I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Jason Parent
Also by this author: Seeing Evil, , , PEOPLE OF THE SUN
Published by Corpus Press on May 31, 2016
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, werewolves
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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 theirexistence. 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.
In WHERE WOLVES RUN: A Novella of Terror, Jason Parent takes on the legend of the werewolf–endowing it with his own, unique perspective. While I have read numerous tales of this fabled man-beast, Parent approaches the topic from a different angle than the usual traditional tales. Instead of showing us the plight of a man turned at the full moon, we take this journey, first, through the eyes of a boy who never gave a thought to these “imaginary” predators–until one fateful night. . .
Near the town of Rattenberg, beside a formidable Bavarian forest, a young boy named Konrad lives simply with his mother–hunting for their meat and growing their own crops. His father–a man Konrad barely knows–is gone months at a time on his own “business” abroad, stopping home for only brief respites in between.
Then one horrific night Konrad and his mother hear the sound of wolves surrounding their humble dwelling. Hidden away, Konrad sees nothing, but is able to hear all too well the slaughter of the only person he’s ever loved.
This is where the story truly begins.
Instead of taking us through the legends and speculations surrounding these creatures, we are focused on two people: Konrad, and the father he never really knew. I found the characterization of each to be complete, and was easily able to slip into Konrad’s place and “feel” the gamut of new emotions coursing through him. Konrad is thrust so suddenly from the world he thought he knew, and into a nightmare that he isn’t even sure is real. His father has his own secrets and demons that make him another strong–yet completely different–personality to contend with.
How much can a mere boy be expected to believe–especially from a man who’s virtually a stranger to him–one he never knew, or felt a part of?
Parent brings plenty of lore into his tale, but dispenses it in small doses–almost as a secondary tale that happens to coincide with the dynamics of Konrad’s broken world. There is bloodshed, brutality, anger, and old memories–long buried–that are brought into the story, as well. The pulse-pounding action had me reading it in one sitting, trying to envision what the final outcome might be.
I am pleased to say that it was a journey well worth taking. It is a tale that has not been told quite this way before, and will leave you thinking of young Konrad long afterwards.
As it states in the book’s synopsis: “THE BEASTS WILL FEED”.
How could anyone NOT be compelled to watch?
About Jason Parent
Jason is an author of horror, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, and dark humor, though his many novels, novellas, and short stories tend to blur the boundaries between these genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded police procedural/supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has won him praise from both critics and fans of diverse genres alike. His work has been compared to that of some of his personal favorite authors, such as Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Tess Gerritsen, and Joe Hill.
Jason grew up near Fall River, Massachusetts, the setting for several of his novels. He has lived in New England most his life, currently residing in Rhode Island.
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Praise for Jason Parent
“Seeing Evil has some very special moments and is a very fast read. There’s no denying Parent has talent.” – Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and Boom Town
“Jason Parent has done it again! He has created a brilliant story that will grip you tight and won’t let go! I found myself turning page after page to see what happens next. From start to finish, this book is mind blowing!” – Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews on A Life Removed
“Wonderfully original tales of horror… Wrathbone and Other Stories gets my highest recommendation.” – Cemetery Dance
“From the eerie opening tale to the grisly closer, and all of the wonderfully mean-spirited tales in-between, Wrathbone is a winner!” – Jeff Strand, author of Dead Clown Barbecue
I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.