David Michael Taylor
on Dec. 3, 2013 :
Kurt McCoy starts with an excellent concept -- a book inspired by the first werewolf film ever, the lost and forgotten 1913 silent movie, THE WEREWOLF -- then he lays the foundation for a gripping story, using his gifts for creating vivid characters in frighteningly realistic settings, and relentlessly builds to a terrifying and thrilling climax.
Crossing betwixt and between the western and horror genres, McCoy's take on the secret supernatural dangers of the Old West is utterly unique and yet instantly relatable as the details of the characters' thoughts and actions draw us into their story, making us feel as if we're there alongside them, fighting for our lives while clinging to an unforgiving mountain filled with murderous monsters.
"The Werewolf's Heart" is a thrilling joyride (by horseback) that doesn't disappoint. From its first moments of unsettling dread to its very last drop of splashing hot blood, this is a tale told by an author with a twisted imagination, a love of history, and a mastery of the craft. It's a story that's a joy to read, but probably not when you're home alone in the dark.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)