The big talk of the werewolf fan communities is whether or not there will be a surge of popularity in werewolf media following the release of The Wolfman. I saw the flick Friday night, and you know, it’s really hard to say.
The movie itself is good. It’s feel is very faithful to the original, and there’s a great gothic horror flavor to it, yet enough action and violence to satisfy modern horror fans. The plot seems a bit rushed at points, but overall, I enjoyed it. It’s tough to say, though, that it’s going to excite anyone but existing werewolf fans. There’s nothing there for broader appeal: no love story, no catchy music, no hot young actors or actresses for folks to latch on to. (Emily Blunt is no certainly no slouch, but she spends all but a few frames in a stuffy Victorian dress.) It also doesn’t help that reviews seem to go either way, with critics either loving or hating it.
It’s too bad, as I’d love to capitalize on a werewolf craze. With it’s crime/thriller edge, my book The Pack: Winter Kill has a very different feel from The Wolfman (as well as just about any other werewolf flick), but I think that can help it appeal to a broader audience than just the werewolf fans. After all, let’s be honest: werewolf fans are my bread & butter and I love ’em, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to make the book a hit.
How about turning readers into werewolves? That do anything for ya?
The Pack: Winter Kill -- It'll put hair on your chest!
Evileye wanted to institute a recall, but I talked them out of it. I have no money to give you if you sue me, so I say get out there and tear shit up! Fight the power! Stick it to The Man! Arrrooooo!!
Meanwhile, the folks over at Comics Bulletin have interviewed the man behind Evileye Books, Mr Aaron Ommus. Shoot on over and check out his thoughts on the comics market, digital comics, Evileye’s new releases, and the upcoming Evileye Reader for webcomics. I truly believe Ommus and Evileye are going to surprise a lot of people this year, whether or not my little wedge of dead paper (or collection of bits) does anything for them.
That wedge of dead paper has been jumping up and down in the Amazon sales ranks the last few days. I haven’t decoded how the sales rank works, but I’m guessing the jumps mean at least a few more people have picked up copies. If that includes any of you reading this, thanks! I hope you dug it.
If you want to pick up the book but aren’t a fan of Amazon, we’ll have you covered soon. We’re working on getting the book into the main distribution channels so it can be ordered through Borders, Barnes & Noble, and hopefully your favorite indie shop as well. Or, if you do have a favorite indie shop, have them contact Evileye Books directly. Ommus and his team will be happy to help any independents get copies.
Now I best get back to work on Book 2.
About Mike Oliveri
Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.