The Killing Kind
The classic ultra-splatter roadtrip in the spirit of Natural Born Killers and The Devil's Rejects. Roxie is the goth girl of your dreams. There's just one problem-
she's batshit crazy and has a fetish for murder. After a petty insult at a gas station, she goes on a murder spree, hunting down those that pissed her off. But
she's not the only monster on the road. There are
This book tells the story...more
This is definitely one of Bryan Smith's better horror novels. Visceral and highly charged, the first half reminded me a lot of the late, great Richard Laymon. Smith focuses on a select group of characters and their rather graphic killing spree, mainly set over a week of rampant slaughter. There are quite a few scenes of violence that will make even most jaded reader uncomfortable. Although most of the characters, on the surface, are not very likable, the female killer, Roxie, is...more
It wasn't much of a horror novel, it was more like bad smut.
This was my first Bryan Smith novel and, judging from other reviews, it is one of his best. If that's true than I don't think I'll be reading more of his books.
The sheer Nihilism found within the pages of The Killing Kind is in my opinion where the novel exceeds, heroism is a rarity in this world and when it is shown by one of the few "good" characters, they pay a hefty and painful price for it. In fact when reading TKK, one can't help b...more
Six very spoiled rich kids, on a road trip to a beach vacation with not a care in the world are about to learn that they have a predestined date w...more
Some poor guy named Rob is car-jacked by a gorgeous goth-looking girl named Roxie. With a gun aimed at his head, she basically tells him he's going to help her follow a van full idiots who had the audacity to look...more
Until I get it written, here's a few thoughts -
I really enjoyed this book :) even better than the one of Bryan Smith's that I read just before this, (The Dark Ones) and that was pretty good, too!
What I enjoyed the most was that it could be real. Could have happened as I read it, might happen tomorrow. Point is - the only monsters are the human kind. The Killing Kind. I admit, seeing things through my eyes might give normal people nightmares, but Roxie is a bad-a...more
Als Rob seinen Wagen volltankt, taucht dieses sexy Gothicgirl auf und hält ihm eine Knarre an den Kopf. Sie braucht einen Chauffeur, denn sie verfolgt vier Jugendliche, die über sie gelacht haben. Offenbar will sie die abknallen. Rob kann es nicht fassen. Doch noch weniger versteht er sich selbst: Er will bei ihr bleiben, er will Sex mit ihr, er will ihr beim Morden helfen. Denn es tut gut, endlich seine Wut und Lust zu befriedigen …
Hach, ich lieb...more
I came across this book at the Book Rack, a used book store I used to hit up a lot when I was a kid. Their selection isn't that great; I'd guess about half of the store is made up of romance novels. But they have a decent horror section that sometimes yields some good offerings. A fan of Leisure Books, I picked up this novel by Bryan Smith, and found it to be a fairly compelling read.
The story concerns some obnoxious, mostly rich kids, heading for a beach vacation at one of their father's...more
Rob steht gerade an der Tankstelle um seinen Chevrolet vollzutanken als er Roxie sieht. Ein Gothic Girl auf der anderen Straßenseite, die auch noch genau auf ihn zusteuert. Während sie vorhat ihn zu entführen, ist er zu sehr in Gedanken und merkt daher nicht, welche Gefahr ihm droht. Erst als sie ihm eine Pistole in die Rippen drückt, wird ihm klar, was geschieht.
Mit Handschellen ans Lenkrad gefesselt, starten sie ihre skurrile Tour nach Myrtal Beach.
Zeitgleich ist eine Gruppe Jugendlich...more
I would rate this book 3.5 stars. It's good, but I was hoping for more. One of the issues was how many psychopathic people there were in this book. They seem to be growing on trees. Another problem I had was with Rob. This guy is given several chances to get away from Roxie, but doesn't take them. The author tries to sell the idea that they have had sex once and now he's under her spell, but I don't buy it. If he was fascinated by the killings, I migh...more
A well written story of how people should mind their manners, or suffer the consequences.
But... I'm pretty sure it did exactly what it was supposed to do for me - the constant thrill of "I can't believe I'm reading this." It makes for a very queasy sort of fun. Didn't want anyone looking over my shoulder on the subway, though, I'll tell you that.
I mean, sure, it was a bit sick and ugly at some parts but that was true horror at it's greatest.
I really liked how everything kind of tied in together at the end, and it ended the way a real horror story should end.
I definitely plan on reading more of Bryan Smith's books!
I did enjoy it, so I plan to pick it back up eventually, and I might start over. It did feel like it was losing momentum a bit, but I need to give it a better chance for sure.