Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cry Wolf

Okay, it’s confession time. I pretty much got hooked on monsters in the third grade, when we were taken to the school library — sometime around Halloween, if I remember correctly — and given a choice. Three teachers held up books on three subjects: Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and UFOs. I chose to be in the Loch Ness Monster group, and to this day, I have a fascination with Nessie that probably isn’t healthy to admit. Even though I’ve grown older and more skeptical of things that go bump in the night, is there still a part of me that believes an unknown creature is swimming around that Scottish lake? You betcha! Well, I suppose it’s more appropriate to say, “I want to believe.” Like Fox Mulder, I even have a poster that says so. There’s something ridiculously fun about letting your imagination run wild with such romantic ideas, isn’t there?

When it came to writing my debut novel, “Cry Wolf,” it was a no brainer that I’d return to my childhood fascination of monsters, mysteries and urban legends. My hero and heroine needed a fun mystery to solve, and the moment I decided to set my story around Halloween, I knew I had the perfect subject for a subplot. Years ago, when I heard there were actual, modern-day “werewolf sightings” across the United States – kind of like the Nessie sightings – my writer’s imagination kicked into overdrive. I started churning out “what if?” ideas faster than a speeding (silver) bullet. Suddenly my hero and heroine, Sean and Andrea, had a story to investigate while they battled an animal attraction of their own.

I don’t discriminate. I’m a huge fan of all monsters these days — as long as they stay confined to my Kindle or television, of course. I always look forward to October because it means the classic Universal horror monsters — Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and so on — will be visiting with me for a while. This October, I’m also looking forward to the many books and e-books that will introduce me to new shifters, vampires, witches and other ghoulish characters I’m sure I’ll come to love and revisit. Katie Rues’ “Destined Mate” and Alex Rickloff’s “Dangerous Magic” are just a couple of stories on my to-read list. Hopefully some of you will also give “Cry Wolf” a try when it releases Oct. 31.

What about you? What’s your favorite monster? Even better, what monstrous books or movies would you recommend for this time of the year? Let us know in the comment section, and you could win a free copy of “Cry Wolf” along with a $10 gift card from Amazon.


Angela Campbell is the author of “Cry Wolf,” available Oct. 31, 2011, from Carina Press. To learn more about her or her story, visit


veronicascott said...

Congratulations on the book, sounds great! I too have always been fascinated by Nessie...I like werewolf shifters and witches, ooh and the two combined! Happy Halloween!

Katie Reus said...

Thanks for joining me today, Angela! I would totally recommend any of the Underworld movies for this time of year (or any time of year, lol)

Diane said...

I have many favorite monsters but so long as they are the good guys, I love them.

Rebe said...

I loved "Cry Wolf" - so cute! Definitely recommend it for Halloween reading!

I totally agree with Katie - Underwold movies are great any time of year. I actually don't do scary movies, but I love campy monster movies. The Mummy with Brendan Fraser is one of my all time favorites, which I realize is sad, but my secret's out.

booklover0226 said...

I'm adding Cry Wolf to my must have list; it sounds great.

I love zombies and ghouls!

My movie suggestion is Psycho. That's a scary movie to watch any time of the year!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Angela Campbell said...

Thanks for the comments and suggestions! Underworld is one of my favorite movies, and Psycho is a classic!

Cindy Hosea said...

Love the Loch Ness Monster. I'm a photojournalist and I love looking at all the photos.

Can't wait to read "Cry Wolf"

Angela Campbell said...

Congratulations, booklover0226 (Tracey D)! Your name was chosen by to receive the copy of Cry Wolf and gift card. I'll be contacting you privately to arrange delivery.

Thank you to all who commented!