October 22, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Review - Dances with Werewolves

Tombstones: Dances With Werewolves
By John Peel
Publisher: Archway
ISBN: 0-671-53529-3
Pub. Date: October 1995
Pages: 154


A serial killer known as "The Hinsdale Slasher" has been terrorizing a small Midwestern town. Holly Brand learns that Graham is actually the killer and he has kidnapped her best-friend Zakiya. With the help of her aunt, Police Chief Debra Dorn, Holly finds out where Graham has taken Zakiya, but this killer is not what meets the eye. He is actually a werewolf!

Holly becomes a hero and a media sensation after she kills "The Hinsdale Slasher", but only her aunt and best-friend know that he was in fact a werewolf. Suddenly, the ordinary teenager's, Holly, life is completely changed. All the media reporters wants her to do an exclusive interview and the poplar boys want to date her, including the star high school football player, Jeff.

She gets nominated to be the Midwinter Dance Queen, which upsets a popular girl, Gina, who wants revenge!

Tombstones: Dances With Werewolves was released around the time Point Horror books written for teenagers were popular. The confrontation with "The Hinsdale Slasher" occurs in the first chapter, followed by the media aftermath. It seems that the heroine, Holly, has to deal with the crazed Gina, who’s having her own howling problems. The author, John Peel, does a great job of building up the suspense, making this teen horror read a page-turner. I wish Hollywood would take a look at the teen horror and thriller books from the 80s and 90s, as they are better plotted than most big-budget movies.

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