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Book Title: Werewolf by Moonlight|
The author of the book: Guy N. Smith
Edition: Black Hill Books
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Date of issue: July 1st 2010
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First published back in 1974, ‘Werewolf by Moonlight’ was Guy N Smith’s debut novel, starting off his lucrative career that will span decades, involving an almost unusually high volume of releases throughout. ‘Werewolf by Moonlight’ was also the only horror novel to date to appear under Guy’s name without his middle initial being included. The novel was later followed by two sequels; ‘Return of the Werewolf’ in 1976 and ‘The Son of the Werewolf’ in 1978. The novel has since become one of the more collectable of Smith’s novels, fetching reasonably large sums of money due to its subsequent rarity.
The novel is set at the border between Shropshire and Wales, in the heart of wooded hillside known as the Black Hill. Here the Owen family run their farm amongst the few other farms situated around the area. Gwynne Owen has recently acquired a jet black dog named Loup, that he had imported from the Black Forest of Germany. Before long the dog bites the leg of Gwynne Owen’s son Philip Owen. The bite isn’t too bad, barely breaking the skin, and as such Philip doesn’t mention his wound to anyone.
The Owens’s nearest neighbours are Vic and Margaret Gunn who own a farm within walking distance. With Vic often out performing the daily chores of the farm, Margaret Gunn begins a lustful affair with the reporter and hunter Gordon Hall, whose smooth and arrogantly confident nature easily wins over Margaret. Philip Owen learns of their affair when he calls around the Gunn residence whilst Vic is away, also hoping to seduce the fair Margaret Gunn.
The following day Philip returns once again to the Gunn household. Vic Gunn is away from the farm, so Philip enters the house with the intention of forcing Margaret to have sex with him. After a small struggle between Margaret and Philip, Gordon appears and sends the farmers boy away with a throbbing jaw.
That night with a full moon in the sky, Philip is out in the fields, tending to the sheep, as is often his way. With the moon shining down on Philip, he changes for the first time into a bloodthirsty werewolf. His lustful thoughts once again return to Margaret, but a hunger for blood quickly overwhelms these desires. Philip dines on his first victims that night; a rabbit and a sheep.
The nearby Jones family have the hired help of the young Peter Pike staying with them, who is learning the ways of the farm life for a small wage and lodgings. Also staying at the Jones residence is the attractive young niece of the Jones’s, Jennifer Hughes. Pike takes a shine to Hughes and soon takes her out for the night on his motorbike. Pike’s advances on the girl become too much and when he turns nasty, Jennifer runs off into the night. The full moon is once again out, and with that, so is Philip Owen in his bloodthirsty new state. Owen takes his first human victim that night, satisfying both his carnal and bloodthirsty urges.
Pike is the first to find the ravaged corpse of Jennifer Hughes, and is quickly presumed to be the girls murderer by the local community. However, it is soon discovered that the girl was ripped apart by claws ad fangs, so a hunt is on for a suspected wolf that is on the loose.
With the local law enforcement, the majority of the men within the local community and with the additional help of Gordon Hall, a search is soon put together throughout the Black Hill forest area. No wolf is turned up, but it’s only a matter of time before the real killer of Black Hill murders again...
Guy N Smith’s novel ‘Werewolf by Moonlight’ is a surprisingly gory tale that throws in a thick wedge of seedy sex and graphic depictions of the gory violence that is brought about by Philip Owen whilst in his werewolf state.
The storyline itself is fast paced and layered with the intriguing subplots that weave into the developing werewolf tale.
Characterization is carefully chosen, with some characters such as that of Gordon Hall developed throughout the tale, whereas the majority of the other characters are only given a skeleton of a personality.
Smith manages to keep the erotic charge alight, with the affair between Gordon Hall and Margaret Gunn given a major role within the tale. The secretive relationship adds an additional interest value to the storyline, keeping it feeling involved and well constructed.
With regular switches to a first person perspective, Smith delivers a clever insight into the transformation process from human into werewolf, for the character of Philip Owen. This first person perspective also enables the reader to glimpse the power of the carnal and bloodthirsty urges that control Owen in his new state, as well as the confusing nature of the bestial mind.
