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Werewolf Wednesday…All Hallows Evil (Lord of the Harvest) trailer, Skittles + werewolves, Carrie Vaughn interview, werewolves and mental illness

From DreadCentral.com, a new trailer for All Hallows Evil (Lord of the Harvest).

Synopsis: The sleepy town of Hallowed Hill is known by many as the Halloween capitol of the world because of its history and its pagan origins. People from all around come to visit the town on the night of All Hallows Eve. Two hundred years ago, on Halloween, a great evil was unleashed on the town by a witch who dabbled in the black arts. After a long night of mayhem brought on by this terrible evil, a select group of townsfolk were able to stop the witch and dispatch the evil back into the darkness from whence it came. Now, 200 years later, a young girl finds an ancient pagan book archived deep in the old cellar of the local library, and with the help of her wicked foster mother, the two again release the evil Sam Hain from his hell-bound prison to once again wreak havoc on Halloween night. The question is, can the town join together to stop the evil, or will Hallowed Hill be completely devoured by the Lord of the Harvest.

That trailer looks incredibly, horribly cheesy. Terribly cheesy. Unbelievably cheesy. I really want to like this movie (a town banding together to save itself, a werewolf, full moon, monsters everywhere), but oh my god, the acting and the effects in that trailer, no. Maybe itw ill end up being so cheesy it is awesome. I hope.

Speaking of werewolves and cheesy things that are also delightful, this Skittles commercial is something else.

Weird! Hilarious! There are a ton of commercials in this set, and I’m having way too much fun watching them. Oh, Skittles.

91.5 KUNC has an interesting interview with Carrie Vaugh, author of the Kitty Norville series. In particular, I was interested in what she had to say about the appeal of werewolf stories.

Excerpt:

Ensuing Chapters: What is the fascination with the werewolf? Maybe a theory on what, culturally, the fascination is, and personally, why you chose a werewolf?

Carrie Vaughn: I can tell you what traditionally the werewolf is, and the werewolf is interesting because for about the last 130 years it’s been pretty much the same thing. It hasn’t changed. The vampire has changed a lot. It’s become this other creature representing sin and decay coming from outside the community, and now it’s a symbol of power and immortality and forbidden pleasures and all of these highly sexualized, highly powerful metaphors. So the vampire has changed a lot.

Werewolf stories just have never gotten their time in the light. There have always been werewolves, but culturally, they’ve kind of been stuck in this ‘beast within’ type story. I’ve been calling it the Jekyll and Hyde story. With a few exceptions, every werewolf story—that has focused on werewolves specifically—has been the Jekyll and Hyde: Somebody who’s been overwhelmed by their base instincts and the beast within bursts out and destroys everything and then it dies. The end.

There’s just not a whole lot you can do with that. If that’s the story you’re focusing on, it always has the same trajectory and the same end. You can tell really good stories with that. I think An American Werewolf in London is brilliant, but it’s the same. You get infected, you struggle with the beast within, which bursts free and does horrible things, and then you die. Ginger Snaps, which is another great, recent werewolf movie, the same kind of thing. Even though it kind of turns it on its head. I feel like culturally, people haven’t gotten past the idea that werewolves represent the struggle with base nature, and it’s always the struggle with the beast within. And the beast within always has to lose.

One of the reasons I decided to make the main character a werewolf was to try to get past that metaphor. We can have good stories about werewolves if we’d just get past the idea that werewolves are always doomed to fall victim to this beast within dichotomy. Let’s pretend that you can actually be a well-balanced, functional werewolf who is in control of the beast within and you can actually function in society. What happens then? That just opens it up. Werewolves can then become characters rather than these metaphors, which is what they end up seeming to be in most of the stories that you see them in.

While I think she’s said some interesting things here, I do think there are stories to be told using the monster within metaphor. In particular, I often tell stories where werewolves and mental illness are entwined, and I think those are important stories to tell. In my experience, dealing with a mental illness often feels like dealing with the monster within, and I want to see stories that explore having functional lives while at the same time having that monster within that never goes away. Because you can have a beast within and have a life where you function in society.

Werewolf Wednesday…Werewolf family from Sims 3 Supernatural, Silver Bullet celebration, sales art for Wolves, Newcastle Werewolf review

Tech Guru just described Supernatural as this: Two guys driving around in a muscle car doing stupid shit. I can’t stop laughing.

