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The son of a Southern Illinois pastor, Brian Easton grew up a fan of classic horror films during the 70's. His favorite, as you might imagine, was The Wolfman.
"When I was a baby, my mother used to rock me while watching Dark Shadows. I cut my teeth on a steady diet of Creature Feature and Night Gallery, the old school Universal Monsters and spaghetti westerns. I started writing when I was ten, after I was given a hand-me-down Royal typewriter."
He has studied the occult since 1985 and obtained a degree in anthropology to further his research. His first novel When the Autumn Moon is Bright and his second novel Heart of Scars were finalists in the 2003 & 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
"I'm a sucker for tragedy and anti-heroes. Even the most unscrupulous character can become the good guy when pitted against an evil greater than himself. My novels, 'When the Autumn Moon is Bright' and 'Heart of Scars' feature such a protagonist and deliver an autobiographical account of the awful price of hatred. It tells the life story of Sylvester James whose life is tragically altered by a marauding werewolf, and what happens when he hardens his heart to vengeance. As he becomes a man, he learns that it takes more than just silver bullets to kill a werewolf...it demands a perfect willingness to die. A third book is planned to complete the trilogy, and after that a prequel chronicling the life of Sylvester's mentor."
on Nov. 06, 2011 :
Technically 2.5, but I rounded Heart of Scars is worthy of a rounding up rather than down.
Heart of Scars, Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter, after the high I felt with the first book Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter, was a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong, it's still worthy of a read, but...I didn't like who Sylvester had become and he's the main character. I know he has issues from back when he was a child and watched a werewolf kill his father and then being raised/trained to hunt them...I get that, but he was so honorable and noble in the first book (yes, with some flaws) and in Heart of Scars he's changed so drastically. He's violent and vicious toward everyone, not just the creatures he has sworn to slay. That's my biggest issues with this book and I realize other readers may not feel the same as I and that's why I do what I do.
The rest of Heart of Scars was spot on with detail. The settings were visual and stunningly intricate. Brian P Easton, also, knows how to pack a punch...or should I say write a punch? The action is tangible. I swear I could "feel" the pain that characters when through as they were slaughtered and maimed. It was awesome!
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)