“FULL MOON SLAUGHTER 2. Altered Beasts” – The Interview. Part 3

Welcome to the FULL MOON SLAUGHTER 2 Interview (part 3). You can find the complete interview here:

You can find the anthology on Amazon (clicking on the image)

3.Why did you want to join this book?

 

Candela. Toneye Eyenot is a super cool dude and if he wants my contribution, he’s got it. I was in the first FMS and figure I’ll be in them all if he’s okay with it.

Toneye. Ah, brother therian. Eye have many ‘wolfbrothers’ and ‘wolfsisters’, and while both your offerings in FMS-1&2 are indeed werewolf ‘tails’, it is your therianthropic tendency, Kev, to identify more with the Dragon than the Wolf which kinda inspired me to steer FMS2 in the direction it took 😉 There. Some trivia that eye don’t think even you were aware of 😉

Davis. I wanted the honour in partaking in an anthology created by Toneye. The werewolf part was just a perk. I loved the original book’s new takes on the werewolf lore.

Toneye. The honour is all mine, wolfbrother 🙂 To have someone essentially a ‘fan’ of the first to be inspired to join the 2nd with a story such as yours, that makes me a pretty lucky wolf 🙂

PrattComing up with a transforming creature, besides a werewolf, that is still similar in substance was a great challenge. I love antho open calls that force me to think outside the lines of the norm.

Rushmore. I’m a huge fan of the subject matter and I knew it would be a cool project with Toneye leading the pack. I wanted to take part in the first book but was busy on another project and didn’t get the chance so when Toneye mentioned this one I jumped at the opportunity.

Booth. My story was originally published as a one-act stage play, so…. Plus, I am in the first one.

Leney. I was in the first Full Moon Slaughter so of course, I wanted to be in the second one too. This weretiger idea had been knocking about in my head for years and Altered Beasts gave me the excuse to finally set it down.

Quick. I had never written a werewolf story until I did for the first FMS anthology, so when the chance came for this one, and the insane idea of a were-deer popped into my head, I messaged Toneye, he said run with it, so I did.

Toneye. So glad you did, wolfbrother! A very unique story with a brilliant twist!

Morton. I joined the book because of the endless possibilities of the concept.

Rinehart. James needed a home, a place to be told.

Cash. I wanted to join this book because I was in the first one and I love Toneye and he got me loving the wolves again.

Toneye. Aww 🙂 Allll the wolf love! …Or Aardvark love, as it turns out hahaha 😛 

Black. Who wouldn’t want to join such a pack of amazing writers?

Longmore. I had a werewolf tale published in the previous copy (‘The Five Towns Pageant’) and because I’m such a huge werewolf fan (funny how folk in this biz are polarized werewolf/vampire!) – I really couldn’t not submit!

Rozanski. I was in the first book and had such a great time with it, I was excited to submit again. It’s an awesome honor.

Collins. There are some writers in this book that I wanted to share the table of contents with.

FoxI find the concept of the werewolf intriguing and, in this book, Toneye Eyenot opened the call up to any type of shifters which was even more tantalizing. I was determined to write a story and try for a place in Full Moon Slaughter 2. The story of Cassie, the child in the cage, part of Harlee’s Traveling Show, forced to reach out and touch whatever abominations the customers brought. They paid their money and Cassie reached from the cage and touched the monstrosities then she would shift into the same type of creature, a dozen times a night. Pieces of her became slower in turning back, the Recalcitrant Parts. 

GoforthI was a contributor to the inaugural Full Moon Slaughter, but in that instance I only contributed a poem which was written many moons ago, initially as song lyrics, so this time around I wanted to offer up a story.

Unfortunately, in the time submissions were being sought for FMS2, I was swamped with a deluge of other projects with looming deadlines, so I wasn’t able to write something brand new. However, I did have a tale which I’d called Lycanthroship from a collaborative project (this was also going to use that title for the overall book) a few years back which never came to fruition which fit the theme. I reworked that some, changed characters so I wouldn’t be using entities created by others-anybody who has read Feral Hearts will understand how various authors involved in that were able to play with one another’s characters-and went from there.

HerresI thought writing a story about a shape shifter might be entertaining.

Sisters of Slaughter. We wanted to join this book because it spreads the werewolf goodness and many of our talented friends were involved so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

 


4.Werewolves, what do they mean to you?

Longmore. I love the whole transformation into something primeval, the abdication of all things human and the animalistic drive to fulfill the most basic of needs – to hunt, feed and fuck.

Yes, it’s good to be able to just let go of society’s norms and embrace our animalistic instincts.

 

PrattI’ll tell you, werewolves are not my favorite creature. They are difficult for me to write, closely following witches, and just don’t interest me all that much. However, I do love a challenge.

