The Wehrwolf

By Alma Katsu

I’m a big fan of Alma Katsu’s work, I love the way that she weaves horror into history (not that history isn’t filled with enough horrors as it is). A quick little under 100-pager as Halloween approached seemed like a fabulous idea.

The short story is a particular beast. The author doesn’t really have the time to tell a complete story filled with detailed and developed characters. The story must move quickly, the characters have to be straight forward or there isn’t much of a point. There is no time for dilly-dallying.

Personally, I love the short story that leads me down the garden path, only to have that shocking twist at the end; you know the ones where you have to kick yourself and wonder how you did not see that coming.

Katsu had a different purpose with The Wehrwolf. She had a point to make, a message for her readers. Katsu is drawing parallels between history and today, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Wehrwolf is more about the message than it is about the story; and in this Katsu did a great job.

*4 Stars

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