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New 5-Star Review for “Master of the Hunt”

1 Dec

I am extremely pleased to report another 5-Star review at Amazon.com for my novel, “Master of the Hunt”. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Hunt-Werewolf-Novel-ebook/product-reviews/B006E8EGL6/ref=la_B006JBSFGK_1_2_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

If you haven’t read “Master of the Hunt”, here is a description:

Revenge is cheap.

Harrison Dale is kidnapped and transported to a mysterious island where he is imprisoned with a group of other victims. There, he learns each has been brought to the island for a deadly purpose – to be hunted and killed by grudges from their past. To make it fun for the hunters, the victims are trained in the art of island survival and given a chance to escape. Before long, however, the others learn that Harrison Dale is different. He’s been targeted specifically by the island owners, barbaric brothers who have hunted and killed everything imaginable, including men. Harrison will provide them with an altogether new challenge. Why?

Because Harrison Dale is a werewolf.

The caveat – Harrison has vowed to never allow the demon within him to rise again, even if it means losing his life. The brothers, however, can be extremely convincing. Can Harrison hold out long enough to escape and not lose his soul in the process?

A horror action-adventure novel.

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I hope you enjoy my work! Purchase the novel at Amazon.com today: http://www.amazon.com/Master-Hunt-Werewolf-Novel-ebook/dp/B006E8EGL6/ref=la_B006JBSFGK_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354376808&sr=1-2

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Vampire Squid from Hell

22 Oct

I never thought I’d find myself writing a title like this – “Vampire Squid from Hell”. After reading an article in “New Scientist”, I’ve caught myself intrigued by such a creature. It is not so much the way this particular squid collects its food that makes it so interesting, but the name of the squid itself.

The official name is Vampyroteuthis Infernalis – or literally, “Vampire Squid from Hell”. This creature drags retractable filaments behind itself like fishing lines as it floats through low oxygen water. These filaments collect waste bits, such as feces, from the water, which it then combines with its own mucus to form balls of food. What a way to live?

Here is a link to the original article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22299-vampire-squid-from-hell-eats-faeces-to-survive-depths.html

I am fascinated as a writer by all of the imagery this particular name conjures. Are you a storyteller? What sorts of tales might this animal inspire? You might go the crazy science fiction/horror route and develop a genetically modified Vampire Squid from Hell that develops bony teeth and can survive for short times out of water. They begin to terrorize a lost ocean faring vessel.

Or, what if scientists working with human-animal DNA hybridization “accidentally” combine the DNA from the Vampire Squid from Hell with human DNA? What might result?

Or, dig deeper thematically and consider the obsession of a man who has been studying these creatures his entire life, and the lengths he has gone to in order to bring this creature to light.

What stories might you tell? Please let me know.

Maybe I’ll let Harrison Dale encounter some such creatures in a second novel follow up to “Master of the Hunt“. Yes, a werewolf lost in the water with crazed vampire-like sea creatures…

Reviews for Master of the Hunt – a Werewolf Novel

22 May

So happy to receive a 5-star review at BN.com and Amazon.com for my werewolf tale, “Master of the Hunt”. I hope you’ll check out the book, available for only 99 cents at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s a fun read if you love werewolf stories. Here is one of the reviews:

“I really loved this book.  The writer builds the suspense from page one until finally the werewolf is released.  At the point he reveals himself you are rooting him on.  My only complaint is, the book finished.  the author did leave it open for a possible sequel, I’d love to see another werewolf work of art from this writer and/or another book featuring Harrison.  Read it, you won’t regret it.”

Check out “Master of the Hunt” reviews below:

About “Master of the Hunt – A Werewolf Tale”: Revenge is cheap.
Harrison Dale is kidnapped and transported to a mysterious island where he is imprisoned with a group of other victims. There, he learns each has been brought to the island for a deadly purpose – to be hunted and killed by grudges from their past. To make it fun for the hunters, the victims are trained in the art of island survival and given a chance to escape. Before long, however, the others learn that Harrison Dale is different. He’s been targeted specifically by the island owners, barbaric brothers who have hunted and killed everything imaginable, including men. Harrison will provide them with an altogether new challenge. Why? Because Harrison Dale is a werewolf. The caveat – Harrison has vowed to never allow the demon within him to rise again, even if it means losing his life. The brothers, however, can be extremely convincing. Can Harrison hold out long enough to escape and not lose his soul in the process? A horror action-adventure novel.

Control Your Rage or it will Control You

1 Mar

I understand rage. I believe many of us do. Within us, probably within more people than you think, roams an animal caged by our inability to control the beast. The beast called rage. I imagine this can take many forms and stem from more causes I dare to consider, but I’m reminded that I am not alone by a constant barrage of headlines announcing the untimely passing of people – Whitney Houston is the most recent. Such a tragedy. She fought demons here entire career, attempted to bury them, cage them, in a haze of booze and prescription drugs. I don’t pretend to know here demons, but I know they were there.

