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Over a month ago we asked for your pitches for supernatural and undead creatures to join our league.

For the next two weeks, we’re putting out a final call before we go to a vote. And because we like us some contests, we’re giving away an amazing collection of books, the likes of which you will probably only ever see on a site such as this. That is how awesome this prize package is. Three lucky winners will walk away with the following titles:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Darklight
by Lesley Livingston
Fallen by Lauren Kate
The Fallen 1 by Thomas E. Sniegoski
How to Speak Zombie by Steve Mockus
Hush Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Monstrumologist
by Rick Yancey
Nightlight
by The Harvard Lampoon
Night World No. 1 by L.J. Smith
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Journal

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Postcards

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
by Jane Austen and Steve Hockensmith
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim
Wings
by Aprilynne Pike
Zombies by Don Roff
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

What do you need to do to enter? Simply leave a comment here or tweet using the #undeathmatch hashtag and let us know what creature you’d like to see going head-to-head here on the site. If you’ve got a book in mind to go with said creature, all the better.

Remember, you have to login using your e-mail so we can contact you or follow us on Twitter so we can DM you.

Contest closes on Friday April 24 at midnight ET. Winners will be chosen randomly. Then we go to a vote to see who’s up next in our ghoulish throw down.

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[Guess who’s dropped by to say a few words at (un) Death-Match? It’s none-other than Kelley Armstrong herself with a special guest post! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re also holding a contest to win her entire set of The Women of the Otherworld series. What do you have to do? Post a comment below or tweet using the #undeathmatch hashtag about why werewolves rock. Remember that in order for us to contact the lucky winner, you have to either ensure you log in using a valid e-mail if you’re posting a comment on the blog or follow us on Twitter so we can DM you. Contest closes on Friday December 18 at midnight EST.]

By Kelley Armstrong

Author of the "Otherworld" series

Auther of the "Otherworld" series

I wrote many werewolf stories as a child and teen, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I decided to write a werewolf novel. I’d seen an X-Files episode on them and thought “That’s not how I’d do werewolves.” So I started my story. While I knew all the old legends, writing a book gave me an excuse to do research (which means an excuse to buy more books) so I picked up a new one: The Oxford Book of the Supernatural.

I flipped to the chapter on “Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters.” It was mostly about vampires—typical. The chapter began with a discourse on the erotic appeal of vampires, then in passing, mentioned that “the werewolf legend is low on sex appeal.”

Low on sex appeal? That was a challenge I couldn’t ignore.

Maybe the ape-like wolf-man isn’t exactly hot, but that’s Hollywood’s version. I wanted real wolf-men, the kind who changed into wolves and, even in human form, were wolf-like in nature. There’s a definite appeal to a guy with a bit of the beast inside. And if you want Alpha males, the term originated with animals, so werewolves are a natural fit.

But when we talk about Alpha males in wolf terms, though, we don’t mean the kind of guy who will sling a woman over his shoulder and take her back to his cave. Sure, today we see some of that in fiction, but a true wolf isn’t looking for someone to stay in the cave and raise his pups. He wants a life partner, a true partner, an Alpha female. Yes, he’s territorial and over-protective, but he expects a mate who will protect him and their territory just as fiercely.

To me, that’s the appeal of a werewolf guy. By nature, he’ll be a loyal mate and a good provider, and he’ll be ready to protect you against all comers. Deep-down, though, he’s kinda hoping that when danger comes, you’ll be at his side, ready to fight with him. That’s what I call sexy, no matter what The Oxford Book of the Supernatural might say.

Vampires may have a long history of eschewing werewolves as nothing more than dogs of the otherworld, believing art and culture to be within their realm of interest alone. Well, it turns out that they’re wrong. Again. When asked to come up with a list of werewolf songs for a soundtrack, you answered in droves. The range of songs you recommended were indeed impressive and show the depth of interest in werewolf lore.

Without further ado, here’s the audio playlist as voted on by you (unfortunately, I couldn’t embed it on this site so please click the link through to Playlist.com for your listening pleasure). You did well, dear minions. For that, I congratulate the randomly selected winners of Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten.

Following is a complete list of the suggested songs. More werewolf songs can be found at The Werewolf Café forum (thanks to Melanie Simmons for the link).

