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From Publishers Weekly

A series of gory murders terrorizes New York City in this rollicking horror tale from Lamberson (Johnny Gruesome). A werewolf murderer uses blood to write taunting references to shape-shifters at each gore-splattered Greenwich Village crime scene. The victims include an elderly professor with a research interest in transformation, several attractive young clubgoers, and a cop. Police captain Anthony Mace hunts the killer, as do three supernatural investigators: tribal policeman John Stalk, occult bookstore owner Angela Domini, and Catholic secret agent Pedro Fillipe, all of whom know far more about magic than Mace does and aren't fettered by his increasingly skeptical superiors. Despite the overly familiar secret-society setup and some thinly drawn characters, Lamberson's knack for furiously fast-paced action and the building terror of the graphic and increasingly sexualized murders combine in a surprisingly compelling read for horror fans with strong stomachs. (June)
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From Booklist

Becoming a minor celebrity for nabbing a notorious serial killer, NYPD detective Anthony Mace is promoted to captain just as a particularly heinous new crime drops in his lap. The victims—beginning with an eccentric NYU professor whose books avow the existence of werewolves—are dispatched by bloody evisceration and marked by teeth and claw marks that are interpreted only as canine. When some of the professor's students and Mace's lead detective on the case meet similar fates, the tabloids have a field day, trumpeting news of the “Wolf Man” killer and sending the city into a panic. Then Mace witnesses the beastly killer firsthand and realizes no ordinary police work will be enough to stop it. Rather belying his novel's lurid cover, Lamberson provides rich characterization and a multilayered plot along with the obligatory gore. Together with a few speculative flourishes about werewolves' shapeshifting origins, Lamberson's clever plot twists make this a nice little werewolf yarn—relief, as it were, from the current glut of vampire fiction. --Carl Hays

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  • File Size: 893 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D4YIDY
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More About the Author

"Gregory Lamberson is the sort of force that dark fantasy and horror are lucky to have." - FANGORIA magazine

"Why in the name of all that's unholy has Hollyweird not got their sights on this series? I'm just going to put it out there -- Greg Lamberson is the most cinematic author writing today and The Jake Helman Files are nothing short of the most awesome movies that have not been filmed yet."
-Author Bob Freeman, the Occult Detective

Two-time IPPY Gold Medal winner and three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist Gregory Lamberson is an author and filmmaker who loves to thrill people. Rave reviews of his work have appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. All of his books are available in print and as e-books, and some are also available as audio books. In 2014, Medallion Press will publish Lamberson's novel THE JULIAN YEAR, the first TREEbook (Timed Reading Experience E-book), which will employ revolutionary time-triggers and branching technology to tell multiple variations of a story. Medallion will also publish THE FRENZY WOLVES, the third novel in the author' Frenzy Cycle werewolf series which includes THE FRENZY WAY and THE FRENZY WAR.

Lamberson's novel PERSONAL DEMONS, winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Horror, is the first volume in the action packed occult detective series "The Jake Helman Files," published by Medallion Press. Other books in the series include the zombie novel DESPERATE SOULS, the new Cthulhu themed COSMIC FORCES(nominated for Superior Achievement in a Novel by the Horror Writers Association), TORTURED SPIRITS, STORM DEMON and HUMAN MONSTERS, which is scheduled for March 2015. PERSONAL DEMONS, DESPERATE SOULS, and COSMIC FORCES and TORTURED SPIRITS are also available as audio books from

The Jake Helman Files and Lamberson's novella CARNAGE ROAD are currently being developed as Film/TV properties.

Lamberson's second novel, JOHNNY GRUESOME, won the IPPY Gold Medal for Horror and Dark Scribe Magazine's "Best Small Press Chill" Award, and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers Association. The novel spawned a rock CD, GRUESOME, an award-winning online comic book, and a collectible mask.

Lamberson's first novella, CARNAGE ROAD, was published by Creeping Hemlock Press in May 2012. Library Journal gave it a starred review: "Lamberson's (Personal Demons) latest is both bleak and beautiful, a brain-splattering zombie thriller that is at its core a paean to the power of friendship, even in a dead world. This novella may be brief, but it has real bite, along with taut zombie action, scathing social commentary, and a suitably nihilistic ending. Zombie fans are in for one easy ride through the apocalypse. [Print Is Dead is Creeping Hemlock's zombie-themed imprint.--Ed.]"

Lamberson's second novella, SCAREMONGER, is available as Kindle Exclusive E-book.

Lamberson wrote and directed the 1988 cult horror film SLIME CITY, which is available on DVD as GREG LAMBERSON'S SLIME CITY GRINDHOUSE COLLECTION, a 2-disc collection which includes his vampire film UNDYING LOVE, the thriller NAKED FEAR, and GRUESOME, a short film starring "Scream Queen" Misty Mundae. His 2010 film SLIME CITY MASSACRE, starring horror icon Debbie Rochon, is available on DVD, the PlayStation Network. and Xbox Zune. His production SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST was a surprise hit on DVD. 2014 will see the DVD releases of THE LEGEND OF SIX FINGERS, which he produced, and DRY BONES, which he wrote and directed.

