New Feature: Scene-Of-The-Month

This is a feature that my wife suggested a while ago:  Putting up a few random paragraphs from my books once a month or so.  She also suggested putting up a poll so readers can choose which book they want to see excerpted.  My wife is so smart!  Here’s the poll:

The books are tagged (broadly) by genre:  “F” for Fantasy, “H” for Horror, and “DF” for Dark Fantasy (essentially fantasy with a strong horror element, or horror with a strong fantasy element).  At the end of the month, I will choose a scene at random from the book with the most votes and put it into a post.  I won’t choose scenes that give away major plot twists, but other than that, pretty much anything will go.

I’ve decided to start with the prologue from my nowhere-near-finished werewolf novel (unimaginative working title:  The Wolf).  It’s a very short scene, but I like it.

The wolf runs, because it can.

It remembers the times between, when it cannot run, when it is locked away inside a prison of human meat. Always it strains to be free, working against the flesh, struggling to force the change; but the flesh resists it, and it can only break free at the peak of its strength, when the brightness of the moon inspires it to ultimate heights of frenzy.

These woods are strange to the wolf, new and unknown. It rarely finds itself in the same area two times in a row, and never three. But the wolf doesn’t need familiarity. It easily finds trails through the trees, following the scents of the creatures that move through this forest. They have established their own paths, so the wolf doesn’t have to.

The forest is a riot of odors: Earth and rain, leaf and tree, the scent of a dozen types of animals. Humans frequent this path, their sweat mixing with their perfumes and their deodorants into a cloying, lingering stink. But there will be no humans here, not now, in the night. In the wolf’s world, sight is secondary; smell and hearing are how it knows its surroundings. But the flesh, the human flesh, relies on sight to the near exclusion of all else. In the dark woods, sight fails, and so the humans will stay away.

Knowing this, the wolf runs.

Because it can.

7 thoughts on “New Feature: Scene-Of-The-Month

  1. man, maybe i should’ve read the exert before voting. ‘the wolf’ sounds like a good read… ah well, too late.

    Jim says: I changed the poll so you can vote more than once, so you can go back and cancel out your old vote with a new vote for “The Wolf” if you want to! 😉


  2. The “wolf” excerpt suggests a fascinating story, but I picked “Dragon Stones”. It’s a good story and least likely to give you nightmares of the ones I’ve read.


  3. “The Wolf” sounds promising. From the excerpt, I especially enjoyed the third paragraph, I felt that it brought me more into the life of the wolf, and did a good job of preparing me to join him on his (or her) journey.

    As for the voting. I voted for “Night Watchman”, because I am currently reading “A Flock of Crows is Called a Murder” (which I have been enjoying) and “Night Watchman” is on my self, waiting to be read next. I figured an excerpt from “Night Watchman” may wet my literary appetite for the ‘upcoming attraction’, like a trailer for a feature film. Regardless of the outcome, I think you are correct in praising your wife for this great idea. I too have found that my wife often has the best ideas.


  4. Ohh that sounds awesome! I don’t know a whole lot about “writing” I just know what I like and what I don’t, and I like yours! 🙂
    There is not too much boring scenery stuff like in Stephen Kings books that bore you silly but just enough to get a feel.. it’s like watching a movie in your head 🙂


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