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For a group of middle-aged friends, the trip into the forest was supposed to be simple. All they had to do was find a place to set up their criminal enterprise, and all of their financial problems would be solved. But now night is falling, and with the darkness comes something else. Something fast. Something ferocious. Something... With Teeth!


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For a group of middle-aged friends, the trip into the forest was supposed to be simple. All they had to do was find a place to set up their criminal enterprise, and all of their financial problems would be solved. But now night is falling, and with the darkness comes something else. Something fast. Something ferocious. Something... With Teeth!

30 review for With Teeth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Brian Keene has been one of those horror author's I've been meaning to read for years. I've been hearing about him since the mid-2000s, and though I've seen his books repeatedly, for some reason I never picked him up. Recently Death's Head Press (who has quickly grown to be my favorite smaller horror press) released his newest book on vampires… well, time to give him a shot. I knew this book and I were going to get along fine from the first page: Here are the things you need to know about vampires Brian Keene has been one of those horror author's I've been meaning to read for years. I've been hearing about him since the mid-2000s, and though I've seen his books repeatedly, for some reason I never picked him up. Recently Death's Head Press (who has quickly grown to be my favorite smaller horror press) released his newest book on vampires… well, time to give him a shot. I knew this book and I were going to get along fine from the first page: Here are the things you need to know about vampires. First of all, they don't dress in black. They're not high-cultured, well-mannered, nicely groomed or perfectly fucking coiffed. Vampires don't form secret societies and war with other creatures of the night. They don't hang out in cemeteries and tombs, listening to Bauhaus and Type O Negative and smoking clove cigarettes and whining about how much eternal life sucks. Vampires don't have existential crises, because vampires barely gave any thoughts beyond what's for dinner. They don't feel love or angst. They're not romantic. Vampires are not sexy. They don't look like Bela Lugosi or Christopher Lee or Stephen Moyer. They don't behave like Dracula or Lestat or Edward Cullen. Vampires do not fucking sparkle. " In this book they are predators. They are creatures described as looking like something from Nosferatu, but working in tactics closer to 30 Days of Night. Here… vampires, as he says, do not sparkle. The book itself is great. Vampires that are truly disturbing is always a plus, but Keene tells a pretty good tale of friendship and family in the process of presenting us with horrific vampires… so major plus. The writing is fast paced, entertaining, and occasionally chuckle worthy. My only complaint is that not only is the book short, it's smaller than it appears as the main story isn't even 100 pages. To get the count up, two vampire themed short stories are also included. The two tales, "The Last Supper" and "Down Under" are both solid. The first of those is the better written and more interesting of the two (though I feel like I've seen the plot done before elsewhere) but the second is a more fun story. Overall I'd recommend the book to anyone who wants a more animalistic vampire tale. The main story is wonderful and I really wish it would have been longer. The other two stories are certainly worth a look. Overall 4/5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    With Teeth is a damn good, different take on the vampire novella. I fancied a story with bite (😜) and saw this has some great reviews and is available on KU (always a bonus!) Right from the introduction, our narrator character Frank tells us to "forget everything that you think you know about vampires". This is not your usual Dracula-esque tale and another direct quote is "vampires do not fucking sparkle", so you can quickly surmise that this story will be nothing like Twilight. 😅 There’s no romant With Teeth is a damn good, different take on the vampire novella. I fancied a story with bite (😜) and saw this has some great reviews and is available on KU (always a bonus!) Right from the introduction, our narrator character Frank tells us to "forget everything that you think you know about vampires". This is not your usual Dracula-esque tale and another direct quote is "vampires do not fucking sparkle", so you can quickly surmise that this story will be nothing like Twilight. 😅 There’s no romanticisation here, and as much as I am a sucker (😝) for romantic and sexy vampires, it’s quite refreshing that With Teeth is bringing them back to being primal monsters. A group of middle aged, male friends are feeling down on their luck and stuck in dead end jobs struggling to make ends meet. Thus making them feel trapped in their hometown. They come up with a money-making scheme, something they saw on a TV show they had been watching (Breaking Bad) so I’m sure you can guess where this is going… That‘s right, they want to cook and sell meth! Frank’s father used to earn a living making moonshine, so how different could this be - right? When the group of men try to find a location, it doesn’t take for the gory action to kick in, throwing them off their plans and head first into fighting for their survival. It’s only around 80 pages long so it makes for a fast paced, very engaging read. There’s also a great twist. I won’t tell you when, where or what, but you will realise by the way it is written at that point.. Your jaw will drop. This was my first introduction to Brian Keene’s work and I am now a fan of his writing style and character/world building. Apparently all of his stories take place in the same universe, so I’m going to have to check out some of his other work soon. Two more of his short vampire stories were included in the end here; The Last Supper and Down Under. If you enjoyed With Teeth, you will most definitely enjoy these two as well. They feel like a great added bonus. 🧛🏻‍♂️

