Monday, August 10, 2009

Guest - Ericka Scott

Good morning everyone! Today we have the talented Ericka Scott visiting us. Ericka has a very interesting article for us today on one of our favorite subjects - werewolves! And she has a giveaway so enjoy her article and watch for ways to enter the drawing for her book.

-- Lynda
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A Howlin' Good Time

Werewolves. Stuff of myths and legends? The result of psychosis. Or...real?

As I was researching The Werewolf Whisperer and late, Unleashed, I came across the story of the Henrico County Werewolf. It is a well known local legend although no one seems to know its origins. The creature is only seen during the full moon and has been known to howl. It also chases people, although it has never killed or hurt any humans. Six-feet tall, it's covered with grayish white hair. It can stand on its hind legs or run on all four legs. It has a human-like body but a face like an animal.

This, along with all the books, movies, and stories told around the campfire when camping spurred my imagination. So, when I was looking for inspiration for a tale of seductive suspense, it's no surprise that werewolves came to mind.

But, not just any old werewolf. This one is of man's own making. As we know from the media and popular fiction, the government has the unfortunate habit of dabbling in biological warfare. Both real and fictional mad scientists are endeavoring to harness the power of ebola or, in my story, lycanthropy. Needless to say, these diseases weren't created to be servants of men and tend to have nightmarish results.

Which is how Eclipse, California, my fictional high-desert town featured in The Werewolf Whisperer and Unleashed came into being. As you drive through town, it looks like any other middle to upper class neighborhood. Nice houses, well-kept lawns, and a particularly well-stocked meat section at the grocery store. The only difference, the population of Eclipse are outcasts, nearly prisoners in their little town. For, once a month, at the full moon, the inhabitants turn into werewolves. For public safety, they've been isolated from the rest of the world. You can read all about Eclipse and it’s residents in The Werewolf Whisperer and Unleashed. The print edition of The Werewolf Whisperer includes Unleashed is available in paperback at Amazon.com -- http://www.amazon.com/Werewolf-Whisperer-Ericka-Scott/dp/1606591053/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1249755709&sr=8-2.

And just to make sure you stay awake and glued to your windows during the next full moon, here's a few more recent werewolf sightings.

Perhaps one of the most famous cases is told by Delburt Gregg of Greggton, Texas. In 1958, she was alone on a dark and stormy night. Her husband was away, and she had of the night, she awoke to the sound of scratching at the screen. When the lightning flashed, a "huge, shaggy, wolf-like creature" was "clawing at the screen and glaring ... with baleful, glowing, slitted eyes." As she jumped from the bed to grab a flashlight to get a closer look, the creature dashed away and hid in a large collection of bushes. Ms. Gregg didn't fall asleep right away and was stunned to later see a tall man walk down the road and into the darkness.

In 1936, Mark Schackelman claimed to have seen a six-foot tall, hair-covered creature digging in an Indian mound near Jefferson, Wisconsin. The creature had a large muzzle and included both ape and dog characteristics. With pointed ears and human-like hands, the creature smelled to high heaven with the scent of dead meat. The next night, Schackelman saw the same creature and heard it making a strange "three-syllable growling". When he began to pray, the creature quickly turned and dashed away.

Then, there's the Beast of Bray Road. On October 31, a young woman was driving along Bray Road near Delavan, Wisconsin when she felt her car jump as if the right tire had hit an object. After stopping the car, she saw a dark and hairy figure running toward her. She sped away only to have the creature jump onto the car's trunk. Due to the slick metal, the beast was unable to gain a hold of the vehicle. When returning with a friend, the duo saw a large dark shape standing near the side of the road.

When the report got out, several other people also claimed to have seen the strange creature. In 1989, Lorianne Endrizzi was traveling along the same road when she caught site of a figure kneeling at the side of the road. When she slowed the car, she claimed the creature stared at her through the passenger window. She estimated the beast was about six feet away and had grayish brown hair with large fangs and pointed ears. She also claimed the creature had a snout and human-like hands. A local farmer also saw the creature, but took it to be a gigantic dog.

Real or Fiction?

What do you believe?

