A new horror novelette from John Urbancik, author of "Breath of the Moon" and "Sins of Blood and Stone." More details to come.“Urbancik’s sparse, deliberate style and dark imagery provide for one for the most intense reading experiences of the year. Wings of the Butterfly is both brutal, and beautiful.” --Tim Lebbon, author of Berserk and Dusk“Tales of lycanthropy are a diA new horror novelette from John Urbancik, author of "Breath of the Moon" and "Sins of Blood and Stone." More details to come.“Urbancik’s sparse, deliberate style and dark imagery provide for one for the most intense reading experiences of the year. Wings of the Butterfly is both brutal, and beautiful.” --Tim Lebbon, author of Berserk and Dusk“Tales of lycanthropy are a dime a dozen, and scarcely inventive. In a time when spandex-clad monsters and pretty-boy gun-toting werewolves abound on our theater screens trampling coherency underfoot, it’s refreshing to discover a writer not afraid to return to the mine from which Robert McCammon, David Case and other past masters drew their gems. With Wings of the Butterfly John Urbancik infuses his tale of shapeshifters, romance and pack rivalry with some unexpected and welcome surprises. Fluid prose, gore galore and all-too human characters make this unusual, fast-paced novella a must for fans who like their horror served blood-rare.” --Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Turtle Boy, The Hides and Vessels...
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Wings of the Butterfly Reviews
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Wings of the ButterflyBy John UrbancikBad Moon BooksSoftcover Chapbook $15.00 (A signed, limited edition is also available for collectors)Scheduled shipment: March 2007In this genre it's hard to find someone who so consistently writes with his readers in mind like John Urbancik. As an author, he seems to know exactly what his fans expect of him, each and every time. This consistency is proven, yet again, in his latest novella release from Bad Moon Books, WINGS OF THE BUTTERFLY.WINGS OF THE BUTTERFLY tells the story of a dysfunctional were-pack: Eric, a vicious wolf creature who brutally lords over his dwindling pack; Garrett, the conniving were-rat; and Nicole, a fragile were-butterfly- a creature that perfectly mirrors her timid personality. This seems like a simple enough tale of dissatisfied lycanthropes running amuck in the big city, but when a stranger insinuates himself into the threesome's brittle and violent relationship the pack must decide where their allegiance stands- their cruel leader, or Lum, the serene newcomer. Nicole's inability to break away from her abusive relationship with Eric, her search for the inner strength to escape to freedom, quickly becomes the focal point, as the mysterious appearance of Lum brings her emotional crisis to a boil. How she resolves the lack of control over her own existence is the meat of the story, and in some ways, Lum really becomes nothing more than a lever to pry her from the apathetic life that she leads. Given a chance at freedom and unconditional love, Nicole must find the strength to snatch them for her own.The story is in the characters' ability to change themselves- not their ability to change shape. If anything, that seemingly fantastic power inhibits them all to some degree or other, and causes more problems than solutions. And some ways the story is really more a metaphor for abuse than werewolves. Much to this reviewer's delight, Urbancik seems to also understand that horror must speak on different levels, not merely a platform to provide frisson and titillation. For such a short novella length, less than 20K words, Urbancik manages to throw enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing how it will end. A red herring here and there doesn't hurt, either. Urbancik delivers a great read, populated by believable, emotive characters and some tight, solid prose. The editing is sparse, the tale not unlike a tone poem- folklore brought into a contemporary setting.If I have any complaint about WINGS OF THE BUTTERFLY it would be the length. I wanted more; I wanted to know what happens to Nicole. But, then again, that's just a validation that Mr. Urbancik knows how to weave a tale that leaves you wanting more.--Nickolas Cook.
