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Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. Her main focus is creating fast-paced, action-packed stories that keep the interest of young and new adults, although readers of all ages enjoy her work. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
Love it or hate it, one of mankind’s best talents is creating weapons. But if you were to take away all of our advancements in weaponry, you’d have my favorite weapon. TEETH! Consider the human jaw alone. “Our second molars can exert a bite force between 1,100 and 1,300 Newtons, beating the orangutan…but lag behind the gorilla, chimp…” Discover Magazine (https://goo.gl/R1ymxR). Biting is an especially effective defensive weapon. Think of all the fictional characters that our imaginations have created around biting: vampires, zombies, werewolves, and even some serial murderers to name a few.
Then there’s the added saliva, and that “The human mouth contains around 500 to 1,000 different types of bacteria” Wikipedia (https://goo.gl/08znVs). Countless zombie apocalypse’s have been started in movies, books, and games based on bites. I particularly love the stories where science creates zombies as weapons and it backfires on all the world, like in the Resident Evil series.
Humans aside, there are countless animals and mythical character with sharp and terrifying teeth to give us nightmares. I particularly enjoyed writing a scene with a hungry hell-hound in Call for Obstruction, a small part with big teeth below:
The bastard jumps onto my back and forces me to the ground. I spit out a mouthful of dirt and wheeze as I try to inhale. The hell-hound sniffs my head and growls. It roars and exhales a hot breath that scorches the back of my head all the way down my right arm. Then its teeth penetrate the flesh at my elbow, and I let out a high-pitched scream. My shoulder socket snaps and my skin tears as if I’m made of paper. Vomit rises in my throat as hellhound drool oozes over my hair and down my forehead. The hound takes my head into its mouth…
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