Interesting Werewolf novel

I picked up Martin Livings’ 2006 novel Carnies at the library on Saturday, purely on the strength of the fact I’ve picked up a story of his for the ASIM Horror Best Of anthology. I finished it late (very) last night and while I really liked the story idea, I found I just wasn’t convinced by some of the characterisation. The character of David was really off to me – I mean here’s this repressed journo, in an unhappy marriage, career failing, family fractured, comes across as completely hopeless, yet turn him into a werewolf and he becomes a homicidal lunatic with all sorts of power. Meh. Just wasn’t set up well enough for me, given that all the other werefolk were quite normal. Having said that, I enjoyed the story itself, thought the horror and supernatural elements were great, and the ending, while a little contrived, was well done. Look forward to seeing more Martin Livings in ASIM pages, and on the shelves!

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  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for the comments! The main things that thrill me are that (a) one more person has actually had to read the damn thing, for which I apologise, and (b) oh my God, some poor sucker of a library has a copy! Could I ask which library it was in???

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t HAVE to read it, I CHOSE to 🙂 And I really did enjoy it, so thank you for that! I must have, or I would have put it down in favour of one of the other dozen or so things I have to read right now.
      It was in my local public library, Miles, QLD, which is part of the QLD State Library regional lending scheme – so it’s come through the SLQ system on a rotation.
      Is there a new novel in the pipeline?

      • Anonymous

        That’s so awesome that the book’s making it into libraries! That’s somehow even more exciting than being in bookshops!
        As for a new novel – well, nothing that’s sitting on an agent’s or publisher’s desk, but I have a few manuscripts I’m working on. 🙂
        PS – “I’ve picked up a story of his for the ASIM Horror Best Of anthology” – does that mean it’s definitely in? I thought it was just on a short list at this stage. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        ASIM Best of
        Well, it’s pretty much a definite (the Horror lineup is finalised – still working on the SF and Fantasy volumes though), contingent upon you agreeing to the payment terms 🙂 I’ll contact you by email soon to find out!
        Cheers
        T

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