“Even a Man Who Is Pure In Heart…”
If you’ve ever seen the Universal classic The Wolf Man, you’ve heard that poem which warns anyone can “become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.” If you haven’t, go rent it. It’s a hoot! For one thing, nearly every person in the movie recites the poem at one point or another, and it’s not a long movie! Saves on having to come up with dialog, having everyone say the same damn thing over and over again!
And then there’s the wolf man himself, played by Lon Chaney Jr. In one scene, Larry Talbot (Chaney) is getting ready to wolf out. He sits in a chair, and he’s wearing an undershirt. Hair sprouts, and we then see him out in the woods, prowling for prey…wearing a shirt! Apparently the Wolf Man got chilly and went over to the closet to get some extra clothing.
There were werewolf films before The Wolf Man, but it’s still the template for the whole genre. And writers and filmmakers have embraced those furry guys ever since.
Lately, it seems, werewolves have evolved into being the good guys. Well, if your main character is a shifter, I guess that makes sense. You want him to be sympathetic. You want readers to like him.
But in the Duncan Andrews series, they have reverted back to their role as the bad guys. The monsters. Nasty, slobbering beasts that will gut you just as soon as look at you. When I had bad guy vampires in The Scarlet Tide, I disappointed one reader who preferred the moody, contemplative vampires of the Anne Rice novels. Sorry, but Duncan has to have baddies to kill! It’s his job!
So in Under a Blood-red Moon, we have werewolves. Mean ones. And no one recites that damn poem!
Well…almost no one.
Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Type: Novel in a Series
Blurb: Sequel to Dead End
A Duncan Andrews Thriller
Private Detective Duncan Andrews is back, along with the usual gang: Robbie, Gina, Nick, and Daisy, the zombie bulldog! Duncan is trying to figure out how his boyfriend, Robbie, will fit in with the team now that he is no longer a ghost. That worry is soon set aside when Duncan accepts a new case to locate a missing young man named Graig Betz. Duncan soon learns Graig is part of a werewolf pack that is terrorizing Indianapolis. The pack is led by a witch, Ashley Campbell, an old rival of Gina’s. Duncan and his team must try to rescue and cure Graig and stop the wolf pack from destroying an entire city.
Author Bio: Stephen Osborne lives in Northern Illinois with Christine, the diva border terrier mix, where he works at a food packaging plant, testing food. So basically he makes brownies for a living. His loves include Doctor Who, Dark Shadows, and Broadway musicals. A mystery fanatic, his favorite authors are Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, and the wonderful Agatha Christie. His goal: to be the Phantom of the Opera. Not play the part…he wants to find an opera house to haunt!