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Vyrmin by [Lazuta, Gene]
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About the Author

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Gene Lazuta was introduced to dark stories of fear and the supernatural by his grandmother, who cultivated his taste for fright and fascination with a never-ending stream of folk tales from her native Slovakia. Following college, where he studied literature and psychology, he worked as an undertaker for nearly thirteen years before finding a professional home as a communication specialist at one of the nation’s most recognized and respected healthcare organizations. He is the author of ten novels (six horror-based and four murder mysteries), numerous journal and trade publication articles, and a new non-fiction collaboration. Following the release of the Bloodshot Books edition of Vyrmin, he is returning to the supernatural genre by starting work on a story that carries the mythology that Vyrmin introduces in a wider, more ominous direction. Gene lives in Berea, Ohio, with his wife of over thirty years, Sue, his inspiration, his motivation, and the woman to whom every book he has ever written and will ever write is dedicated.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1873 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bloodshot Books (15 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LC7FG76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,143,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a copy of this book as part of the Vyrmin publicity tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book nor did I receive any compensation for my review.
 
Vyrmin is a werewolf tale that is based on legends and folklore. I had the out of print paperback on my wish list forever so when I was offered the chance to review it I said "YES!" and did a happy dance. The cover is phenomenal, and the description had me hooked. Being a lover of all things werewolf, I am familiar with the legends and stories of historical werewolf cases such as Peter Stubbe, and Gilles Garnier so I expected a great book. Parts of this story are fantastic, written with such brilliance that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I love the history created for The Wild and The Vyrmin as well as some of the characters. The descriptions are vivid and well written, but some of the action scenes were like something out of a fever dream. It left me feeling like it wasn't even part of the same story. I so wanted to love this book but it just didn't work for me. A 3 star read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars H.P. Faulkner or William Lovecraft 4 Jun. 2017
By Jonathan May - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I wasn't sure what I thought. The writing at times seemed a bit, well, ripe. Convoluted sentences, odd bits of repetition. And yet there was something oddly familiar about it. Then it dawned on me. William Faulkner! What if Faulkner had written a werewolf story after reading a bit of Lovecraft? And then I was as happy as I could be, content to let the convoluted tale and style take me where it wanted to. I'm not saying that Gene Lazuta was channeling Faulkner or even influenced by him. But he was dealing with matters not unlike much of Faulkner. Simultaneity. Ancient past, recent past, and present all mixed up together. Myth and history. Innocence and guilt. The malleability of identity. And it seems to me that Lazuta approached the challenges in a manner similar to Faulkner. And I mean that as high praise. I much liked Lazuta's Vyrmin. I was pleased that he moved his mythology away from the gypsy curse/bite transmission to something larger, something more cosmic, something Lovecraftian. I was pleased that his concept of evil goes far beyond mere good and bad. I understand he will be tackling this mythology again. I can hardly wait.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I so wanted to love this book,,, 31 Oct. 2016
By Angela - Published on Amazon.com
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I received a copy of this book as part of the Vyrmin publicity tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book nor did I receive any compensation for my review.
 
Vyrmin is a werewolf tale that is based on legends and folklore. I had the out of print paperback on my wish list forever so when I was offered the chance to review it I said "YES!" and did a happy dance. The cover is phenomenal, and the description had me hooked. Being a lover of all things werewolf, I am familiar with the legends and stories of historical werewolf cases such as Peter Stubbe, and Gilles Garnier so I expected a great book. Parts of this story are fantastic, written with such brilliance that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I love the history created for The Wild and The Vyrmin as well as some of the characters. The descriptions are vivid and well written, but some of the action scenes were like something out of a fever dream. It left me feeling like it wasn't even part of the same story. I so wanted to love this book but it just didn't work for me. A 3 star read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From "The Horror Fiction Review" 5 Feb. 2017
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
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I am enough of a fairytale/folklorist that any book with an old-fashioned German woodcut style cover is a surefire way to get my attention. Particularly when it depicts that most archetypal of fear-driven images: the feral man-beast stealing away an innocent child to savage and consume. That's the nerve center root of our storytelling, right there.

And the idea that these tales weren't just invented to keep the kiddos from wandering off into the woods ... the idea that there really were such monsters ... who can resist? After all, we know there ARE, even in our modern world. They may not sprout fur by moonlight, but oh, yes, the monsters ARE. It's not much of a step further to bring the old legends to life.

If that was all this book was about, I still would have been perfectly satisfied. But this book takes it even further, takes it way beyond our notions of the Brothers Grimm or The Howling or all those urban fantasy RPGs and paranormal romances of secret races living among us. This book takes it back to the beginning and then some.

It's sneaky, too. It touches on various tropes and themes ... the small-town hicks plagued by something uncanny, the hush-hush agency investigating supernatural occurrences, the weird cult, the bloodline legacy ... but shakes them up, turns them inside out, blends and remixes and remasters. It's Twin Peaks meets Wicker Man in the archetypal Black Forest backwoods rustic America, managing to combine Biblical overtones with science fiction, anthropology and history.

I'd say all that should make it hard to categorize, but what you really get here is a dark, multifaceted jewel of horror. Grisly gore, primal fears, the murky chills of the unknown, transformation, mutilation, fates worse than death, loss of self ... the hits just keep coming, and as soon as you think you've figured it out and are feeling a little secure and safe, you'll be hamstrung from another direction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Is Free Once Again! 21 Feb. 2017
By Dani - Published on Amazon.com
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Ready for a Werewolf story where the so called good guys, ie humans don't win? Vyrmin is a fast paced at times deliciously gruesome take on classic horror stories, weaving fairy tales, true accounts and a unique perspective form the Werewolves them selves. It runs seamlessly between past and present to give you multiple sides of the story. There were a few typo's that should be cleaned up but not distracting enough to take away from the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story 10 Nov. 2016
By Mike Wolff - Published on Amazon.com
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Vyrmin is a wonderfully written book, based on the werewolf stories from the 'old country'. The location, plot, characters and story-line are well done. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, as well as some very interesting history spun into the story. I personally love the old folk stories used to scare children, and so, apparently, does this author. It was a real page turner.

I'm not saying everything was great with this book. I found well over two dozen instances where grammar was an issue; 'hers' instead of 'here', 'I' instead of 'it'. Nothing that a solid read-through wouldn't fix, but it was a bit annoying. And there were a lot of flash backs, which at time, were hard to follow. My last gripe is that two of the main characters had, in my opinion, similar names: Conway and Connor. The story jumped back and forth between the two so much at points, that I had difficulty following who was who. Could just be me.

All that being said, I still very much enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down, once I picked it up, and struggled with my life's schedule to find time to read it. It really was that good. And the ending!!! Did not see that coming. The way the author mixed in old folk stories with his own creative mix...wow.

All in all, I'd give this book a 4.25 of 5 Stars (rounds to 4)
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