Ever since she was a child, Marlena has been fascinated with monsters. It didn’t matter if they appeared in a Vincent Price film, in a 1980s horror flick, or a classic fantasy book, she has always been drawn to them. As she’s gotten older, her definition of what makes a monster has evolved, but her love for them has only grown stronger. Now she’s lucky enough to be able to write about them.
Marlena’s work appears in a smattering of anthologies from The Sirens Call eZine to Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. Her stories lean toward weird horror, creature horror, and YA fantasy. When she isn’t thinking up strange tales, she is an active member of the Atlanta cosplay community.For more information, visit www.lenafrank.com.
The She-Wolf of Kanta April 17th, 2018 (March/May of 2018)
“A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.”
Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.
FROM THE EDITOR
Being female is a liability in the city of Kanta. As a young woman, Mercy is the sought-after prey of not only werewolves, but also of the dangerous and desperate men of the city. Her father has managed to keep her safe by keeping her on its outskirts, but he can’t protect her forever. Now she wants to become a trapper just like him, catching werewolves for the bounty offered by rich and frightened men. When Mercy’s first catch is a female, nearly worthless, her own value as a trapper is called into question. She’s not even woman enough to attract a male wolf that would bring a higher price. When her father decides to attempt to sell Mercy’s she-wolf to an old acquaintance, it may very well be Mercy who becomes the merchandise. The She-Wolf of Kanta is an old-fashioned thriller—with werewolves, a possibly mad scientist, and even a mysterious fortress. It is also a timeless exploration of gender expectations and the value of life, whether it be human or not. What determines who will be predator and who prey? –Luann Reed-Siegel
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