For a chance to win a free print edition of The Werewolf Whisperer (which includes the bonus selection Unleashed), tell me your favorite werewolf story, movie, or book (you’ll get bonus points if you have a personal werewolf story to tell!). At midnight on Friday, August 14th, I'll draw a winner!


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Ericka Scott is a multi-published, bestselling author of seductive suspense. She's written stories for as long as she can remember and reads anything under the sun (including the back of cereal boxes in a pinch). She got hooked on romantic suspense in her college days, when reading anything but a textbook was a guilty pleasure. Now, when she’s not chauffeuring children around, wishing she had a maid, or lurking at the library, she’s spinning her own web of fantasy and penning tales of seduction and suspense. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

Get a behind the scenes look at her writing and zany family on her blog at http://erickascott.blogspot.com

She also loves friends, so come friend her at http://myspace.com/erickascott

She's also on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ericka.scott and Twitter @ErickaScott

You can find out more about her books at www.erickascott.com

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Fascinating article, Ericka! Thanks for being with us today. I think my favorite werewolf movie is 'Wolf', the one starring Jack Nicholson but there's so many who can choose? :-D I'm looking forward to hearing what our readers like or may have experienced. -- Lynda

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12 comments:

Barbara Monajem said...

My favorite werewolf book is Werewolf Rising, a YA by R. L. LaFevers.

As for whether or not I believe... I don't know. I *want* to. Does that count?

Beth Caudill said...

Actually one of the first ones I loved was Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey. It's more fantasy than paranormal.

Set in early 1900's San Francisco, the hero/wolfman is a fire mage who let his hubris take over and cast a spell he shouldn't have turning him half wolf/half man.

He hires a woman to live in his house to help him transcribe manuscripts so he can find a spell to reverse his predicament.

ColleenFL said...

I like Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Elena is the only female werewolf and she was changed without her consent. Great story!

Shannon Leigh said...

I haven't really read a whole lot of werewolf stories. (sigh) life keeps me too busy to read much at all. You're stories look really neat. I love real history entwined into a creative plot. good luck in your writing!

Kelsey Card said...

I’m a Bitten by Kelley Armstrong fan as well. I think you have a fascinating idea. Harnessing lycanthropy for bio-chemical warfare is intriguing. Thanks for sharing your werewolf stories. I really enjoyed your post.

Kelsey

Tales of magic, adventure, and romance

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Hey Ericka! Oh, gosh, there are too many books featuring werewolves that I like - Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series... I'm sure you catch my drift.

I love reading urban fantasy and most of the series feature a werewolf or two. But I've also got some personal faves. Werewolves that will appear in the second installment of my upcoming ImaJinn Books trilogy, for example. :)

Oh, and I loved DOG SOLDIERS. That was an awesome movie!

Ericka Scott said...

Thanks for all the comments. I'm a Bitten fan as well.

rm2h said...

I am enjoying the series by Dana Marie Bell which have were Pumas and Werewolves. I can not wait till her next ebook comes out.

Pam P said...

Interesting post, Ericka, don't think I'm a real believer, but there's usually some truth to things like this.

Right now, I'm liking Patricia Brigg's series; one of my first-read WW series I liked is an older one by Susan Krinard (Touch of the Wolf, one of the titles).

SiNn said...

i havent read a whole lot of WW books i have to say i like bitten by kelley armstrong and patricia briggs books erica ur books sound awesome would rock to check them out great article

Kytaira said...

I have alot of favorites but the most realistic, that seems to go along with the sighting you gave is an episode of CSI. In it a pair of siblings have a genetic disorder that really exists. The girl is covered in hair. The boy, while hairy, doesn't have hair on his face like the girl.

Years prior, their mother faked her death for the daughter. The mother can't cope. The girl chooses to live in the house in a hidden room.

The brother gets engaged to his best friends sister. The friend was ok with the boy as a friend but freaked out over having him involved with his sister. He goes and kills him with a silver bullet. The *werewolf* girl witnesses the killing but doesn't feel she can come forward. She has literally hidden in the house for years and doesn't exist as far as the world knows.

Makes you wonder how people like Jo-jo the Dog faced boy were viewed in history.

Ericka Scott said...

Yolanda was the winner of a print copy of The Werewolf Whisperer. I'll contact her to find out how to get her prize to her. Thanks to everyone for leaving comments! I had fun!