Drugs are a common and very dangerous way of dealing with your demons. Off the top of my head, I can blast off a list of famous folks robbed of years because they turned to drugs to quell their beasts – Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Elvis Presley, John Belushi, Marylin Monroe, Jim Morrison, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger. There are so many more.

And yes, this same tragedy has touched my family. It is horrible. I understand that these demons exist and implore my readers, and those who harbor their own demons, to explore other ways to exorcise your beasts. You can’t simply cast them out or bury them in a drug-induced fog. They will find you. They never really go away.

I personally turn to writing. I find it the best form of therapy and expression one can perform. Any art, really, is a wonderful way to speak without losing your control. My rage finds its way into my fiction sometimes, as is the case with “Master of the Hunt”. It is synonymous, really. The main character, Harrison Dale, deals with major demons. Literally. He is a werewolf who believes he has killed the only woman he has ever loved, and now he’s been kidnapped by men who want to hunt the beast. But Harrison has made a vow – he will never become the beast again. The toll of allowing it to take him is much too great.

As in real life, right? If we allow the beast within us to win, it is akin to death. So please, find better ways to deal with your rage.

I hope you’ll read my novel, “Master of the Hunt“, to explore how I deal with mine.

Bullying – You Really Can Push Too Far

4 Jan

Bullying is a subject close to me. It is all over the news lately, punctuated by reports of suicides prompted by bullying. We even see it via social networking sites, which makes it easier than ever for bullies to strike their blows. This is not a criticism of social media. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace – they bring immense social benefits, but also serve to shed light on some our darker corners.

Even today, I’m horrified to read about a young girl, only 10 years old, who committed suicide after 2 years of repeated bullying by fellow students. In the last several months we’ve heard too many similar stories, people of all types taking their lives because they can no longer endure the horrible pain and torture of bullying. It’s a terrible shame.

Growing up, my family was subjected to such abuse. It is difficult. Even today, thinking back causes my stomach to burn. My fists clench and now I’m strong enough to fight back, for myself and for my family members who couldn’t fight back, but it is too late. The damage is done. Left there is a hole of sorts, one that is impossible to fill or send away.

To those who have suffered in similar, I offer a cathartic solution: Fiction. Turn your pain into stories. Face your anger head on. Explore your mind and who you have become and put that emotion to paper. It really works. You’ll see it in my own fiction. “Master of the Hunt” deals with it head on. The main character, Harrison Dale, is a werewolf. He has vowed to never change again because of the horrors of his past. But his captives are cruel, evil men. They are bullies. They use every tactic bullies use on our children – physical pain, mental cruelty. And then they go after those he loves.

The difference between Harrison Dale and myself is that Harrison has a way to strike back. He can transform and take on the cruel men face to face. That would be easy, wouldn’t it? In real life? Not really. Not even in fiction. In the end, Harrison gives up a piece of his soul, and that is what the bullies wanted in the first place. Not to give too much away. Perhaps Harrison finds a satisfactory ending to it all? I don’t know. I like to think, from a story perspective, things turned out as they should.

In real life, however, no one wins. At least with fiction, you can write your own endings.

I hope you’ll read “Master of the Hunt” and let me know directly if Harrison’s ending satisfies you. It satisfied something for me.

Master of the Hunt - A Werewolf Novel, by Nickel Crow

Master of the Hunt - A Werewolf Novel, by Nickel Crow

New Novel Released: “Master of the Hunt”.

28 Nov

I am proud to report the release of a new novel, “Master of the Hunt”. See below.

Master of the Hunt - A Werewolf Novel, by Nickel Crow

Master of the Hunt - A Werewolf Novel, by Nickel Crow

“Revenge is cheap.

Harrison Dale is kidnapped and transported to a mysterious island where he is imprisoned with a group of other victims. There, he learns each has been brought to the island for a deadly purpose – to be hunted and killed by grudges from their past. To make it fun for the hunters, the victims are trained in the art of island survival and given a chance to escape. Before long, however, the others learn that Harrison Dale is different. He’s been targeted specifically by the island owners, barbaric brothers who have hunted and killed everything imaginable, including men. Harrison will provide them with an altogether new challenge. Why?

Because Harrison Dale is a werewolf.

The caveat – Harrison has vowed to never allow the demon within him to rise again, even if it means losing his life. The brothers, however, can be extremely convincing. Can Harrison hold out long enough to escape and not lose his soul in the process?

A horror action-adventure novel.”

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