LOS ANGELES, California –
Just in time for the Halloween and Day of the Dead season, Rogue Paperbacks and its sister division Rogue Paperbacks Español is launching the The Wolftress, the first novel by author Joseph Treviño.
For Treviño, a seasoned journalist who is a former editor of the Del Rio News-Herald, the daily newspaper of border town Del Rio, Texas, the publishing of The Wolftress is a dream come true, he said. Years in the making, he describes his novel as a “lean, mean straightforward horror western which is small, but with big dreams.”
The novel is based on Ana María García “La Lobera,” an obscure but true historical figure of Spanish 17th Century history. Hailing from the town of Posada de Llanes, Asturias, La Lobera was a woman who according to the archives of the Spanish Inquisition, caused terror in several parts of Asturias—she allegedly commanded a group of wolves to attack at will.
After the Inquisition sentenced her for being a witch and a Satanist, La Lobera was freed after taking some Christianity courses. After that, Ana María disappeared.
But, according to Joseph Treviño’s novel, some believe La Lobera fled to avoid possible reprisals from the Inquisition or others and may have migrated to a place where some Northern Spaniards went: Mexico.
Specifically to a rural region that somewhat resembles Asturias: Los Altos de Jalisco, where many Spaniards from the north kept much of their traditions and where La Lobera found a new life.
Even before the novel went to print, many who have read and reviewed the novel are praising it as one of the best reads of the genre of the last decades. One of the champions of the novel is Eduardo Yáñez, the Mexican superstar who is based in Hollywood and has had lead roles in telenovelas like Destilando Amor and in Hollywood movies like The Punisher. Yáñez, says he admires The Wolftress and believes the novel is a force of nature that should be turned into a major motion picture.
“A truly original and terrifying novel. It has reinvented the werewolf legend by taking it back to its real roots,” Yáñez said.
of the Witch
Treviño, who is originally from Los Angeles (and currently lives there) just returned from a promo tour of The Wolftress in Rome and Northern Spain, where the media covered the launch of the book. The author also retraced part of the footsteps of La Lobera in Asturias, Los Picos de Europa (The Peaks of Europe), Oviedo, Spain and the beautiful green trails of Asturias and the holy sites of Covadonga, as well as the witch mountains of Northern Spain.
Written under the undeniable influence of novelists like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien and Taylor Caldwell, The Wolftress, is a full-tilt Horror Western, fast-paced book that reads like an old school, 1980’s horror pulp.
While other writers have taken the werewolf to the realm of the fantasy genre, Treviño chose to go back to the true roots of the legend. No werewolf pretty boys here like in some recent books or movies—instead it’s true novel that is as honest as jab to the jaw.
“The real werewolves of history were pure terror. The Wolftress tries to bring back the lycanthropy legends with all their in your face glory,” Trevino says. “Werewolves are unapologetic. The Wolftress tries to show them as they truly are.”
From Northern Spain
to the Highlands of Jalisco
Based in Mexico, in the region known as Los Altos de Jalisco, The Wolftress tells the story of Peter Crane, a young college student who wants to become a real working cowboy. For that he travels to Mexico, where he finds work in an isolated town in the mountains of Los Altos de Jalisco.
Under the command of “El Rural” (The Ranger), an ex old west style cop turned rancher, Crane and a group of Mexican and American cowboys face the horror that terrorizes the mysterious town of San Miguel de la Sierra.
“The Wolftress is an old-fashioned, 80’s style pulp horror novel,” Trevino said. “I want to give people a good scare. Period.”
The novel is available in Kindle in digital version and on Ebay in print version from Rogue Paperbacks at the novel’s website: http://thewolftress.com/