GamerSyndrome.com has screenshots of Sims 3 Supernatural, and one of them is of the most adorable werewolf family EVER! Even the little teddy bear appears to have become a werewolf. It’s definitely time to get a copy of it. WEREWOLF FAMILIES FOR THE WIN!

Fascination with Fear did a Friday Flashback about Silver Bullet to celebrate the blue moon. It has an awesome image of the one sheet that I’ve never seen before and want a copy of for my office, and discusses some of the most fun parts of a movie I love.

Dread Central.com is not impressed with the first sales art for Wolves. I really like it, though. It is simple, but has two of my favorite werewolf story visuals, thick fog and pine trees. (I don’t think I realized that Jason Momoa is one of the actors, and I’m thrilled. Wicked hot.)

Bigger synopsis than I remember seeing, too: Cayden Richards, 18, has it all: captain of the high school football team, straight-A student, gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal… a wild, savage wolf. Panicked, Cayden runs, determined to find out what is happening to him. His quest leads him to the strange, isolated town of Lupine Ridge, where two clans of wolves are on the brink of war. The opposing clans are lead by Connor, the powerful, pure-blood alpha of a savage pack, and John Tollerman, an old farmer, committed to protecting the human citizens of Lupine Ridge. But when Cayden falls for Angelina, the beautiful, young mate promised to Connor, a battle to the death is inevitable. And as the past begins to reveal itself, Cayden’s place in the world becomes clearer, as does his power to put an end to the savage violence building up around and within him.

Bangstyle.com has a review of Newcastle Werewolf. (Which I still have been unable to find, get with it, Tech Guru and other sources!)

Excerpt: After two 12 oz attempts at it, I’ve come to the firm conclusion that Newcastle has actually found a recipe for one of the better season blends. While many breweries go for the pumpkin-spiced route of the fall season, Newcastle has gone the Red Ale route. Always a brewery that doesn’t go with the trend (especially for a major brewer), their Werewolf sets itself apart in its ability to taste just like Newcastle classic (brown ale) with an added kick that’s subtler than most. You’ll find that the aftertaste is barely there and that the beer’s taste, while not complex, is full-bodied and distinguishable from the majority of breweries that are far too liberal with pumpkin-themed beer.

Werewolf Wednesday…Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

OMG YOU GUYS. Jennifer Lynn Barnes just announced that in the lead up to Taken By Storm’s release on May 22, she’ll be doing some giveaways this week. The giveaways are awesome, but what I am really excited about is a new book in this werewolf series, which is, without a doubt, my current favorite YA werewolf series and quite possibly my current favorite werewolf series period. It’s awesome, and I can’t wait to read more. If you haven’t read Raised by Wolves and Trial by Fire, I highly recommend them because they are AWESOME. Werewolves for the win!

Werewolf Wednesday…Lesbian Werewolves for the Win! (Rachel Deering’s Anathema, GCLS Conference, and Catherine Lundoff’s Silver Moon)

Just under the wire for Werewolf Wednesday.

Rachel Deering has a Kickstarter to fund the artists for issues #2 through #6 for Anathema, a lesbian werewolf comic, and it ends April 30. Anathema’s Kickstarter page. I haven’t read the first issue, but the preview to the first issue looks awesome, and she’s almost fully funded. I’m looking forward to reading the entire story. Lesbian werewolves for the win!

Speaking of lesbian werewolves for the win, there’s a panel at this year’s Golden Crown Literary Society Conference (a lesbian literature conference) on “Lesbian Shapeshifters and Werecritters.” The conference is June 13-17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and if you go, I’d love to see your notes on it. (I can’t, that’s right after this year’s wedding season extravaganza [not my wedding, weddings I am attending], and I can already tell I’ll be playing catch-up at work. However, I’m keeping this in mind when scheduling things for 2013.)

To round out today’s Werewolf Wednesday, until April 30, you can enter to win a copy of Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff. If you follow me on Twitter, you may know I received an arc to read. I’ve finished it, and am working on the review to come (and hope to schedule some sort of book release event with Catherine, which reminds me, I need to email her), but in short, I really loved it and can’t wait to read more in this world.

Seriously, lesbian werewolves for the win!

Werewolf Wednesday…

FDR: American Badass trailer

Potential for racism and sexism and ableism: high. HOWEVER, werewolves at war + silver bullet shooting wheelchair = AMAZING. Also, the cheese level here is amazing. Cheesy werewolf movies for the win.

