Author: Mike Roukas

Mike Roukas holds an MFA in Creative Writing from a swingin’ San Francisco university, and a BA in English from a little Bible-belt college. On, he unites these powers like Voltron to engage the productive, insightful activity of reviewing and mocking stupid werewolf paraphernalia. He has a few literary black projects too, but when he’s not working on them, he’s grappling with the bitter truth that being an adjunct professor in America is about as lucrative as owning an Amish-run computer repair shop. Mike also likes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Thai noodles, old school videogames, ferrets, hyenas, guns, and lava lamps. He also likes to write during early, rainy mornings like he’s straight out of a Folgers commercial or some shit.

by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 7:11pm

“He picked a damn lonely place to live, didn’t he?” Police Sergeant Jack McBain finished the last of his coffee – straight black – and tossed the paper cup out the squad car window. He cursed as the vehicle bumped down the stony rural road. “Not exactly the brownstone district. The crazy bastard.” Major Andrew […]

by on Feb. 11, 2011 at 2:05pm

One of the worst English papers I’ve ever graded stated that “technoligy makes people smarter.” I shit you not: That same paper went on to become a letter to President Obama, asking him to invent a device that would revolutionize the recycling process of cardboard and plastic. I know that Obama can MacGyverize anything, but […]

by on Feb. 17, 2010 at 11:06am

Werewolf Vs. Vampire by Bryan Baugh. This month’s New York magazine features a short article on werewolves by Jeff Vandam. While the “article” is only a page long, and while I would sooner expect The New Yorker to run a feature on Rambo, I was nevertheless happy to see some lycanthropic goodness in a mainstream […]

by on Sep. 18, 2009 at 11:02pm

So you’ve got a thing for wolves and you’ve got some Zoolander in your blood. But do you feel like the loser you are when you succumb to buying the latest nerdcore Hot Topic Worgen shirt? Do you feel like you have KICK ME, I’M A FUR-FAG written on your forehead when you rock your […]

by on Sep. 18, 2009 at 9:49pm

I’m not sure what this old axiom (The voice of the people is the voice of God) has to do with this contemporary throwback videogame. Nevertheless, the game is awesome enough to feature here… in spite of the fact that the werewolves are the ones getting the beat-down. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” is part Metal […]

by on Sep. 2, 2009 at 11:35am

While cartoony and childish on the surface, this short feature is a frightening venture into the subconscious of the animal that is man. And please, be honest; there are likely a few people here who have thought something along the lines of: “I was sitting in my huge leather armchair watching telly, and thinking how […]

by on Aug. 31, 2009 at 4:33pm

It looks like artists like Dark Natasha, Goldenwolf, and Synnabar have joined forces to become a lycanthropic strikeforce of pure awesome… and create a werewolf-themed calendar for 2010. Check out their well-drawn and nuanced images at

by on Jul. 17, 2009 at 8:32am

The art of making a good werewolf book cover must be tough shit. For reasons that modern Roukasian science has yet to discover, most monster-fans shun lycanthropes in favor of books featuring thin pale guys who sip blood, sparkle, and languish in a dark existential tardzone. Of course, this may prompt me to smoothly remove […]

by on Jul. 15, 2009 at 4:19pm

Although I can’t tell exactly what DIALOKOLECTIV is rapping about here, it appears to be something bristly, snarly, lycanthropic and cool. And while that’ll be my Abercrombie & Fitch logic for the day, I promise to make up for it with a new feature / review that I have in the works.

by on Jul. 1, 2009 at 1:50pm

Most people, if they read, get off on books that incarnate into movies, video games, Fruit Roll-Ups, and toothpaste. Of course, the little demon of intellectual affirmative action sits on my shoulder and says “Don’t over-generalize; they’re not all as bad as you’re implying!” Sure, I want to let my South Park conservativism kick into […]