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Author: Wade Joseph Le Fevre
Publication Date: October 3, 2013
Description (from Goodreads):
Carpenter, California is not Los Angeles. It is a much smaller city more inland, with less crime and a smaller population. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t seen its share of violence. In his time as a homicide detective there, Arthur Nelms has seen things that have caused many sleepless nights. But nothing like the string of animal attacks that begin cropping up just before he is due to retire. Like every other murder he has investigated they have a simple, rational explanation.
Until he begins finding evidence that the killer may be all too human…
I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
I am so glad I was teamed up with Wade Joseph Le Fevre for this blog tour. This was an excellent book! Snipe Hunt is part detective mystery and part horror. It is a fast, easy read and flows well. It keeps your interest from the first page.
I felt sorry for the two detectives who are the main characters. Arthur is close to retirement and is alone and has nothing in his life but his job. His partner, Ruben, has a family but works way too much and is missing out on watching his children grow up. I think the fact that they’re both like many “real life” people made me sad.
At first I wondered how Arthur accepted so easily that the killer could be a vampire and not just a crazy person but at some point I realized that he wasn’t sharing these beliefs with anyone, not even Ruben. That made it much more realistic to me. How many times do we believe something but keep it to ourselves so that others don’t think we’re “crazy?”
Wade Joseph Le Fevre makes it easy to follow the story and, while I’m not usually one to care for reading detailed descriptions, I liked the way the victims’ thoughts and circumstances were described.
Q&A with the Author
What made you want to make the vampire less appealing than they’re usually portrayed these days?
I’m not really sure when I decided to make the vampire homeless, but as I was developing the story I decided that he was running away from his human life, including his job and money. Plus, I wanted there to be the question of whether or not he was crazy and most people think of the homeless as crazy, so it just worked out. But consciously I was trying to make him different than how vampires are portrayed these days so when the thought of making him homeless came up I ran with it.
Do you see a sequel to Snipe Hunt in the future?
Honestly I don’t really. I have nothing against sequels but really what can I do to top this vampire story? I put all the best ideas into each story so it would be hard to come up with one that wasn’t a weaker story. But the way I write all the stories take place in Carpenter, California. So while there may not exactly be a sequel to Snipe Hunt exactly, Arthur may happen to pop up in another story somewhere down the line.
What are you working on now?
Well I am writing a first draft of a book about two boys who think they live down the street from a werewolf. After that I am going to rewrite Covenant, which I’m very excited about. If everything goes according to plan Covenant will be ready by early October next year for release. And, if I find the time between then and now, I might want to write a short story about a Christmas horror that I’ve been kicking around for some time.
What are your favorite horror novels and/or authors?
Well my favorite horror novel is by my favorite horror author. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, with Bite by Richard Laymon close behind. I’m also into a lot of other independent authors right now. Amy Cross for instance. I would recommend either Asylum or American Coven, but so far all the books I’ve read of hers have been great. Also I just found another author named Ania Ahlborn. She has a book out called The Neighbors that I found fantastic! She has two other books out that I can’t wait to read!
Some Thoughts About Technology Today & the Horror Genre
by Wade Joseph Le Fevre
Picture this: 5-7 teenagers/college kids drive to the wilderness to go camping, get drunk, and give that boy they’ve been dating and the audience what they came there for in the first place. During the night, and more than likely during the best part, a killer in a hockey mask/a family of cannibals/a zombie miner from a hundred years ago/what have you bursts in and starts plucking off underdeveloped characters one by one in hideously grotesque ways. The remaining characters hightail it to their cars to find their tires slashed, their engine gutted, or the steering wheel gone. They must find a way out of their predicament. But how?
This is a scene horror fans have seen in a million slasher movies. But, unlike the 80’s, times are different. They were different in 1995 when Wes Craven revitalized the genre with Scream. The heroine, on a cordless phone with the killer, runs up stairs and calls the police on the internet! Yes, with the internet! But times have changed since then. Back in 1995 Neve Campbell didn’t have what most 12 year olds have now. Everyone carries a cell phone, a little device that fits in any pocket in the world. Some women I know even store them in their bras. So, why, when the above scenario happens don’t our doomed heroes use their cell phones to call the police? Or even AAA? Because as they explain immediately, they have no service in the mountains.
Apparently, they are in the one spot in America that does not get any type of cell reception. Or they all have the exact same carrier. Or their batteries are dead. Because, you know, your cell phone doesn’t have a tiny little reserve that can be used to make emergency phone calls like the one that would save at least three of the not main characters. Oh, wait, cell phones do have that.
The most common problem with these digital times is how hard it is to write horror. To do it believably you have to include some reason why the teens above don’t use the endless technology at their disposal to get out of the situation they’re in. Technological devices are a part of our everyday lives and writing a story without including them make the story ring false. I work very hard to make sure they are present in my work, that the characters have access to technology, are bad with it, whatever. I usually try to write around it. There are millions of other horror scenarios where technology doesn’t come into play or is completely useless. Because really, what is your laptop doing in a graveyard and what would you need it for? Are you going to be able to catch a picture of the werewolf and put it on the internet before he rips off your arm and beats you to death with it?
What really scares me, as a horror writer, as a writer at all, is that technology is taking away all the fun and mystery. To write a story, to read a story, whether it be horror or any other genre, you need imagination. And who needs imagination when you can go online and play Call of Duty with half the world, shooting people in far off sections of the world? Who needs imagination when they’re just going to make Harry Potter a movie or you can see Optimus Prime fight Megatron in 3D? Who even has time?
Technology has done and can do some wonderful things. But the younger generations are growing up, unable to sit still for five minutes and immerse themselves in the worlds of Stephen King, Anne Rice, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, or, worst of all, me! There is simply too much going on. Even for me, sometimes I have to turn my phone off to get through an hour of television without getting a Facebook update, text, email or phone call. The world is a noisy place and I’m most fearful that the first thing to go will be the horror genre.
Even now, the horror genre exists more in cinema than in the bookstores. And any originality immediately gets exploited and squeezed until we get seven Saw movies and four Paranormal Activity movies. Both of those first films were intelligent, scary and original, but the quality depreciated more and more as they went. Seeing this terrifying trend is what made me want to write horror books over horror movies in the first place. With today’s technology I can write what I want to write, free of the machine and release my vision to the reader. And like me, I have found some amazing horror writers, like Amy Cross and Ania Ahlborn, who work outside the system and whose amazing works are found by too few.
Is technology a bad thing? No, it is a great thing. But we have to beware of it stealing our imaginations like mirrors were said to steal our souls in forgotten legends. It is harder now, in this day and age, to become frightened of a noise outside of your bedroom door when you are too busy playing a game on your phone to bother with it. But, if you let us, we can help your imagination run wild. We can make you put down your phone, get out of your seat, and maybe not investigate the strange noise you heard, but at least lock your door against what it could be.
About the Author
Wade is a life-long lover of horror, whether it be in movie or book form. An avid reader and cinephile, Wade spends most of his time either reading, writing or catching up on his backlog of movies. He can usually be found sitting outside reading his Kindle, waiting for his movie to start, depending on how good the book is.
Wade’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorwadelefevre