There Are Wolves Here Too

By (author): Niall Howell

Spilt blood whets the appetite of a ravine at the heart of Haddington Springs, a bedroom community with a closet full of bones.

It’s 1997, and Robin and his two best friends, Steph and Dylan, are ready to dive into their first summer as teenagers. But when Catherine, a classmate’s younger sister, disappears, Robin finds his carefree life of mall arcades, soccer, and slasher movies swapped out for one of paranoia, guilt, and confusion. While parents form search parties and police chase vaporous leads, Robin becomes convinced that there is a darker element at play, one that he might have accidentally set loose. All the while, he is trying to figure out his changing relationships, growing closer to Steph as his friendship with Dylan is increasingly marred by mercurial moods and secrets. Delving into the most awkward and bewildering time of adolescence, Niall Howell’s There Are Wolves Here Too blends coming of age with noir and horror elements as we move with Robin through the difficulties of learning who to trust and when to trust yourself.

AUTHOR

Niall Howell

Niall Howell lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife, son, and trio of pets. His debut noir novel Only Pretty Damned was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction. His short fiction has been featured in The Feathertale Review and FreeFall. He can be found on Twitter @niall_howell.


Reviews

Praise for There Are Wolves Here Too:
‘ÄùThere Are Wolves Here Too delivers a powerful story about small towns and dark secrets. Howell is a writer to watch.’Äù
‘ÄîSam Wiebe, award-winning author of Hell and Gone

‘ÄúWith his follow up to his stellar debut novel, Only Pretty Damned, Niall Howell not only serves up yet another dazzling showcase of riveting drama told underneath a lingering cloud of criminality, but he also distinguishes himself as one of the finest fiction writers currently working in Canada. There Are Wolves Here Too is a mesmerizing coming-of-age masterpiece.’Äù
‘ÄîA.J. Devlin, award-winning author of the ‘ÄúHammerhead’Äù Jed mystery-comedy series

“Niall Howell gets everything right in this swift, riveting coming-of-age noir: the complications of nostalgia with all its beauty and regret, the intense, romantic disorientation of adolescence. There Are Wolves Here Too draws us into its vividly realized suburban world before extracting its darkness with masterfully restrained technique. The characters live and breathe. The plot is meticulously rhythmed. The dialogue is fresh and real. Filled with haunting sadness, sharp humour, and somber wisdom, this novel is a stunning achievement.”
‘ÄîMike Thorn, author of Shelter for the Damned and Darkest Hours

‘ÄùNiall Howell is fast becoming one of noir’s masters of subversive voice. Robin, the narrator of this lean and bleak bildungsroman, is as complex and morally compromised a character as you’ll find in crime fiction. But he’s a kid. And that’s what makes this novel so unique. All the signatures of Teen Comedy are here’Äîthe hot mom, the class bully, the tested friendship, the budding romance’Äîbut put in service of something much richer, and deeper, and darker: a Young Adult novel that is definitely not for young adults.’Äù
‘ÄîRandy Nikkel Schroeder, author of Arctic Smoke


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Spilt blood whets the appetite of a ravine at the heart of Haddington Springs, a bedroom community with a closet full of bones.

It’s 1997, and Robin and his two best friends, Steph and Dylan, are ready to dive into their first summer as teenagers. But when Catherine, a classmate’s younger sister, disappears, Robin finds his carefree life of mall arcades, soccer, and slasher movies swapped out for one of paranoia, guilt, and confusion. While parents form search parties and police chase vaporous leads, Robin becomes convinced that there is a darker element at play, one that he might have accidentally set loose. All the while, he is trying to figure out his changing relationships, growing closer to Steph as his friendship with Dylan is increasingly marred by mercurial moods and secrets. Delving into the most awkward and bewildering time of adolescence, Niall Howell’s There Are Wolves Here Too blends coming of age with noir and horror elements as we move with Robin through the difficulties of learning who to trust and when to trust yourself.

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Details

Dimensions:

320 Pages
9in * 6in * 1in
1lb

Published:

September 01, 2022

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

NeWest Press

ISBN:

9781774390597

Book Subjects:

FICTION / Coming of Age

Language:

eng

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