Combining his literary and cinematic interests, Lamberson wrote the instructional filmmaking book CHEAP SCARES: LOW BUDGET FILMMKAERS SHARE THEIR SECRETS, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. He is an Active member of International Thriller Writers, and a founding director of Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. His website is

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Weston Ochse on July 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Shout out to Medallion Press for continuing to publish Greg Lamberson. Johnny Gruesome was so good that many thought the author might have peaked. They were flat wrong. The Frenzy Way brings fresh life to werewolf tales, introducing a Next of Kin style (or Next of Skin) group of skinwalkers who are decimating everyone in their path.

This is at once a werewolf novel and a crime novel. Lots of action. Great characterization. I love everything about it. If anything, I'd like to see a better cover. But that doesn't mean it will lose a star. That's the packaging. I'm talking about the writing.

I can't wait to see what Mr. Lamberson writes next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Horror Fan on June 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Gregory Lamberson's The Frenzy Way will without question appeal to genre fans or pulp fans. The brisk pace of the story is never tethered and catapults forward with fervor. The action sequences are well paced and satisfying. Anyone searching for a novel approach to werewolf mythology would be hard pressed to find a better title. The Frenzy Way is also a rare novel where the cover art is wholly accurate. If the cover art appeals to you, you will enjoy this novel.

Click below for a full review and my interview with Lamberson

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Suraf on July 4, 2010
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When a bitter, rogue werewolf starts wreaking havoc in Greenwich Village, it's up to Detective Anthony Mace to figure out how to stop him, if he can only believe the creature actually exists.

Lamberson, who set his last book, the excellent, award winning high school zombie comedy "Johnny Gruesome" in and around a fictionalized version of his small home town, this time sets his sights on the greater New York metropolis, and as the police hunt intensifies, the murders get bloodier, and the media whips up a frenzy over the "Manhattan Werewolf", the paranoia and craziness of New York under a full moon is ripe for embellishment. And the tension is palpable, especially when Lamberson starts weaving in the murderer's complicated background, and we being to realize the sad, frightening onus for the creature's revenge.

With a keen respect for werewolf lore, from Lon Chaney up to today's popular romantic vampire/werewolf mash-ups, and also a studied sense of ethnography (the werewolves, who hide from man out of necessity, are likened to Native Americans and their plight at the hand of the colonialists), Lamberson sprinkles comedy, gore, and sex throughout his opus without disrespecting the seriousness of horror iconography; the werewolf is one wicked piece of work, and the broken silver blade that can possibly stop him is the book's coolest bit of medieval antiquing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nolan on June 30, 2012
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Cheesy review title, I know. But seriously, if you feel like a New York populated by lycanthropes, then take the Hudson River line to the book/kindle store and grab/download a copy of this chilling, exhilarating romp. The author, Lamberson, does not disappoint. The book takes a cool concept - police procedural with a werewolf serial killer - and delivers it with panache: great characterization, werewolf mythology/history, secret Catholic and werewolf cults, and heart-pounding, horrific scenes that urge you to turn the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. King on July 8, 2012
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This was a well balanced book pitting Werewolves against New Yorks finest and yet it never felt silly or contrived.

Great characters and a story that made sense combined to make this a real page turner.

Definitely looking forward to more of the same.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 28, 2010
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Captain Anthony Mace is awakened at 4:40 AM and asked to go to a crime scene by one of his subordinates. When he arrives, he sees a room washed in blood, a body torn to shreds and partially eaten with the head missing. On the wall painted in blood is the word Skinwalker, an Indian term for a werewolf. Claw marks are on the victim's safe and inside is a sword with a broken blade.

It is called the Blade of Salvation and was used by the Inquisition to kill so called werewolves because it is made of silver. On the hilt is an Inquisitor holding the sword with a decapitated victim nearby. Several more deaths occur all by the same perpetrator sending Manhattan into a panic. When one of Mace's officers who invited the perp in her car is killed Mace's mind rejects what his eyes see until he witnesses the predator kill another victim. He can no longer ignore the truth, but when he tells his superiors, they reject his belief; instead they suspend Mace and insist he undergo a psycho evaluation. With Mace out of the picture, the killing spree goes unabated.

The key to Gregory Lamberson's terrific police procedural horror novel is that he makes his Manhattan seem genuine even with a supernatural species hiding in the shadows, as the older audience will be reminded of the panic during the Son of Sam serial killings. The Skinwalkers fear that if their clandestine existence becomes known to humans, genocide as occurred in Europe will happen here. With a strong culture to enhance the existence of the otherworldly race and a serial killer stalking and exterminating them, fans will relish a read down the wild side of The Frenzy Way.

Harriet Klausner
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