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The Sticks

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Something evil is stirring in the sticks outside the small town of Jefferson, Virginia... And Brian was already having one hell of a night. After a disastrous outing at a party full of snobs on the rich side of town, his girlfriend Alicia dumps him then promptly vanishes under suspicious circumstances. Searching for her in the dark of night while working his way through a ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Delirium Books (first published 2009)
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Roxanne Crouse
The Sticks by Andy Deane is about a character named Brian who loves horror movies, and unfortunately for him, encounters a real werewolf one night after getting kicked out of a party his girlfriend and snotty friends are throwing.

The book is set in the small town of Jefferson, Virginia which sounds like any small town in America. The reader experiences everything through the first person point of view of the main character, Brian. I enjoyed reading this character. He is someone I can relate to
There are certain things you expect to find on sale when you go to see a band play. Albums, obviously. T-shirts, of course. Bags, buttons, patches? Sure, why not! But books? Not so much. Finding a stack of horror novels on a band’s merch table may seem a little strange, but that is exactly how I came across The Sticks, a novel written by Bella Morte frontman Andy Deane.

The novel reads like a horror movie put to the page: a man is kicked out of a party where everyone seems to be taking themselve
Danielle Klassen
I've known about Andy Deane for years through his work with Bella Morte and I was excited when I found out that he had written a novel too. And a kick ass novel it is too! What I like most about Deane is that his story really hits the ground running and keeps the pace throughout. The action keeps you intrigued through the exposition parts of the story and gets better as you go along so it never really feels like it drags anywhere. For me, this shows that Deane really knows his shit when it comes ...more
From the cover, you know this is a werewolf story.

I liked the start to when the horror begins. Then it quiets down for a long time. We get a little horror/suspense. Then some more downtime.

Then everything hits the fan.

The violence described is pretty graphic, but the long periods in between are too long for a horror novel. There is a romance ending and another beginning. The romance that begins seems to come together extremely fast and just doesn't click with what you read from the protagonist's
Andy Deane knows how to create intense atmosphere. There are several moments in this nearly slice-of-life werewolf story that brim with foreboding, and others that are chilling to the bone and uncomfortable. They work incredibly well because Deane understands how to lull the reader into a safe haven of everyday life where nothing much but the usual happens, and then rain a little bit of hell down upon their heads. He takes time to develop his characters into tangible beings, though there are som ...more
Likable Brian is easy going while with his girlfriend he lives life a bluesy choosy way only he manages to understand. His life suddenly goes into a different realm of explanation when he became ex-something-the-other, single again, but Brian is still the guy who needs to find his ex-girlfriend. Should Brian forget about Alicia he may not forgive easy his self for not putting up an all effort of locating her after they seemly split up. Although with little evidence of his girlfriend’s missing pe ...more
If you enjoy werewolf novels this is a must read for you. The characters are likable and hateable equally as they should be. The werewolf was scary, the scene where the werewolf is hiding outside the window and the lightning shows it's face spooked me good. My only complaint was I would have liked to see more werewolf in the story; it felt like the werewolf was introduced and showed itself and then went into hiding and came back out for the ending.
Ray Thompson
A nice tightly woven story about werewolves attacking in Jefferson West Virginia. Andy's debut novel is a good debut. I would really rate it 4.5 stars as I think he could have expounded a bit at times in his tale. Still, it was a fun read and I look forward to reading more works by him.
Great straight forward horror. It's written in a way that makes you feel like the main character is sitting in front of you telling you his story which made it a much more entertaining read. It's definitely one I'll read over and over again.
Julia Warren
This book tingled my spine, while remaining fairly light-hearted and slightly amusing. It was entertaining enough to read quickly.
Lyle Hansen
Very good werewolf book! I liked how the author built up the characters and the action sequences were great.
Entertaining werewolf story set in Jefferson, Virginia.
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Andy Deane is a modern renaissance man, having found success as a musician, a horror author, and most recently as a photographer. He has recently given stand-up comedy a shot, and enjoys making people laugh uncomfortably. He was raised on a steady diet of horror films from the time he figured out what a drive-in theater was, and despite his constant ear to ear grin he never lost his love
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