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 www.angelacampbellonline.com.