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    A group of friends living in rural West Virginia are all struggling to make ends meet. Many have lost their jobs or had their hours cut, and are doing what they can to support their families during difficult times. As many of their children begin to reach adulthood, and their thoughts turn to saving for college, they devise a plan to make money by using their isolated locale to their advantage and head off into the forest to scout for a location to cook meth, away from the prying eyes of local l A group of friends living in rural West Virginia are all struggling to make ends meet. Many have lost their jobs or had their hours cut, and are doing what they can to support their families during difficult times. As many of their children begin to reach adulthood, and their thoughts turn to saving for college, they devise a plan to make money by using their isolated locale to their advantage and head off into the forest to scout for a location to cook meth, away from the prying eyes of local law enforcement. What they find in that forest, however, is more than they bargained for. The eerie silence and absence of animals strikes them as odd at first, until the reason for this lets itself be known once the sun starts to set and the blood begins to flow. Featuring two additional vampire-centric short stories (‘The Last Supper’ and ‘Down Under’) one thing is for sure in Brian Keene’s latest horror novella. His vampires Do. Not. Sparkle! A thrilling mix between ‘The Descent’ and ‘30 Days of Night’, ‘With Teeth’ is yet another winner from prolific horror master Brian Keene. Short though it may be (100 pages) it packs a hell of a punch and is immensely engaging, making this the perfect book for a horror fan to sit and devour in a single sitting. The story may not be a ground-breaking one but ‘With Teeth’ is a prime example of why not every book needs a unique hook or a new twist on an old formula. Sometimes a classic story told with style is just what you need, no more, no less. There are a great many things about ‘With Teeth’ that elevate it beyond another in a long line of well-trod man versus vampire stories. First and foremost is Keene’s incredible knack for characters and dialogue. The early build-up where we meet the large cast is a joy to read. You feel like you’re sat there with them as they drink a beer, shoot the breeze and generally just enjoy each other’s company. You know that not all of them are going to make it to the final chapter (hell, it’s a Brian Keene book. It’s not a given that any of them will) but it takes literally a few pages for you to care what happens to them. Strong character work is all well and good but what about the vampires? Anne Rice fans may be in for a shock as these are not your standard aristocratic bloodsuckers, waiting patiently in their sprawling mansions for a comely lady to stumble willingly into their arms. The vampires of ‘With Teeth’ are feral, wild animals, vaguely humanoid but otherwise a whole different ball-game to what you might expect. They aren’t cunning or shown to be all that intelligent. They are vicious, relentless, ruthless killers and once the book introduces them, all hell breaks loose. The second half of the book is big on action, bigger on gore and violence, and things get pretty tense as the group tries to flee as they see friends killed horribly and without warning. There are some pretty extreme scenes, but the tone is firmly set to fun and you almost feel as if you’ve held your breath for fifty pages once you get to the end. Fans of Keene (and I can only presume that is most of you) will no doubt love the book, and it does veer slightly from the stories you could typically expect from him. The closest comparison I could think of would be ‘Castaways’, sans the overt Richard Laymon influences, replaced instead with the easy camaraderie of the boys from ‘Ghoul’. If that sounds like a book you want to read (and it sure did to me) then you’re in for a wild ride with his latest. If this is your first time reading him then it is a great starting point. It's fast-paced, fun and delivers on everything that Keene has been so good at consistently putting out for the past twenty years. ‘With Teeth’ is a brutal, relentless, tense rollercoaster ride with blood and mayhem galore, anchored by Keene’s trademark strong and memorable characters. This is another must-read from one of horrors most remarkable voices. This review was initially written for and published by Horroroasis.com Check out their site for horror book and movie reviews, articles, giveaways and more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    I am the publicist for the publisher of this book, Death's Head Press. I'm also a big Brian Keene fan, so take it or leave it reader-friends; I'm sharing my reading experience regardless. This is a great vampire story. Keene brings to life a group of buddies who are kicking around some ideas to make some quick cash. One of the guys devises a plan that eventually leads them out into the woods where they encounter something hidden and near starvation in a cave. Bad things happen. There is a lot to l I am the publicist for the publisher of this book, Death's Head Press. I'm also a big Brian Keene fan, so take it or leave it reader-friends; I'm sharing my reading experience regardless. This is a great vampire story. Keene brings to life a group of buddies who are kicking around some ideas to make some quick cash. One of the guys devises a plan that eventually leads them out into the woods where they encounter something hidden and near starvation in a cave. Bad things happen. There is a lot to love about this story. Strong, distinct characters. Authentic dialog. Tense scares. Brutal action scenes. New life is given to an ancient trope. The ending. 2 bonus short stories. Highly recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott Neumann

