Final Word on HOWL CON

As you may already know, HOWL CON 2017 cancelled. I have already withdrawn my attendance and support for future HOWL CON events. HOWL CON posted an official statement on January 22, 2017, regarding the convention’s cancellation. This is HOWL CON’s fourth cancellation, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Only HOWL CON 2012 and 2015 were successful events.

HOWL CON chairman Steve Couchman’s statement seems to place the blame for the convention cancellation on the supporters. In some way, he is right. It may be that his supporters were left in the dark and had a sense of abandonment since there was no updates from HOWL CON in the month and a half leading up to the convention and bailed.

PDXWerewolf at HOWL CON is Now Tentative

For those who are interested in if I will be attending HOWL CON 2017, I am changing my attendance status to tentative. It is unfortunate that HOWL CON has poorly marketed the convention, lacking information on convention programming, special guests attending, and vendors for the second year in the row, following the same lack of communication prior to cancelling in 2016. Their website, HOWLCON.com, has been reinstated, however it lacks any program information. I will have a final decision by Friday, January 20, 2017, unless HOWL CON has a change of status beforehand.

AWIL Still Picked as Best Practical Transformation Effect

It’s no surprise that John Landis’s “An American Werewolf In London” was picked for the best movie transformation effect in the non-scientific PDXWerewolf.com Twitter poll.

The poll posted on Wednesday and over the course of 24 hours, 48 voters have made their picks.

The pack leader comes to as no surprise. 69 percent chose the 1981 Academy Award winning comedy-horror for the Makeup category, An American Werewolf In London.

Coming in second is the 1981 horror-thriller The Howling, which received 17 percent of the votes.

The vaguely “other” category received 10 percent of the votes. On Twitter, @Lord_Stabdagger suggested the 1984 fantasy-horror Company of Wolves. The BBC version of television series “Being Human” werewolf transformation scene involving George was another selection, but the poll asked for movie practical transformation effects.

Coming in last at 4 percent was the 2014 independent Canadian film about a drunken sheriff deputy who becomes a drunken werewolf, WolfCop.

The original poll Tweet is posted here. Some of the comments in the thread may be omitted due to user’s Twitter protection settings.

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.

A Look Back on 2015

2015 came and went. It was a quiet year for me. I haven’t done much posting or tweeting for PDXWerewolf.com.

The greatest highlight had to be HOWLCON 2015. Held in Vancouver, Washington, this werewolf convention was a success with events, costumes, and attendance. The bonus double feature Teen Wolf and WolfCop at Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver was a real hit (this makes it that I saw WolfCop in a theater in Vancouver, BC and Washington).

So, what is in store for PDXWerewolf goals in 2016? I hope to do more posting about werewolf books and movies. I’m somewhat hindered with works on three other websites. I’ll have to make time and trim some fat.

Happy New Year and AWROO!

This ‘Red Riding Hood’ Rewrite to Reflect Gay Rights Does Not Pass Muster

Barbwire.com posted a new take on of “Little Red Riding Hood” by Dr. Mark Creech on Monday does not pass muster with this wolf, me. You see, the tale was written to reflect the recent same-sex marriage ruling in the United States Supreme Court. The author at the explains at the end the representation of each character. First, go ahead and read “Marriage, a Wolf, and Little Red Riding Hood.”

I’ll give you a few minutes.

Okay, did you read it? Alright.

I can go on with a lengthy post on every minute detail in his analogy, but Dr Creech’s analogy has been nuked by one thing: you cannot compare gay rights and same-sex marriage with an act of murder, as used in his analogy. Same-sex marriage and gay rights promote individual life, liberty, and happiness, whereas murder obviously does not.

The judges decision? There’s a big difference in outcome for killing in self defense from harmful or fatal attacks versus killing on reasons of religious beliefs.

The “Little Red Riding Hood” same-sex marriage analogy rewrite doesn’t with comparing pursuing human rights with an act of evil.

RIP, Christopher Lee

I woke up this morning to the heartbreaking news of the loss of the legendary monster and villain actor. Christopher Lee passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning in London.

Lee was best known for his vampire role in the 1958 Dracula and James Bond 007 villain Fransico Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun. Lee also co-starred as Stefan Crosscoe in Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf.

Lee was a legend with talent. Thank you, Christopher Lee, you will be missed.

Would You Take a ‘Werewolf Romance’ Writing Course?

In the world of the Internets, there are online courses for pretty much anything. There’s probably a few dozen online courses available for paranormal romance writing. How about an online course for writing werewolf romance?

On one such site, there is an online course for learning to write werewolf romance. On the Udemy site, the course title “Get Paid to Learn to Write Werewolf Romance” is available for $49. Why would such course be offered?

Paranormal romance is among today’s leading fiction genres. Some claim it’s a saturated market, but we know better. The trick is knowing which sub-genre to write in, and today you’ve found it!

The course is an introduction for writers who are interested in writing werewolf romance or “wererom” taught by “Sinister Lex” Lex DeVille, an entrepreneuer, author, and a U.S. Army veteran. The course includes over one hour of video instruction, PDFs on every topic, “tons of additional resources,” quizzes, and “start writing great wererom instantly!”

I’m not sure what the target goal is here: writing a successful werewolf romance or get rich quick. The course title “Learn to write wererom and make lots of money” sounds like I should be making lots of money learning, not pony up $49. Like every art or writing, it all takes practice to be good at it. It’s not anything that can be achieved overnight.

I’m debating on whether to pony up $49 to see if this works, or will it become a future result post. Results may vary by individual, too. If you have taken this course before, feel free to chime in your thoughts and experience in the comments below.

Presidential ‘Werewolf’ Adoption Myth Debunked

A couple of days ago I posted a piece to share about a werewolf myth based out of Argentina, the Argentina president adopted a Jewish man to prevent him turning into a werewolf. Now, I have learned the mythical reason behind this adoption may not be true.

The Guardian (UK) reported the Argentina president did not adopt a Jewish child to stop him from turning into a werewolf or el lobizón (the child is reportedly a 21-year old adult child). The original claim echoed throughout the internet, including on LycanTimes, before The Guardian chimed in with a well-written explanation.

Yep, I took the bait and ran with it, but only to share what is out there. This is a good lesson on trusting information over the internet, whether it’s actual or tabloid news. Whether the myth was true or not, it does make for a good werewolf discussion.