The Howling by Gary Brandner


The Howling, Gary Brandner, 1977

My favorite quote: “A few minutes later he was very glad that she was asleep. Because in sleep she could not hear what he heard off somewhere in the night. The howling.”

Notable characters: Karyn and Roy Beatty, a young couple looking for a new start; Chris Halloran, Roy’s BFF; Marcia Lura, a mysterious shopkeeper … with a deadly secret! cue dramatic music

Most memorable scene: The early scene with Karyn and the gardener. It’s definitely memorable — and definitely not for the squeamish

Greatest strengths: I’m not going to lie. The (consensual) sex was fantastic

Standout achievements: For being a book about werewolves, which is a subject I’ve always had trouble getting interested in, this book — and its sequels — held me rapt. So to me, that is it’s standout achievement

Fun Facts: Brandner wrote 3 novels in this series, and so far, 8 movies have been made

Other media: The 1981 film of the same name starring Dee Wallace

What it taught me: The Howling is one of the books that taught me about pacing and tension-building. It’s a great example of both and a great place for any budding author to, ahem, sharpen their writing claws on

How it inspired me: I’ve never written about werewolves. Honestly, I’m just not sure how I would put a unique spin on that. Reading the Howling series makes me wish I’d hurry and figure out a way, though

Additional thoughts: There’s really no comparison between the book and the movie. Aside from sharing the same title, the two have next to nothing in common with each other. I just feel like that should be said

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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