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14 June 2009 @ 01:22 pm
The first episode of the second season of True Blood will premiere on HBO tonight. The first season was based on the first novel in the "Southern Vampire Mysteries" series and this second season is based on the second novel.

There is substantial transformation content, because one of the main characters is a weredog of sorts (technically, he is called a "shifter" and can transform into any animal, but in practice it is basically always a dog). Furthermore, if the TV series follows the second novel at all faithfully, there will be other shapeshifters as well, including werewolves.

If you haven't seen the TV series or read the books, what should you start with? I think both are good, but they have different characteristics. The novels are more "fluffy" like a beach read, and have simpler plot lines. The TV show is much darker in tone (there is quite a lot of gore, including some really gross sex scenes) and has more subplots and character development. I think the TV series has a richer storyline, particularly since the novels are very first-person but the TV series is willing to show us a lot more of what other characters were doing when the main character isn't around.

28 January 2009 @ 07:26 pm
The webcomic Bite Me by Dylan Meconis is going to appear as a print graphic novel. Although it is mostly about vampires, one main character is a werewolf.

A similar character currently appears in the webcomic Family Man by the same author. Family Man has no explicit werewolf content so far, simply because the plot hasn't progressed to that point yet, but it is supposed to mainly be about werewolves. According to the author, it is not a prequel to Bite Me, even though it may superficially appear to be one. It is more like a rethinking of some of the same characters, in a totally different setting and with a different plot. The art in Family Man is particularly high in quality.

The book is Timothy and the Dragon's Gate by Adrienne Kress.

It is high on shapeshifter content, but low on shapeshifting content.

Let me explain. One of the main characters is a shapeshifter of the draconic kind, so that makes the shapeshifter content quite high. However, this character is trapped in human form, and (according to the author's communication with me) there is basically only one transformation in the book. So that makes the shapeshifting content low.

If you're a transformation enthusiast who doesn't mind reading about shapeshifters who hardly ever display their powers, then you might want to check out this book. Or, you may like it if you enjoy reading teen fantasy novels and you aren't explicitly looking for lots of transformations.

Timothy and the Dragon's Gate is a sequel to Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, which got good reviews.

23 November 2008 @ 01:23 pm
For those of you always on the lookout for werewolf comics and graphic novels:

The newest storyline in the webcomic version of Supernatural Law by Batton Lash has a werewolf (I say the webcomic version because there are also various printed comics with somewhat different storylines than the webcomic, published according to a different schedule).

A direct link to the start of that storyline is here.

Also, Supernatural Law has featured werewolves before. See the storyline titled "The Littlest Loup Garou" for details.

01 April 2008 @ 08:44 am
Amazon has now officially responded in a letter where they try to make it seem as if their decision is all about customer comfort. They make no mention of the fact that they'll get paid a lot more by those they force to use their in-house POD printer: once for the printing, and once again for the online selling. Even worse, there is widespread agreement among publishers that Booksurge has inferior quality to Lightning Source, which is why publishers weren't already using it. Get ready for a flood of substandard books from Amazon.

Edited to add: There is now a response by The Authors Guild and Writer Beware.

Current Mood: angryangry
18 January 2008 @ 06:49 pm
Do you want to have a werewolf character in a novel named after yourself? William Meikle is running a contest, with a deadline just a few days from now. Details here and here.

11 January 2008 @ 05:50 pm
The book Vampires, Zombies, and Shape-Shifters by Rebecca Stefoff mentions my website Portal of Transformation on page 74.

What have we got for you this time? A new episode of a documentary series and a new nonfiction book. And, it's all about Linda Godfrey, the most famous and active researcher of American werewolf sightings who first became a monster-hunter when she publicized legends about the Beast of Bray Road.

Let's hear about the documentary episode first. MonsterQuest, the History Channel's series about creature sightings and legends, will be airing an episode titled "American Werewolf" on January 23rd. Their own site contains the following description:

"Eyewitnesses in Wisconsin and Michigan report seeing a tall hairy man - beast some describe as a dogman...a centuries old legend based on myth, not a real animal. But what are they seeing? MonsterQuest will deploy professional hunters and trackers in an area with recent sightings, armed with a tranquilizer gun. And for the first time eyewitness accounts will be put to the test, using polygraphs and hypnosis & the results will astonish."

Although the MonsterQuest site doesn't say so, the episode was written and co-produced by Linda Godfrey, based on her research, with illustrations created by her son Nate, according to Linda Godfrey's blog. Linda is the author of The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf and Hunting the American Werewolf.

The other big news is that Linda Godfrey is coming out with a new book called Werewolves, not coming until March but it can be pre-ordered now. It is aimed at readers in grades 6 to 12 according to the publisher's site. Since her second book on the topic, Hunting the American Werewolf, was much better than her first, I'm hoping that the third will continue that trend. However, I've never seen her write for a juvenile audience, so I don't know if her style in that genre will be as engaging. Plus, it is possible that she will just be rehashing the same sightings from her two books for adult readers.

21 July 2007 @ 09:48 am
There have been a few things that haven't been important enough for their own individual posts, so I'll lump them together here.

First, there's been a werewolf commercial playing on TV lately, from Chef Boyardee, with a theme that you can only "tame the beast" with a good meal. I've searched on YouTube and even though there are plenty of other werewolf commercials, the Chef Boyardee one seems to be lacking so far.

Lately, a number of self-published authors have been emailing me. I'm not sure why, but these things tend to come in waves (for a while, it was people who wanted me to go to Canada to investigate creature sightings, and before that, it was people who were offering various kinds of publicity but it always came to nothing in the end). Anyway, one of those authors is Martin Millar, who has self-published Lonely Werewolf Girl. I wish him all the best. It's a hard road he's chosen, and very few make it.

18 July 2007 @ 10:39 pm
Here's a video of the type they call a book trailer, for a contest held back in 2006 that I decided not to enter:

I'm not sure whether this anthology book will come to anything or not, but they certainly did a good job of putting together a book trailer that looks nice and should intrigue the target audience. YouTube is just stuffed full of book trailers and there has been quite a bit of variation in quality, production values and gimmicks included in these book trailers. Someday, I expect I'll be making a book trailer of my own to place on YouTube, so it's a good idea for me to watch these things and study them as to what works and what doesn't.