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The Werewolf Asylum by Gareth Barsby

Review: I loved the premise of the story, and immediately was drawn into the historical fiction aspect of the narrative, which toggled from first person to third at times, but not in a terribly confusing way. However, there times when paragraph structure was a drawback as some descriptions and information was a bit hard to understand, especially the order of an event.  Perhaps this was the intention of the tale, for it’s written in the style of a journal by the character Martin Clentsworth, but the nature of the interaction caused punctuation issues.

Although Martin’s motivation for his asylum was partially explained in the narrative, I found myself wondering the real reason was behind his allowance of the situation and acts, and his attachment to the interred were-creatures. There were some aspects of the story, if it’s going to be in the proper setting of the time period, which needed more attention in my opinion. Such details could have fleshed out the narrative to a higher level. As far as the ending goes, there was a twist I could see coming, I welcomed it in hopes more might be explained in the resolution, yet that didn’t occur.

All in all, I found Werewolf Asylum fascinating and engaging. The story itself kept me reading until the end, I just would have loved the writing style and grammar to be a little cleaner and I would be interested in reading further works by Gareth Barsby.

Description: “A novelette of lycanthropy and insanity. In Victorian England, there is a special institution where two men intend to help lycanthropes suppress their nocturnal transformations, while searching for a more permanent cure. One evening, they discover a rare type of werewolf – one trapped eternally in a half-human, half-wolf form – that they believe could be beneficial to their research. ‘Martha’, however, believing her shape is due to her being a Messiah to her brethren, wishes to see the other werewolves embrace their curse. Can she be treated and cured? Or will her ‘Lord’ have his way?”

Paperback, 104 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by lulu.com
ISBN: 1446773213 (ISBN13: 9781446773215)
Available at Amazon.
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Monster Story by McCarty Griffin

Review: When you watch those made-for-TV films on certain science fiction channels, you know before reading ‘directed by’ there are going to be the usual stereotypes. Among others, you might find that all Southerners are rednecks or hillbillies with heavy accents or law enforcement officers are inept and don’t know how to properly contain a crime scene.  There will always be the bloody splash of’shocker’ scenes, people who never ever mind their own business and more recently, the inevitable flamboyant gay. “Monster Story” has all those and more.

It’s a very descriptive tale, some amusing and distinct within the narrative flow, though others seemed out of character or too heavily employed. There were a number of characters within the often changing scenes, and I wished for more connectives as events along the timeline, in relation to others, were sometimes hard to discern. But just like with ‘slasher’ films you have to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow.

There are always going to be those fleeting characters who get themselves killed because they do stupid things like not following directions or their own gut instincts to run! There is fun to be found in that, even in the horror genre both in film and print, as far as I’m concerned. In that vein, Monster Story is what I still consider a ‘light’ read, though it has its moments of suspense and the inevitable gore and creepy plot twists worthy of a SyFy Channel Original. I think it definitely could have stood some revision, as 315 pages was rather extensive for a work of this kind in my opinion, especially in that some scenes were rather repetitive or the characters within weren’t vital to the story overall, but I can certainly see where ‘Monster Story’ would have its appeal.

Description: Christy McCauley has returned to West Virginia at last, but her homecoming quickly turns into a surreal nightmare. In the deep hollows and woods of rural Augusta County, something unspeakable is slaughtering people in the dark of night. Authorities don’t know if its human or animal, or how to stop it. Christy and her friends only know they must hunt it and destroy it, before it kills again.

Format & Length: Ebook, 315 pages
Publication Date: November 4, 2010
Published by McCarty Griffin, via Smashwords
ISBN: 0011144777 (ISBN13: 2940011144776)

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