Monday, 1 September 2014

Review: House of Corruption by Erik Tavares

Erik Tavares' House of Corruption is a great find to any fan of werewolves or the horror genre in general. Set in the 1890's, the protagonist is Reynard LaCroix, a werewolf, who has been able to avoid his curse for the past few years with the help of a silver bullet that is lodged inside his chest. Rather than focussing solely on werewolves, House of Corruption adds other more or less traditional horror genre creatures; undead demons.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Review: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf is one of the quintessential needles in a haystack - unless you know where to look for them, you'll find yourself grasping at straws most of your time. Good werewolf novels are drowned in the sea of bad ones. In my case, my eyes happened upon this book quite by an accident at a bookstore. It was a translation, which already told me that this was worth looking at (they don't just bother to translate just _anything_ into Finnish) and I soon got the sample and then the full book onto my Kindle (the English language version, of course).

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Review: 1632 by Eric Flint

I've never been much interested in alternate history series, but when I found one set in one of my favourite periods - the setting of the 30 year war - I could not help but give it a chance. Unfortunately, to put it bluntly, I was disappointed both by the quality of the story and the depiction of the historical era.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review: El Cazador by Chuck Dixon and Steve Epting

El Cazador is one of the rare pirate themed graphic novels that I have had the luck of getting my hands on. It is also one of the best depictions of the golden era of piracy that I've had the honour of reading. It's only downside? The story was never finished.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review: Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

Robert McCammon was a prolific horror writer before he turned to historical fiction. His Speaks the Nightbird is set in 1699, squeezing it just barely into the century of my greatest interest. In essence, this is a "Who did it?" type of mystery novel set in the Carolinas, in a small town called Fount Royal.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Review: On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers

Although the novel is set in my favourite era (c. 17th century) I got my hands on this book mainly because of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie that was "suggested" by this book. Admittedly, I was intrigued when I learned that "On Stranger Tides" also likely inspired the "The Secret of Monkey Island" and other Monkey Island adventure games in the 1990's, which, in turn, inspired the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Quite a circuitous path of inspiration and influence, if you ask me, but the important thing is that they are all stories about pirates mixed with a bit of magic and voodoo.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review: Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four by Peter David

Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four is the third part in the 1602 series begun by Neil Gaiman in Marvel 1602. Whereas the second instalment was a grave disappointment, Peter David's entry to the series actually manages to entertain.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Review - The Hunter from the Woods by Robert R. McCammon

The Hunter from the Woods is the long-awaited sequel to McCammon's The Wolf's Hour, which is - to date - the best werewolf novel I've ever read. However, pretty much the only reason why The Hunter from the Woods doesn't surpass it is the fact that it is an anthology of short stories and novellas rather than a novel.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Review: Marvel 1602: New World by Greg Pak

Marvel 1602: New World is the first sequel to the 1602 by Neil Gaiman. And, unfortunately, you can readily see that Gaiman is no longer involved with the series.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Short Story: When the Moon is up

This past month, The Cult of Me ran a short fiction competition with the theme of full moon on a night sky. This naturally evoked thoughts of werewolves and other night activities in my imagination and simply I had to send in an entry. I didn't win, but thought that I must share my rather silly story at least somewhere - this blog being the obvious victim.

The competition degrees that the stories must not exceed 500 words. I present to you here a slightly longer version. I hope you enjoy it at least a bit!