    Six friends in the backwoods of West Virginia encounter vampires for looking for the perfect place to set up a meth lab, and these vampires don't sparkle. Filled with characters, that everyone can relate to, especially in theses trying times. Keene really makes you feel like your a part of these guys life and puts you through the paces. An unrelebnting novella that I couldn't put down. Six friends in the backwoods of West Virginia encounter vampires for looking for the perfect place to set up a meth lab, and these vampires don't sparkle. Filled with characters, that everyone can relate to, especially in theses trying times. Keene really makes you feel like your a part of these guys life and puts you through the paces. An unrelebnting novella that I couldn't put down.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This is 100% of why we don’t nature. The chances of having a vampire in your home are low but increase exponentially once you leave. So much nope. In all seriousness, this novella was a fun read, and I’d recommend it to those who want something short and fun. Something that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s 4 stars from me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    Here are the things you need to know about vampires: First of all they don’t dress in black. They’re not high cultured, well mannered, nicely groomed, or perfectly fucking coifed. They don’t hang out in cemeteries and tombs, listening to Bauhaus or Type O Negative and smoking clove cigarettes and whining about how much life sucks. Vampires don’t fucking sparkle. And there you have the beginning of the best Keene story in years. I’ve spoken at length on Keene’s tumultuous past. How health issues a Here are the things you need to know about vampires: First of all they don’t dress in black. They’re not high cultured, well mannered, nicely groomed, or perfectly fucking coifed. They don’t hang out in cemeteries and tombs, listening to Bauhaus or Type O Negative and smoking clove cigarettes and whining about how much life sucks. Vampires don’t fucking sparkle. And there you have the beginning of the best Keene story in years. I’ve spoken at length on Keene’s tumultuous past. How health issues and a very public fall out with Dorchester led to a reduced work load and, what I think, made him a bit of an ass, becoming the mouthpiece of frustrated authors, but inflating his ego…thus leading to some very sub par works. Well, that’s all in the past now since With Teeth is easily Keene’s best story since probably 2010. Everything about With Teeth is vintage Keene. It’s fast, well written, to the point. The characters are actually those you can feel, and can relate to. The violence and action is top notch and the story doesn’t mess around. And there’s the constant callbacks to Keene’s other works, which will please everyone. I really hope this is Keene coming back to form, because if it is, I’m back to being a huge fan.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Uptown Horror Reviews

