Monday, October 31, 2016

Vyrmin by Gene Lazuta [3 stars]

From the Description
The Vyrmin Will Rise…

Hidden among us are the wicked. Their vile deeds have been retold from generation to generation down through the ages.

They are hidden among us—evil men and women, always dangerous, always Wild.
They are hidden among us—and they become beasts…during the Dark Times.

The Blood Prince Awakens…

One man is the key. He will renew the Hunt. But who is the Blood Prince? What horrific things happen when he enters the woods? Can anyone stop him? Will anyone even try?

The Dark Times are Nigh…

When the beasts that are men return to the Wild.
When the beasts that are men return to the Hunt.
When the Blood Prince takes the hand of his demon lover in the sky.
When the screaming starts under the cold silver gaze of a pitiless, hungry moon.

The Vyrmin Will Feed!
Publication Date: October 15, 2016
Publisher: Bloodshot Books
Publication Length: 315 pages
I received a copy of this book as part of the Vyrmin publicity tour hosted by the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi and Bloodshot Books. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book nor did I receive any compensation for my review. Follow along the tour with these hashtags: #Vyrmin #Werewolf #BloodshotBooks #HookofaBook #OhioHorror. If you are a blogger, author, or member of the media and you would like to feature Vyrmin or Gene Lazuta in a review or interview, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at
Vyrmin is a werewolf tale that is based on legends and folklore. I had the out of print paperback on my wish list forever so when I was offered the chance to review it I said "YES!" and did a happy dance. The cover is phenomenal, and the description had me hooked. Being a lover of all things werewolf, I am familiar with the legends and stories of historical werewolf cases such as Peter Stubbe, and Gilles Garnier so I expected a great book. Parts of this story are fantastic, written with such brilliance that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I love the history created for The Wild and The Vyrmin as well as some of the characters. The descriptions are vivid and well written, but some of the action scenes were like something out of a fever dream. It left me feeling like it wasn't even part of the same story. I so wanted to love this book but it just didn't work for me. A 3 star read.

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About the Author
Gene Lazuta lives in Berea, Ohio, a small college town south of Cleveland. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, where he met his wife of 33 years, Sue, he is the author of 10 novels (Written as Alex Kane: The Shinglo, Jove books, 1989; written as Daniel Raven: Happy Cage, Onyx Books, 1989; written as Gene Lazuta for Diamond Books: Blood Flies, 1990;, 1991; Vyrmin, 1992; and Forget Me Not, 1992; Bleeder written as Leo Axler for Berkley Prime Crime, the "Bill Hawley Undertakings": Final Viewing, 1994; Double Plot, 1994; Grave Matters, 1995; and Separated at Death, 1996), and he is the co-author of IT's About Patient Care: Transforming Healthcare Information Technology the Cleveland Clinic Way, McGraw-Hill Education, October, 2016, as well as numerous chapters, papers and articles about health information technology.
An avid guitar enthusiast, Gene enjoys hard rock and heavy metal, blues, and shredder rock; and he and his wife are the proud humans to Ollie, a 25 pound silver male Maine Coon cat.
The 2016 Bloodshot Books edition of Vyrmin marks the first time the book has appeared in trade paperback or electronically, and Gene is grateful to Pete Kahle, author and Bloodshot Books owner and senior editor, for bringing the story to a new generation of horror readers in these exciting new formats.