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These may be too along the lines of that Betsy the Vampire Queen series for me, which I just found annoying and twee, but I tend to give werewolf stories a try anyway.
Blurb: Madison Lee thought she’d put her European vacation behind her, until the full moon turned her into a hairy beast. A year later she has come to grip with her new life, now her whole world is blown apart. The man who gave her a night of incredible passion and an uncontrollable urge to howl at the moon shows up in town with his sights on taking over her family’s business.
Hot on his heels a stranger comes to town with more than the rustic scenery on his mind. He’s a monster hunter out for Nicholi’s blood and just maybe hers if he finds out her not so little secret. How is a Southern Deb supposed to deal with lovers, killers and the biggest Cotillion of the year all at the same time? Madison soon learns Where there’s a Were, there’s a way and it leads straight to love.
Blurb: Madison Lee thought her life had become the fairy tale dream she’d always imagined it would be, when the werewolf of her dreams had shown up and popped the question. All it had taken was a group of monster hunters trying to kill her to convince him to bend a knee. Now, thanks to Nicholi’s sister, Jessica, she’s found out he’s been kidnapped and it’s up to her to find him. She refuses to be left at the altar! With her brother Jonas and Jessica tagging along, Maddy uncovers a plot to not only ruin her perfect wedding, but to kill not only Nicholi but her too! Even though she doesn’t know which makes her madder, she knows one thing. Come hell or high water, she’s finding her future husband and teaching these lowlifes that you don’t mess with a Deb’s man. Ever!
I have to admit, the titles made me snort with amusement. If you’ve read these, drop a comment and let me know what you thought, please.
AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A SCIENTIST! has a fantastic review of WOLF BLOOD (1925). Definitely makes me want to watch it, and read more of that site to see if I like the other reviews just as much.
Excerpt: While it may be a disappointment to some viewers, it is a fact that all the werewolfery in Wolf Blood occurs entirely in Dick Bannister’s mind. There are no transformation scenes here, no full moon, no family curse; just a case of profound psychological disturbance. However, given that lycanthropy may actually be an extreme form of mental illness, I don’t see that this choice disqualifies Wolf Blood from being classified as a werewolf film proper. It certainly does nothing to lessen the horror of Bannister’s immediate situation. Wolf Blood also sits comfortably within the werewolf mythos inasmuch as what happens to Bannister is not his fault.
“Not his fault” up to a point, anyway: Bannister certainly buys into the thought of his inevitable transformation with surprising alacrity. The screenplay, which blames the loggers’ belief upon their being superstitious and credulous by nature, blames Bannister’s upon his weakened condition and the debilitating nature of his injuries.
Still, the willingness of this “civilised” man to believe the worst does tend to suggest some deep-rooted personal issues. He might not be the man-beast of his fears, but Edith may still be getting a bit more than she bargained for.
Ruby’s Reads: Anything with a Smidge of Romance has a list of werewolf books she recommends and a list she doesn’t recommend. I haven’t read many of them, so I’m adding to my To Read list.
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.”
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 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.
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.
This edition of Werewolf Wednesday is mostly things I haven’t read yet but would like to read soon.
Anyone reading this comic? I am intrigued, though from the preview, I’m not sure how I feel about the art. (Not even entirely sure it fully qualifies to be included in Werewolf Wednesday, but some of the reviews I’ve read have hinted that way, and now I’m curious.)
I am really intrigued by the premise here.
Description from Peacock’s website: Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered. Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control. Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.
A werewolf virus sweeping across the country? Infected hiding among us? Uncontrollable bloodlust? Main character sleuthing out the truth of her best friend’s death? Toss in some delightfully snarky dialog and I am there. I hope this ends up being as awesome as it sounds.
(Oh, damn, I think I like the UK cover better, though. Deadly Hemlock, beware the wolf within. Gorgeous red riding hood imagery.)
I hadn’t heard anything about this novella (Blooded) and follow-up novel (Full-Blooded) until today, but I am at least tentatively interested.
Description from Amazon: Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she’s no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring. When she’s brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer . . .
The review that brought this to my attention made me think that Jessica was a werewolf, but the Amazon description has me sort of doubting it. Either way, I’m interested, though I am leery of only-female-[whatever] in an all male race. Often that means one female character who never interacts with any other female character, and that sucks.
The bit about fighting in the ring does have me excited, though. I’ll have to look into whether the novella will be incorporated into the novel and I should wait until it is out, or if I should grab the novella first.
I am particularly intrigued by the description of the first book in the series, Something Secret This Way Comes.