    Deep in the heart of West Virginia exists a group of rabid, savage vampires who have devolved into a race of sub-human monsters after decades of not feeding. A group of middle-aged men happen to cross paths with these creatures while walking through the woods, and after a hundred years of withering away from starvation, it's time for this group of vampires to finally feast on human blood once again. Surprisingly, this actually turned out to be a great, heart wrenching story about family, friendsh Deep in the heart of West Virginia exists a group of rabid, savage vampires who have devolved into a race of sub-human monsters after decades of not feeding. A group of middle-aged men happen to cross paths with these creatures while walking through the woods, and after a hundred years of withering away from starvation, it's time for this group of vampires to finally feast on human blood once again. Surprisingly, this actually turned out to be a great, heart wrenching story about family, friendship and loneliness. Despite me being worried that this book wouldn't live up to the high bar that Brian Keene has set for himself in the past, this one turned out to be another classic Brian Keene banger that is a worthy addition to his already vast bibliography. Im giving this book 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    Whoa! What a story! From the gate Brian Keene gives us a narrator with a great voice and he really sets the stage for the lay of the land and who everyone is. The early character conversations really connect you and make you feel invested in their stories and it's pretty cool Keene is able to establish that so quickly in a shorter story. Once we get to the spooks, they REALLY come in full force. As if the gods were watching, lightning struck hard as soon as I buried my head like Sebastian in The Whoa! What a story! From the gate Brian Keene gives us a narrator with a great voice and he really sets the stage for the lay of the land and who everyone is. The early character conversations really connect you and make you feel invested in their stories and it's pretty cool Keene is able to establish that so quickly in a shorter story. Once we get to the spooks, they REALLY come in full force. As if the gods were watching, lightning struck hard as soon as I buried my head like Sebastian in The Neverending Story getting as immersed in the story as I could. Naturally, though, it was timed perfectly with a creepy scene and I screamed and threw my cat off my lap. Oops! The remainder of the book I was uneasy. I kept tucking my toes in and lifting my legs under the blankets because it just felt wrong not to. I felt exposed and like someone was behind me the entire last 50% of the story. I had to protect myself, okay?! Keene gives us ravenous vampires, blood galore, impending darkness and doom, and really tells a vampire story that will make you want to sleep with garlic in your bed. Once you become invested in these characters you don't want to see anything bad happen to a single one of them. This is a must read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Rolfe

