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My first read from D.T. Neal, and it won’t be my last. A unique werewolf story, different from others I’ve read, which is a good thing! A fresh take. Great characters, the emotions are felt deeply. Overall, would highly recommend! 

—Brian G. Berry, Goodreads review




Set in Chicago in 2007, Saamaanthaa follows Samantha Hain, a 28-year-old performance artist whose pretentious peers include poets and painters who see themselves as cultured subversives in a world full of ordinary people. Sam encounters Ansel Rupino, an artist, a werewolf, and is infected by him during a one-night stand. She sees her world turned inside out as she struggles to reconcile her artistic persona with her lycanthropy, and finds artistic inspiration and expression, both creative and destructive, through her infection. As the story propels her through the city, the unpredictable and gruesome consequences of her malady become increasingly dire for Sam, her friends, the city, and even the world. Saamaanthaa explores lycanthropy-as-art, the effect of Sam’s disease on her relationships, and what it means to be a monster, and a woman, in a world of men. 

Part black comedy, part satire, all horror novel, Saamaanthaa offers a uniquely literary take on the werewolf mythos, and builds to an unforgettable, grisly climax.

“Successful horror tale, insightful social commentary, and a great ride.” —Amazon review


D. T. Neal is a fiction writer and editor living in Chicago. He won second place in the 2008 Aeon Award for his short story, “Aegis,” and has been published in Albedo One, Ireland’s premier magazine of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

He is the author of Saamaanthaa, The Happening, and Norm—The Wolfshadow Trilogy. He’s also written the vampire novel, Suckage, as well as the Lovecraftian cosmic horror-thriller, Chosen. He has written three creature feature/eco-horror novellas, RelictSummerville, and The Day of the Nightfish. He continues to work on several science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller stories.



• 2008 Aeon Award, Second Place for “Aegis”
• 2009 Honorable Mention, “Best Horror of the Year,” edited by Ellen Datlow for “Aegis” and “Rotgut.”
• Runner-up, 2013 Best New Novel by a Chicagoan, Chicago Reader, for “Suckage”
• Shortlisted for the 2012 Aeon Award for “Day of the Nightfish.”


  • Series: The Wolfshadow Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944286002

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