Werewolves takes the form of an illustrated journal that plunges readers into the life of a high school girl-turned-werewolf as she makes her transformation. After Alice and her brother are bitten by what they assume are large dogs, her journal/sketchbook becomes a place for her to record the changes they start to experience her socially awkward brother falls in with some creepy new friends, and she surprises herself with new strengths and instincts and a suddenly nonvegetarian interest in raw steak. Joining the werewolf pack that bit them, they discover the pleasures and dangers that come with the cycles of the moon, including threats from “hunters” who stalk them, a researcher seeking a cure, and escalating violence within the pack itself. With a fresh take on the lore and legend, Werewolves gives fans a ripping tale to sink their teeth into.

Good grief, I am tempted to overnight this because I want to read it RIGHT NOW. I wonder what the odds are that one of the bookstores here, independent or chain, would have this in stock. Probably low, unfortunately. But this has the potential to have so many things I love: siblings! werewolves! sketchbook as journal! navigating the new strengths and instincts as a werewolf! pleasures and dangers that come with the cycles of the moon! researchers working for cures! pack politics and violence! At least on the surface, this looks nearly custom-made to be something I will love.

From Bloody-Disgusting.com, werewolf found footage film from the team behind Devil Inside.

The plot is being kept under tight wraps, but the film is expected to follow in the found-footage style of Devil Inside. Bloody Disgusting did the actual leg work and exclusively learned the project is a werewolf film. We’ve been told that the pic takes place in police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf.

I didn’t actually know Devil Inside was found footage. I am cautiously excited about the werewolf movie, though I fear there will be a lot of first person (as it is, you know, found footage), which can be a problem for me, but maybe it will worth it. I hope it is worth it. I love the idea of a found footage werewolf movie, though we’ll see how the execution is. (I’d love to read the book equivalent of a found footage movie. A diary? Or even just a collection of short stories that are like the scenes of the movie? I will give this more thought. If you have any recommendations, that would be wonderful.)

From Werewolf-News.com, MacGuffin’s Curse werewolf puzzle game.

WEREWOLF PUZZLE GAME, YES PLEASE! This is almost as awesome (or, probably, way more awesome) than the werewolf slot machine I found one glorious night in a casino. (And then, much like an elusive werewolf, I couldn’t find the damn thing the next time. They got rid of it, and my heart broke a little. If I can track one down, I am going to buy it. It was a slot machine with a story built into it, and it was amazing.) But this! MacGuffin’s Curse looks like it will combine the awesomeness of werewolves with the fun of puzzle games (and this is probably a personal preference, but I think puzzle games are full of fun) in fabulous ways. I am really looking forward to giving this a try. WEREWOLF PUZZLE GAME!

Links…Bits and Pieces (Saturday Link Round Up)

If You’re a Bigot When You’re Angry, You’re a Bigot All the Time by Tami from What Tami Said, Guest Blogging at Transgriot

Tami addresses Kelly Osbourne’s nasty, transphobic comments during her recent breakup and how making an excuse for bigotry because of anger does not work.

Quote: When you believe that a group of people intrinsically have value equal to your own, you believe it all the time and deep in your heart. This belief is not contingent on your being in a good mood. The belief doesn’t go away when a marginalized person makes you angry or annoys you. If you have it in you to use epithets when hurt, then you have it in you all the time.

Beauty Myths: Terrible Things Await Women Who Use Men’s Razors, Gillette Says

Apparently, Gillette has a new ad campaign out trying to get women to buy razors and blades for “women’s razors,” not the ones for “men’s razors.” I don’t have cable television and haven’t for awhile now (I am well pleased with a mix of Hulu, Amazon on Demand, and Netflix on Demand, though I’m considering dropping the Netflix at some point), and I don’t read Cosmo and similar magazines (actually, I don’t really read any magazines anymore, and I don’t actually know when that changed. Huh), so I haven’t seen any of the ads, if they exist, but Jezebel addresses an article in Cosmo about it. One of the things that was said is that women mistakenly believe men’s razors are sharper than women’s razors. Jezebel talks about how women’s razors cost more than men’s razors, at least generally.

I prefer men’s razors to women’s, especially electric razors, because I have found they do work better. I have very thick, coarse hair, and when I decide to shave, the men’s razor handles the hair so much better. So I side-eye the claim that women’s razor blades are just the same as men’s, at least from my personal experience.

