Friday, May 5, 2017

REVIEW: Where Wolves Run

By: Jason Parent

Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Short Story
Publisher: Corpus Press
Publication date: 5.31.2016
Pages: 86

The beasts will feed.

The dense Bavarian forest outside the town of Rattenberg has long been rumored to harbor something sinister, something wild - mythical beasts that vanish into the shadowy woods after each attack, leaving carnage as the only evidence of their existence.  Many villagers turn a blind eye to what is happening, but those who believe tremble at the mere whisper of the word: werewolf.
            There are those who stand and fight, however.  Konrad is one such boy.  Too poor to live in the village, he and his mother fend for themselves in their forest hovel alone for months at a time, his father preoccupied with mysterious business abroad.
            After a vicious assault on their homestead, Konrad finds himself buried beneath his mother's mutilated body, escaping death only due to his father's chance return.  Alive, but taking no comfort in the presence of the man who had left him and his mother to face death on their own, Konrad soon discovers that his father's work has followed him home...
            ...and it's hungry.

There are not many authors that I can honestly say I'm impressed every time I read something that they've written, but Jason Parent is definitely on that list.  And once again he does not disappoint...

I know what you're thinking - another werewolf story?  Trust me, I know that feeling.  I think the same thing every time I see "something new" that involves them, vampires, and... zombies.  Here me out, though...

Konrad and his father are very interesting characters.  They brought out a lot of anger in me - anger at the father for abandoning his family, no matter what his reasons were; and anger at Konrad for not giving his father the chance to explain, to make things up, even though he was there doing everything he could to save the both of them.  They work well together, though, and that's what really matters when your life is on the line, right?

The werewolves.  Now THAT was good.  I was already impressed with the writing and the character details, but the werewolves.... and the adventure... As typical when I'm reviewing a work by this author, I just sit here, months after finishing the story, thinking... Wow!

"Werewolves."  He spat the word.  "Foul creatures... the Devil's answer to wicked men who serve him and the blight of the innocent to whom they spread their vile curse."

Recommended by: The publisher, Corpus Press
Date read: 9.27.2016

About the author:
In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home.  The region offers an abundance of settings for his writings and many wonderful places in which to write them.  He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.
            In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge... as a civil litigator.  When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it's harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble.  The flops got repossessed the next day, and he's back in the legal field... sorta.  But that's another story.
            When he's not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists into a knot or takes somebody's head off - he misses the appeal).  And read and write, of course.  He does that too sometimes.

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