite the immersive experience. On the other hand, I didn’t care much for the whole Renegades vs Rattlesnakes gang war th
Adam Light
McCammon masterfully spins 80's horror/sc-fi tale for the ages. This one ranks right up there with the author's spectacular epic Swan Song as one of his best, most enduring works. I'm completely satisfied with this book. Read it!
I'm pretty sure I read this as a teenager, but if I did, I sure don't remember it, so this book was entirely new to me. And what a great book it was!
I'm a HUGE fan of Robert McCammon and have slowly been reading and re-reading all of his books. By doing so I've been treated to to the birth and growth of an incredible author, and a damn fine good time.
Stinger has everything a horror fan could want, great characters, a great setting, humor, wit, and downright creepiness. Oh, and nasty monsters,
First published back in 1988, Robert McCammon’s sci-fi horror novel ‘Stinger’ followed on from the successful novels ‘They thirst!’ and ‘Swan Song’. Already with quite a well respected name for himself within the horror world, McCammon’s ‘Stinger’ was a widely anticipated release for this author.

Set in the not too distant future within a dusty Texas town named Inferno, the books starts off setting the scene in this scorching hot dying town. Work is hard to come by and life is hard for the reside
Robert McCammon is quite gifted at taking old ideas and infusing them with new life. He also tends to write like he is writing with the movies in mind. He wrote Stinger like he had a TV movie in mind. The idea of good alien being chased by bad alien while endangering the human race is somewhat of a standard idea. The author does manage to write some excellent action segments and the ending moves like a runaway train ablaze. Yet his characters are cardboard cutouts. McCammon uses every small town ...more
Re-read remains a solid 5 stars!
For the most part, Stinger was a fun read. I love a good mixture of horror and sci-fi, and this tale of an extraterrestrial on the run was an okay one.
I liked the concept of Daufin, and her pursuer, and I liked the relationship between Rick and Cody. Apart from that, though, I don't much else to say about it.
I think the story could easily have survived with 200 less pages. By the time I was 400 pages in, it seemed action was just a little too drawn on, and I was getting to the point of, okay, ca
Trev Twinem
Lets face it some people love a certain story...others just cannot or do not enjoy. Now there are a lot of McCammon fans out there and I rate Wolf's Hour and Boy's Life as superb novels....but I could not enjoy Stinger and had great trouble finishing. I'ts basically the story of an alien invasion on a small community and the effect that this has on the day to day life of the residents. I did quite enjoy the first 200 pages (before the baddies arrived) and found some likeable characters and looke ...more
Stinger is a very straightforward book that doesn’t leave you guessing in any way. McCammon even tends to go out of his way at points to explain things to you. The characters are given some back story but I found them to be mostly two dimensional. The rivalry between Cody and Rick as the big bad gang leaders felt ridiculous and poorly written. I attribute this to the fact that it was written in the 80′s and not that McCammon is a bad writer, the decade just called out for cheesy rivalries like ...more
Carl I.
Yup, I'm giving this one the ol' "5 Star" rating!
Basic premise: Alien shows up on earth, takes over the body of little girl, another alien shows to bring back the other alien who we find out is an escaped "prisoner".
The power within this book is 100% the characters. McCammon gives us such string characters that we have no choice but to get wrapped up in the story. His whole book could have been about the stuggle between the two gangs, or the relationship between Cody and Curt (son and drunk da
Benjamin Thomas
An alien spaceship crashes near a small Texas border town, its occupant a bounty hunter on the trail of another alien of a different species who has recently escaped from a prison planet. That certainly sounds more like science fiction than horror but the way Robert McCammon unfolds this plot is pure horror. Trust me. The nature of the bounty-hunter alien (nicknamed “Stinger”) is a scorpion-like, mucus producing, monster with the ability to rapidly replicate allies using spare machine parts and ...more
Rob Bliss
First Stephen King came up with the idea of putting a dome over a town with fun and horror ensuing. Then The Simpsons copied him, putting a dome over Springfield, and comedy and horror ensued. Then Robert McCammon put a dome-web of electricity or something over a town and horror ensued.

...or maybe that was all in reverse order.

McCammon came up with the idea first? Published in 1988, before The Simpsons existed. Good ideas are sometimes flagrantly stolen, it seems.

Well-written, lots of nice horro
C. Lorion
I read Stinger about six years ago and liked it. After rereading it, I have a deeper appreciation for it. If you like your aliens mean, unmerciful, and horrifying, then you need to meet Stinger.

Written in 1988, the story takes place in one 24-hour period and centers on the Texas town of Inferno where one alien (the bad guy) is in hot pursuit of another alien (the good guy). The inhabitants of Inferno have the unfortunate luck of being caught in the middle. Needless to say, Inferno will never be
Randolph Carter
Pretty fun monster fest. The plot is all formula disaster: take a bunch of people, throw them together in an isolated disaster, Inferno, TX, and no matter how much they love or hate each other they are going to have to work together to overcome the threat, here the alien Stinger. People die, loves and lasting friendships are made, there are tons of heroics and new frights and lots get killed.

