Will Smith said it best, “parents just don’t understand” and while “Ginger Snaps” used werewolves as a metaphor for adolescence it stuck too close to traditional werewolf mythology.
Author Omari Pye rolls these themes together with a twist in his new novel, “Curse of the King.” A traditional werewolf is created when someone is randomly attacked and they only transition into beast form during specific times. Pye shifts his monsters’ curse into a hereditary trait that could come out at any time, transforming his characters into Werelions.
“We have all inherited something from our parents that we wish we hadn’t,” Pye said. “The curse in this book is a metaphor for the strain between parent and child, while examining the importance of the choices we make.”
Lions traditionally have a very aggressive relationship between fathers and sons while living in large family units. Between the pride and power of these creatures they act as a natural metaphor for the characters of the novel.
“Curse of the King” takes nature vs. nurture and pits it against classic mythology in a modern society.