Description from Dean’s website: Some secrets are dangerous. This Secret is deadly. For Secret McQueen, her life feels like the punch line for a terrible joke. Abandoned at birth by her werewolf mother, hired as a teen by the vampire council of New York City to kill rogues, Secret is a part of both worlds, but belongs to neither. At twenty-two, she has carved out as close to a normal life as a bounty hunter can. When an enemy from her past returns with her death on his mind, she is forced to call on every ounce of her mixed heritage to save herself—and everyone else in the city she calls home. As if the fate of the world wasn’t enough to deal with, there’s Lucas Rain, King of the East coast werewolves, who seems to believe he and Secret are fated to be together. Too bad Secret also feels a connection with Desmond, Lucas’s second-in-command…
I am a fan of stories about bounty hunters, werewolves, and vampires, at least until they go so very very wrong. This sounds like it might be fun, and if it is, there are a number of stories already available. (As much as I love discovering a great series from book one, I also love having plenty to read when I discover something awesome and new to me.)
From Fangoria.com: Ed Pressman is Feeding on Werewolf Project
Description from Fangoria: The FEEDING GROUND graphic novel, created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Chris Mangun, is about a “coyote,” or trafficker of illegal immigrants across the Mexico-U.S. border, who has to smuggle his own family into the States when his younger brother crosses a gangster. Their trek takes them into an area known as the Devil’s Highway, where they’re stalked by supernatural creatures. The book was published simultaneously in English and Spanish last year, and the movie will feature a mix of dialogue in both languages.
Something about this sounds really, really familiar. I think I’ve read a short story like it recently, but I cannot put my finger on where. (Hee, were. No pun intended though.) I think the one I read had either a woman shapeshifter or a woman hunting the shapeshifters. I will have to check my files, I know it can’t have been that long ago.
Anyway, I think Feeding Ground has the potential to be an excellent movie, and I want to get my hands on the graphic novel.
Have you been reading anything great lately? I really need to take inspiration from Eliza Reeve and start working my way through books I already own before I buy anything else, but (a) I desperately need to organize my book collection, both hard copies and ebooks (I am seeing the appeal of a dedicated ebook reader) and (b) so little time, so many stories (to read, to write).
Well, Month of the Werewolf ended up being a fail for me, in part because I either incorrectly set up some of the posts to publish or WordPress had a big glitch, and in part because I got sick and then incredibly busy at work and with my family and didn’t have time to troubleshoot or write more posts.
But there are three days left, and I am going to slip in smaller versions of some of the posts I intended to do. We’ll see how many I can get done. I am also working on a story for an anthology that is due on Tuesday, and I have other work to do, so I must split my time between projects.
Here is what would have been Month of the Werewolf Day Four.
Trick R’ Treat (2007): Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
I love stories that weave through each other, and I love horror movies, and I love Halloween stories. Mostly, I find Trick ‘R Treat to be fun, sometimes slightly cheesy horror and occasionally a little boring, but I love one of the four stories so much that it really carries the rest of the movie for me and makes it one of my favorite Halloween movies.
Below the cut, there will be spoilers for that plot.
I know the trailer looks incredibly cheesy. No, really, I do. And the movie is a little cheesy, the special effects not awesome. However, this is one of the best werewolf movies I’ve seen, for a lot of reasons, but mostly for this: Loren, the main character, played by Nina Dobrev, kicks ass. She’s amazing, tough and smart and determined and brave. Things I love: women kicking ass, siblings teaming up to hunt monsters, girls with crossbows and guns, werewolves on motorcycles, dramatic shots of the full moon. Things this movie has: all of that and more.
So yes, at times incredibly cheesy, and I absolutely do not buy Peter Stebbings as this hot new guy whom all the women want, and there is more women-as-victims than I like, but mostly, this movie is a joy and a delight, and I highly recommend it for you Month of the Werewolf movie needs. (Or your horror movie needs. Or your Halloween needs. This movie is multipurpose, obviously.)
Plus, if you like Nina Dobrev in The Vampire Diaries (which I do, though I’ve only seen season one), she’s kick ass and badass and awesome here too.
I actually don’t own this one yet, because I hate the only cover I’ve ever seen in person, which has Loren looking like a victim and is from one of the few scenes I really hated, but maybe I will buy it and then paste this picture on top of it, because it makes Loren look like she’s a motorcycle riding werewolf hunter and oh, god, how much do I need that sort of story in my life? A LOT.
Loren is my favorite werewolf hunter ever.