I am incredibly excited to welcome Rusty Fischer to Shadow Kisses Book Reviews today for a Wolf-tacular guest post and paperback giveaway! Rusty is the author of many many YA titles, and has received rave reviews from his readers. Read after the guest post for your chance to win a paperback Copy of Double Feature of the Living Dead: Two Zombie Novels in One!
The Thing About Werewolves Is…
A Guest Post by Rusty Fischer, author of Ushers, Inc.
So, werewolves. I’ve been so busy writing about zombies and vampires for the last few years, I’ve only recently turned my attention to werewolves.
It’s not that I don’t love them; I do! I just never got why they were so scary. No, I mean, I got why they were scary; giant wolves with the brains of humans and claws like Bic pens, I get it – scary.
But the black and white movies that played late-night when I was a kid growing up made them look so boring and one-dimensional and, frankly, pretty easy to avoid.
I mean, okay, the full moon comes out, just stay off the moors or whatever and lock yourself inside and you should be pretty much okay. And if you do have to go out, well… just make sure to have some silver bullets handy and no problem.
Then came the transformation scenes in American Werewolf in London and I thought, “Oh, so that’s why folks dig werewolves so much!” After that, I never looked at werewolves the same way again; and I’ve been fascinated ever since.
Today, of course, you’ve got your “new” wolves and your “old school” werewolves. The new furries have broken the old mold of the black and white movies. Some don’t “turn” unless there’s a full moon, some only turn a little if there’s a mostly full moon, some don’t need the moon to turn at all.
I like that; I like that the Twilight wolves can just pretty much leap into the air, growl a little, then turn into giant, violent beasts and ignore the flying bits of jeans and tank tops that explode off their suddenly furry bodies. I like that freedom. It appeals to the storyteller in me.
Then again, sometimes it’s nice to work with guardrails, you know? I dig the old school werewolves and reading about them in their mythical confines. I enjoy it when writers say, “Okay, I’ve got these rules and I’m going to stick by them: my werewolves can only come out during a full moon, they’re not going to be conscious while they’re in wolf state and, yes, silver bullets will kill them. So… how do I work around all that?”
It creates instant suspense because since we all know the rules, so do the other players in the book and what are they going to do with them? For that matter, what’s the werewolf going to do about them?
So what about you? What type of werewolf do you prefer? New school or old? Furry via moonlight or furry anytime? One that’s bound by the rules of myth and legend and needs the moon to change and can be undone by a silver bullet? Or are you of the “new school” where they can change at will and silver bullets don’t mean a thang?
Me, I’m not sure; I think I like a little of both!
Yours in YA,
Rusty Fischer is the author of several YA supernatural novels, including Zombies Don’t Cry, Ushers, Inc., Vamplayers, I Heart Zombie and Panty Raid @ Zombie High. Visit his blog, www.zombiesdontblog.blogspot.com, for news, reviews, cover leaks, writing and publishing advice, book excerpts and more!
If you’ve ever settled in for a cheesy, B-movie, double creature
feature with a hot bag of popcorn and a nice, cold soda, then you
know what’s in store in Double Feature of the Living Dead.
Together – and in print – for the first time ever, two of Rusty Fischer’s
zombie novels are taking names and chomping brains!
First comes Ushers, Inc., a tale of four monster movie buffs who find
themselves defending their hometown when the real monsters come
off the movie screen – and out for vengeance.
Next up is Panty Raid at Zombie High, a non-stop, brain-chomping
romp that finds two friends trying to rescue a third in the brain eatingest
place on earth.
So settle in for a long, scary night. Because when it comes to the living
dead, two books really ARE better than one!
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