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Werewolf Wednesday…Wolf Lake dvds, Werewolf: The Beast Among Us photos, Hotel Transylvania’s Wayne the Werewolf

Wolf Lake The Complete Series comes to dvd in November. I have so much love for this delightfully cheesy show, I can’t wait to finally own it!

Fangoria has exclusive photos from Werewolf: The Beast Among Us. The more I see of this movie, the more excited I am to watch it. October can’t come soon enough!

(Hopefully October will also include a visit to the Werewolf Forest at The Beast, one of Kansas City’s haunted houses. Rumor has it (or at least website has it) that The Beast is America’s largest haunted house. I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.)

Werewolf News.com has some adorable artwork of Wayne the Werewolf and his family from Hotel Transylvania. I’ve been kind of meh about Hotel Transylvania so far, but this definitely helps. (Baaaaaaby werewolves, basically.)

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Werewolf Wednesday…Werewolf: The Beast Among Us, Newcastle Werewolf, Jack and Diane, Wolves, Snake River wolf pack howling

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us official trailer

I am so excited for this, based entirely on werewolf + woman with a flame thrower. I don’t even care about how (delightfully) cheesy the rest of the trailer is. (Unfortunately, it also looks very likely to suffer from damsel in distress issues, but maybe not.) Universal is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and if this is the way it will celebrate, I am thrilled. More monster movies, please!

From Brewbound.com, Newcastle Werewolf available nationwide in the US until October. Maybe I will finally get to drink my damn werewolf beer! (Tech Guru bought me wolf beer the other day. I’ll have a howling party sometime soon.)

“Werewolf is a dual-character brew that pours “blood” red, starting smooth and ending with a bite.”

Delight!

Jack and Diane theatrical trailer

I remain intrigued by this movie, and can’t wait until its November release. This trailer makes me think it won’t have nearly enough werewolf to it for me, though. (Still, lesbian werewolves for the win!)

From DreadCentral.com, a new werewolf pack in David Hayter’s Wolves.

From the press release: WOLVES follows the story of Caleb Richards (Till) – a young, handsome eighteen-year-old with an edge. Forced to hit the road after the death of his parents, Caleb finds his way to an isolated town to hunt down the truths of his ancestry. But in the end, who’s hunting whom? With WOLVES Hayter’s goal is to start an original franchise that avoids many of the cliches that have become associated with werewolf films. Igor Studios’ Dave Elsey is designing the original creatures for Wolves, hot off his success creating “Beast” for X-Men: First Class, for which he recently won a Saturn Award.

I’m not too sure about it avoiding the cliches based on that description, but it is something I look forward to watching.

Oregon has posted some of the Snake River wolf pack howling.

While not werewolves, it is amazing. Listen to the pack in the distance; it gives me chills and makes my breath catch every time I listen.

Music Monday… Avicii “Levels”

1) Avicii “Levels”

This video, so ridiculous, sometimes so fun.

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Werewolf Wednesday…Werewolves in Sims 3 Supernatural

GameZone article about the details of the werewolves in Sims 3 Supernatural.

Excerpt: In The Sims 3 Supernatural you can live as a werewolf Sim, wielding the ability to morph in between human and beast form, whether by will or by an uncontrollable transformation caused by low mood or a full moon. Sims will undergo a drastic change in appearance that includes a wider nose, sharper bottom canines, and ears that point back. Of course, your hair will grow wilder and fuller, eyebrows bushier, and fur will appear on your hands, feet, and shoulders. Last but not least, large claws will extend from your fingertips.

Dude, that sounds awesome. As does this blurb from EA.com: Enter the mysterious town of Moonlight Falls where strange things happen by the light of the moon. Create supernatural beings from menacing werewolves and cackling witches, to mischievous fairies and more intriguing vampires. Then stalk the night, use your wand to cast spells, claw the furniture and more. You can mix dozens of elixirs that can turn Sims into zombies or transform them into gold. Share your enchanted brews with any friends who have The Sims 3! Spooky surprises are in store for you in the world of The Sims 3 Supernatural!

I love Sims 3, and I can’t wait for this expansion pack! Werewolves. Werewolves! It’s scheduled to come out in September.

Music Monday…Girls and Guitars Kick Ass (The Dollyrots, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 78Violet, Halestorm, and The Kelley Deal 6000)

1) “Because I’m Awesome” The Dollyrots

Because bassists + vocalists are awesome.

2) “I Love Rock & Roll” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Because badass lasts forever.

3) “The Good, The Bad, The Boring” 78Violet

Because sisters + guitars are twice as much badass. (I wish they’d put out more official videos. I love them so, and would rather share official videos.)

4) “I Miss the Misery” Halestorm

Because wicked voice and talented guitar skills is badass.

5) “Get the Writing Off My Back” The Kelley Deal 6000

Because rumor has it Kelley Deal didn’t start playing the guitar until she was 30, and that’s badass.

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Publications…Full (Moon) Flash Fiction Let It Burn (Part 1) available free online

Full (Moon) Flash Fiction

May Milk (Super) Moon: “Moonlit”
June Strawberry Moon: “Great Wide Open”
July Thunder Moon: “Lone Wolf (Bound)”
August Green Corn Moon: Let It Burn (Part 1)

The corn is dead already, dried husks withered and browned by sun and heat and drought. Sweat drips down the back of her neck; the wind whips against her, driving dirt and bits of dead plants against her skin, but still the air settles in her lungs thick, hot, damp. Despite the wind and debris, she wears her black hair loose, the fall of it covering her back, the ragged ends twisting against her hips.