    You gotta love Brian's action scenes. They don't get much better than that. I dug his idea of sticking these vampires in a hollow, and these dudes venturing in and coming across them. The brief moments of the group's discovery of the creatures gave me DESCENT vibes (which is a good thing), and the rest was pure Keene. WITH TEETH might give you second thoughts about sticking your head in a hole. You gotta love Brian's action scenes. They don't get much better than that. I dug his idea of sticking these vampires in a hollow, and these dudes venturing in and coming across them. The brief moments of the group's discovery of the creatures gave me DESCENT vibes (which is a good thing), and the rest was pure Keene. WITH TEETH might give you second thoughts about sticking your head in a hole.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    Frank and his group of hardened old-timer buddies living in rural West Virginia sit around one evening at their friend Terry's trailer, venting about their daily griefs, financial struggles and the growing difficulty to make ends meet in their deteriorating homeland. After shooting out some wild ideas and talking about their families troubling histories, they get to talking about cooking and selling meth to make a killing. All they have to do it enter the nearby hollow hiding Frank's grandfather Frank and his group of hardened old-timer buddies living in rural West Virginia sit around one evening at their friend Terry's trailer, venting about their daily griefs, financial struggles and the growing difficulty to make ends meet in their deteriorating homeland. After shooting out some wild ideas and talking about their families troubling histories, they get to talking about cooking and selling meth to make a killing. All they have to do it enter the nearby hollow hiding Frank's grandfather's stomping grounds where he used to illegally make moonshine during the prohibition, a perfect place to create a meth lab where no one would find it. Unknown to Frank and his friends, however, something ancient and terrible has taken residence in the old hollow, and they're hungry for blood. A thrilling and original take on the vampire genre. A group of lovable and relatable old goofballs making poor decisions leads to a horrifying night of disaster. The vampires in this story could be seen as a sort of metaphor of what hard drugs and violent desperation can do to a man. There's no romanticization or empathy about them, just bloodthirsty monsters hellbent on spreading misfortune and dragging everyone down with them to prolong their own lives. It's classic vampire horror with a touch of Breaking Bad and Trailer Park Boys modernism. With Teeth comes with a pair of modernist vampire short stories that are also damn good. The one I especially liked is about how maddening it is for an immortal, lonely vampire to live in an apocalyptic world where humans have gone extinct. Almost felt like a reverse I Am Legend scenario.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Few things these days cause me to lose interest in a horror title faster than learning it's a book featuring either zombies or vampires. Both figures have completely oversaturated the market these last few decades while doing little that's actually original or, at the very least, interesting with these well-worn, deader than a doornail, monstrous staples. The rare exception (and there are exceptions, to be sure) is Brian Keene, who has, over the years, conditioned me to go out of my way to read Few things these days cause me to lose interest in a horror title faster than learning it's a book featuring either zombies or vampires. Both figures have completely oversaturated the market these last few decades while doing little that's actually original or, at the very least, interesting with these well-worn, deader than a doornail, monstrous staples. The rare exception (and there are exceptions, to be sure) is Brian Keene, who has, over the years, conditioned me to go out of my way to read his zombie books (Ob rules!) and now, with With Teeth, his vampire novella. My main reason for being excited about With Teeth lies with Keene's short vampire story, "The Last Supper," a post-apocalyptic look at a lone vampire in the wasteland, which I read back in 2015 in Christopher Golden's Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror. It was one of the standout stories in that collection and it's stuck with me well enough over the years and hundred and hundreds and hundreds of books since that I was actually pretty damn eager to see Keene return to the vampire genre with this new release. As the title indicates, With Teeth has plenty of bite and Keene gives us an unflinching look at vampirism in the heavily shadowed backwoods hollows of West Virginia. Frank, his cousins, and a handful of friends, including the instantly dislikable and deplorable Cecil, are hurting financially. One makes a joke about Breaking Bad, while another thinks about their grandfather's Prohibition-era moonshine operation, reflecting on Appalachia's current meth crisis. The idea takes root and the following day the men are traipsing through Frank's grandfather's old and well-hidden stomping grounds, trying to find the perfect place to set up a meth lab. Of course, they find a helluva lot more than they bargained for... As Frank tells us in the book's opening, vampires aren't sexy, well-dressed, high-cultured romantics, and that "Vampires do not fucking sparkle." I suppose it's a testament to the lasting endurance of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga that more than fifteen years later, every horror author writing about vampires still has to remind us in some way or another that vampires don't sparkle as they seek to get back to the terrifying roots of these undying terrors. Needless to say, Keene's vampires have teeth, and he posits these figures as being far more animalistic and rabid than popular culture posits, something more akin to sharks than human beings. They're predatory and vicious, and hiding in the caves of West Virginia, very, very hungry. Keene absolutely nails the themes of being trapped, whether it's by vampires or generations of poverty keeping his rugged and destitute, blue collar cast stuck inside an ever-tightening noose of economic decline and unable to provide better lives for their loved ones. In exploring the history of West Virginia and the lives of his characters, Keene shows us the ways in which capitalism and economic anxiety are its own form of vampirism. Frank, his friends, and family work dead ends jobs, making less money with each passing year as the costs of living rise and work hours get slashed, leaving them dependent on welfare and dreams of making it rich as meth dealers. Ah yes, the good, old American Dream... Keene's got a lot on his mind, and it all gets explored with deft, cutting precision. The main story accounts for roughly 80% of my Kindle copy, with the rest of the space reprinting two of Keene's loosely connected vampire short stories, "The Last Supper" and "Down Under." It was a pleasure to revisit "The Last Supper," although "Down Under" was new to me and lots of fun. Both are definitely worth a read and complement With Teeth perfectly. They also leave a bit of wiggle room in Keene's vampiric timeline in this corner of the labyrinth, which has my blood pumping in the hope for more stories in this vein.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    OBSESSED

