There's nothing cuddly about the werewolves, or "lycans," in Benjamin Percy's novel, "Red Moon." They combine the supernatural horror of classic monster stories with the modern-day terror of 9/11, and the result is a complicated and compelling story that, in the words of the New York Times, "resists encapsulation":
Percy recasts virtually every social-justice struggle over the last half-century in lycanthropic terms, from desegregation to the desire of peace-Človing American Muslims to go about their business without being treated like pariahs. On the surface, it's a clever conceit, but allegory doesn't let you pick your meanings a la carte.
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• Author Benjamin Percy takes werewolves seriously
Don't let Percy's self-deprecation fool you. He writes seriously scary stories, including his new novel "Red Moon." He has always been fascinated by werewolves, beings who transform into raging beasts. Percy has done a lot of thinking about them and why they strike a chord with so many people. (MPR News)
Benjamin Percy translates modern worries into werewolves and the apocalypse in 'Red Moon'
Benjamin Percy didn't set out to write a typical werewolf novel. The 34-year-old author says he's "always loved the epic novel — the kind that swallows up your life, that tangles you in its complicated web — and I've always wanted to write one." And his new book "Red Moon" is just that. The sweeping tome is a mixture of a supernatural thriller (hello, werewolves!), a love story and a political allegory all wrapped up into one insanely readable package. (metro.us)