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William D. Carl is a freelance writer living in Cincinnati, Ohio. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; First Edition edition (June 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

William D Carl lives in Pawtucket, R.I., and is a horror/thriller novelist. His first book, BESTIAL (Book one in the Werewolf Apocalypse Saga) is now available from Simon and Schuster. Book 2, PRIMEVAL, has also been released. More will follow, within this series and without, including the new Euro-horror homage THE SCHOOL THAT SCREAMED from Necon e-book contemporary horror! New from Bill is his terrifying OUT OF THE WOODS from Post Mortem Press. He has published short fiction in over twenty five anthologies and magazines, and he writes a column called Bill's Bizarre Bijou for Cinema Knife Fight in which he talks about the strangest movies you've never seen. He lives with his partner of 24 years and one rather large hound dog. He likes pie.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donald Smith on June 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
BESTIAL takes the basic premise that lycanthropy becomes an airborne virus with only a few people whop are immune, and it makes a thrilling read out of it. This is cinematic stuff. I am Legend with werewolves instead of vampires/zombies. It reels from one rip-snorting set piece to the next without so much as pausing for breath. Hollywood take note!

Also, there's a real depth of character here, something you don't usually see in a horror / action novel. These feel like real people, and the react in ways real people would when faced with a hopeless situation. They don't turn all Rambo. They hide, scream, run, and defend themselves in ways I could see myself doing. Also, I cared about these characters. I really wanted them to make it out alive.

I highly recommend BESTIAL:WEREWOLF APOCALYPSE, especially to anyone who loves the thrill rides of Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton (the early works, not the new crud), F. Paul Wilson, or James Rollins. It's about as exciting as it can get, and I hjope there's a sequel in the works!

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I don't say this often about a book, but I could not put this one down. I devoured it in a night. This book has all the best of horror, unlikely heroes, intriguing villains, science gone wrong, the military, of course, and just the right amount of devastation, and general mayhem. What a great summer read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pugnax on March 11, 2009
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I purchased this book because I am a fan of post apocalyptic survival fiction, as well as the publisher. I like to see characters in this type of setting survive because they formulated a plan or strategy. Unfortunately (outside of the first night of the Werewolf event), the characters put very little thought into how they were going to survive another night, often waiting until the sun is going down (which meant the return of the werewolves) before attempting to locate or travel to a fortified shelter. From there the story would degrade to the classic horror recipe of panic, run, and hide.

In addition the author commonly used erroneous descriptions. For example, the author would describe a character manually clicking off the safety on a revolver, and at one point when the werewolves were tearing at the underside of an overturned armored car, described the carburetor as being co-located with the exhaust pipes. These little gaffs individually were no big deal, but as a whole dragged the story down for me personally.

On the upside, I really like the author's interpretation of the werewolf. Also, I appreciate that the author put thought into how the US military would respond to such an event, without reverting to the `military is bad' theme that is unfortunately all too prevalent in this genre.

This book makes a decent horror story, but in my opinion lacks as a survival story.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By haiwana_jamila on July 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
What would you get if Michael Crichton, Douglas Preston and Brian Keene had a baby? The creative genius of William D. Carl. Carl takes an old cliche, the lunarly-challenged manimal, and spins it brilliantly into something wonderfully new.
The premise: One ordinary night in Cincinnati, OH, the citizens are stricken with...something. They undergo painful physical changes and their behavior turns violently, sadistically animalistic. A small percentage of the population seems immune to the change. The novel follows four main characters, their efforts to survive and their reactions to the horrific events around them.
There is so much more to Bestial than death, destruction and mayhem. Carl's characters are believable people behaving in a believable manner. They could be your brother, cousin or neighbor.
So why did I title the review "why you should never judge a book by its cover"? Because, the cover does not do justice to this impressive piece of literature. It does not convey the mystery/thriller mood of the book that goes along with the horror aspect.
Look beyond the cover. This is one that is well worth a read. I cannot wait to see what William Carl does next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Smith on November 22, 2009
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I can't lie and say i bought this book expecting good things. I read the premise and instantly wanted to read it for the sheer absurdity of something like a werewolf apocalypse. I immediately started thinking about how much more awesome Dawn of the Dead would have been had the monsters been werewolves instead of zombies. That thought is really what sold me on the book, but in truth, that's the fun of the book.

Bestial is about a three night ordeal involving a strain of a 'werewolf virus' that is ravaging the population of a large metropolitan city. That's about as deep as the plot gets, but from there, the book becomes a rather engaging and fun ride that manages to build up some real tension, especially towards the end. The characters are interesting enough to keep you engaged, and the events are ridiculous enough to make fans of monster movies cheer. In short, this book really embodies the spirit of the B-grade movie, and does a pretty decent job at playing up its premise.

The book could have used some proofreading, however, as multiple spelling errors and syntax errors rear their ugly heads consistently. The ending also feels a little cheap, but it's not enough to detract from the fun. Overall, I enjoyed the book, as campy as it was, and reccomend it to anyone wanting a shallow, easy read.
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