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

    I really enjoyed this one. Action packed and full of dread from the very beginning, this slim novella really delivers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Greedy grunts and low growls...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael James

    Been a long time fan of Brian Keene. This was a pretty good Novella. Not the best I've read from him, but pretty good. Keene has a pretty good take on vampires. Really excited to see if Keene will publish more work with Death's Head Press. Been a long time fan of Brian Keene. This was a pretty good Novella. Not the best I've read from him, but pretty good. Keene has a pretty good take on vampires. Really excited to see if Keene will publish more work with Death's Head Press.

  17. 5 out of 5

    April

    With Teeth (which is also on Kindle Unlimited) is a 79pg West Virginia vampire novella with 2 related short stories following the 'Afterward'. Don't miss those, they were great too. Props to Alex McVey for this fantastic cover art. Without giving too much away, down on their luck friends who are contemplating a 'Breaking Bad' solution for all of their money problems scout an extremely rural and reportedly haunted former hooch still from generations past and discover the spooky rumors are more th With Teeth (which is also on Kindle Unlimited) is a 79pg West Virginia vampire novella with 2 related short stories following the 'Afterward'. Don't miss those, they were great too. Props to Alex McVey for this fantastic cover art. Without giving too much away, down on their luck friends who are contemplating a 'Breaking Bad' solution for all of their money problems scout an extremely rural and reportedly haunted former hooch still from generations past and discover the spooky rumors are more than just folklore. I loved his writing style and take on vampires. The characters were relatable and vivid and the story sucks you in. Rarely can I remember enjoying a novella so much. The storyline was well rounded and completely fleshed out, pun intended 😛. I'll be moving on to read The Rising next which is only $2.99 for the Kindle edition. All of his stories take place in the same universe.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Coral

    This was a fun little novella. Lots of action and gore, but also a ton of info dump at the start and a lot of background on the eight (8!!!) characters we follow in this book. Characters we don't follow for very long at all. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more as a full novel? Because literally half of this novella was getting to know the characters and the sparse bit that was left undid all the hard work my brain did trying to remember who was who. Fantastic ending though - really flipped the This was a fun little novella. Lots of action and gore, but also a ton of info dump at the start and a lot of background on the eight (8!!!) characters we follow in this book. Characters we don't follow for very long at all. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more as a full novel? Because literally half of this novella was getting to know the characters and the sparse bit that was left undid all the hard work my brain did trying to remember who was who. Fantastic ending though - really flipped the script on me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Justin Lewis

    One day I'll stop saying that I'm new to horror, but since I'm still in my first year, today isn't that day. WITH TEETH is the first anything I've read by Brain Keene and I can't wait to sink my teeth into more! This novella revolves around a group of friends (and some family) that are all need to make some money for various reasons. What starts out as just talk quickly turns into a real plan to cook meth (the quickest way to make money). They decide to use a hollow way out on some family propert One day I'll stop saying that I'm new to horror, but since I'm still in my first year, today isn't that day. WITH TEETH is the first anything I've read by Brain Keene and I can't wait to sink my teeth into more! This novella revolves around a group of friends (and some family) that are all need to make some money for various reasons. What starts out as just talk quickly turns into a real plan to cook meth (the quickest way to make money). They decide to use a hollow way out on some family property, but it needs to be cleared out. There are some old family stories of the place being haunted, but surely that can't be true... I don't consider it a spoiler to say this novella is about vampires. Within the first few pages, the rules are laid out; vampires are nothing like what you or the characters think. They're not well-dressed pretty tortured beings that complain about living forever. They're more like sharks or "rabid weasels". That's right, weasels. That's what we're dealing with. Yikes. There's a lot to love about this book. For me, it starts with the characters- they feel like real people with real problems. The financial issues they're having are very believable. The dialogue between these friends feels authentic. They're not bad people, the just need a bail out. Then there's the horror we all know and love. When the blood does start pouring, it doesn't stop. The gore or the story. You could easily finish this in one or two sittings depending on how fast you read, but you're going to want to know how it ends once the madness starts. After the feature presentation, there's two other vampire stories Brian Keene wrote several years ago that are both fantastic. They're very different from each other, and that's all I say about them. They're not long and well worth reading, so stick around after the credits. If you're a Keene fan already, checking this out is no-brainer. Or, if you're new to his work like me, this feels like a solid place to start. I know I'm going to hunt down more of his stories based on how much fun I had with this. If you want a different take on vampires, look no further! 4 out of 5 stars * I won an ARC for review from Death's Head Press

