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  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (March 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7ZAWY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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C. Michael Forsyth grew up in New York's Harlem, the son of an Episcopal minister. He attended Fieldston High School, where he delighted his fellow students with elaborate comic strips. He graduated from Yale College with a degree in English Literature. After college, he studied film at NYU, working on the projects of future luminaries in cinema, including Spike Lee. With his MFA in hand, he launched a successful career in corporate communications

In 1995, Michael landed what he describes as a "dream gig," as a writer/reporter for the Weekly World News, the infamous and outrageous tabloid. Michael investigated bizarre stories from around the globe, exploring mysteries ranging from real-life blood-drinkers in the U.S. to the discovery of a "hobbit" on a remote Indonesian island. For more than a decade, his dispatches entertained up to half a million readers each week. He wrote under a variety of pseudonyms, including Mike Foster, Michael Chiron, George Sanford, Vickie York, Miguel Figueroa, Brett Anniston and Kaye Roseburg.

Michael later taught film and journalism at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, where he is a writer and is involved in independent film projects. His blog, featuring horror movie reviews and weird news, http://freedomshammer.wordpress.com, has thousands of devotees.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Blodgett on September 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I met Mr. Forsyth at a horror convention he was attending. He had a massive poster of this awesome cover art displayed which immediately caught my eye. I'm not a huge werewolf fan usually but I'm glad I went with my gut and picked up this book.

It's awesome. I read it cover to cover in a day, I couldn't put it down. I won't rehash the plot because its extensively covered in the product description. But I will say the book is smart, sexy and takes some clever chances that payoff immensely. In the author bio it says that Mr. Forsyth has written screenplays and it shows. I could completely see this book made into a film, its written with a filmmaker's eye. Its fast moving and never dull.

This is good, classic werewolf fiction. The kills are absolutely savage and I even laughed at how clever some were. No brooding, emo wolfboys here, this is Lon Chaney on steroids.

Its a great book and is easily one of the most fun novels I've read this year. This is Mr. Forsyth's 1st novel and while he seems to be moving onto other projects, I'll keep my fingers crossed for more adventures with these characters somewhere down the line.
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What actually got me interested in C. Michael Forsyth's work was a fake article he had written, as a blog, about a researcher that gets lost in Iceland, only to be found a number of years later naked on some rock formation, murmering in some ancient forgotten language, with the only word syllabically understood as "alfur" to mean elf. This article went on to claim that this researcher, interested in elves, was search for proof of the mythical little creatures a number of years ago when she, conspicuously went missing. The article was obviously fake, and the image utitlized by this rather imaginative author was one of a nude beach bather stuck on some rocks. I thought to myself, "this guy has one hell of an imagination and I have to look him up, since I bet any stories he's written will be fabulously thought out and very imaginative." I wasn't wrong. This is probably one of the better horror stories I've read lately. After seeing the 5 star reviews I decided to purchase this for my Amazon Kindle. If you are looking for a good, imaginative, interesting horror story--this is where you should spend your money. I was thoroughly entertained for over 5 hours trying, along with the multitude of characters within the story to solve the mystery. Although somewhat formulaic, and I could easily see through the fore-shadowing of some characters, making correct guesses at who really was committing the atrocities on campus (ergo I wasn't surprised at all by the ending), it still was a wonderful story. I'd genuinely recommend this for any horror fan, and it's not for the faint of heart or for young adults really it's an adult novel. I honestly cannot wait until Mr.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bullfrog on September 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Just finished "Hour of the Beast" and I must congratulate Mr. Forsyth on a great achievement.

Forsyth has skillfully woven a gripping story, filled with great characters and some stunning plot twists. A fresh, sexy new take on the classic werewolf story.

From the opening chapter, the tension increases as the action accelerates toward a precarious pinnacle. Plot lines introduced early return in a frenetic bundle at the climax of this fast-moving tale.

I personally loved all the back-story about werewolves and lycanthropy, delivered through the character of Cairo. It backfilled the events in the plot, and gave it a foundation that was sturdy, credible and intellectually engaging.

The setting - a small ivy-coated rural college campus, complete with gothic spires and gargoyles - lent the tale the necessary menace and isolation it required. It also opened opportunities for the randy sexuality that purrs throughout every page.

"Hour of the Beast" is peppered with wry cultural allusions that are served up effortlessly and with whimsy:

"He looked as if he'd been been stripped naked and then dressed again by a blind Freddy Krueger."

or

"It would be like dating Clark Kent if he were just Clark Kent and never Superman."

For fans of the horror genre, this is one tasty read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tarrin Lupo on July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't read much horror but I think I will start reading a lot more of this genre if Michael Forsyth writes it. I did not know what to expect but this book did not disappoint. When I heard that this was a book about a werewolf that went to college, I thought it was going to be a cheesy teen wolf like tale. Boy was I wrong! This book comes out unapologetically swinging right from the start. At times this book is brutal, rough and crass but it made the college characters much more believable. I would recommend it only to an older YA crowd, but would have no problem recommending it for any adult. I really like how the author incorporated some science and real werwolf lore into the story but still kept it very fast paced. The characters were very enjoyable but it did make me want to slap around the frat boy jerks. This book is down right frightening at times in a classic horror way. The author was excellent at working in some unexpected hidden plot twists. If I only had $20 left in the world, I would spend it to buy this book. Do yourself a favor and pick it up right now!
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