This is the last Werewolf Wednesday before Halloween. It was tough for me to settle on a film or book to post about today. Should I go classic with and do Universal’s The Wolf Man, or maybe do international and recommend one of Paul Naschy’s many werewolf films. Instead, I decided to do a film that is just a lot of fun. The recommendation for today is Dog Soldiers.
Soldiers vs. werewolves, ’nuff said. No? This film is absolutely awesome and the best werewolf film made in the last 15 years. It pits a group of soldiers (who were being used as bait) against a pack of werewolves that reside in a secluded valley in the country side. The Special Forces that were going to trap the werewolves as they hunted our soldiers were decimated. Now, the soldiers with one of the locals have taken refuge in a secluded farmhouse to withstand the onslaught awaiting during the night. It’s Aliens and The Alamo, with werewolves.
The performances in this film are great. Each of the characters is well-acted, and you will grow attached to them. You never see a full transformation on screen, which is good. I image that they did not have the budget to do a good practical effects transformation. Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday, Games of Thrones) made his directorial debut in this film. I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed all of the projects that he’s made since this, and I quickly fell in love with this movie.
You can click on the cover below and read the official synopsis.
Synopsis: A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan: the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of local girl who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest…but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it’s apparent their nightmare has just begun!
Good to see you again faithful readers, I wanted to follow up and let everyone know that Winston & Baum and the Trials of the Baba Yaga is now available in print.
“What’s this one about?” I can hear you asking, and I’m glad you asked.
Book 4 of the Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventures finds our heroes in a very different situation than before, just read the synopsis to see what I mean.
Synopsis: As the war between Britain and Prussia continues to rage on, Baba Yaga, the legendary witch of Prussia, takes a firm stand against the foreign army with all of her supernatural allies. Dan and Lee are pulled apart as Lee is drafted into a special unit of hunters being sent to deal with the monstrous menace. With his ship lost behind enemy lines and most of his unit captured, Lee and the Scottish hunter, Brogan, must attempt to make their way back towards friendly territory, but it won’t be an easy task as the Baba Yaga’s forces hound their every step. When word that Lee is missing reaches home, Dan and Brackish set out on a dangerous mission to save their friend. Following Lee’s path, the two hunters soon learn that the dangers their friend faces are even greater than they imagined. As they race through the Prussian countryside, Dan and Brackish try to reach Lee before the Baba Yaga can get him in her clutches. As they fight to survive, can the exterminators of the strange and weird endure the trials of the Baba Yaga?
Excited? Interested? Intrigued? If you answered yes to any of those, then you should click on the cover below to pick up your own copy of this exciting volume, or visit https://radioactiverabbitink.com/winston-baum-steampunk-adventures/ to learn more about the other volumes.
Thanks for dropping by and keep checking back to see where I’ll be so that you can pick up an autographed copy. I can tell you that your first opportunity to get a copy from me will be at C1 Comicon in Ringold, Georgia on July 8 & 9. So if you can, drop by.
It’s a great day!
Winston & Baum and the Trials of the Baba Yaga is now live and available for your Kindle, with paperback versions expected to be available by the end of next week. You can click on the cover below to pick up your digital copy.
You can actually come out and see me this weekend at Mobicon in Mobile, Alabama. While I won’t have copies of book 4, I will have copies of the first three books in the Winston & Baum steampunk adventure series, as well as copies of Friedkin’s Curse. My wife and cover artist will also be selling copies of her prints and original 3d sculptures. You can view more of her work here. If you are looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, swing by and say hey and pick up a book or some art.
I am also currently working on the next two Winston & Baum related projects. The first is a collection of short stories featuring other exterminators of the strange and weird that have been introduced in the main Winston & Baum series, , as well as an early adventure of Dan and Lee’s. I decided to do this after I had so much fun writing Brackish’s short story for Winston & Baum and the Disk of Night. The other project is the fifth Winston & Baum novel, which will be unlike any of the other stories and not be based on regional folklore or mythology. It’s definitely going to be interesting.
That’s all from me for right now, but keep checking back for more information on where I’ll be and what I’m working on.
Hello faithful readers, I wanted to give you all a heads up that the fourth Winston & Baum book, Winston & Baum and the Trials of the Baba Yaga is now available for pre-order on the Kindle. The Kindle version will be available on May 23rd, just in time for summer!
You can pre-order now, and it will be automatically delivered to your Kindle on Tuesday May 23rd. I know a lot of you are going to be busy getting ready for your Memorial Day plans next week, so go ahead and order this book to read on the beach. Just click on the cover below to pre-order your new copy. We are working on having print editions available within the next two weeks.
Check out that cover, yet another winner from my cover artist, Caralyn Edwards-Tucker.
Curious about what this book is about? Read the synopsis below.