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    With Teeth was my first Brian Keene and definitely won’t be my last! This novella took off from page one and didn’t let up. We get to know a group of 3 cousins and some of their lifelong friends They’re all down on their luck and barely making ends meet. They devise a plan to make some cash and it leads them to the hollow where their grandfather used to make moonshine. They should have never ventured into those thick woods... You think you’re tired of the vampire trope? Then you need to read With With Teeth was my first Brian Keene and definitely won’t be my last! This novella took off from page one and didn’t let up. We get to know a group of 3 cousins and some of their lifelong friends They’re all down on their luck and barely making ends meet. They devise a plan to make some cash and it leads them to the hollow where their grandfather used to make moonshine. They should have never ventured into those thick woods... You think you’re tired of the vampire trope? Then you need to read With Teeth! You’ll love it and be looking for more...like I am right now...with a bulb of garlic in my hand. There are NOT sparkling vampires, they’re not romantic, or well dressed. But they’re fucking awesome. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  21. 4 out of 5

    Escapereality

    “With Teeth” is good!! Briane Keene takes a whole new approach to vampires in this novella. In “With Teeth”, six middle aged friends enter the woods looking for a perfect spot for their meth lab. While scouting the woods for the perfect location, these friends encounter vampires and not the sparkly kind. Keene’s action scenes and vampires were fleshed out so well. I cannot find a single weakness in this short novella. 5 ⭐️

  22. 4 out of 5

    Glen Krisch

    Great little read. Really enjoyed the two bonus short stories.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Reads on IG

    This was phenomenal!! Full review to come.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alan Baxter

    Tired of vampires? This will rejuvenate you. Honestly, I'm kinda bored by vampires and haven't read much vampire fiction in ages. Then this book came along. If anyone can pull it off, I thought, it's Brian Keene. The man, as usual, does not disappoint. Tired of vampires? This will rejuvenate you. Honestly, I'm kinda bored by vampires and haven't read much vampire fiction in ages. Then this book came along. If anyone can pull it off, I thought, it's Brian Keene. The man, as usual, does not disappoint.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janine Pipe

    Now THAT is how you do vampires! Hell yes, LOVED it!!! Full review to come. No frigging glitter in Keene's universe. Now THAT is how you do vampires! Hell yes, LOVED it!!! Full review to come. No frigging glitter in Keene's universe.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gatorman

    Took a bit for this vampire tale to get going. Started off ok but didn't seem like anything noteworthy but it finished with a solid, unexpected bang. Really enjoyed the last 25 pages. Relatively short novella at around 75 pages, with the last 20 of the book consisting of an afterword by Keene and two short vampire stories which were quite entertaining in their simplicity. Always enjoyed Keene's work and this, ultimately, is no exception. 3.5 stars bumped to 4 for the writing and endings. Took a bit for this vampire tale to get going. Started off ok but didn't seem like anything noteworthy but it finished with a solid, unexpected bang. Really enjoyed the last 25 pages. Relatively short novella at around 75 pages, with the last 20 of the book consisting of an afterword by Keene and two short vampire stories which were quite entertaining in their simplicity. Always enjoyed Keene's work and this, ultimately, is no exception. 3.5 stars bumped to 4 for the writing and endings.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Simon Wilson

    Full review to come. However, let me just say that this novella was bloody brilliant. Real happy I won an ARC!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Austrian Spencer

