Although I suppose it could also be a 'Knocker' - a little goblin that inhabits mine workings and performs small acts of mischief.
Cruel has been quite a difficult novel for me to write. The storyline itself was easy but the devil is in the detail so they say. I have had to work the story around lots of hard facts and whilst the research on this has been fascinating, getting the facts and the fiction to adhere to each other has been an experience - one that I am likely to repeat because I'm actually loving this story.
I will not go into the detail too much, save to say that it is based in Victorian England where a small society of Werewolves interacts with humans seamlessly. Then comes the threat to the society in the form of... no, I won't go that far...
Suffice it to say there's a threat in the shape of human Police and human vigilantes drafted in to a small area and if they look too close, they may find exactly what they are not expecting.
If one Werewolf is killed in the 'Age of the Autopsy' when men of science were discovering more about the human body than had yet been discovered, all would be up with their society. They would be revealed as being different to humans and then all hell would break loose and Werewolves cannot afford for that to happen.
At the moment, humans believe Werewolves to be a thing of myth and legend, a make-believe creature and the Werewolves prefer to keep it that way.
Hide in plain sight.
Do not draw the attention of Humes.
Keep ye faithful to the Hierarchy and to the Lycaeon.
Suffer not a Throwback to live.
Someone did not keep to those rules and now Hell is breaking loose.
This is the second in the Werewolf series - the début novel from D Michelle Gent can be found at: