Brian Ference || Interview with a werewolf

What got you into werewolves and how old were you when you discovered them?

Werewolves always scared me more than anything else did. When I would venture outside at night as a small child, I was convinced a werewolf would get me. This probably stemmed from watching The Wolf Man.

Do you share the same love of other types of shapeshifters?

Yes and no. I did watch and enjoy the Twilight movies. I always thought the transformation into a full wolf was somehow less believable than a half-wolf half-man. And regular wolves were never quite as scary to me. When it comes to shape-shifting into other animals, I could never justify the displacement of mass for a two hundred pound man to shape-shift into the body of a small fifty pound animal. As long as they are about equal size it is more believable.

What do you think it is that attracts you to werewolves?

I think it is the struggle that many have against themselves. Often they don’t want to be killers, but have a beast inside them ready to come out and murder their friends and loved ones. The fact that the transformation can be triggered or limited by certain criteria adds another layer of intrigue.

Do you prefer a gory werewolf tale or a more serene, nature loving version?

Honestly, I prefer something in between. Probably more of an action tale with a little bit of gore but also a nature or loving version. I enjoy seeing the werewolf as a character in a story instead of just a mindless beast. That can be fun as well but usually in a battle or combat situation.

What does the ideal werewolf look like in your opinion?

The ideal werewolf for me would have a wolf-like snout and jaws but not be a full wolf head. I would like to see some human features in the head. The beast would be able to walk on two legs as well as four and who doesn’t like a nice set of claws. It was pointed out to me once that wolves never use their claws in hunting but only to grasp food. That is another reason for more human like hands with claws on the end.

What should a werewolf NOT look like in your opinion

That is an interesting question. I see some really creative variations on Twitter for #werewolfwednesday. There are some fantastic artists out there and I love to see a non-typical werewolf. So I guess I would prefer to be surprised by an unexpected look for a werewolf.

Give a cinematic example of a werewolf that didn’t quite meet your expectations.

Here are some of the worst werewolves from movies in my opinion:

1. I was a Teenage Werewolf

2. Big Bad Wolf

3. The Beast of Bray Road

4. A Mexican Werewolf in Texas

5. Silver Bullet

Stepping away from the cinema side of things, what is your favourite werewolf novel and why?

Well, my favorite werewolf novel is my own, The Wolf of Dorian Gray – A Werewolf Spawned by the Evil of Man. I think the origin story of the werewolf is unique and I won’t give it away here. The book is in no way the typical werewolf novel and has some elements of a crossover between historical fiction, paranormal romance, and mystery/thriller. If you purchase it on paperback or ebook I think it will surprise you.

Back to Cinema, what is your favourite werewolf film?

My favorite werewolf films are probably the Underworld series although I don’t particularly prefer the hairless look that many of the werewolves have. I am excited about the new edition “Blood Wars” that just came out and am looking forward to seeing and reviewing that movie. I also liked: Bad Moon, Van Helsing, and An American Werewolf in London.

Do you have any werewolf related songs to recommend?

I would have to say “Li’l Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs is one of my childhood favorites.

Do you have a particular favourite werewolf artist? What is it about their work that you love?

Yes! Jakub Rozalski AKA “Mr. Werewolf” has some great Werewolf/Steampunk 20th Century Europe paintings that you should really check out. I wrote a blog post on my favorite one here:
http://werewolfbook.com/werewolves/truly-amazing-werewolf-paintings-steampunk-20th-century-europe-by-jakub-rozalski-aka-mr-werewolf/

What do you think of the way representation of werewolves has changed over the years?

I think it really speaks to the strength of the werewolf mythology that it can adapt and change to the wants and needs of society. It is truly a figure with staying power and I am excited to find out what the next revolution in werewolves is.

Tell me something that makes the werewolves in your works unique, what makes them special?

In my book The Wolf of Dorian Gray, my werewolf is psychically linked to a human that he thinks of as “The Master”. He identifies with the human as the Alpha of his pack. I don’t want to say too much more and ruin any of the surprises in the book.

What are you other passions within the horror genre or out of it?

I have so many it is hard to count. I am very interested in design of all types, travel and scuba, and family and friends. I also have an ongoing role as a Clan Leader in Clash of Clans. I enjoy golf and movies. I am a huge vampire fan as well. I also enjoy science fiction and epic fantasy.

Tell us about your most recent werewolf related work.

I’ve answered some of this above but here are some interesting quotes from or about the book which do the trick:

“Rarely does romance and revenge intersect so pleasurably and delicately, forming a dance of passion and purpose that embraces a soul search and a confrontation between choices of salvation and sin.” – Midwest Book Review

 “There on my desk is the first passionate love-letter which I have ever composed in my life—and it is addressed to a dead girl.”

 “The engorged moon hung full and low in the sky like a yellow skull. Misshapen clouds stretched across the floating orb with elongated hands and bony fingers grasping. As they neared the docks, the gas lamps grew fewer and the streets gloomier. The cobblestones blackened as they passed the deserted brickfields. Bottle-shaped kilns spat their outrage with orange tongues of fire into the cooling air. Mangy dogs snarled in hunger and wandering sea-gulls screamed their displeasure at the hansom’s passage.”

 “The wolf had begun hunting human prey. They were plentiful in the dark city streets and provided enough good meat to satiate his gnawing hunger. He was still very careful not to let any who saw him live. To do otherwise would displease the Master. He would only stalk those people that were foolish enough to walk alone in the night.”

Who is your favourite character within your own work and why?

I would say my favorite character is Dorian Gray. I have always found him somewhat shallow but I strive to add some new layers of complexity to the character which will continue even more in book two: Purgatory of the Werewolf.

Do you have any big upcoming plans relating to werewolves?

That was an excellent segway. I am currently four chapters into my second book The Wolf of Dorian Gray – Purgatory of the Werewolf.  A short description of this book:

Dorian Gray returns with a unique twist in Purgatory of the Werewolf. In this second book in the series, Dorian awakens naked and bloody in the forest. He seeks to escape his previous life and start anew by leaving London behind before anyone discovers he is still alive. His old mentor Lady Helena helps him to enlist in the Royal Navy under an assumed name and travel out of the country. The ship is bound for China to fight in the Second Opium War against the Qing dynasty. She promises to safeguard the changed painting that holds Dorian’s secret but begins to notice the terrible change it undergoes during the full moon. Will Dorian be able to survive the war and the beast that stalks his nightmares? Will the monster hunter Van Helsing be his ally or foe? Will Dorian find love and some measure of peace in a foreign land? Find the answers to these questions and other ancient Romani secrets in this action packed story filled with exciting sea voyages, epic battles, heart-breaking love, and the purgatory of the werewolf. Enroll in my mailing list at www.thewolfofdoriangray.com to be notified when it releases and qualify to win a free copy of the book.

Where will you be available to meet other werewolf lovers and fans in the near future, if you are doing any outings or signings?

I would be happy to do so but for now most of my time is spent writing or engaging with the werewolf community online.

Do you have any online places where other werewolf fans can contact you to discuss your work or anything lycanthropy related?

Oh so you want some links huh? 🙂 You can reach me on Twitter
At my website
On instagram
Wattpad
Facebook
Google+
and Goodreads

Vampires and zombies have both become seriously popular within the horror genre in movies, do you think that as technology continues to improve werewolves will eventually reach the same kind of status?

That is an interesting question. I think vampires and zombies have always been easier to do and human nature is to tend towards what is easy. Yes werewolves are more doable but Hollywood will probably use their technology to bring about creatures which are almost unimaginably complex. But the werewolf will always have a place in our hearts and minds.