Writing about wereants is a great way to rise to the challenge. I think you are the king of challenges lol

I do love a challenge 🙂

That’s why your stories, in general, are so unique too, which I think it’s awesome as a writer.
Whenever a story is difficult, I try to find out of the box ways to make it more interesting for myself; typically write for me first.
That is the best way to do it 🙂

Sisters of Slaughter. Werewolves have ALWAYS been our absolute favorite monster. They represent the unleashing of the wild, primal side of humanity and a closeness to the natural world that man has forgotten.
I absolutely agree. Of all the creatures, it’s the one that represents more our darkness. We can relate many times to it, we’re just so much under control. Werewolves do what we can’t, and maybe that’s what sticks our attention to them.
<3

Rushmore. To me werewolves are like vampires, they are the perfect characters. They have strength, beauty, and ferocity. They are perfection yet they have an everlasting internal conflict raging within them. They are at the top of the food chain yet they are bound by the restraints of the moon. I guess maybe that’s why I love the characters so much and can connect with them so easily. To me, werewolves are throwbacks to the characters of the great tragedies.

Yes, werewolves are the epitome of tragedy. But, despite the tragic aspect, there is that appeal which makes you ask…is it really a curse?

As any creative person knows, fighting to hold something in when it wants to come out can be true torture. I can only imagine doing it on the level you’d have to in order to contain the beast would be completely excruciating, so yeah, in a way it is a curse. But then there are those times when the moon is just right. Yeah, the good things far outweigh the bad…

To be cursed with such a gift, what more could one ask for in life?

So true! maybe that’s why this creature is so appealing to many people, that combination of ruin and savagery…!

 

Leney. One of my earliest memories of horror was being mentally scarred by An American Werewolf in London when I was a kid. To this day I still haven’t watched that movie, even though I’ve been told by many that it is a classic. The mythology and folklore surrounding werewolves though is so broad that it is a very fertile playground for horror and fantasy writing alike. They make very good villains, but then they also make excellent heroes too.

Toneye. Mark… watch it! Watch it tonight! Consider it ther(ianthr)apy haha

lol I can’t… I don’t have it… unless it’s on Netflix! 

Candela. Of the “trad” monsters—vampires, zombies, werewolves—they’re by far my favorites. Let’s face it, they’re little Hulks, and Hulk is pretty fun. I go beyond lycanthropy to an appreciation of therianthropy, as defined by the TV series Grimm as well as Gary Gygax’s D and D. I think we all ARE part animal(s), and that’s the root of the werewolf legend. Well, along with Zeus Lykaios and all that ancient Greek mythos that I wrote about in the first FMS. As for the moon factor, don’t get me started…I’ve been a Hollow Moon believer for decades.

With your specific appreciation for therianthropy, I think maybe Full Moon Slaughter 2 was the perfect anthology for you to take part in…

Toneye and I discussed the lycanthrope thing a while back and I told him how much we enjoyed the TV series Grimm, which is about therianthropes. I think after we chatted for a while, talking about how people often really ARE part animal, he got into the concept a lot. 🙂

I bet, I think that’s a neverending concept, and I love the idea of that “animal part” because I think it’s what we basically are. Just with a bunch of prejudices and social norms burying it.
No doubt, and there’s scientific evidence for this in the DNA structural similarities between ourselves and animals. Usually, we’re just a couple of chromosomes off being a “whatever” instead of a person.
Sometimes, it would be much better if we were “whatever” lol

 

Collins. There is something tragic about werewolves. Lycanthropy is a disease that takes control of the victim’s life and I think that applies to so many themes that can be relatable to a lot of people.

Yes, our mind is very powerful and takes control of us in many different ways. Lycanthropy is a perfect symbol of that. 

I always thought that Lycanthropy could have been used as an explanation for that behavior that people would try to find an excuse for. “That man is such a beast!” “No man could have done that!” In more superstitious times, the crimes of someone like Ted Bundy could have been explained away as a Werewolf attack.

 

Rozanski. For starters, I have always loved wolves and tales about them. Loving werewolves became second nature. Aaaarrrooooo!

It’s impossible not to love them. Beautiful creatures. 

🙂

 

Black. Werewolves are marvelous allegories. Their inclusion in a story can be at once freeing and ultimately terrifying. They identify the hidden wild left within our nature.

Your “First Feet” story shows it very clearly, your werewolf’s mental processes were quite psychotic and terrifying, because at first, maybe her human part tries to take control of the situation in a more “insidious” way, until she loses her patience.

Cash. Werewolves had got to the stage where I was bored of hearing about them, just second to vampires. I always vowed I’d never ever write a vampire or werewolf story because of this. 2017 finds me in both of Toneye’s Full Moon Slaughter anthologies, my first story is a personal favourite of his (and mine) and the lead character is physically inspired by the great man himself. Plus I have a 700pgs novel out soon called FUR which is slightly about werewolves too which wouldn’t have happened without Toneye (which is why I’m dedicating to him).

Toneye. It’s true, Ryzdrak the Demon is one of the more brilliant (and fukked up) pieces of storytelling eye have read and hits the werewolf theme from an angle eye am certain has never been approached before. Bravo, brother wolf! 🙂 Eye am humbled and honoured for the deadikation too! FUR will be epik! 🙂

Aww that’s beautiful!

