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James Lowder

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13 May 2010
Offers a collection of Werewolf stories.

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James Lowder is a best-selling anthologist and an author specialising in fantasy and horror.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding collection of werewolf tales 28 July 2010
By Elaine Cunningham - Published on
I've read several anthologies devoted to werewolves and other shapeshifters, but I consider this collection to be, hands down, the best I've come across. All too often, short fiction anthologies are like CDs: a couple of good selections, a lot of so-so filler material, and at least one miss. In this collection, there's not a single wrong note.

Award-winning editor James Lowder has a knack for finding great stories and arranging them to create a subtle flow of style and theme. In this reprint anthology, he could hardly go wrong. Ursula K. LeGuin, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle--the table of contents is a fantasy writer hall of fame.

This anthology is a treat for fantasy readers, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys intelligent short fiction.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Infinite Variety of Werewolves 23 July 2010
By Billzilla - Published on
Curse of the Full Moon
Ed. by James Lowder
Ulysses Press, 377 pages

I received a free review copy of this book from Ulysses Press.

While the full moon rarely has a dramatic an effect on most people, there are some who will admit that they can feel the pull of the moon, at least in subtle ways -- and crime statistics bear this out year after year. For those rare few for whom the moon activates a profound curse, the world becomes a different place entirely: a world filled with soft, slow creatures to be hunted, attacked and devoured - creatures like us. Give thanks that those with such a curse are still a rarity...

In Curse of the Full Moon, James Lowder has collected 19 tales from an impressive collection of horror luminaries: George R.R. Martin, Ursula LeGuin, Ramsey Campbell, Charles DeLint, Michael Moorcock and Neil Gaiman are just a few of the names any fan of contemporary fiction will recognize, but the list doesn't end there. Joe R. Lansdale, Nancy A. Collins, Peter S. Beagle, Gene Wolfe and Harlan Ellison and many others also contribute tales to this collection.

Not all werewolves represented here are evil; some are merely menacing, in the way that a wild beast - when cornered - will defend itself with dread fury. Some shapeshifters in this volume are even amusing -- there is a wide variety of points of view offered, and a stunning display of creativity in that variety.

Several stories in particular caught my attention; Neil Gaiman's Bay Wolf, for example, perfectly illustrates the concept of a mash-up, combining werewolves and Beowulf's nemesis Grendel with a Malibu beach setting. Joe R. Lansdale's The Gentleman's Hotel is perhaps my favorite of the collection; mixing the Old West with werewolves and magic makes for a potent brew. Darrell Schweitzer's The Werewolf of Camelot - the only story completely original to this collection - captures excellently the atmosphere and emotion of an Arthurian tale.

Nancy A. Collins' Population: 666, while not totally new, has been extensively revised from the original version, and as such appears for the first time here. It apparently is being shopped around in script form for a feature film; best of luck to her!

With all the attention being lavished on vampires over the last decade, it's nice to see another classic horror monster getting the spotlight. Horror fans will want to snap up Curse of the Full Moon in a hurry; the next full moon isn't far off...

Review by Bill Bodden
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing take on a horror classic. 23 July 2010
By Charles Green - Published on
Curse of the Full Moon approaches the idea of the werewolf from a variety of angles and genres. Here, the werewolf both hero and villain, human and monster, and always something in between extremes. If you are at all interested in werewolves, there is something in this anthology that you'll love, and perhaps a few pleasant surprises.

Many of the stories are reprints, which means that a number of forgotten gems have been brought back to the public eye. While all of the stories deal with the common theme of werewolves, no two approach the idea from the same direction, which results in some fascinating insight into the nature of the beast in all of us.

Get this. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any short story enthusiast 12 Sep 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
To turn into something more savage and primal has been a fantasy of people for centuries. "Curse of the Full Moon: A Werewolf Anthology" is a collection of werewolf stories from a grand assortment of authors as they all bring their own spin to the Werewolf mythos and new appreciation to why it fascinates us so. With works from authors like George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, "Curse of the Full Moon" is a top pick for any short story enthusiast, especially those who ponder a bit on their own lupine side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stories, well-chosen 6 Sep 2010
By J. Ralph - Published on
If a friend were to ask me "what is a werewolf?" I could happily hand them this collection as an answer. Nineteen solid stories, from all points of view, each with a vivid look at the beast. Experimental tales and traditional, both old and new Urban Fantasy, and even an epic-style poem give us a look at the line between human and not - and the results are rarely the expected. I found both beloved favorites and exciting new pieces here, all thoroughly enjoyable, with insightful commentary. A great introduction to the genre, or a worthy addition to any collection of werewolf literature.
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