Kardashian in Trouble with Native American Group for ‘Indian Giver’ Comment at Colorlines

Quote: The phrase “Indian giving” is wrong and hurtful,” she added. “The cultural values of Native Americans are based on giving unconditionally and empowering those around them. Instead this cultural value is forgotten when negative stereotyping of Native people occurs.

Thandie Newton Takes ‘Vogue’ to Task for Lack of Black Women on Cover at Transgriot

Quote: I personally don’t read Vogue, because I am not interested in fashion, and I certainly would not support a magazine that cannot be arsed to have someone who looks like me appear on even a semi-regular schedule; however, I recognize what this lack of exposure is doing to young Black women. There is a reason why even today despite all the gains of the Black community, that Black children continue to prefer the White doll. Everywhere they look, everything that is constructed as good, pure and beautiful is White. From the television shows that they watch, to billboard and magazine covers they are shown, to be White is to be worthy of attention and adoration. No matter how hard a parent tries to invest a child with racial pride, they are fighting the institution of White supremacy, which is determined to enforce the exact opposite. We need Black women on the covers of magazines like Vogue, if our children are ever to see themselves as valuable. We need these covers to dispel the idea that Black women are just born unattractive. There is absolutely nothing neutral about erasure and until we address the fact that it essentially amounts to a value judgment based in racist ideals, we are going to continue to have a divided society in which some people are privileged over others, simply based in the Whiteness of their skin.

‘A Year Straight: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Lesbian Beauty Queen’ Will Piss You Off at AfterEllen

Quote: The second problem: Bisexuality is not once mentioned. The idea of either being a lesbian or being straight is the perpetuation of a terrible stereotype. Elena doesn’t even consider the fact that her attraction to men could mean she’s interested in exploring her sexual fluidity instead of a quarter-life crisis indicating she’s meant to be with a guy. In fact, the whole reason she starts dating guys is because she felt a connection with her yoga instructor. And when she shares her crush with a coworker and gets a Brazilian wax, she decides to keep trying to date men because she didn’t want to let all that go to waste.

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Link…Apocalyptathon 2011 (Month of Thanksgiving Day 5)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for the Apocalyptathon 2011 celebration over at Moira Rogers’ blog. There are all sorts of prize giveaways, and every day for thirty days, authors and bloggers will talk about their apocalypse books, their favorite apocalypse stories, and on. I love apocalyptic fiction, and I am thrilled at the idea of a month of apocalyptic blog posts.

My favorites so far are: This post about Freeze Line, a post-apocalyptic werewolf and witch novel. (Ice age! Lone werewolf! Witch whose powers are lessened by the ice! It sounds delightful!) This post where E from the Book Pushers talks about great apocalyptic fiction.

Contests…Win a Copy of DARKLANDS: A VAMPIRE’S TALE by Donna Burgess

Alas, I do not have any books to give away right now, but I do have a link to where you can win a free book.

Over at JoJosBookCorner, Donna Burgess is on blog tour for DARKLANDS: A VAMPIRE’S TALE. The book sounds really intriguing, and Donna gives some advice on writing which I really enjoyed, except for one part. She basically said not to show your early books to your family and friends because they wouldn’t provide the kind of feedback you need, and I deeply disagree with that part. Here’s the comment I left there:

I really love your writing advice, Donna, except for the part about not sharing your writing with your family and friends. I know this will vary, obviously, but my sisters are some of my earliest readers for feedback on plot and characterization and my parents provide general cheerleading. (Plus my dad is one of my subject matter experts.) Some of my closest friends are members of my writing and critique group. (Though part of why we’re so close is how much time we spend interacting through the group.) My writing would be so much worse, and the process much more stressful, if I didn’t have their input and encouragement. Having my friends and family involved helps make it quite an adventure.

I love seeing different people’s processes, though, for just this reason. We all go about things in such varied ways.

So what do you guys think? Do your families and close friends get to read your work in drafts?

Werewolf Wednesday…LIKE A MOONRISE contest winner and Red Riding Hood

Happy Wolf Moon! The Midwest is currently being buried in snow, and when I look out the window, it definitely looks like a scene from a werewolf story. Delightful! (Despite the fact I hate snow.)

