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About the Book
After spending two years fighting crime—and making a name for himself—in Chicago, Godan is compelled to return to his hometown of Alpena, Michigan, to combat a series of werewolf attacks in the area that he suspects he may be connected to. The nearby woods though contains a monster, capable of dishing out unimaginable levels of violence, and whose ambitions could decimate the entirety of the Great Lakes State! Those who enjoyed Godan’s origin story, THE GRAY WOLF OF CHICAGO, will be blown away by the action, chaos, and bloodshed that follows when LYCAON STRIKES!
More about THE GRAY WOLF OF CHICAGO:
Hitching his way out of Northern Michigan, Gareth Manion, a gutter punk with wolf-like abilities, heads to Chicago to start a new life for himself. Unbeknownst to him, the Windy City is plagued by a super powered gang, whose leader is always seeking ways to increase his own prowess–and Gareth has become their main target.
Unfortunately for them, they don’t realize how powerful Gareth really is.
Friendship, romance, vengeance–this is the explosive origin of the hard boiled superhero, GODAN, back when he was known as THE GRAY WOLF OF CHICAGO.
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I got interested in writing through having to writing exercises during elementary school. The interest then evolved into writing videogames reviews in junior high, then onto Journalism in high school. After I graduated high school, I went on to study Journalism with the intent of becoming a reporter (which didn’t happen—though that’s a different story). During this time, I got into poetry and fiction writing, which I continue to do to this day.
What genres do you write in?
Literary Fiction, Poetry, Superhero Fiction, and Modern Pulp Literature. I plan on writing Splatterpunk and Bizarro-themed work sometime in the future as well.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
Literary Fiction and Poetry have always been main writing interests of mine. Superhero Fiction and Modern Pulp Literature, on the other hand, came out of my interests in videogames, comics, manga/anime, and other things that are considered “geek” or genre. Wanting to expand my writing, both due lack of success in the Literary Fiction and Poetry fields and a pretty bad period of writers block I was going through at the time, I finally decided to indulge in my genre desires—in other words, superhero and pulp.
How did you break into the field?
Aside from writing for school newspapers, I basically submitted my work to whatever platform would accept it—be it an e-journal, website, or blogs. I also self-published my own poetry chapbooks.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Mainly, I want them to be entertained—so much, in fact, that besides checking out my other work, they would like to revisit what they just previously read somewhere down the line and get the same amount of entertainment out of it.
Oh, and to inspire other people to write as well. That’s always cool.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Seeing it get published and out there into the world.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Two things: 1) Finding the time to write, edit, and whatnot while working a day job at a warehouse, 2) I’m both a slow writer and a generally impatient person. This is not a good combo, but I have managed these two traits better in recent years.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Don’t be afraid to go Indie! While I’m not going to bash, or try to dissuade, anyone from writing anything that would be considered “commercial”, I would advise that they write what they believe is both fulfilling and original.
You only have one life, meaning you only have one writing career. You should try to put out content that you find fulfilling, to yourself and others, and try to have fun while doing it.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Literary Fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction, Horror, Bizarro, Pulp, Comics/Graphic Novels, Manga, True Crime, Hard boiled Crime Literature, Westerns.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
My Godan series, and possibly all other future work, is published through my own imprint, Bakunin Incorporated. I host my own podcast, called The Garret Schuelke Podcast, and I have a spoken word EP available on the Internt Archive and Bandcamp called Live in Chicago.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Official Website: http://garretschuelke.tumblr.com/
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/garretschuelke
Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/@garret_schuelke
Garret Schuelke is a writer hailing from Alpena, Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University, earning a Bachelors in Arts in December 2011. He is the the author of three novels, LYCAON STRIKES! (2018, Bakunin Incorporated), THE GRAY WOLF OF CHICAGO (2018, Bakunin Incorporated) and ANAMAKEE (2016, Riot Forge) a short story collection, WHUP JAMBOREE: STORIES (2017, Elmblad Media Group), and three ebooks: BLIND GRAVE ROBBER/AGNOSTIC EGGS, WOTAN, and THE BAKUNIN INCORPORATED READER. He has also released a EP, LIVE IN CHICAGO (2018 Bakunin Incorporated), and is the host of THE GARRET SCHUELKE PODCAST.
His work has been featured in publications such as Revolution John, Schlock! Webzine, A Thousand and One Stories, Cultured Vultures, Horror, Sleaze, and Trash, and The Round Up Writer’s Zine.
He currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.