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The Lycanthrope Club: Book II is the second novella of a three-part series centering around a teenage girl named Melinda Cooper who has become a werewolf. Werewolves in the Lycanthrope Club universe are neither bloodthirsty monsters nor benevolent guardians of nature. They're people, like just you and me. More or less.
Werewolves occupy an important niche in western mythology. Though generally regarded as savage monsters that reflect humanity's violent tendencies, some contemporary works paint them in a more nuanced light. Their dualistic nature can be viewed as commentary on the competing influences of instinct and intellect, emotion and reason, id and superego in the human psyche. Our base urges, while sometimes disconcerting, are part of who we are and should not be ignored nor entirely repressed. Occasionally, werewolves are heroes, or at least tragic figures who do good in spite of their curse.
Despite this there are still relatively few examples of female werewolves in popular fiction (though that is starting to change). There are plenty of female vampires, fairies, demons, and so forth, but why do female werewolves rarely make an appearance? And when they do, why are they almost inevitably depicted as villains or curiosities? Perhaps it's because they defy what is accepted to be 'feminine' on so many levels. They are hairy. They are muscular. They are not passive nor submissive.* They are inherently iconoclastic. Therefore, they make people uncomfortable.
The Lycanthrope Club is, among many other things, an attempt to remedy this. It is a series of illustrated novellas wherein the main protagonists are female werewolves. Their 'affliction' isn't a curse. They can control their transformations and do not become mindless killing machines. Indeed, it's almost a superpower. That said, it isn't all fun and games. They still have lupine instincts, an urge to hunt, ravenous appetites (though certainly not for human flesh!), and a deadly allergy to silver.
More to the point, they're all still in high school.
Not some hidden academy for werewolves. Nor are they members of a secret society. They're the only werewolves left on an otherwise mundane planet Earth. In fact, none of them were even born as werewolves. They're on their own, figuring things out and making everything up as they go along. It isn't easy, but adolescence rarely is. Then again, after having endured hours of boring lectures, study sessions, and tiresome extracurricular activities in the social pressure cooker known as high school, haven't we all wished we could just let our hair down and run naked through the woods (or something to that effect)? In short, these are werewolves we (I hope) can relate to.
*See "Hairy, Thuggish Women: Female Werewolves, Gender, and the Hoped-For Monster," by Elizabeth M. Clark for an excellent treatise on this.
About the author
I am not a professional novelist. I am a hobbyist who writes for fun. I make print copies of my stories available mostly because of the strong positive feedback I receive from my small but extremely supportive fan base. I have already released the first novella of the series, The Lycanthrope Club: Book I, through my small business, Daemoneye Publishing, using Lulu's print-on-demand (POD) service.
My influences include the writings Terry Prachett, Eric Flint, J. D. Salinger, C.G. Jung, Friedrich Nietzsche and J.R.R. Tolkien. I have also drawn inspiration from the work of Leonardo "Lobo Leo" A. Vidal Fernandez and several other webcomic artists.
Who is the book intended for?
I hesitate to use the term 'young adult' because the genre is a) extremely broad b) ill-defined and c) oversaturated. There are instances of profanity, violence, and sexual content, but nothing you couldn't get away with on cable television. If you enjoy a good (sub)urban fantasy story equal parts drama and comedy, chances are you'll like it. If you're a fan of werewolves or high school yarns, even better.
The Lycanthrope Club: Book II will include...
- The revised novel-length (~55,000 words) sequel to the first book, The Lycanthrope Club: Book I.
- Eight full-page color illustrations and six inked illustrations by Ashley Vanstone, Jean Harrell, Dirk Tiede(?), and possibly more.
- Three bonus short stores A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing I and II, and First Night, the latter chronicling Phillip Dodd's first night as a werewolf with his girlfriend, Melinda.
- Production sketches and early concept art
The only difference between the full-color and black and white editions will be that the color illustrations will be in greyscale. The free-for-download edition, which will be available a month or so after the initial release on the Daemoneye Publishing website, will only feature the revised story and illustrations (greyscale in the case of the color images).
Because the book will be made available through Lulu there is no cost associated with publishing the book per say. If you want a copy, you order one, Lulu prints one and sends it to you. End of story. However, I've always intended The Lycanthrope Club to include illustrations of pivotal scenes and quality art doesn't come cheaply. There are a few other, minor expenses, such as assigning the book an ISBN, shipping costs, proof copies, etc. I originally paid for all of this out-of-pocket, but I can't afford to do it this time around so I'm seeking support.
The first book of the series featured a dozen illustrations, some color, some inked. I'd like to incorporate at least the same number of illustrations in the sequel. The more money pledged, the greater the quantity (and quality) of art. It may also help pay for additional services, such as hiring a professional editor or developing an e-book edition.
Did you know that the first book of the Lycanthrope Club trilogy is available for free? Go to http://www.daemoneye.net/novels.html to download the free edition of the novella. You can also learn more about the series and read early editions of the stories at the author's deviantart account: http://heliotroph.deviantart.com/
Risks and challenges
The story is essentially already written. It just needs additional polishing and editing. And lots and lots of beautiful illustrations. Risks are minimal.
I published the first novella of the series through Lulu and it worked out quite nicely. Once the book is complete I'll order a proof copy. When it arrives, I'll read through it to check for errors in the printing. If there are no issues, I'll approve the book. It will also be available on Amazon and Lulu after a couple of months. If there is something wrong with the proof, I'll attempt to fix the problem(s) and order another proof copy as quickly as possible. This is essentially how I prepared the first book of the series.
Because I'll be commissioning artwork from several freelance artists there may be delays while I compile all the illustrations. As a rule, I only work with dependable and enthusiastic artists, so there shouldn't be any difficulties.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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