HorrorAddicts.net 114, H.E. Roulo

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Horror Addicts Episode# 114

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

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Werewolf Smackdown and The Asylum for Wayward Girls

It seems that lately I have come across a lot of books that have combined mystery and horror. Mostly they are centered around a detective that has supernatural powers. For example Jim Butcher has written 13 novels based on wizard detective Harry Dresden. There is also the Shannon Delaney paranormal mystery series by Elizabeth Eagan-Cox. The book I want to talk about here, follows the adventures of vampire detective Felix Gomex in Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo.

A high powered werewolf Attorney named Eric Bourbon wants to hire Felix to come to Charelston North Carolina to kill his rival, another werewolf by the name of Randolph Calhoun. Felix refuses, but now someone is trying to kill him and it looks like he is now in the middle of a werewolf war weather he likes it or not. To complicate matters further, Felix’s ex-girlfriend is working for Randolph Calhoun. Also a vampire gangster named Gullah Gullah is trying to keep Felix away from the werewolves because he believes vampires should not meddle in werewolf affairs, but  he may have a large stake in the battle for the top werewolf in Charelston.

Werewolf Smackdown is basically a detective novel with some horror elements mixed in. I originally bought it because I like werewolves, also I liked the title and the cover art. I guess I should learn to never judge a book by its cover, because the book was not what I expected. I didn’t realize that this was book 5 in a series of vampire detective novels. All of the books are self contained stories but this book referred to a lot of things that happened in previous novels and I was a little lost at times. I was also expecting a horror novel or at least a book with a lot of humor and didn’t get it.

This book wasn’t all bad though, the action picks up in the second half of the book. I really liked the character of Gullah Gullah, he was kind of like a vampire pimp and hard core gangster rolled into one. Also there is a scene in the book where the werewolves are having a convention and play Nintendo Rock Band. One group of werewolves have vampire detective Felix Gomez  sing  lead on Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London. This leads to a big brawl and riot that was the best scene in the book. Towards the end of the book there is a ceremony to decide the future of the werewolves in Charleston which I liked as well. Weather you like it or not depends on what your expecting. If you wanted a bloody horror novel then this book might leave you wanting more, but if you want a decent mystery you might enjoy it.

Also because episode 69 of Horror Addicts was about the present, I wanted to talk about a couple of other books that have just recently been released. The first book is The Asylum For Wayward Girls by Emily Autumn. This is a semi-autobiographical novel by Emily Autumn where she describes the horror of living in an insane asylum in the Victorian era. Emily tells stories of diabolical doctors, blood sucking leeches, talking plague rats and parallel dimensions. This book is complete with hand written memoirs, craft patterns and paintings. Reviews that I read described it as a well researched historical horror story. At points it is disturbing and at times the story is beautiful and moving as a girl who once tried to commit suicide finds out she is a much tougher person then she thought possible. Emily Autumn has been mentioned on the show before, if you want to learn more about her check out Emilieautumn.com.

Also just released in July is Found In Blood by Maurice Lawless. The story follows an exorcist named Nelson Kirch who has the ability to see demons and look into other unholy realms. Nelson is called in to help the police solve a series of murders where the victims were left with strange symbols burned into their flesh. Nelson soon finds out that the symbols could be part of an ancient pact that threatens to bring unseen horrors into our world.

David’s Library: Noir Books

The most interesting book I found that fit the noir and horror genre was When Graveyards Yawn by G Wells Tyler. This story takes place in a town  called Greasetown where fifty years ago people stopped aging, the dead rose from their graves, and it started raining and never stopped.

A detective named Wildclown and his dead sidekick Elmo live in Greasetown. One day a dead lawyer comes into their office wanting to know who killed him. Wildclown and Elmo take the case and soon find themselves in a battle for control of a secret that could change humanity. This book combines the hard-boiled detective genre with gothic horror.  

There are three sequels in the Wildclown story.  Wildclown Hardboiled, Wildclown Hijacked, and Menagerie. G Wells Tyler has also written another book that easily fits into the noir and horror genres called The Corpse Harbinger. This book fits into the same universe as Wildclown but with a different detective who is a long dead corpse who retained all his memories and personality  after death and is still solving crimes. 

 

Another book that fits into the noir genre is Blood Noir by Laurell K Hamilton. Blood Noir is the 16th book in the Anita Blake vampire hunter series. Anita, who is a living vampire herself in addition to being a vampire hunter, tries to help her werecreature lover, Jason. He is mistaken for a rich person who ditched his bride to run off with the wife of a vampire master. Anita has to find out what happened to the man who ran off and save her lover. The Anita Blake series of novels mix sex, horror, and mystery.

  

 

Storm Front by Jim Butcher is another book in a series of detective novels. The star of the series is  wizard/detective Harry Dresden. In this tale, he has to track down a group of vigilante werewolves who may be responsible for a series of mysterious violent murders. This is the first book in the Dresden files. All of the Harry Dresden books include vampires, gangsters, wizards, mystery, and lots of action.

 

Simon R Green also has a good noir book  called The Spy Who Haunted Me. The story follows Detective Eddie Drood as he races against time to compete with other detectives to solve the worlds greatest mysteries including Roswell and Nessie. The detective who solves these mysteries first will win the right to know a legendary spy’s secrets before he dies.  This book is the third book in the Eddie Drood series.  

 

 Virgin Blood by Richard Stooker also fits  in the noir genre. This book is about an abused woman named Janie who was left in a hospital to die while her two daughters go through St. Louis to find an Indian Chief who may be able to help their mother. Little do they know that they are also being chased by the gang that raped their mother.  

 

All of these books are great. If you know of any other noir/horror novels, let us know.