Everyone knows about them.
Everyone has an idea about what they are.
And much like people’s opinion about whether or not ketchup belongs on scrambled eggs, everyone has an opinion about what makes a werewolf.
When I was challenged to write a shifter book, I sat down and thought hard about the werewolf I wanted to write. It was going to be gritty, fangy and hardcore.
Then I sat down and wrote Once Upon A Wolf… and it came out… sweet.
Like roses, chocolates, and warm socks out of the dryer sweet. And I wasn’t only good with it, I loved how sweet it came out. Because when it was all said and done, I realized I kind of wanted a werewolf romance story where the romance was key and the werewolf fell in love.
So for this blog tour, it’s going to be short, sweet and all about werewolves. With the assistance of one of the Five, Lee Jay Stura, we’re going to be exploring different aspects of werewolves; mythology, cultural views, in books, on screen, and pop culture.
I’m also going to be giving away a $25 USD gift certificate on each stop of the blog tour. So get your fangs and claws on, enter to win and grab a copy of Once Upon A Wolf by Rhys Ford, out on February 16, 2018.
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Werewolves On Screen and Television
Hollywood loves the creatures of the night whether they’ve got fangs, fur, or scales. Monster movies have been attracting viewers since the silent movie era. The classic Universal Monsters lead the way with the big three of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man, although the Wolf Man wasn’t Universal’s first werewolf movie, it was the one that fans loved.
The story of Larry Talbot, played by Lon Chaney Junior, made the werewolf a sympathetic character. Yes, he was a monster when the moon was full, but he had the heart of a good man who was horrified of his acts (much like Dr. Jekyll regretted Mr. Hyde’s). Chaney went on to play the Wolf Man in several other movies, creating the first werewolf franchise.
Thanks to the Wolf Man, the common man knew werewolves could be killed by silver bullets, only turned into monsters on the full moon, and they were infected by the bite of another werewolf. In Love at First Bite, Dracula reminds the hunter who’s threatened him with a silver bullet, “That’s werewolves, Rosenberg, werewolves!”
Clinging to the human soul of the werewolf has been a theme in Hollywood for decades, influencing movies and television with a spattering of snarling, savage, brutes here and there for a change of pace, but the werewolf has gone from victim to villain to hero in many films and franchises.
Rated as the #1 werewolf movie of all time by Den of Geek, the American Werewolf in London, gives a funny, frightening, and fantastic tale of a young American on vacation in England who’s attacked on the moors. David is haunted by the ghosts of not only his victims but those of the werewolf that infected him. Rick Baker’s makeup of the werewolf and the ghosts are were award winning. David’s story is as tragic as Larry Talbot’s, and it’s endured since 1981.
It wasn’t always horror for werewolves in the movies. Teen Wolf (1985) made it a family affair with Michael J. Fox as the star. The movie spawned a couple of sequels and a cartoon, but it was no where near as popular as the television show based on it that came out on MTV in 2011. The series encompasses 6 seasons, over 100 episodes, and has spawned an enormous fandom.
But decades before Teen Wolf there was Dark Shadows. Where sympathy for the werewolf and other monsters was a theme, Dark Shadows, where like the vampire, Barnabas Collins, Quentin Collins did not ask to become a monster although he wasn’t exactly an innocent man before he was cursed. David Shelby’s sex appeal didn’t hurt the werewolf’s reputation either. He was nearly as popular as Barnabas with the fans.
Television since the 90s, like urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels, began to cast the werewolf as the romantic lead. He’s almost always the incredibly handsome, naughty boy, who’s really not all that bad, who because of an ancient curse, a werewolf bite, or bad genetics is doomed to spend his full moons howling.
Being Human, the Vampire Diaries, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, gave us charming, and sometimes awkward, werewolves who spent their story arcs trying to control the animal within, often resorting to chains and cages to protect the innocent from their bite, while helping the hero or becoming a hero along the way.
The wars between werewolves and vampires is a consistent theme as well in series like True Blood, the Vampire Diaries, and the Underworld movies. Romances between the two are taboo, and those couples are at great risk to be together, in fact it’s a Romeo & Juliet romance in Underworld that started a war that’s gone on for over a thousand years and spawned five movies so it’s doubtful that war will end any time soon.
Once Upon A Wolf by Rhys Ford
February 16, 2018 • Published by Dreamspinner Press
Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….
Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.
For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.
Dreamspinner Press Link (https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/once-upon-a-wolf-by-rhys-ford-9348-b)
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About Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.
She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and HarleyDoodle, an off-kilter flower-faced grey and white cat-dog , as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people
Rhys’ Blog: http://www.rhysford.com