Sunday, March 18, 2012


Joann Hamann-Buchanan is new to horror writing, and some would say that her great tale I Am Wolf is not really horror because the wolf is not what one usually perceives as a werewolf. This makes no difference. The antagonist in this tale is certainly evil and spreads horror wherever he goes. Horror resides in more than pre-conceived entities.

I loved this novel, and my review is below. I chose to include it here because it was the first review for this great book, and I completely stand behind it. Check Amazon for other great reviews.

Not only is Joann a great author, she also runs the Eclectic Artist Cave(a multi artist site) and has some online radio shows on the Shark Radio Network. I have had many of my shorts and flashes read there, including one which pushed the boundaries of what might be accepted or not. She had the guts to go with it. I certainly respect her for that.

In her own words:

The love of the written word is like a drug. A single thought can turn into miles across the ocean or a night in bed with someone you love. They are the very essence of my soul; I breathe them in everyday just to live. My heroes aren't the people who are rich and famous. They are the ones who aren't afraid to tattoo my heart with the words they write. The shadows between the pages are the undiscovered worlds and minds of the person who writes them.

Cool words that make a lot of sense!

Description of I Am Wolf:

Angel, hero, monster, devil--we all become what we really are. I Am Wolf --The journey of a boy about to become a man who inherits his ancestors gift and must learn the right way to use it. He falls in love with Alaynee and begins to feel like he is normal again. When their world is shattered by the kidnapping of Alaynee's little brother, Jonah breaks the cardinal rule of his gift and bites the kidnapper, creating a creature called the unnatural. This sends him and all his friends on an adventure across the states to a place in Tennessee. There they find not only must they stop the unnatural creature, but they must save Cara--the girl the creature is after. Jonah must ask himself the most important question of all, would you sacrifice yourself to save another?

My review on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Wolf Howls With Wonder, January 13, 2012
My reading tastes are rather eclectic, and while this story is YA(a genre that normally I wouldn't search out), I found this to be a very good book. Why? The story line is wonderful and easy to follow, but that doesn't mean it's boring. Excitement comes at you from everywhere. There is one main protagonist: a young High School boy who is coming to terms with some huge changes in his life. However, this young boy has so many friends as he struggles to fit in with his new existence that there is a veritable cast of supporting heroes.

Where this story really shines, however, is within the twisted mind of the antagonist. Joann does a marvelous job of plotting out his depravity, making you wonder just what this evil entity will do next. He does plenty! None of it good.

Countering his evil is the love and compassion shown by the young lad and his friends, but don't confuse their caring for weakness: they have a tough job to do and they get it done; at much risk to themselves.

Enter another reason I love this novel: while the name of this tale would make you believe it is a Werewolf story, it is not. It is a tale of legends and lore where Native Americans are part of something grandiose, something a part of Spiritual transcendence. Many American Indian cultures believe in shape-shifting. Some believe it to be evil. Others believe it to be otherwise when used within the context of what the Great Spirit wishes: harmony between humans and nature. My grandmother was a full blooded Cherokee lady. This makes me one fourth Cherokee. That part of me embraces the old ways, and I understand the concepts and beliefs of my ancestors. What I am getting to here is the fact Joann has done a fantastic job of making the old legends seem real. This is not always an easy task in today's day and age where everybody "knows" everything. Maybe we're not as smart as we think we are.

It's time for me to rate this book. One star for a great story line; another star for super protagonists; TWO stars for an amazing portrayal of evil within the antagonist; and another star for creating such wonderful believability of Spiritual transcendence.

Need I say anything more? Joann Hamann-Buchanan is a Woman in Horror!


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