Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hallloween is Near ~ What Scares Your Shifters?

The Trickster ~ ~


By Pat Cunningham

With Halloween approaching, the question arises: mere mortals quake at the thought of the supernatural, but what do supernatural beings fear (other than Buffy and the Winchester boys)? Let’s ask …

VAMPIRE – Well, that’s a no-brainer. Sunlight. Crosses, garlic, holy water, even stakes, we can deal with that. You can come back from those. Sunlight, though, that’s pretty final. It’s like that line from Terminator 2: you get caught out after dawn, and anybody not wearing two million sunblock is gonna have a really bad day. We can move around when it’s cloudy, but that’s chancy. If you’re a weatherman, you’d better get the forecast right or we’re coming after you. Well, those of us who are left.

WOLF – Our biggest fear has to be the safety of the pack. Guns, diseases, threats from humans, protecting your mate, challenges from other wolves – we worry constantly. Look at me, I’m shedding just thinking about it. My personal fear is leg traps. My uncle lost a hand in one. When I go to a park or the State Game Lands, I stay on the paths. Better safe than sorry.

CAT – Werewolves, the big bullies. They’re always chasing me. I end up climbing a tree, which is a mistake because I’m afraid of heights and I always get stuck on a branch. One time I was so scared I shifted up there. There I was, stark naked, stuck in a tree and crying my eyes out, all because of some nasty wolf. What? Oh, the fire department got me down. Six companies showed up. They were all so nice about it. And cute. I like firemen.

HORSE – Spurs. Spurs and bits. I don’t go in for pain. Some of us are into the whole S&M scene – saddles, whips, reins, tight cinches – but not me. I don’t ride that trail. I like a rider with a good seat and a firm hand who’ll give me a rubdown afterwards. Now that’s heaven.

JAGUAR – What do we fear? Pah! We are jaguars. We fear nothing. We are kings of the jungle. I will admit to some unease regarding snakes. The way they slither, that legless undulation, it is – creepy? Yes, that is the word. But fear, no. We need fear nothing with these claws. Ah, little gatita, I see you admiring my claws. Come here, come sit beside me. I will drive the big bad wolves away. You like the firemen? Smile, and I will be on fire for you. You make such a lovely purr.

COYOTE – I was dating this girl, another coyote, she knew positions even I never heard of, but anyway, everything was cool until one day she starts using words like “marriage” and “puppies” and telling me I should get a job. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Scariest thing that ever happened to me.

GIRAFFE – Power lines. You can get tangled up in those buggers for days.

So, what are your shifters afraid of? Let’s hear from them.


Blurb ~

It's that time of the month -- the full moon -- when Willy Alvarez's moods go wonky and her dreams fill up with wolves. A time for hungers she doesn't dare fulfill because they lead to violence. She's resigned herself to a manless life, then Cody Gray arrives.

Cody is cute, funny, charming, and a werecoyote. His nose knows what Willy doesn't: she's half werewolf. He's convinced this repressed half-human she-wolf is his perfect mate. Now he just has to convince her. And quick, because her long-lost pack has learned about her existence, and they've come to town to claim her...

COYOTE MOON by Pat Cunningham at ~ ~ Pat’s book has received several top reviews.


Paris said...

My Jaguar Warriors are afraid of being outed because they have a nasty bunch of humans that aren't happy about sharing the same universe. They'd just as soon stay secret. Other than that, silver. Thery're allergic and wounds don't heal as fast but that more or less just ticks them off:-)

Beth Caudill said...

Actually, for my're dead on. They're afraid of losing their loved ones. Something everyone has to face.

Savanna Kougar said...

Sable, my black cat girl, has the normal fears, like men who are after her tail, but are bad in bed.

Sun Rocket, my red lioness woman, has to watch her tail since the galaxy she resides in doesn't like cat shifters.

Zio, my intergalactic stallion shifter, loves his chosen mate, but has the fear she won't be accepted by his royal father.

Trail, my stallion shifter on Earth, fears the shadow government.

rm2h said...

I do not see turtles or possums in novels all though I seem to remember a story that wereraccoons in Weremones by Buffi BeCraft-Woodall. As a reader I enjoy unusual shifters. I have read about horse shifters in Horsfall 1: Tail of Two Brothers and Horsfall 2 Taste Test by Jade Buchanan. Also Seals ones in Bianca D'Arc Inferno Were.

Donna said...

Shelly Laurenston has African Wild Dog shifters, Hyena Shifters and some pretty kooky hybrids.

Serena Shay said...

hehe...great blog Pat!! Yep, that sounds like my jags all right...nothing scares those cats!

Kathy Kulig said...

I love shifter stories. Great post especially for Halloween! My shifter is a leopard in my new book coming to Ellora's Cave. He's trying to reclaim his lost shifting abilities after he accidentally killed a fellow soldier while on a mission. He'd been using his skills as an assassin and he's afraid he won't recover those skills in time to defeat some troublesome demons.