By the Light of the Moonby Larry C. Kerr
Small town America. A baseball game on a warm July morning. A boy is running through the outfield. Suddenly, he slips and falls in a cascade of red. After he slides to a stop in a pool of blood and gore, he finds himself looking at a human head. He screams. The terror in tiny Blacksville, Pennsylvania, has begun.Can newspaper reporter John Reynolds discover who, or… See more details below
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Small town America. A baseball game on a warm July morning. A boy is running through the outfield. Suddenly, he slips and falls in a cascade of red. After he slides to a stop in a pool of blood and gore, he finds himself looking at a human head. He screams. The terror in tiny Blacksville, Pennsylvania, has begun.Can newspaper reporter John Reynolds discover who, or what, is killing the people of Blacksville? Will he be able to overcome the effects of his nervous breakdown? Can he trust those around him? Will they trust him? Has he found love in the little town? Will the killer take her? What Reynolds finds in reality is more terrifying than anything he imagined in his darkest moments. Will he survive?
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The problem with writing a traditional [vampire/zombie/werewolf/serial killer/etc] tale these days is that the mythos of most of these creatures are so ingrained in us that "traditional" often translates to boring. If you slap a howling werewolf on the cover readers know what your bad guy is and spending two hundred pages with your characters still thinking "What could it be" can easily become tedious rather than a delightfully gory romp through a dark night. This is the most blaring problem with By the Light of the Moon which stars a paranoid newspaper reporter, his girlfriend and a small town cop squaring off against a vicious, strong, mysterious creature who gets really hungry every full moon. It also doesn't help that the best (and sometimes only real) descriptions come from the characters telling each other how poignant that scene is, or how relevant this fact is. By the Light of the Moon is not a bad book. Kerr's strength is his characterization and he recognizes how to strike all the dramatic moments. It's greatest flaw is doing nothing new with the mythos and lacking an atmosphere to make up for it. Given it's higher small press price tag, it's not the best option for public collections, but werewolf fans, especially the die hard werewolf-monster-killer fans will dig it. Contains: violence and language
I picked this book up at the World Horror Convention in Austin, TX this year because I'm addicted to werewolves and while I found Larry's attempt at werewolves entertaining, it was also quite predictable. I read on online interview with Larry who indicated he pretty much stuck to standard werewolf legend (changing only during full moons, silver bullets, those bitten also turn, etc.) but I really kept hoping he might add a clever twist and was disappointed that he did not. The "bad guy" turns out to be a less then shocking character and the end is far less entertaining the rest of the book. I did like thew newsreporter twist and kept wondering if John, would, in fact, turn out to be involved and was not disappointed in that aspect. It was a quick read and I LOVED the fact that Larry did not do to werewolves what some have done to vampires and made them sparkly and sexy. He kept his werewolf nasty and scary and pure evil which is the reason I love them so much! An entertainng, fast read that would tempt me to pick up another Larry Kerr book and read on.