The final few chapters of this short novel are pure edge-of-the-seat material. Owen is still on the rampage and the community are moving in fast. The characters are each given their own roles within the tale, making the potential deaths of each a dramatic turning point for the storyline.
As the novel draws towards the final conclusion, so the interweaving subplots merge with the main thrust of the tale, bringing it all together into a tight finale. Alas, with the whole tale set up for a conclusive and ultimately satisfying conclusion, Smith ends the tale on what can only be described as a weak afterthought.
For a novel that delivered an involved and fast paced approach throughout, the ending is disappointingly simplistic. Even after the ending has been set down, Smith wraps up the characters loose ends in an unrealistic and wholly out-of-character manner, deciding on a more simplistic approach to closing the tale.
All in all, ‘Werewolf by Moonlight’ is a thoroughly enjoyable read, with a fast paced and involved storyline that manages to keep the reader gripped from the outset. The disappointing ending does let the novel down somewhat, but does not detract too much from the enjoyable pulp horror nature of the novel.
The book runs for a total of 110 pages and was first published through the New English Library.
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Read information about the authorI was born on November 21, 1939, in the small village of Hopwas, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. My mother was a pre-war historical novelist (E. M. Weale) and she always encouraged me to write.
I was first published at the age of 12 in The Tettenhall Observer, a local weekly newspaper. Between 1952-57 I wrote 56 stories for them, many serialized. In 1990 I collated these into a book entitled Fifty Tales from the Fifties.
My father was a dedicated bank manager and I was destined for banking from birth. I accepted it but never found it very interesting. During the early years when I was working in Birmingham, I spent most of my lunch hours in the Birmingham gun quarter. I would have loved to have served an apprenticeship in the gun trade but my father would not hear of it.
Shooting (hunting) was my first love, and all my spare time was spent in this way. In 1961 I designed and made a 12-bore shotgun, intending to follow it up with six more, but I did not have the money to do this. I still use the Guy N. Smith short-barrelled magnum. During 1960-67 I operated a small shotgun cartridge loading business but this finished when my components suppliers closed down and I could no longer obtain components at competitive prices.
My writing in those days only concerned shooting. I wrote regularly for most of the sporting magazines, interspersed with fiction for such magazines as the legendary London Mystery Selection, a quarterly anthology for which I contributed 18 stories between 1972-82.
In 1972 I launched my second hand bookselling business which eventually became Black Hill Books. Originally my intention was to concentrate on this and maybe build it up to a full-time business which would enable me to leave banking. Although we still have this business, writing came along and this proved to be the vehicle which gave me my freedom.
I wrote a horror novel for the New English Library in 1974 entitled Werewolf by Moonlight. This was followed by a couple more, but it was Night of the Crabs in 1976 which really launched me as a writer. It was a bestseller, spawning five sequels, and was followed by another 60 or so horror novels through to the mid-1990's. Amicus bought the film rights to Crabs in 1976 and this gave me the chance to leave banking and by my own place, including my shoot, on the Black Hill.
The Guy N. Smith Fan Club was formed in 1990 and still has an active membership. We hold a convention every year at my home which is always well attended.
Around this time I became Poland's best-selling author. Phantom Press published two GNS books each month, mostly with print runs of around 100,000.
I have written much, much more than just horror; crime and mystery (as Gavin Newman), and children's animal novels (as Jonathan Guy). I have written a dozen or so shooting and countryside books, a book on Writing Horror Fiction (A. & C. Black). In 1997 my first full length western novel, The Pony Riders was published by Pinnacle in the States.
With 100-plus books to my credit, I was looking for new challenges. In 1999 I formed my own publishing company and began to publish my own books. They did rather well and gave me a lot of satisfaction. We plan to publish one or two every year.
Still regretting that I had not served an apprenticeship in the gun trade, the best job of my life dropped into my lap in 1999 when I was offered the post of Gun Editor of The Countryman's Weekly, a weekly magazine which covers all field sports. This entails my writing five illustrated feature articles a week on guns, cartridges, deer stalking, big game hunting etc.
Alongside this we have expanded our mail order second hand crime fiction business, still publish a few books, and I find as much time as possible for shooting.
Jean, my wife, helps with the business. Our four children, Rowan, Tara, Gavin and Angus have all moved away from home but they visit on a regular basis.
I would not want to live anywhere other than m
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