What saves McCammon's better efforts like this are characterization. His characters at least start out b
The premise of two aliens races suddenly arriving on Earth and creating havoc is a great idea. One alien is a peacekeeper, trying to find a way back to it's own world. The other is a hunter that leaves destruction in its wake. Add to that the writer of Swan Song and Boy's Life, and this should be an enjoyable read. However, weak characters with absolutely no likeability really drag this story down. The setting is a town on the Texas/Mexico border that is rapidly becoming a financial ghost town. ...more
Andy H
I had read perhaps half of Robert R. McCammon's horror novels in paperback when I happened to begin this one. Now, don't get me wrong; his books are all good. Boy's Life and Gone South in particular stood out to me at the time, as well as the apocalyptic epic Swan Song, and I recall They Thirst being one of the few horror novels that made me jump a few times and actually scared me at others. And perhaps this shouldn't enter into it, but Mr. McCammon is apparently one hell of a nice human being; ...more
A small town held hostage by alien bounty hunter. The town of Inferno, Texas, dwindling in population when the copper mines dry up. Having their own problems with unemployment, school closings, residents leaving, gang presence, and the worse to come, an unavoidable visit by an alien renegade. The characters are real, McCammons prose flowing as always. The story full of edge of the seat tension. He pulls the reader into feeling the horror. Great tale and recommended read.
Really enjoyed this. I haven't read a McCammon novel for about 25 years and this was the only one from that era that i had not read. I used to devour the likes of King, Herbert, Koontz & McCammon as a teenager so I was curious if this kind of book would still do it for me and i'm not sure what it says about my personal growth in reading that i can still get such a kick out of an old fashioned horror story! The story is simple enough: an alien crashes near a small town while being pursued by ...more
I was going to rate this 3 stars, because you can't do 3.5 on goodreads, but I really enjoyed it, so I'll give it the 4. This was my first experience with McCammon and I look forward to reading more of his work. The only gripe I have with this book is that it takes a very long time to get going, but by the halfway point its a fast moving, frenzied affair until the end. McCammon really impressed me with his pacing, characterization and also the sheer descriptive quality of the writing. The premis ...more
Joe King
This book was so much fun. Ordinarily I am not the biggest fan of aliens, I prefer my monsters to be some variety or terrestrial or demonic nasty, but the big bad in this book is excellent. McCammon created a really interesting bunch of protagonists in this book; especially the two rival high school gangs, the Renegades and the Rattlers, who finally have to form a truce to stand against the much, MUCH larger threat. The concept of being trapped within the town with nowhere to go (read the book t ...more
W zachwycie nad “Chłopięcymi latami” natychmiast sięgnąłem po kolejną książkę Roberta McCammona, pierwszą, jaka się trafiła. Padło na “Stinger”, tym razem już nie tyle powieść z elementami grozy, ale horror w stu procentach.

“Stinger” jest trochę trudny w ocenie. Z jednej strony pisarz nie idzie na łatwiznę, jego bohaterowie mają mocne fundamenty, mamy do czynienia z postaciami co najmniej interesującymi. Historie ich żywotów potrafią wciągnąć, a zależności między mieszkańcami miasteczka to kawał
Kyle David Jelle
I cracked open Robert R. McCammon’s Stinger with a great deal of trepidation. I first read it when I was in high school, a very long time ago. I consider it a formative work, one of the books that inspired me to write in the first place. Based strictly on hazy memories, I would have given it five stars and declared it a masterpiece. But I couldn’t do that. I look back at my own work from that age—work I was perfectly satisfied with at the time—and it’s appallingly bad. Some of the movies I loved ...more
A friend of mine at work found out that I liked McCammon, and gave me his copy of Stinger. While it's no Swans' Song, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Read Swan and Wolf's Hour first, but don't pass this one by if you like sci-fi horror.
Oct 23, 2008 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
My second ever McCammon book ... and recall loving every second of it. As with all other McCammon books .. i recomend them to anyone and especailly sci-fi lovers.
Simply's books like this which are the reason I read books. I'd give it six stars if I could as it's tops most of my favorite five star books.
Jaime Contreras
This is one of my favorite alien monster novels written by a master storyteller. Set in the Texas desert, this is an alien with an attitude.
Jaime Contreras
McCammon's alien predator has a bad attitude. The horror and shocks come rapid fire in this excellent science fiction-horror novel.
Sean McBride
Not his best effort. If you're gonna read one of his read Swan Song
I know the rule is to not judge a book by its cover.

But with "Stinger" it is hard. The cover looks pretty stupid-goofy and the back cover description is a ton of over-dramatic crappy cheese. The e-book cover is even worse! (All the McCammon e-book covers are pretty lame, which is a shame because it ends up hiding a pretty wonderful piece of horror sci-fi.)

Here is what you need to know.
Robert McCammon is pretty freaking awesome, but few fans of horror fiction seem to know his name. He is often ov
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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

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