On my last trip to heaven, aka the book store, I came across the book Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow and after giving it a look thought “Wow! A werewolf horror novel written in poetic verse! Why the hell haven’t I heard of this book until now?” So once I got home I had to research the book. It turns out it has gotten fantastic reviews from most everyone that has read it. It seems like the perfect book for those that love werewolves, a chilling horror story and poetry. Check out the book description…
Barlow’s debut novel innovatively mixes horror, noir, and epic poetry, creating a uniquely thrilling read. Ruled by competing packs of werewolves, the seedy underside of LA is far stranger than anyone ever imagined. Lycanthropes hire themselves out as hit men and pushers, both driving and feeding off the criminal world. At the center of the story is Anthony Silvo, a self-professed loner and dogcatcher who falls in love with a mysterious woman; she leads a second life as a werewolf and works for Lark, the leader of the most dangerous werewolf pack on the streets. Her growing relationship with Anthony causes her to regret the wild choices of her past and seek out a new life. Meanwhile, Lark suspects that competing packs of lycanthropes are after his power and he prepares for a massive, citywide conflict. Other subplots include a detective’s investigations into werewolf-related murders and a comic bridge tournament that might have ties to the LA drug trade. Some readers might be initially intimidated by Barlow’s free-verse poetry, but, after a page, they will be swept into the rhythm. It’s also to Barlow’s credit that the touching moments between the woman and Anthony work as powerfully as the most graphic violence in the story.
Sounds fantastic! Has anyone read it or plan on reading it? Let us know what you think.