Saturday, May 21, 2011

Last Flight of the Ark

Business first, then we'll chat about werewolves.Annie is the winner of, Slipping the Past. It's headed to you via email.

I'm going to do it again this week with Last Flight of the Ark. Leave a comment under this post no later than Friday at midnight, and I'll draw a name from the virtual hat on Saturday and announce the winner in my post.

Now, let's talk about werewolves.

What walks on four legs in the morning, two at noon and three in the evening?

This is the riddle of the Sphinx and it suggests that the link with man and beast has been around a very long time indeed. But how far back can we track the legend of the werewolf and where does it get it's roots? It's suggested, that Ergot, a mold found in rye fed into the hysteria several times in the past, but hysteria is fed from beliefs. Ergot, the original LSD is suspected of wrecking havoc in civilization as far back a Ancient Greece. So were did the roots of those beliefs start?
  • Research suggests, about 140,000 years ago man and wolves began to establish a common bond and evolved together--literally.
  • Discoveries of alters in some of the earliest human settlements suggest that humans had bear, wolf and various other animal cults. In fact animals had become common elements of their myths and legends.
  • 25,000 BC, Franco Cantabrian cave artists depicted humans with animal heads and features.
  • There's argument about the age of the Sphinx, but for the sake of this post, we're going to say it came into being around 3000 BC. If you search cultures throughout the world, you will find the Sphinx was a common feature in myth and legend and not entirely an Egyptian icon. From Greece, Rome, India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Sumeria, it played a role in religious beliefs of the time.
  • 2000 BC The Epic of Gilgamesh was written down and Enkidu born. Werewolves came to life in literature.
  • Jump forward to 1589 and the execution of werewolf Peter Stubbe. A very sadistic man with a lot of issues that fed into the legend and the paranoia of the time. He also gave birth to the modern version of the monster often seen in Hollywood films.
So, where am I going with all this? Well, the legend of the werewolf is evoloutionary, and much like my novel, Last Flight of the Ark, the werewolf stories have sprung from historical events and events of the past.

Blurbage time: 

Evolution never happened so fast.

Twelve hours outside of Terra II, Colonel Kaleb Titan, a molecular geneticist and commander of the Ark, faces a life or death choice that could change the fate of mankind.

The Genesis I, aka the Ark, travels with a hold full of wildlife and three crew members. When a wolf bite and genetically-altering gamma radiation transform Kaleb, he notices his senses have been heightened, his libido has gone haywire and he can’t keep his hands off his crew. Worse yet, they don't seem inclined to stop him.

When their sister ship, the Genesis II arrives early, Kaleb’s problems compound. As soon as the command crew of the Genesis II boards, one whiff tells Kaleb they’re not from Earth or who they appear to be.

When he discovers that they’ve kept the Genesis II’s crew of over two thousand alive, he begins to believe their reasons may be far more ominous than anyone could have imagined. However, he also discovers what’s holding them back. The hijackers seem to be allergic to canines.
Now they're forced to employ biological warfare against their own, but will it be enough to save humanity?

History is about to repeat and only one species will survive.

Leave a comment for your chance to win an e-copy of Last Flight of the Ark.
Last Flight of the Ark

Have a great Saturday,



Sara Brookes said...

Dawn, just have to say, I loved Last Flight of the Ark when I read it (in one sitting no less). Loved, loved, loved. Ok, now I'm gushing.

D L Jackson said...

Oh, thanks so much, Sara. It's one of my favorites. I love playing with alternate senerios and it's a story that has a few surprises and some not so traditional werewolves. It's also a menage story--so you got to like it a little racy.