First, the random numbers have aphrodite_mine winning the LIKE A MOONRISE giveaway. I’ll send you a copy of the book via email; please let me know if you don’t receive it. (I also need to talk about the fun question she asked, but haven’t had a moment to sit down with it yet.)

Second, DreadCentral.com has a new trailer for Red Riding Hood, complete with “The Hand That Feeds” by NIN. I have written a number of werewolf scenes to that song and I really love it in the trailer. I can’t wait for this movie. It will be RIDICULOUS but I hope to enjoy every minute of it.

Third, is anyone watching the USA version of Being Human?

Werewolf Wednesday…Boy Who Cried Werewolf, Moon Shy, Monsterwolf, Red, and Teen Wolf series

Nickelodeon Feeling Victorious with Boy Who Cried Werewolf.

I am looking forward to watching this (one of my favorite parts of October is the ability to watch all sorts of cheesy fun horror movies and werewolf movies on a bunch of channels), though the plot doesn’t sound all that fresh at all.

However, this part of the blurb made me frown:

Not everything is what it seems in this town, and the Sands’ visit goes awry when a freak lab accident gradually transforms Jordan into a werewolf. As her body changes, so does her personality, and she becomes a graceful, athletic, self-confident young woman. But Jordan’s dark, hairy side is dangerous to others, and the change confuses her new suitor, Goran (Steven Grayhm), the town’s young, attractive butcher. In order to salvage her crush and return back to her normal self, Jordan must rely on her pesky little brother and Madame V to save her before it’s too late.

Probably you can guess why this bothers me, but here it is in brief:

1) When girls become werewolves, they are almost always presented as some sort of sexual predators (the intensity of this depends on the story, but it’s pretty common). Though I do like sexual supernatural women, of course, I dislike the way this is so often shown as something dangerous and horrible, especially when it comes to teenage female werewolves.

2) Of course, she must be rescued by her brother. Of course she can’t rescue herself.

Maybe the movie will circumvent these worries and do something new and wonderful. I hope it does.

Speaking of the presentation of female werewolves, Victoria Blisse talks about why she wrote a werewolf in Moon Shy. Once again, the blurb made me pause.

Lowell is a werewolf. Desdemona is a werewolf. That is where the similarities end.

Desdemona takes great joy in the full moon. She maims and kills with enthusiasm and wishes she could be a werewolf every day. Lowell hates what he is. He wishes that the full moon would only come around once in a million years.

Again with the female werewolf being the predator (I’m only guessing sexually, too, but that is the trend). Here we also see a typical presentation of the male werewolf as a tragic creature who struggles with the monster he becomes.

I want to read this, because I would love to see more stories where the female werewolf loves being a werewolf, but this juxtaposition of characters does make me leery.

In fact, this later post where she talks about Good versus Evil and writing Desdemona makes me even leerier of reading about this female werewolf.

She left him reluctantly, but she had a job to do. Seducing a brand new werewolf would have to take its place. The one thing missing from her perfect life was a partner in crime. It was all right bonking victims before she ripped them to shreds, but what she really wanted was a werewolf to have real, violent, doggie style sex with. Someone who could share the exhilaration of the kill with her. Lowell would be perfect. He needed training, obviously, and she was the woman to do it.

Wolves are On the Prowl in Two New Sci-Fi Channel Flicks.

Monsterwolf, starring Robert Picardo (from The Howling!) and Jason London, premieres Saturday, October 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Blurb: When an oil company defies a court injunction against drilling on tribal land, their blasting releases the Kachinawaya, a Native American animal spirit meant to protect Indian lands from invaders.

I hope we aren’t supposed to root for the oil company here or a bunch of white guys.

Red: Werewolf Hunter, starring Felicia Day, Kavan Smith, and Stephen McHattie, premieres Saturday, October 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Blurb: Felicia Day portrays a descendant of Little Red Riding Hood, who brings her fiancé home, where he learns the family business: hunting werewolves. He’s skeptical—at least until he’s bitten by a werewolf. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries everything she can to save him.

I love Little Red Riding Hood retellings, especially ones where Red is a werewolf hunter or a werewolf herself, and I am really looking forward to this!

Teen Wolf’s Stars Say Series is Almost Nothing Like Original Movie.

Wow, they are really trying to distance themselves from the original movie, aren’t they? I don’t remember, did the same thing happen when Buffy the Vampire Slayer the series came out?