The Frenzy Way by Gregory Lamberson

Greg Lamberson is back with The Frenzy Way, another brutal thrill ride into the supernatural. This time, Lamerson is flipping the script on werewolves and upping the ante while he’s at it. You won’t walk away from this one unscathed.

The live among us in the shadows: a species unknown to man except in legend. Highly intelligent, with the ability to adapt their flesh to new forms, they are capable of great destruction and ruthless behavior, but desire only to live in peace. In New York City, a rogue member of their underground society threatens to reveal their existence to mankind, which will provoke a terrifying war unlike any seen before.

Anthony Mace, the heroic captain of an NYPD homicide unit, is a media darling because of his successful record in apprehending serial killers. But Mace faces the case of his career – a case no one else wants to touch – when a series of vicious and bloody murders sends the city reeling in panic. His only clue is a historic artifact discovered at one of the crime scenes: the hilt of a sword with a broken silver blade, bearing the likeness of a pious inquisitor… and an angry wolf. 

Each horrifying murder leads Mace closer to an impossible truth that his superiors refuse to consider. In the midst of a national media firestorm, Mace must risk his career – and his very life – to stop this supernatural horror.

As with Personal Demons, Lamberson yet again proves his ability to enthrall the reader with his imagination and words. The story is incredibly complex, but goes down easy when coupled with Lambeson’s trademark style. His storytelling ability is such that he can weave the most compelling characters that you actually care about. He then turns up the heat, eschewing every single expectation you can possibly have as to how things are going to end up.

That being said, one of the things that I love about Lamberson’s writing is the fact that you never really know what’s going to happen to any given character. You can bet that if you fall in love with someone in a Lamberson novel – something bad is probably going to happen to them. Lamberson makes it very apparent that he’s in charge of the story, and that it doesn’t merely evolve into something formulaic. Instead, the writer turns every convention on it’s head and gives you something breathtakingly fresh and new.
It’s also very apparent that this is a man who writes for the screen. Every single move in this book is filled with so much description, and the action is incredibly cinematic. You can’t help but really see everything in your mind – very, very clearly. Hell, I wish someone would option this for a film. With Lamberson’s powerful talent, I’m sure this would make for a wild cinematic experience.Lamberson is ushering a whole new breed of werewolf tales, and I’m stoked to be here while it happens. And you should be too.

Also, keep your eyes open for Lamberson’s follow up – The Frenzy War – coming from Medallion Press in 2012

Get in contact with Greg at his website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Personal Demons by Gregory Lamberson

Personal Demons is the biggest little book you will ever read. There. I said it. This book is jam packed with that super hero quality that makes comic book geeks drool, yet peppered with enough of a good, old fashioned, crime novel – meets horror feel – just to make sure you know it’s crossing genres. It also slices, dices and washes your car!!! All this and more!

Jake Helman, an elite member of the NY Special Homicide Task Force, is facing what most cops fear – an elusive serial killer. While investigating a series of sacrificial killings being doled out by a mysterious man known as The Cipher, some of Helman’s personal demons come out to haunt him. After refusing to take a drug test and resigning from the force, he finds himself working as the director of security at Tower International – a highly controversial genetic engineering company. Under the guidance of the secretive and trailblazing Mr. Tower, the company is conducting experiments of an utterly unethical nature, in the name of human progress. After delving deeper into the company, Helman finds that the Tower Int. is doing more than just playing with science, they’re playing with human souls.

Lamberson, the writer and director behind the cult favorite Slime City, delivers an incredible 1-2-punch with his second novel. Like I said before, this one has a very comic book/superhero feel with a dash of crime novel thrown in for good measure. The story itself is not too complicated, wickedly fast, and jammed with so much action that you barely have a chance to breathe while reading. I flew through this one in a day or two.

Lamberson’s ability to kick your ass down to the pits of despair with the main character, and the bring you flying back up at a whim, are incredible. You really feel for Jake the whole time. Lamberson does get quite masochistic when it comes to the shit he puts Jake through, making for some very painful points in the book.

If I had a rating system here at Paperback Horror, you can be sure that this book would be somewhere up near the top. It’s rare to find someone so excited about the genre who turns out to be not only a phenomenal writer, but also a deliciously dark dreamer, and someone who actually has to chops to bring you all over the emotional spectrum with his well placed words. Lamberson is seriously an author to watch, as he’s poised to take the modern horror world by storm.

I really want to recommend this book to everyone who feels like they need something a little more interesting from their horror novels. And keep an eye out for the second installment of the Helman Files – Desperate Souls (coming October 1st, 2010) and Lamberson’s werewolf novel – The Frenzy Way (June 1st, 2010), both by Medallion Press.