Set in the same post-apocalyptic universe as Vampires Vs. Dragons, Orcs Vs. Wolves continues the Horror vs. Fantasy theme by focusing on a rising conflict between goblins and werewolves in post-apocalyptic Mongolia.
In this tale, goblinkind has dominated Eastern Mongolia, keeping both humans and werewolves as slaves, and increasing their strength by scavenging the remains of human civilization and repurposing them as weapons of war.
The story’s competing protagonists are a pit-fighting werewolf named Niko, and a world-weary bounty hunter orc named Grim who’s been put in charge of Niko’s safe transfer from one owner to another. The transfer does not go smoothly, and soon both find themselves in the middle of a werewolf plot of uprising against their goblin oppressors.
The idea for doing a story focusing on goblin culture in a post-apocalyptic environment is something that first came to me a few years ago upon watching Mad Max: Fury Road and seeing the character, culture, philosophy, and environmental designs of the half-lifes. At the time, I fell in love with the idea, but didn’t have a context for it until I made the decision to do Vampires Vs. Dragons as a NaNo project and that story provided the context I needed. I decided to write these stories as two isolated tales within a shared universe, following a theme of Horror vs Fantasy and pitting the scavenging orc warlords against werewolves.
A caution for my sensitive readers: Given the subject matter, I had to go to grittier corners of my mind to do this tale justice, both in terms of violence and language. I think this is the first novel I’ve done in which the language goes as far as the ‘S’ word in some parts. It was hard to get around that kind of language and have the characters stay in character. But I figure most people looking to read a book about a war between orcs and werewolves are probably going to be okay with the odd S-bomb. I stopped short of stronger words, or having the language be pervasive, because even I wouldn’t want to read that let alone write it.
For those of you who have been following my blog for the past couple of months, this is also the conclusion to my NaNoWriMo 2020 project. Thank you for going on this journey with me from inspiration, to writing, to formatting, and finally to publication. Next steps include promotion, some of which will be on this blog, and my various social mediums.
It’s not quite the quickest that I’ve gone from writing a book to getting it published, but it’s pretty close. Vampires Vs. Dragons came out January 9th of its year. I had hoped to have this one out as early as December, but ran into an unexpected hiccup figuring out how to put the artwork together, and then December got busier as I got further into it.
I’m already gathering some inspirational materials for 2021’s NaNo project, but I won’t start harping about that for a while.
As with Vampires Vs. Dragons, I made the decision to do this as a pure novel-in-a-month challenge with all editing and revision taking place within the same month it is written, with no further changes after December 1st. I’ve stuck with that parameter as far as the main text. I even wanted to finalize the chapter titles before December 1st and not make changes to those either. A formatting issue forced me to shorten one of them so the whole title would fit on one page, but other than that, they’ve stayed the same.
Thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me through this journey and encouraging me onward. This book was a joy to brainstorm, write, and produce, and I hope you enjoy reading it!
You can grab a copy on Amazon at this link.