Monday, 25 February 2013

Guest Post - John Vamvas and Olga Montes Authors of WHEREWOLVES

Today I am pleased to welcome John and Olga, authors of WHEREWOLVES to Lost to Books so everyone please give them a warm welcome.


The core idea and title for WHEREWOLVES came to us over ten years ago. As lifelong horror film fans, it was especially the likes of George Romero’s realistic treatment of the horror-thriller “Martin” that left a lasting impression on us. We knew that if and when we wrote WHEREWOLVES, it could only happen if the story were realistic; that the events could actually happen. Life went on but we continued to gather and store bits and pieces of real-life stories and events. We were especially marked when a young Canadian soldier, who, knowing we were writers, pulled us aside in a department store. He divulged he was certain his food had been tainted by the military to make him and his unit exceedingly aggressive during a peacekeeping mission overseas. Back many months, the young man felt betrayed, violated, still traumatized by what had happened there, “They did shit to me, bro. All kinds of shit. They made me do things that I can’t ever repeat. You gotta write something about this. But don’t tell them it was me”. Whether what he was telling us was truth or imagined, this encounter gave us the edge for WHEREWOLVES.

WHEREWOLVES is not so much a horror story as it is a social commentary. The story is a reflection on how ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’. It looks at parents who serve their country, but at great cost to their kids. Teachers who mean well but are riddled with their own monsters. Political events that have skewed our views of the world. Peer pressure, greed, insecurity, desensitization, ... it goes on. Despite their lack of likability, we hope our characters' humanity shines through, thus distorting the reader’s concept of good and bad, black and white, right and wrong. To us, the horror of the story is not the monsters but how monstrously we are capable of treating one another. 

by John Vamvas and Olga Montes

Genre(s): YA, Horror, Thriller

A group of high school seniors and their teacher, The Sarge, go on a survival training weekend and must
face their biggest enemy: themselves. A growl they hear and one by one they disappear. What is out
there? Can it really be werewolves?

A fresh take on bullying told using a fun, rapid-fire style; with edgy, layered characters and a plot twist
with as much depth as impact.

Thought provoking. Intense. Action packed.

Based on the screenplay, WHEREWOLVES, by John Vamvas and Olga Montes.

"SPARKLING DIALOGUE... THE WRITING IS SENSATIONAL." Emmy and Peabody Award winning writer, William Mastrosimone

"KEPT ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. GETS YOUR PULSE POUNDING." Award winning investigative journalist, Victor Malarek, CTV, W-5

Link to cover images, author bios, book excerpt, and synopsis: 

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John VamvasAbout the Authors
Together for over 20 years, John and Olga started as an acting team but soon began to write their own scripts for lack of finding two-person plays they could tour across North America. They wrote and toured four full-length critically acclaimed plays to packed houses across Canada and the United States, including, Bad Boy, which they performed Off-Off-Broadway at New York’s Creative Place Theatre in the heart of Times Square.

Olga MontesIn 2001, they were approached to star in and rewrite the short film, Things Never Said in Playa Perdida. Playa won the audience award at the New York Short Film Festival in 2002 and tied first place at the Festivalisimo festival in Montreal.
WHEREWOLVES was written as a screenplay in 2010. Thanks to suggestions from fans on sites such as, they wrote the novel to get the story out while they wait for it to hit the screens.

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