Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Favorite Werewolf Novels (Guest post from M.T. Murphy)

My Favorite Werewolf Novels
By M.T. Murphy

In the 1990s, werewolves were vastly underrepresented in popular entertainment. Vampire books and films, however, were almost as popular then as they are now. Bram Stoker's Dracula, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Interview With A Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, and the Blade film series all hit screens in that decade. Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles ruled the 90s in supernatural fiction. Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels also hit the scene with vampires playing large roles in the first books.

Werewolves popped up here and there, but they were always playing second fiddle--and sometimes tambourine. As an author whose subjects are usually of the angry and furry variety, this is most distressing.

In honor of Midnyte Reader's Halloween Hootenanny, here are some of my favorite werewolf books that you might not have even heard of.

Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar - Kalix is a young werewolf who should be living in the castle in Scotland with the rest of the werewolf royalty. Instead, she lives her days brooding in the shadows of decadent London after gravely injuring her father, the king, in battle. When she's not brooding or knocking back Laudanum (the werewolf equivalent of catnip), she's avoiding assassins, werewolf hunters, and other werewolves. Millar weaves this highly enjoyable tale of political intrigue, sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, and unlikely friendship over the course of several hundred very short chapters. If you read only one werewolf book in your lifetime (other than one of mine), read this one.

Wolf Hunt by Jeff Strand - The story follows two inexplicably pleasant organized crime enforcers as they try, and fail, to transport a werewolf across Florida. Ivan, the werewolf, is one of the most sadistic and evil characters ever written. Wolf Hunt is heart-pumping horror from start to finish as the enforcers try to keep Ivan from killing everyone. Yes. Everyone.

Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton - Before it became cool to bash the Anita Blake series, LKH released this book which focuses on the St. Louis Ulfric (head werewolf) Richard. What I love about this story is that werewolves are the central theme. Vampires play a big role, but it is the interaction between a small town werewolf pack, Anita and her vampire/werewolf posse, and Richard's werewolf enforcers that makes up the majority of the book.

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny - My favorite novel of all time. It is told in thirty-one chapters, each representing a separate night in the month of October in the 1800s. The reason it is on the werewolf list is the inclusion of a very conspicuously named character: Larry Talbot. Yes fans of 1941 classic The Wolf Man, that Larry Talbot. The story has some very strong Lovecraftian themes woven amongst a cast of vampires, great detectives, mad monks, witches, and killers, each either vying to open or close a portal to uncle Cthulhu's basement. Did I mention the story is narrated in first person by Jack the Ripper's dog? Go. Find. Read.




As a special treat for those of you who made it through to the end of this post, I am giving away three digital copies of my newest werewolf novel, Lesser, to random individuals who comment on this post.

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Lesser by M.T. Murphy

Robyn has found the tomb of the most powerful vampire in the world. Now, different forces in the underworld either want to steal her secret or make sure it dies with her.

Two things stand in their way:

The vampiress Lucifera and her werewolf companion.

Whoever survives will find that the lesser of two evils is not always the right choice.



Thank you MT for joining Halloween Hootenanny!  Personally, my favorite werewolf book is Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon.

Contest:
~MT is giving away three (3) digital copies of his book Lesser.
~If more than Ten (10) people enter this contest, MT is increasing the amount of e-books he will give away.  He will give away one (1) book for every five (5) additional people who leave comments.  (So if 15 people leave a comment, he will give away an additional book.  If 20 people leave a comment, he will give away two additional books.)

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Rules:
~Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter.
~This contest is international!
~Please see my contest policy HERE.
~This contest ends on November 2, at 12:01am.
~Author will e-mail winners.








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4 comments:

Missie said...

I have to admit that I don't read many werewolf/shifter novels, so this post is excellent for me. It's good to know what I'm missing out on.

The premise for A Night in the Lonesome October sounds very interesting. I like the sound of the set up, with every night in October represented.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen said...

I love werewolf novels but so many are YA now - thanks for suggesting a few that I haven't heard of before.
A Night in the Lonesome October - Jack the Ripper's dog? I'm in!

Thanks for the giveaway too!

jeffstrand said...

Thanks, M.T.! I heartily approve of your second selection.

Midnyte Reader said...

The only one I've read is Blue Moon. I need to check out the others.

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