It's turning into a werewolf kind of month for me, so I'm just going with it. I started with last week's steampunk werewolf tale, Dead Iron, then moved on to Gail Carriger's fourth Alexia Tarabotti novel, Heartless. The werewolves in the Parasol Protectorate series are some of my favorites right now, and in case you missed my fangirl squealing last month, I'm really excited about the forthcoming graphic novels. You can imagine my delight when new character sketches were posted last week on Ms. Carriger's blog, which include images of the surly but lovable Lord Maccon.
Weres and other sundry shifters are definitely making a good showing throughout genre fiction, but it still seems like they take a backseat to the prevalent vampire. A common scenario even before the Twilight craze hit was the heroine's dilemma of making her romantic choice between these two supernatural species. I haven’t personally spent a lot of time debating this issue, but it still surprises me a little that vampires often come out on top here. What’s up with that?
I have to say, the influx of female werewolves in the market has been an enjoyable turn for what has historically been a male-dominated figure. Kelley Armstrong’s Elena Michaels and Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville are two of my favorite urban fantasy characters and it’s just great to see more women getting in touch with their wild side. Here’s hoping we see this trend grow because were-chicks kick ass.
In the meantime, today’s release of The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan will have to hold me over. From the looks of it, this dark tale will be a wonderfully terrifying addition to the genre. Check out the trailer:
Here's a few must-haves for werewolf fans:
Dog Soldiers - Described by the film’s makers as a soldier movie that happens to have werewolves, this one is the best showing scary weres have made in a long time, IMO.
Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter - This graphic novels rocks and Sylvester James is totally awesome. That is all.
She-Wolf Website - A go-to for unique and informative perspectives. Hannah is also fun to stalk on Twitter.
Six Moon Summer - An indie treat from April that will not disappoint.
So let’s here it - who’s your favorite werewolf? Any resources you’d like to share?