As you grew you learnt loyalty, to those who raised you, to your friends, and to your extended family. Knowing that if you did right by them they’d do right by you. Werewolves are loyal to their pack and witches to their coven.
Loyalty is born of trust, of repeated actions, of reliability. And more often than not you come to trust one person above all others.
When do you start being loyal to yourself?
Noctis Bellum – the war of the night
Witches, werewolves, vampires, the reanimated, beasts, mad scientists, myths and legends will all be welcome at Noctisbellum Inc.
Noctisbellum will protect and defend monsters, allowing them to live amongst humans without inciting pitchfork wielding locals. Because a time is coming, is already here, when man will look for a way to destroy those who are not like themselves. Devalue, interrogate, experiment on, and bring about their demise.
My Monster Universe: Werewolves
I loved the idea of a monster universe, and was sad when certain universes offerings let us down. But I was already working on mine, I’d been working on it since the CryptTV/Inkshares horror competition -only I hadn’t known it then.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
Of course, the story seemed to want to be a movie. Perhaps because the initial inspiration came when the suggestion was posed ‘write what you’re afraid of‘ – American Werewolf in London terrified me as a child and seemed like a good place to start.
I decided to attempt it – to write a screenplay. And whilst it didn’t progress in the competition it was first entered in (congratulations to all those who are still in the running) it didn’t feel like it’s journey was over.
With a new determination, a plotted and re-plotted story-line it once again became a novella. Because I want people to meet my monsters. In Stars, in Moon, and (coming soon) in Long Undead. And they’re not the only ones, there are more monsters over the horizon (after sunset of course), at least 13 more I can see.
Every summer when she was young, Alice would revel in the freedom of the land, ride her pony, and fish in the lake on her grandparent’s small farm. There were local legends of werewolves but Alice wasn’t afraid, she was safe if she was with her Grandfather. But one year, just before Alice’s fifteenth birthday, her Grandfather died. It was the last time her parents would take her to stay on the farm. But not the last time Alice would visit.
A year after her Grandmother’s death, a final crumpled letter hidden in her backpack, she would make one more trip. Determined to see her Grandmother’s last request fulfilled. Even if that meant lying to her parents about her destination.
A young woman with a promise to keep.
Another with a curse to lift.
And a werewolf looking for a new mate.
When Alice invited her friends, Sarah, Paul, and Dave to stay in her Grandmother’s Romanian farmstead they were expecting to take a break from studying and have a good time. Of course, that wasn’t the only reason Alice was there but her friends didn’t need to be involved in that. And she could happily show them where her family was from and the town where she had spent her summers without them ever suspecting anything.
But then they meet the hunter, the werewolves catch their scent, and Sarah reveals a secret that could end her friendship with Alice and spell disaster for all of them.