    I am still woefully new to the worlds of Brian Keene, having only read his Zombie horror book The Rising, last month, and I wanted to see what he had as a spin on Vampires. I have to say that Vampires aren’t something that I go out of my way to read, they have been done, and done again, and each time seem to lose something of their source – the thing that makes them dangerous. Be it that they sparkle, or that they fall in love with goths, or that they hang around in covens solving crimes, it al I am still woefully new to the worlds of Brian Keene, having only read his Zombie horror book The Rising, last month, and I wanted to see what he had as a spin on Vampires. I have to say that Vampires aren’t something that I go out of my way to read, they have been done, and done again, and each time seem to lose something of their source – the thing that makes them dangerous. Be it that they sparkle, or that they fall in love with goths, or that they hang around in covens solving crimes, it all seems very unrealistic and honestly, a little under my radar. So what could Brian bring to the party to spark some life into the genre? Well, of course, he makes them like rabid, starving weasels. There’s this great symmetry in his choice, by dumping all of the elements of civility and making them like a zombie horde but with a cunning nastiness, I have to say I loved the book, and it rekindled an interest in what has proven, over time, to be a somewhat deflated genre (Vampire stories). It helps that Mr. Keene has a great sense of comic timing – the voice of the protagonist of the book is sympathetic and comes out with some great one-liners – early on I laughed out loud on the beach, whilst reading the book, at: “Now, I don’t like snakes so much, but copperheads always gave me a particular case of the willies. A rattlesnake will warn you before it bites. A copperhead gives you no such consideration. Copperheads are assholes.” I mean – c’mon! The voice is to die for! So this pretty much set me up for a good time, and the book just played to the crowd – it’s a blast. The vampires are this mangy force of nature, trapped in an isolated bubble and given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explode. The violence is nasty, dirty, sudden, unforgiving. Exactly like an animal attack, no finesse. It’s fantastic. I won’t give spoilers, but the ending is well constructed, and you can’t help but want to come back for more of the same. This was a breeze, I finished the book in one sitting, and had a full, satisfied glow about me afterward. I must have been unbearable. With two shorts included as bonuses and a quick afterword from the Author to tie the whole thing in perfectly-matching-wrapping-paper, this was never going to be anything other than 5 out of 5 ⭐’s. Loved it, Mr. Keene. Keep them coming.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dale Robertson

    This is my first read by Brian Keene. I've seen his name dotted about social media loads and fancied giving one of his books a try. I have to say, i was very impressed. Vampires don't really do it for me but this was something different- not your Hollywood vamps...this is your feral animal vamps, fast and ruthless. And hungry. The writing was great and sucked me straight into the story, maybe the way it was told (1st person style) but the writing itself was a delight. The two bonus stories at th This is my first read by Brian Keene. I've seen his name dotted about social media loads and fancied giving one of his books a try. I have to say, i was very impressed. Vampires don't really do it for me but this was something different- not your Hollywood vamps...this is your feral animal vamps, fast and ruthless. And hungry. The writing was great and sucked me straight into the story, maybe the way it was told (1st person style) but the writing itself was a delight. The two bonus stories at the end were also very good. Down Under was my favorite of the two - claustrophobic and creepy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Miller

    Terrific backwoods mayhem with some truly nasty bloodsuckers and genuinely well thought out reasons for their not being known about with wild garlic and a big hollow in West Virginia. Keene knows how to kick it into gear, and after taking a little time getting us ready with a terrific opening scene and character development, he punches it and we go soaring all the way towards the both gut-punching and, somehow, sweet finale. Definitely recommended for all vampire fans, and if you demand something Terrific backwoods mayhem with some truly nasty bloodsuckers and genuinely well thought out reasons for their not being known about with wild garlic and a big hollow in West Virginia. Keene knows how to kick it into gear, and after taking a little time getting us ready with a terrific opening scene and character development, he punches it and we go soaring all the way towards the both gut-punching and, somehow, sweet finale. Definitely recommended for all vampire fans, and if you demand something different if you’re going to take the chance on a vampire book, this one delivers just that.

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