“As the war between Britain and Prussia continues to rage on, Baba Yaga, the legendary witch of Prussia, takes a firm stand against the foreign army with all of her supernatural allies. Dan and Lee are pulled apart as Lee is drafted into a special unit of hunters being sent to deal with the monstrous menace. With his ship lost behind enemy lines and most of his unit captured, Lee and the Scottish hunter, Brogan, must attempt to make their way back towards friendly territory, but it won’t be an easy task as the Baba Yaga’s forces hound their every step.
When word that Lee is missing reaches home, Dan and Brackish set out on a dangerous mission to save their friend. Following Lee’s path, the two hunters soon learn that the dangers their friend faces are even greater than they imagined. As they race through the Prussian countryside, Dan and Brackish try to reach Lee before the Baba Yaga can get him in her clutches.
As they fight to survive, can the exterminators of the strange and weird endure the trials of the Baba Yaga?”
Keep checking back for updates on our print edition and all the latest on where I’ll be appearing this summer.
In Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror part of the story comes from the military trying to capture the legendary creature to experiment on it for weapons purpose. The government weaponizing a creature like this might seem far-fetched, but when you consider that the first applications looked at for any new technology are military it makes a certain amount of sense. Don’t believe me? Remember when we learned to split the atom and the first thing we did was power cities with the energy . . . oh wait, I mean we levelled an entire city with it. Most modern advancements in technology have come through military developments or were first engineered for military purposes.
So why wouldn’t they do the same with supernatural opportunities? This is some of the thoughts that went into crafting the military experience that is part of Friedkin’s Curse and more explored in Friedkin’s Legacy (working title), the next book in the Friedkin’s Horror series. Larry Correia has some similar ideas about the government’s harvesting of supernatural weapons (explored in both his Monster Hunter International and Grimnoir Chronicles). I recently had the pleasure of serving on a panel with Kimberly Richardson (the Goth Librarian), she stated that we shared a favorite werewolf film: Dog Soldiers, which pits soldiers against werewolves when a capture operation goes wrong. There is also Project: Metalbeast, a direct-to-video classic from the 90s, which has a genetically altered werewolf super-soldier wreaking havoc in a bunker. The military industrial complex isn’t the only government office to get into the werewolf enhancement department, Full Eclipse is a film where a special Los Angeles Police Squad is augmented using werewolf serum to combat crime.
All of these are great examples of the government “investigating” new and experimental procedures to help further the combat effectiveness of new creatures. I’ve provided a list of these works below, so just click on the pictures if you are interested. Next time the moon is full and you hear howling and sirens, just tell yourself that they are unrelated.
It has been a while since my last post. Mainly because I have been busy trying to get everything ready. So I’ll start with the good news. A newly edited version of my first novel Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror is available for the Kindle. You can click on the cover below to go to Amazon and pick it up.
If you’ve already purchased the book previously, then you can download the updated version at no cost. Now for the really exciting part, since it has been edited and is all shiny and new, Friedkin’s Curse is available in print for the first time ever. You can find it by clicking the cover below.
As of this posting, Amazon is selling it for $9.74, the normal retail price is $10.99 so that’s not a bad deal. Especially, if you are looking for something to round out the cart for free shipping. Also, I will be attending Connooga from February 27 – March 1. I will have copies of the two published Winston & Baum steampunk adventures, as well as copies of Friedkin’s Curse for sale. I’ll be sharing a table with my lovely wife and cover artist Caralyn (www.mysticreflections.com). So if you live in the Chattanooga area or feel like coming up and enjoying a con, we look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for reading and keep checking back to see what I’m working on next.
Hello all and Happy New Year! I hope you all had good seasonal festivities. Now I know some of you are most likely still cradling a few gift cards looking for the perfect purchase to make with them or have received Kindles and are looking for the perfect book to start your paperless existence. Good news, I have some ideas that just might prove to be what you are looking for.
I just so happen to have books available, on Kindle and in paperback. Go on click the link and see if this isn’t what you are looking for Author’s Page.
If you are more of an epic fantasy reader, guess what I have just the authors for you. JK Barber is a husband and wife author team with their first fantasy series complete and the first book of their second series out. Why don’t you take a walk through Aronshoe or Mervidia here: JK Barber’s Author Page.
Maybe you aren’t a genre specific reader, maybe you like short stories. If this sounds like you, then check out my friend A.J. Scott’s stories and see if he doesn’t have at least one to interest you. With his wide range of themes, he should be able to at least give you a quick, enjoyable read. For more information visit: A.J. Scott: Man, Myth, Frawg.
Hopefully, this will help with your gift card/Kindle dilemma. For those of you near Chattanooga, Caralyn (my cover artist: www.mysticreflections.com) and I will be attending this year’s Connooga running from February 27 through March 1. Look forward to seeing you there, until next time.