Dallas-based author Bryce Bentley-Tales is releasing his scary yet delightful LGBT YA horror novel, The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane, on October 29, 2018 via NineStar Press. The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane harkens back to old-school monsters, haunted houses, and bands of friends coming together to solve a supernatural problem. Yet, the story highlights important current day themes of inclusivity, diversity, and self-discovery.
In their hometown in Ireland, thirteen-year-old Colton and his best friend Jade spend their free time investigating a local urban legend about an old abandoned house which seems to be genuinely haunted. At the same time, Colton has developed a crush on American foreign exchange student, Dylan, who is visiting his aunt. Turns out, Dylan isn’t your average American kid–he’s a werewolf. When Dylan’s aunt disappears through a portal inside the house Colton and Jade have been investigating, the three of them set out to save her from the magical realm on the other side of the doorway.
“I have loved haunted houses for as long as I can remember,” recounts Bentley-Tales. “When I was kid I was hooked on the Scooby crew who were always going into haunted castles, houses, amusement parks, museums. Heck, you name it, it was haunted!” These sweet-scary childhood memories fueled Bentley-Tales’ storytelling in this book, his first YA horror story. And certainly, developing the story through the eyes of a young gay boy allowed the author to offer a special, inclusive point of view. And while masterfully creating tension and fear through the dark fantasy conflict, the navigation of young love is another great strength Bentley-Tales displays. “There’s a part in the story where Erin wants to make Colton jealous by telling him how much attention Dylan is giving her. I get a good chuckle when I re-read it, as it’s such a typical young love triangle!”
About the Book
Title: The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane
Author: Bryce Bentley-Tales
Published: October 29, 2018
Published by: NineStar Press
Genres: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Horror
FICTION / Horror
About the Author
Bryce Bentley-Tales was raised in the countryside near Wichita, Kansas. After completing college, he embarked on a winding journey during his 20s which took him to Indiana, then to the San Francisco Bay Area (where he earned a master’s degree), then to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English for a year. It was there he met his first boyfriend. Five years later, he completed his doctorate degree in psychology, which was inspired by an adolescence and young adulthood of feeling disjointed from his peer groups, yearning for a community where he would fit, and being in a constant fog of melancholy. He developed Queer Sense theory which purposes a model of how language, role models and human attachments create feelings, then attitudes, about LGBTQ+ individuals, gender, and sexual identity. Bryce has an adult horror novel published by NineStar Press, Wehr Wolff Castle, which recently won best paranormal fiction in the 2018 Next Indie Book Awards. He has also self-published several works, including the YA post-apocalyptic novel The Zombie Squad. He is currently working on his next YA novel, Orion: The PreRobo Era Boy. Bryce lives in Dallas, Texas.