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The Howling is one of my favorite movies. It means a lot to me; it was the first horror movie I ever watched, and it was the beginning of my love of werewolves. I enjoy the rest of the series, and I’ve watched a lot of werewolf movies in my time, good and bad, but none have ever been as awesome or meant as much to me as The Howling.
If you haven’t heard about The Howling Reborn, here is a blurb:
On the eve of his high school graduation, unremarkable Will Kidman finally bonds with the girl he has long yearned for, reclusive Eliana Wynter. But he also discovers a dark secret from his past… that he is about to become a werewolf. Now, in an effort to fight destiny and save their love as well as their lives, they must battle not only Will’s growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts bent on killing them… and then, us all.
Based on that, the remake sounds less The Howling and more a mix of Skinwalkers (2006) and the movie adaptation of Blood and Chocolate, but let’s take a look at the trailer.
I love YA fiction, and I can understand wanting to focus on younger characters to hit some target markets, but it completely doesn’t feel like The Howling from the first second simply because the characters are in high school. I’m afraid this is going to be one of those remakes/sequels where they would have been better off not to attach the franchise name to it (I’m looking at you, sequels to The Lost Boys.)
Will opens with some cheesy language about the days that change your life forever. He also hits on Eliana, and as cheesy as it is, I do love the line about how she’s in color when the rest of the world is in black and white. (The trailer makes a lot of use of black and white scenes juxtaposed with scenes in color, so it is good to open with this line.)
Eliana has a line about not biting…much, and it is just as ridiculous as you’d expect in a werewolf movie. However, I’m a pretty big fan of Lindsey Shaw as an actor, and I’m looking forward to watching her in a movie. Lots of time to enjoy the way she says her lines, and also, she’s gorgeous.
The metaphor of graduation, high school students becoming something else and the werewolf story of a teen becoming something else could be really nice.
I love Eliana with her flame thrower and her gun, but it already looks like she’s going to walk the line between victim and villain, as is usual for women in horror and for women who are werewolves. I am tired of men being the heroes in everything, and I am tired of women getting to be victims or villains and that is it. (Supernatural, I am looking at you.) Maybe The Howling Reborn will surprise me. I hope. (This is probably one of the reasons I love The Howling so much. It is obviously Karen’s story, and though there are some issues, she gets to be more than the victim, at least for awhile. UGH, now I am angry at my favorite horror movie, too.)
The trailer is very shiny, lots of black and white scenes versus color scenes, and lots of pretty shots of the full moon (including a blue moon literally shot in shades of blue), which yes, is typical and cheesy, but is also something I love. The bits of destruction in the high school we see is very nice, tying into the metaphor of high school is hell that Buffy the Vampire Slayer did so well as well as the theme of metamorphosis as you approach graduation.
Underground parties, werewolves in leather stalking down the hall in a badass powerwalk, howling in the distance, werewolves in human form leaping over things in inhuman ways, the shot of a girl’s spine as she transforms, the blood inside changing you into something inhuman, fire to purge the wolf, the use of the blue moon in the story, and technology being used in the fight against the werewolves: at least from the shots in the trailer, this movie was made with me in mind. (If the trailer whipped out parkour for the werewolves, it wouldn’t matter what else happened, I’d watch the movie.) (Okay, with a werewolf movie, no matter what the trailer says, it’s pretty much a given I’ll watch it anyway.)
From the trailer, it is not a very diverse movie. The black best friend probably gets dead, or at least knocked around. Almost everyone is thin and pretty and white and able bodied. The characters come across as very straight, though sexual preference is harder to show in the short clips in a trailer. Very male dominated, with the few women appearing to be villains and maybe a little victims.
It looks like it might be an entertaining werewolf movie, but I think it would do better to not be a remake of The Howling, which brings in expectations that I am doubtful will be met.
While cleaning up tags, I realized I never posted my 2010 Publications Year in Review. I know 2011 is basically half over as it is, but I’m going to post it anyway. The completest in me needs to do so, plus I like being able to look back over the tag and see what I’ve done each year.
As I discussed in the 2009 Publications Year in Review, I submitted six short stories in 2009, three of which were published. I did not sell a single werewolf story, despite that being my main area of reading and writing.
