Red Moon (2013) American forces occupy an energy-rich country. Extremist groups commit airborne terrorism. Politicians incite more violence. It's a familiar recipe: Now add werewolves. This thriller imagines… 2013-05-07 Horror Grand Central Publishing
Book Review

Red Moon (2013)

RED MOON by Benjamin Percy
RED MOON by Benjamin Percy
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 07, 2013; Writer: Benjamin Percy; Genre: Horror; Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

American forces occupy an energy-rich country. Extremist groups commit airborne terrorism. Politicians incite more violence. It's a familiar recipe: Now add werewolves. This thriller imagines an America where lycanthropy is a hot-button political topic. Percy is an ace world-builder, creating a massive cast of characters and a surprisingly believable alternate history. But the real thrill of Red Moon is how the metaphor keeps shifting: Werewolves become stand-ins for al-Qaeda, civil rights, '60s radicalism, puberty, homosexuality, the AIDS epidemic, Israel and Palestine. The prose can be overripe, but this is sharp pulp, devastating and darkly funny. A-

Originally posted May 08, 2013 Published in issue #1259 May 17, 2013 Order article reprints