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon (Adam Sandler’s version got a shout-out too)

Bad Moon Rising by CCR

Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran

Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne

Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio

Of Wolf And Man by Metallica

La Loba (She Wolf) by Shakira

Furr by Blitzen Trapper

Werewolf by Cat Power

Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace

Clap for the Wolfman by The Guess Who

The Hunter by Walls of Jericho

I’m a Werewolf, Baby by The Tragically Hip

Cat People by David Bowie

The Changing Man by Paul Weller

Closer by Kings of Leon

Control by POE

Creature From the Black Leather Lagoon by Cramps

Das Tir in Meir (Wolfen) by E Nomine

Fresh Blood by the Eels band

Fullmoon by Sonata Arctica

Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Howl by Florence + the Machine

Hot Summer Night by Meat Loaf

Lil’ Red Riding Hood by Bowling for Soup

Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Lobo Domesticado by H. Tricoche

Loup Garou Bal Goula by Willy DeVille

Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Moonbaby by Godsmack

Mouth by Bush

Sister Moon by Sting

Teenage Werewolf by The Barbarellas

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah by Tracy Morgan (from 30 Rock)

Wild by POE

The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey by Joni Mitchell

Wolfman Jack by Binary Star

Wolfman Stole My Baby by Frankenstien Drag Queens From Planet 13

Wolf Moon by Type O Negative

At this point, werewolves are still in the lead so let’s keep the momentum to ensure a victory. From December 1st through 3rd, transformation dates according to the kind folks at The Werewolf’s Guide to Life: A Manual For the Newly Bitten, we’ll be giving away 10 copies of Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten. For an opportunity to win all you need to do is put in your vote for a werewolf related song so I can compile a list of the top songs to put on the definitive soundtrack.

How do you enter?

Post a comment below or tweet using #undeathmatch hashtag. Either way we need to be able to contact you so if you’re posting a comment on the blog please ensure you log in using a valid e-mail and on Twitter you have to follow us so we can DM you.

To get you warmed up, here are some examples of classic hits:
Of Wolf and Man by Metallica
Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

Keep in mind the song doesn’t have to explicitly be about werewolves but should at least be a open to interpretation.

Meanwhile, for your viewing pleasure, dance ’til you’re (un) dead:

[UPDATE: Full moon frenzy contest #2 is now closed. Please keep posted for the official werewolf playlist as selected by you. More contests coming soon.]

Thanks to everyone who entered our Ultimate Undeath Match contest, and serious props to those of you trying to score brownie points by mentioning The Strain as one of the scariest books you’ve ever read. Take heed both zombie and werewolf defenders: neither Pride + Prejudice + Zombies nor Bitten were books that make people shake and shiver as they read. Vampires. Rule.

Here are the winners:

Gabriella Schmidt
Burnaby, BC

Lisa Penney
Toronto, ON

Sarah Campoli
Brampton, ON

Susan Francis
Brantford, ON

Mary Danieli
Burnaby, BC

Congratulations all!

So, a full moon has come and gone and you answered my call to tell Deanna why werewolves rule and will utterly kill this match. Thank you, trusted minions. (Can I call you minions yet? Too soon?)

For those who answered the call, you were entered into a draw to win one of 10 copies of Kelley’s Armstrong’s Bitten. Congratulations to all the randomly selected winners and thanks to everyone who entered!

Here are some Twitter entries to offer a just a glimpse of why werewolves are so freaking amazing that I don’t understand why this match is even happening. Right?

Full moon frenzy contest tweets

Full moon frenzy contest tweets

Keep posted here and on Twitter for another Full Moon Frenzy contest. Guess when?

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We had planned to do a contest a week but that didn’t work out. Not only did the only person to enter the first weekly contest actually end up ineligble to win (they weren’t Canadian), no one entered. So we’re trying again. We’ve got five prize packs to give away, each containing the following:

  1. One copy each of The Strain and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  2. Fantastic Undeath Match movies that could be any of the following: Near Dark, Dead Alive, Undead, Underworld, Blade II, and 28 Days Later.
  3. One poster from the upcoming Cirque du Freak film.

Email me (deanna.mcfadden@harpercollins.com) with your full name and mailing address, along with the name of scariest book you’ve ever read by the end of the month (October 31st) for a chance to win.

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