Second ‘Werewolves Versus’ Unleashed

The second “Werewolves Versus ” compilation unleashed today! The 176-page “Werewolves Versus Romance” compilation of werewolf short stories, illustrations, and comics by 17 contributors is now available for purchase at a “name your fair price.

“WVR” the second issue of the “Werewolf Versus” series by Argyle Werewolf. The first issue, “Werewolves Versus the 1990s” was released in August 2015.

I’m Not Giving Up on HOWLCON

It is official now that HOWLCON II has cancelled or postponed for now. The werewolf convention on February 6-7, 2016, that was to be held in Kelso, Washington, about an hour north of Portland, Oregon, is not happening this year. In a way, I am a bit sad and devastated that it is not happening. I am also a bit relieved that it has been cancelled.

HOWLCON seems to have a run of bad luck every other year. The HOWLCON “Year Zero” in 2012 and HOWLCON 2015 turned out to be successful events, however HOWLCON 2013 and HOWLCON II (2016) have cancelled. The success rate has been 50-50.

If it were not for HOWCON’s chairman Stephen Couchman, there would be no werewolf convention in the Portland area. Stephen’s hard work and efforts have made HOWLCON something for me to enjoy. I am sad to see HOWLCON II has cancelled, because I was looking forward to meeting with other werewolf fans.

Then, I felt disappointed. I learned about HOWLCON II’s cancellation from A. Quinton of Werewolf-News. The disappointing part is that the cancellation word was going out through third party information than from the event organizer. @HOWLCONPDX on Twitter was silent since November 2015. Howlcon.com has not been updated since September 2015 until today with the cancellation explanation and apology, and on short notice.

I am feeling a little glad that HOWLCON did cancel. Kelso was just not the right location. HOWLCON needs to be centered in a major area like Portland where it is close to rail and air transportation. Kelso was too far out of the way for many. Adding to that, 2015 was not a great year for my PDXWerewolf.com, so I am using 2016 to build this site back up.

What do I hope for in 2017? For HOWLCON to become successful, it will need to be back in the Portland area. HOWLCON will need better outreach and communication. It may also face some challenges with trust from attendees, panelists, and vendors after two cancellations, and the poor communication. I hope to see HOWLCON learns from its challenges and work it for the better at HOWLCON 2017.

What about a refund? I purchased a Patron pass in February 2015 for HOWLCON II. I chose to have my pass rolled over to 2017 in anticipation for HOWLCON 2017. I’m not giving up.

See you at HOWLCON 2017.

HOWLCON II Cancelling

HOWLCON II werewolf convention coming up in a little over two weeks looks like it may not be happening after all.

HOWLCON II to be held on February 6 and 7, 2016, in Kelso, Washington may likely cancel. The cancellation announcement was first reported on Werewolf-News.com in the post, “HOWLCON has been cancelled”. No official word from HOWLCON has been received.

I sent an email Monday night to HOWLCON’s convention chairman inquiring on the convention’s status, but I have not heard back.

The lack of updates on their Twitter at @HOWLCONPDX and the website at HOWLCON.com , and Werewolf News’s report have convinced me to declare HOWLCON II cancelled. The PDXWerewolf.com Events page updated to show the event has cancelled.

According to Werewolf-News.com, an update should be available from HOWLCON within 48 hours.

If you have any travel or hotel reservations, you may want to make changes or cancellations accordingly.

Additional information will be available once I hear back from HOWLCON or a release is issued on HOWLCON.com.

If officially cancelled, this would be the second time HOWLCON has cancelled an event. HOWLCON 2013 that was to be held in October at the Red Lion Inn at the Quay in Vancouver, was cancelled.

UPDATE JAN. 21, 2016: HOWLCON has issued an official statement on its website regarding the cancellation or postponement. It includes future plans and refund information. Read the statement here.

Take Your Mother Out to Dinner in ‘Mom’

A son taking his mother out for dinner is a kind gesture of mother-son relationship. In the case of news reporter and son Clay Dwyer and his mother Emily, that may not be such a good thing in Mom.

News anchor Clay Dwyer (Mark Thomas Miller) visits his sweet, elderly mother, Emily (Jeanne Bates). Clay makes a holiday visit to his mother’s house. Emily also offers a room for rent at her house to Nestor Duvalier (Brion James) is a nomad who is also apparently a werewolf.

A sudden string of brutal murders take place in Los Angeles. The murders, however, are not like any other, instead appear to be animal-like attacks. Clay investigates the murders on his own and discovers who the demonic flesh-eating beasts are.

Mom feels mellow and tame without many elements of surprise throughout most of the film. It is also flick that offers the 1980s campy cinematic practical effect traits. This movie is a great selection for a movie night party with some riffing involved.

One question that the movie raises is, are the beasts in the movie werewolves or flesh-eaters? The face and eyes only transformed into the beast form. Everything else remained human.

True, the curse passed on through the bite. The transformation presented no fur and no claws. I added Mom to my werewolf movie line-up despite the questionable beast, but that remains open for a debate.

Mom is a 1991 comedy-horror directed by Patrick Rand. It is rated R for gore and language. The runtime is 95 minutes.

Image: MGM