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Werner A. Lind was born in Minneapolis, but raised in eastern Iowa. A graduate of Clinton (Iowa) Community College and of Bethel College in Kansas, he also holds master's degrees from Eastern Mennonite Univ. and from Indiana State Univ. Formerly a college teacher and public librarian, he and his wife now live in Bluefield, VA, where he has been a librarian at Bluefield College since 1992. He's the author of the novel Lifeblood (available from World Castle Publishing); his short fiction, book reviews and articles have been published in various periodicals, and he has twice won prizes for his work in fiction.
on Dec. 01, 2012 :
A quick short story that could be a bit of a tough read for animal lovers about an Appalachian hunter named Jake, whose lust for the kill is quite monstrous. Rather than hunting for food or to stop any real threat by a predator preying on local livestock, Jake instead seems to enjoy killing for the sake of the kill, taking pleasure in doling out death and cruelty and making it quite difficult to feel sorry for him when his eyes are opened one night on a full moon, despite an admonition by former Army soldier, Kevin Faraday.
A fast-paced, well-written and descriptive story with realistic local dialogue, this short tale by author Werner Lind is a clear warning that human beings would do well to cease looking for the monster without and instead guard against the one within.
As a fan of the author’s vampire novel, Lifeblood, I would love to read more of his werewolf mythos if he were ever to continue this short story in a longer work.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)