The Elkie Bernstein novels by Jo Thomas explore what happens when a normal teen is suddenly targeted by weres. In 25 Ways Elkie just needs to survive, but once she has managed that things get really complicated!
25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf by Jo Thomas
Cover Art by Sarah Anne Langton
‘My name is Elkie Bernstein. I live in North Wales and I kill werewolves.’
When Elkie finds herself fighting for her life against something that shouldn’t exist she is faced with the grim reality that werewolves are real and she just killed one. Part diary, part instruction manual Elkie guides the reader through 25 ways you can kill a werewolf, without any super powers, and how she did it.
I found out that werewolves exist when I was still fifteen, just about a week before my sixteenth birthday in fact. It was too young to cope with what happened but I don’t suppose anyone is ever ready for werewolves.
So. The first day.
I woke from a dream I don’t remember but it probably involved local golden boy, Ben Lloyd — at that time, they usually did — as my hormones gave me my wake-up call. Yeah, it will have involved masturbation. I’m only human.
I got up, showered, dressed and grabbed a piece of toast on the way out the door. I ate my toast as I sat on the garden wall and waited for Dave. I counted weeds on the lane and wondered whether the potholes were bigger than the same time last year.
‘Bore da,’ I said when Dave arrived.
‘Bugger off,’ he said back, ‘Mornings’re never good.’
In those days, Dave was just the boy next door and next door was the farm at the end of the mile long lane. The decrepit ex-labourer’s cottage my mother rented belonged to that equally decrepit farm, my mum not being able to afford anything better and Dave’s parents not being able to afford to fix up either place. Asset rich, capital poor, what with sharing the meagre profit from a small Welsh hill farm among ten cousins.
‘Meet in the copse, tonight?’ Dave asked.
Before you get the wrong idea, neither of us was sure about this puberty thing or ready for the pairing up the kids at school were doing. Sure, we had our fantasies but who doesn’t?
Kate Laity : Fun, engaging and open-ended enough that we could have further adventures of Elkie, but we don’t have to rely on them to feel satisfied. Just curious