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James Lowder is a best-selling anthologist and an author specialising in fantasy and horror.
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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
Two of the short stories, "In the Lost Lands" and "Beneath the Skin" are classics that not only deserve special praise but I would like to see translated to the big screen. "The Werewolf" and "Footsteps" are literate and quite chilling, while "Wolf Train West" and "The Gentleman's Hotel" provide just the right amount of thrills and high-adventure to round out this collection.
I recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys horror, adventure, werewolves, and dark fantasy.
The following is a list of my favorite stories with "TV Guide-like" synopses of each. I hope this doesn't spoil it for anyone.
"My Zoondel" by Jonathan Carroll: A New Yorker dog sits a unique canine with the ability to detect werewolves.
"Wolf Train West" by William Messner-Loebs: Two Depression-Era siblings hop aboard a freight car bound west only to discover the train line has hired a pair of thugs to remove any undesirables. The real treat is the mystery guest who intercedes.
"Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Café" by Charles de Lint: A tale that volleys from the point of view of both main characters: Single girl meets werewolf on a blind date and the ferocious implications it has on their lives.
"The Werewolf" by Tanith Lee: Somewhere in England, in a Gothic house on the heath, a seemingly harmless little man's gruesome secret is discovered by an equally cunning predator.
"In the Lost Lands" by George R.R. Martin: On behalf of a beautiful Queen, a Knight has called upon a legendary witch for the purchase to the secret of shapeshifting.
"The Gentleman's Hotel" by Joe R. Lansdale: With the aid of a "working girl" and a reluctant ghost, a gun-slinging Reverend battles a pack of hell-spawn werewolves.
"Full Moon Hearth" by Barb Hendee: Isolated from humanity, in a quiet world of their own design, can a pair of devoted siblings live the ideal life when one of them is a werewolf?
"Beneath the Skin" by James Lowder: Set in post-WWI, in the dark forests of the Rhineland, the terrible consequences of the life of a sworn-to-duty monster hunter is revealed as he tracks a kidnapped boy to a den of werewolves.
"The Werewolf of Camelot" by Darrell Schweitzer: The Arthurian legend as told through the eyes of a Werewolf-Knight.
"The Brown Bomber and the Nazi Werewolves of the S.S." by Matt Venne: Imprisoned within the stone walls of a German castle, boxing legend Joe Louis has been captured by the Nazi's for the sole purpose of fighting their newest champion: a Wehrwolf.
"Footsteps" by Harlan Ellison: In the City of Lights, an alluring American satiates her wanton bestial appetites unaware there is another supernatural afoot.
"Population 666" by Nancy A. Collins: A sheriff and a vampire-hunter team-up to track a blood thirsty Vampire who has taken residence in the small desert town of Limbo, a community populated by none other then werewolves, were-coyotes, ogres, witches, and humans.