Fangtastic Tales Of Werewolf Savagery – Toneye Eyenot
Reviewed By Steve Stred
I was first introduced to Mr. Eyenot’s love of werewolf’s last year, when I was offered up Wolvz: Whispers of War. I myself love, love, love all things werewolf (well except for running into one in real life) so I jumped at the chance to check it out. Personally, I was a bit underwhelmed with the story. It was a good story, I just wished for more. (KR: You can read Steve’s Wolvz: Whispers of War review here)
So now, along comes this collection of short stories, and I just had to take another trip under the full moon with Toneye.
This collection is made up of 5 tales of savagery and it opens with a bang. The first story I would actually classify as a novella. It made up of 50% of the collection on my kindle.
The story “Blood Moon Big Top” follows the clown Marbles. I liked the character of Marbles and I’ve not read a lot of werewolf/clown tales before, so this was a nice, fresh take on the familiar plot line. We follow Marbles, and the circus, as he gets savaged and transforms.
This was a decent tale, but at points I felt it dragged on in some sections. Maybe it was because I didn’t realize it was a novella length and wondering just when it was going to wrap up, but ultimately I enjoyed the story.
The second tale was a good romp through werewolf lore. “Hunter’s Moon” had a very similar feel as “Wolvz: Whispers of War” but I found the length of this tale suited it perfectly.
The third tale brought us another gorier offering with “Dire.” Having it involve a museum, an artifact and a collector was a great addition. Really enjoyed this one and I think in the future, I’d love to see more ‘National Treasure/Werewolf’ mash-ups.
The fourth tale was aptly titled “Human Skin.” We get a nice little tale about a crime scene, some detectives and a wondering of what just happened.
The last tale offered up “The Tomb of Legion” wasn’t a story I enjoyed very much, but that’s because I’m just not liking vampire tales for the most part right now. This pitted werewolves and vampires in a splatter filled tale. Reminded me a bit of the Underworld movies and I can see this becoming a fan favourite for Toneye.
The collection concluded with a bonus look at “Wolvz: Whispers of War” which I skipped by, having previously read it.
I loved the variety of plots and back stories offered up here. It’s great to see that in a ‘simplistic’ genre such as “werewolf” Toneye did a stellar job showing us that he’s not a one trick pony, but also that the genre can have great depth and that the stories themselves are capable of not becoming repetitive. I wish the first tale was a bit shorter and I personally didn’t enjoy the last tale, but it was still a fun read.
Overall I’m popping this bad boy under 4 full moons, and if you enjoy the lycanthropy world, I highly suggest you explore this collection!
Star Rating (out of 5): 4*
Fangtastic Tales Of Werewolf Savagery
La Lluna Plena – the Full Moon – that beautiful and mysterious celestial body which stirs within us all those deep, dark emotions we do our best to subdue and control. For some of us, her influence runs deeper, much deeper. We all walk beneath her maddening rays, yet, while most may shrug off the notion that inside us all resides a beast – a savage wolf – there are those of us who embrace the monster within and ride that lunatic wave with abandon each time she casts her gaze upon us.
Some see it as a blessing, others…a curse. To be bitten, and fall prey to murderous urges beyond our control, or to have the good fortune to be born into the pack, or perhaps even to whisper words of spell in order to evoke the lycanthropic gift, there are more than a few ways to cast aside the human skin and let loose the wolf within. Those ways are explored throughout this collection of werewolf terrors.
Suspend disbelief, dear reader, because whether you care to admit it, or continue to live in ignorant bliss, we walk among you. We smell the blood as it courses through your veins and taste your fear on the breeze. We long to see the life drain from your quivering flesh as we gorge. Beware the Full Moon, as you are about to enter the world of the Werewolf.
Steve Stred is an up-an-coming Dark Horror author. Steve is the author of the novel Invisible, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick.
Steve also has a number of works on the go and enjoys all this horror, occult, supernatural and paranormal.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog Oj.
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The Girl Who Hid In The Trees
Something lurks just beyond.
Centuries ago a heinous act created a ripple that still haunts the residents to this very day.
Now the kids who reside near McConnell’s Forest live forever in fear.
Jason lost his brother when he was young. He left with his friends to ‘debunk’ the urban legend and never came back.
Now Jason and his group of friends are fed up and want to discover what is happening, what is the real cause of the terror holding their small town hostage.
But something is waiting for them. She may look sweet and innocent, but the friends are about to find out that pure evil can exist in the smallest of packages.
She’s out there. And while you may not know her name or what she looks like, the local kids will tell you if you ask, that you should fear for your life from the girl who hid in the trees.
From the dark mind of Steve Stred, the author of Wagon Buddy, YURI and Invisible comes this fast-paced, seat of your pants coming-of-age tale. A quick, violent, bleak read, The Girl Who Hid In The Trees will make you think twice about those sounds you hear far off in the woods.