 

Rinehart. Often misunderstood creatures that have the same attributes as regular wolves, feeding off of the weak, avoiding confrontation unless cornered, protective and parental. There’s the occasional bad one, but most don’t want to harm humans, they just want to be left alone.

Well that’s an interesting point of view, because I have always thought wolves are just as you say, but werewolves are uncontrolled hate, rage and anger when they’re under the influence of the moon. In my opinion, there are no “good or bad” ones, it’s just their nature.

That would probably be a result of their human side. We are influenced by the moon, among other things. Animals don’t usually carry hate. Think of an abused dog. It will still love their owner, and only attack out of fear or to defend themselves or little ones. Humans hate for any number of reasons. So it may be the human side that dictates good or evil, meaning that a good man will still be a good man, even as a werewolf. He might judge himself a lot for how he handles things as the wolf, but is still good.

Morton. Werewolves represent freedom, strength and independence.

Maybe we could say “freedom” for the ones who choose to be werewolves.

Choosing to allow the manifestation to take control is a freedom itself because you relinquish control of the known and allow the unknown to take over.

So true 🙂

😀

 

Quick. Loss of control, which I think is one of the oldest meanings behind their legend. The loss of one’s self to the primal within, though not necessarily in a good way.

I couldn’t agree more. To me, that is the basis of the legend.

I think it’s why Jekyll and Hyde sometimes gets called a werewolf story, a pleasant man becoming a beast. What I always thought telling, though, is that the beast was always there. That is the werewolf tale at its most frightening. No gypsy curses or family secrets, just a man who does his best to control his beastly nature but ultimately fails from time to time. It’s something I think everyone can relate to, hence the popularity surrounding it.

 Very true, I love that story 🙂 very much!

Booth. Fragmented psyches.

Two words, meaning so much. We could embrace the human nature in them, with its virtues and decays. 

That and the underlying savagery of civilized man at the whims of a more primordial calling, to be able to shed the human “Skin” to reveal the ever-present beast within.

 

Davis. Through growing up, werewolves have always meant a great deal to me. From films like American Werewolf in London, Howling, Silver Bullet, and Bad Moon. Not to mention King’s amazing tale Cycle of the Werewolf. It’s a hard subject I find to write, to try and create something new and that hasn’t been done. Which is why I chose to only write one werewolf tale in my career. It may be subject to change…

Yes, Lycanthropy is, without doubt, one of the most recurrent subjects in dark fantasy or horror, I think that’s exactly why this anthology is so special. The werebeasts presented here are unique and very different from what the reader is used to.

As always! Thanks Mar!

 

Goforth. Aside from being a timeless entity in not just horror tales, but now something widely accepted and embraced in the mainstream, the werewolf is a reflection of humanity itself. They don’t just represent changes or transformations, or serve as maligned or misunderstood beings, they’re perfect metaphors for the monstrous things man does to one another. Bestial faces masquerade behind those of ordinary folk, and when something acts as a catalyst to tip them over the edge or prompt them to commit heinous acts, that’s when the metaphorical ‘werewolf’ appears. Truth is stranger and often far more horrifying than fiction can ever hope to be, and werewolves are a suitably monstrous, grotesque, or disturbing physical creation to represent that.

Well, I’m speechless. That’s just an awesome response.

Excellent 🙂 Glad you dig it.

 

FoxUnfortunates, believed to be werewolves, have been persecuted, and burned alive, through the ages [much like the people who were singled out as witches] as humans have fought their fear of the wild, the uncontrollable, the unknown, and tried to deny and distance themselves from their animal natures. 

Yes, facing our darkness is what many people have more trouble with, reflecting in others they’re own anger just because they find the same they see in themselves. 

Cassie is different and Harlee exploited that difference when she was a child. As an adult, she suffers from that past, looks for Harlee behind every incident, and she is still coming to terms with her nature.

My stories seem to come from two streams, my conscious mind and my subconscious. I’ve written many stories based on my childhood—on my father, uncle, foster parents, stepmothers, social workers—a Dickensesque world. Some stories spring from my subconscious. These are the stories that authors claim the characters write. I don’t know about that but I look forward to, and I am often surprised at these tales.

 

And, of course, the leading wolf, Toneye, what do werewolves mean to you?

Toneye. Everyone has kinda got this one covered. Werewolves mean much the same to me as to all of you in a lot of ways. The beast which lays dormant within each and every one of us. The metaphorical struggle a lot of us go through to remain ‘civilised’ in the face of people who could do well to have their faces chewed off (the struggle is real). The desire to let the beast out, whether it’s through a certain rage – in some cases, a hunger – or just the need to run free of societal constraints for a while. To embrace the dark side of our nature; the wild, untamed, unfettered beast we all try to hide. Sometimes it feels good to just ‘let go’, right?

 

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And together with the first book “FULL MOON SLAUGHTER. Book 1”

I’m Mar.
Head of The Bold Mom.
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