The Howling (The Howling #1)
"If you haven't read Gary Brandner you're missing a treat."
~ STEPHEN KING.
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Karyn and her husband Roy had come to the peaceful California village of Drago to escape the savagery of the city. On the surface Drago appeared to be like most small rural towns.
But it was not.
The village had a mos
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THE HOWLING is a fast-paced, old-time classic of horror first published in 1977. I don't believe I've ever seen the movie version as I surely would have remembered the horrifically violent and unexpected beginning that results in much needed R&R for our protagonist Karyn and her husband Ray.
Off to the eerie ghost-like town of Drago they go to a secluded cabin deep in the woods, the perfect setting to lounge about OR meet up with beasties and listen to mou...more
THE HOWLING is an antiquated werewolf novel, but it also is one of the mainstays of werewolf storytelling. Overall, this book was a fast-paced, gripping story of how the werewolf came into existence (according to Brander). That part was interesting. What wasn't interesting was the way the characters developed. Roy, the main male character, is characterized as a hardworking, loving, and loyal husband. Until, that is, his wife is raped. Then he turns into an asshole. I think if my wi ...more
Karyn is raped right in the beginning of the book. You get to read every single moment of it. Next, instead of helping her, her miserable husband cheats on her because the poor man can't cope with everything.
I don't think I'll be reading the rest (for now), but I do hope Roy gets killed. Slowly and painfully. Poor thing.
Yes, I have pet-peeves. Yes, they can ruin my reading experience. The two issues I mention ...more
The story is pretty simple - Karyn and her husband Roy move to a tiny little town to help her get over a traumatic event. Everything seems to be perfect, apart from the howling Karyn can ...more
With regards to this, I do know that I've seen the movie adaptation of this, but cannot remember enough (a common and slightly depressing statement in my reviews of late...) to even say if it was a faithful one. Pretty sure they changed the ending though ...more
Really though, the best word to describe THE HOWLING is "competent." The story and characters all feel pretty standard, but Brandner manages to hold your interest, thanks in big part to his crisp, economi ...more
I really loved the backstory at the beginning of the book about the town of Dradja. I thought Brandner did a good job at making the reader feel the tension and horror that Karyn felt throughout the book.
I would recommend this book for ...more
After an intruder breaks into her home and rapes her, Kayrn Beatty and her husband, Roy, decide to move to the rural community of Drago. But Karyn is unable to relax when she hears howling e ...more
Gary Brandner's werewolf tale manages to create enough suspense to keep the pages turning, The setting is eerie, the werewolf's have enough bite to be interesting, but the characters are a bit flawed and tend to act outside their stereotype.
Karyn Beaty is a perfect example of an author losing focus of character trends.
Karyn is a recent rape victim, emotionally and physically scarred, yet she is still willing to take chance's uncharacteristic of a person recovering from such a traum ...more
The story starts off with a brutal, infuriating scene, and I like that the concept of sexua ...more
Having just f ...more
Now I want to watch the movie again!
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Those who know me know I'm a Horror fanatic. I do mix up my reading genres but nothing grabs me like a good old horror story. This book was right up my alley. I don't know why I have passed on it all these years. This is classic Werewolf, howl at the moon, slash and claw entertainment...and a whole lot more!
It's fast-paced and action-packed, which is a plus. If you're just looking for a quick read with blood, killing, and sex piled into it (nothing too wrong with that), this is a good book. In all honestly, I really just view this book as a small thing to read on the side on in your spare time just to check it out and just to have fun, and nothing more.
The werewolves are good, old-fashioned, and no bullcrap. There's none of this paranormal-drama t ...more
Maybe because I write and that has changed my reading, but I found several spots where the descriptions were weak and the dialogue hard to follow. But my biggest complaint was the transformation scene. It was handled like a fact dump and treated by the character, undergoing the change, as blase. That and there were way too many dog comparisons for my taste.
That said, the story moved at a good pace and the character ...more
Karyn Beatty was raped so she and her husband Roy left the city for a quite little town. Of course, that small town had some mysteries of it's own.
The author had some interesting ideas and one or two of them got thought.
First of all - the town was a character of it's own.
Second - the sex scenes, there are a co ...more