In 2010, I submitted six short stories and one novella. I then pulled the novella, because it really needs to be a novel instead. Of the six short stories, two were sold and published in 2010. One of those two was sold a second time in 2011 to be republished in 2011. Three were sold to be published in 2011. And one was rejected because the anthology itself was cancelled. (I then rewrote it some and submitted it as one of the other six stories.) Basically, I sold everything I submitted in one form or another and resold one of those stories in 2011. That wasn’t clear until I started writing this post, so I’m glad I did. That’s awesome. I finally sold a werewolf short story in 2010, but it didn’t come out until 2011.
I also started writing some short stories to be available free here on the website. I tend to tie them in to the full moon, of course, but may branch out on that in the future.
So here are the stories I published in 2010:
FREE: “Harvest Moon”, September 2010
Blurb: There’s power to the harvest moon and to the equinox. When those things combine, Tia’s pack of werewolves can barely wait for moonrise and their hunt. Their energy high, Andy and her girlfriend Fiona celebrate another successful werewolf run with a sexy morning interlude in the woods. (Prequel to “The Fullness that Love Began” in DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS forthcoming in 2011 from Storm Moon Press.)
“Blazing Star” in CAST THE CARDS from Storm Moon Press, October 31, 2010
Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. CAST THE CARDS is a collection of six all-new short stories that explore some of the powerful themes associated with the Major Arcana, all with an eye toward erotic romance with GLBT and alt-lifestyle characters and motifs.
“Blazing Star” is a story about a mind reader and her fortunetelling, monster-hunting lover who face a world headed into a potential apocalypse. Together the two women create a sanctuary for the other monster hunters, but not even a magic-protected sanctuary can guarantee protection when the world is ending.
Chrissie Bentley is a woman on a mission – to raise the profile of oral sex. In BAD GIRL’S SWEET KISS she has brought together her own experiences as well as those of many other erotic writers from all over the world. From some of the most well-known voices in erotica to more recent newcomers to the field, everybody’s first time is different. In this diverse collection of blow-by-blow accounts exploring an oft-overlooked act of intimacy, you’ll find something to shock, titillate, amuse as well as trigger memories of your own oral initiation.
FREE: “Blood on the Moon” December 2010.
Blurb: Hope has been searching for a way to stop the apocalypse for weeks, for months, without a break, but even without finding any answers, she still can take the time to go home. (Sequel to “Blazing Star” in CAST THE CARDS from Storm Moon Press.)
I just updated my “about me” page, and I thought I would share it here and also ask for input. I hate writing bios, but it comes up frequently when submitting. I tend to use the same bio for all submissions, but I thought I might want to have a more robust bio here and also change it up a little when submitting to the same publisher, as I tend to do.
So my question to you is: What do you like to see in author bios? (Or what would you like to see in mine?)
And here’s the new bio for the site, at least until I process any suggestions.
Marie Carlson lives in the Midwest of the USA. By day she fights crime (masks optional), by night she writes about the magic twisting through the world (monsters not optional), and frequently she disappears during the full moon. She loves motorcycles; breaking society’s assumptions about madness, fatness, and queerness; and iced tea. Her siblings are legion and her parents amazing.
You can reach her online the following ways:
I am thrilled to announce that my short story “Blazing Star” has been released as a solo from Storm Moon Press. “Blazing Star” was previously published as a part of the CAST THE CARDS anthology, “Blazing Star” was inspired by the Star tarot card.
Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. The themes and forces represented by the cards are said to govern our lives and our destinies. Whether you believe that or not, the story of the cards is nevertheless the story of our lives — the accomplishments and the pitfalls, the path from soaring joy to crushing defeat and back again.
Bea is a mind reader, weary of battle, but still with the Star in her eyes. Her lover, Hope, returns to Bea’s sanctuary in need of comfort and guidance, which Bea is only too happy to give. But the respite is short-lived when other Hunters show up at the sanctuary with news of an impending battle. Bea knows she must let Hope go, even though it may be for the last time.
And check out the cover for the solo release!
(Image description: A black woman lies on her back, a white woman moving over her. They clutch at each other, hands in hair and on arms, and stare into each other’s faces, their exchange colored by love and lust and desperation.)
I do wish the cover better reflected that Bea is somewhat older and much fatter, but I love how they touch each other and watch each other.