She sniffs the air; ozone, a storm coming, but there’s little wetness to it. Rains come hard and fast, gone before they do any good. Microbursts that wash away everything in one place while leaving all else dusty and dead.

When she says, the world is burning, the others bark laughs, tongues lolling out, and yip, let it burn.

The wind carries the smell of shit and animal musk and, as they creep closer, a pinch of fear, just enough to make her mouth water. The scents of herd animals, sluggish with thirst and not enough fresh green food. She licks her chops.

Herds of deer are on the move, looking for food and water, even venturing into the suburbs, but they’re rangy, and chasing them down feels like too much work when the farm animals are right there.

She can almost hear Mom growl. Easy hunt meant they’d be discovered, hunted until the pack died out. It’s been such a long year, hot, dry; she’s tired. One easy meal will make them all feel better, stronger. Then they can hunt outside town, find new territory.

Dead grass at her toes, and the others near silent between cornfield and cows.

She drops, lets the change sweep through her, breaking bones, snapping sinew, tearing flesh; grinds down on the howl that threatens to rise from her throat. This close to the house, one noise will bring the humans running.

Four sleek dark gray shadows slip into the pasture. They are downwind and near silent, but something sets off the cows. The soft lowing grows louder, full of fear. The young to the center, bawling. Faster the wolves run, caught in hunt-lust.

She turns so fast she stumbles, only her speed keeping her on her feet. Again that cry, and she can nearly hear the all-too-human mama in it.

It’s just a cow. She’ll break some rules, but that is taboo.

Just a cow, and she leaps, snaps, blood gushing along her tongue.

The rest of the herd moves on, fast and loud; the pack settles in, gulps meat, tender, juicy. They make short work of it, gorging until their bellies hurt. Even so late, it’s hot, and she lounges after, licking her chops.

The same wind they used betrays them, hunter turned prey. Crack, and bright fire nearly takes the tip of her ear. One of the others yelps; she can’t tell which, and she twists, looking for the alpha, for direction. Then it crashes back.

She’s alpha now. There’s a human with a gun.

Run.

To be continued with August’s blue moon.

Werewolf Wednesday…Essays on Werewolves, Gender, Sexuality, and Race at Fangs for the Fantasy

Recently I’ve read some really interesting essays on werewolves, gender, sexuality, and race at Fangs for the Fantasy.

The Problem with Female Werewolves.

Excerpt: In many ways a werewolf is the utter opposite of how we view womanhood, especially white womanhood. In many European traditions (and, we have to remember, the shapeshifter tradition is a broad one) the werewolf is an uncontrolled, hairy, animalistic creature. Something utterly unrestrained, something that is unleashed, something aggressive and violent. In short – everything a woman “should not be”. A woman should be restrained, delicate, gentle, always in control and most certainly not hairy! This unrestrained, unrefined, uncontrolled aggressiveness (and hairiness) is the very antithesis of pedestal womanhood. When we do see female werewolves they usually have difficulties above and beyond what is experienced by other werewolves. They have extra angst, or extra problems or some other issue dealing with their werewolfdom.

Anita Blake: Faux Champion of Sexual Agency at Fangs for the Fantasy.

Excerpt: And in response to the criticism, the straw man was raised that the critics were prudes who were against a sexually pro-active, powerful woman and there’d be no problem if the protagonist was a man. Which is a shame because it misses the actual complaint – that the books were a really well written, fascinating series of books that had all the plot and development cast aside. I don’t actually mind Meredith Gentry – because Meredith Gentry has been squeezing plot in between the endless sex scenes and occasionally humping to a new level of magic since book 1. But let us examine this straw man a little closer – Anita is a sexually pro-active woman. Is she? Because I question this a lot. Now, I very much like a book that includes a woman who is in charge of her own sexuality, has sex as and when she wants to, with whom she wishes, without pressure and without shame. I love that and praise that. But Anita Blake is not that woman, primarily because Anita Blake did not choose her sex life, did not seek it out – and most dramatically, did not consent to it.

Mixed Race Characters in Urban Fantasy don’t Necessarily Constitute Inclusion.

Excerpt: The second reason is, of course, the woo-woo. There is a prevailing believe that magic has to come in a brown skin – and it’s glaring that so many of these characters get their magic from their (absent) parent of colour. Mercy Thomas is a skinwalker, because of her Native American father. Anita Blake is a necromancer, because of her Hispanic, voudoun grandmother. Jeremy of the Patricia Brigs Mercy Thompson series, has abilities above and beyond normal werewolves, because of his Japanese kogitsune mother. For some reason, woo-woo and white skin don’t go together well (which we already see by the the inordinate number of magical mentors, advisers, helpers and servants, who constantly come to the aid of white protagonists) – but by having a mixed race character with some “exotic” features we get the explosion of magical forces. This is very reminiscent of white people being “civilised” – people of science and technology – while people of colour are more “mystical” “close to nature” and primitive. In the current prevalent model, authors are able to operationalize the civilised white character, with just dash of “mystical” person of colour to give them woo-woo. The mixed heritage is used as an excuse to give the protagonists magic, without going to the effort of writing a person of colour who is different than White characters based in specific cultural differences that would be natural in a fully fleshed out character of colour.