There are books out there that challenge your faith, make you question your existence, and change your world. They reach to the very core of your being, tear down all your illusions and lay bare the truth of who you really are. And then there are books that serve solely to entertain you. To carry you away from the trials and tribulations you go through every day, and creating a space of freedom -a life dead to yours, and resurrected through the imagination of another’s. Now, I know there are quite a few of you out there who scoff and scowl at such a book. I don’t know how to break this to you all out there, but not every one is out to change the world nor does every one want their world changed. Some of us just want to escape for a little bit and leave the crusades up to Mr. Jones. And then there are stories like Urbancik’s latest. On the surface it’s just another were-tale, complete with the typical protagonist and the unavoidable - seen ten miles down the road - climax. But see, it’s the undertone of the plot that screams for acknowledgement. Underneath lies a story of abuse, insecurity, and loss of faith. So, even though it may not affect your soul, it will touch your heart. Can you dig it? I knew that you could. Though the characters are all stereotypical and two-dimensional, you relate and react to each of them with the room provided. Now, I’m still not sure if this is a flaw in Urbancik’s storytelling or his greatest asset. And since my panties seem to be all smoothed out and that stick was removed long ago, I’m going to assume it was on purpose. Let’s just hope I’m right and he doesn’t make a habit of it, because though I’m a forgiving woman, I’m also a character whore. Now speaking of questionable intentions, Urbancik’s style –though pragmatic and serious – is also very, very reserved. Whether it’s on purpose or not, I don’t like it. He relays the information, sets the scene, accomplishes what he’s outlined, but I don’t feel or see anything of the author in his story. In other words, I think Urbancik is holding out on us. I want to feel a connection to the author, and I didn’t at all. Damn, brother, where’s the love? As far as atmosphere…yeah, I couldn’t even tell you. I didn’t notice it. Maybe that was due to the rapid pace of the book, maybe it wasn’t established fully or maybe I’m just not that observant. Either way, it didn’t subtract from the story or my experience so I guess it’s aight. And if it was solely the result of my absent-mindedness - my bad. -As posted on Horror-Web.com
This is a story about a group of three shifters. The pack leader is a wolf who protects the others, but who is also cruel. The protagonist can shift into a butterfly. And, the third person in the pack can shift into a rat. The reason why they have formed a pack, is that shifters can sense out other shifters, and some are violent animals that will kill other shifters. Hence, the butterfly and rat, stay with the wolf, because of his protection. The story is about an incident, when a new shifter arrives from China, a dragon shape shifter. Which cause all forms of emotional and physical distress, for the butterfly. This is her tragic story of finding hope.This is a really good story, as it deals with the physiological themes, while the shifters and the horror that occurs, is really undertones and backdrop, for what is occurring in Butterfly's head. I recommend it, as it's a fun an intelligent read.
Wings of the Butterfly tells the story of a pack of three shapeshifters: Nicole, a butterfly, Garrett, a rat, and Erik, a wolf. Nicole and Garrett live in fear of the controlling pack leader, Erik. When a new shapeshifter comes to town, Erik thinks it is his duty to protect the pack by killing him. But Nicole sees him as her chance to escape Erik's clutches and fall in love.The plot is unique from other shapeshifter/werewolf stories. Instead of being about murder or anything frightening, it's about love and independence. The focus of the narrative is on the pack mentality. I almost wouldn't classify it as a horror novella, but it does have a bit of murder gore, although it's not the heart of the story.The pace is fast, due to the fact that there's not much description, just action. The novella is only 87 pages, but I wish it was longer. I think this would have made an interesting novel.The characters are stereotypes and not developed well enough for me to love them, but well enough for me to relate to them. But occasionally Nicole's weakness and neediness irritated me, and Garrett and Erik were overall unlikable, despicable characters.Although I didn't care for the characters, I would still recommend Wings of the Butterfly because of its unique plot and exciting pace.Read more of my reviews at http://littlemisszombie.blogspot.com.
This was a quick and delightful novella. I read it in one sitting, and was surprised to see shape shifters portrayed in a different way than I commonly see. The story centers on the fragility of the Butterfly, and I found it quite lovely.