They've been with us forever - prowling the smoky roadhouse dives that are their watering holes and hunting grounds. Predators, lurking amidst the human herd.
Changing shape at will. Lusting for blood and meat they are gods in the wild. Gods in disguise. And they feed on the spark inside each of us.
Syd was just another lonely working class guy singing the steel-town blues. Then he met Nora. She's sensual, Erotic. Amoral. A creature of the night and she's luring Syd across the line that few can cross - and fewer survive: the line that separates man from beast.
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Just how I like my werewolves!
Just discovered the books by Skipp and Spector
I haven’t read much horror. Despite being a great admirer of Stephen King and having read much if not most of his work, it seems rare for horror writers to be truly character based. These guys are clearly very King influenced (their vampire novel especially). I have the sense that you could leave the werewolves out of Animals and still have a worthwhile novel (though a less fun novel). I found Skipp and Spector completely by accident. I know nothing about splatterpunk. Frankly I could care less. I only want to read more of their work because they’re really good writers. They don’t reinvent anything. They just take everything that has come before and almost have what could be the final word on whatever subject in the genre they’re doing. At least for their generation.
I’ve heard over the years that writers don’t like werewolves because there isn’t much you can do with them. They’re thematically shallow and there is just not as much you can do as opposed to, for example, vampires. I’m not sure if I believe that or if creative types just haven’t been creative enough. Either way, Animals makes a clear point that you can do a hell of a lot of interesting work with werewolves.
- Bradley P. Valentine