At 12 years old, Cheyenne Clark’s life was changed forever when she watched a werewolf devour her father. Traumatised yet lucky to have escaped the same fate, she drifted through life, unable to forget the gleam of the monster’s unnatural green eyes. Now 24, a chance meeting leads Chey being offered the chance and training for revenge, some closure and help prevent it from happening again. All she has to do is travel into the arctic alone.
Cursed is a book I would not normally have picked up. While I might like to think my reading range is quite broad, the truth is I’m a bit of a wuss. Blood, guts and gore don’t particularly bother me but emotions are what get me every time and horror is a very emotionally and psychologically charged genre.
Having said that, when I was directed to David Wellington’s online stories, I was intrigued and once I’d started reading one, that was it, I had to work my way down the list. Cursed is the result of one of those stories being expanded upon and released as a novel; and it deserved to be. David has a very easy to read style of writing but that in no way lessens the impact the story has. It’s gritty, raw and at times disturbing but I had to keep reading, I had to know how it turned out.
It’s not a werewolf story in the current and popular mold of wolf and human living symbiotically. It looks back to the older stories of the wolf half being pure predator and the human side having to live with they find after they change back.
Wellington adds in his own twists to the lore which I found fascinating and he really manages to convey a heady dose of mixed emotions, from one end of the spectrum to the other. By the end I felt a bit wrung out, but also that I’d read something different and really, quite special.
If you like your werewolves fluffy, funny and tamed by their human half then this book isn’t for you. If you like a gripping horror/thriller that has a unique look at an ages old myth with some truly emotional scenes then read Cursed. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Cursed has been published in the US as Frostbite and you can also read more fiction by David Wellington on his website.