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One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep Sunday Express As a storyteller King is unbeatable Mirror --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.
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  • Series: Signet
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Reissue edition (April 9, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451822196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451822192
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on March 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
In the small Maine town of Tarker's Mills, on a snowy January night when the blizzard hides what would have been a full moon, a railwayman holed up in his cabin has his throat savagely ripped out. The same thing happens again on the night of the full moon in February, only this time the victim is a lonely spinster sighing over some valentines she sent to herself. And again in March, April, May... there's a monster afoot, but it's only Marty Coslaw, a small boy in a wheelchair, who first realizes it's a werewolf, and then guesses who it is. We guess, too, and Stephen King lets us know by the middle of the book just who it is. From that point, the book deals with how to stop the horror, as the months roll by and the bodies pile up on the night of each full moon.
Most of the months are marked with special days in the calendar, and King tells us in a coda he realizes there is no way the lunar cycle could be skewed the way he tells it, but it in no way detracts from the fun. Copiously illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings and color plates by Bernie Wrightson, it's an enjoyable novella that can be read in an evening. Each little chapter is a story in itself, and together they make up a satisfying horror yarn.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dan Reilly on December 30, 1999
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I'd read this book when it was first released, but I decided to make a return trip; I liked it more the 2nd time around! King, along with famed illustrator Berni Wrightson, weaves a tight, tense year-long narrarative of a small Maine town dealing with a monthly visitor. The chapters are short and to the point; King doesn't waste a single word. Wrightson, for his part, brings some of the key scenes to life very vividly. (Who wouldn't LOVE to own one of these paintings?)The book itself is a BEAUTIFUL package; the paintings are wonderfully reproduced. It won't take long to read, but you'll find yourself making a return trip to Tarker Mills before long. It's just that good.... and just TRY to forget the painting of the Werewolf on top of the Semi.....I dare you!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Costantino on October 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have tiptoed around actually sitting down to read this book for a long time and when I saw a mint condition copy at a local book sale I grabbed it. I wasn't disappointed. Simple minded critics have attacked the brevity of the book (I guess the concept of the short story is beyond them) but it really is a good "werewolf" story. The illustrations helped move the book along though. I recommend that if you are sick of watching half hour situation comedies on television pick this book up. It's a good diversion from tv.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kepley on June 8, 2005
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CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF was the first Stephen King novel that I ever read. I read it when I was 13 or 14 years old and found it to be quite scary. Just recently, my little brother read this book and loved it. And he also saw the film SILVER BULLET, the film King made out of the book. So I decided to get this book again and was thrilled with how great it is!

CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF is a story laid out over one year with each chapter covering a month. During each month, citizens of Tarker's Mills, a sleepy Maine town, are falling prey to something terrifying, something almost human. And only a wheelchair-bound young boy survives and can stop the carnage!

The book is terrifying and smartly-written. The werewolf attacks are described with such precision that you don't want to put the book down. And the illustrations by Bernie Wrightson go along beautifully with the text! One day, I would love to make a TV-movie out of this book (most likely for TNT) and make it faithful to the book!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark Erickson on March 13, 2000
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Anybody who reads Cycle of the Werewolf will notice something unique. Instead of chapters in the book, there are months. And for every month there is a slaying, until the werewolf is stopped. Stephen King did a nice job of writing this, I heard that Stephen King wrote this book in less than 2 hours! That is unbelievable because i think he did a very nice job of writing this book. This doesn't really resemble a normal King book in my opinion, because the main character is not determined until chapter 7, or July. But the book still has something that everyother king book has, and that is good suspense and very detailed scenes. I think this is what makes his writing so good. I don't really know if you can use this book as a model, but none the less it is still good. Now, I am going to include a quote from where Marty Coslaw encounters the beast on the 4th of July: "It has almost reached him-it's clawed hands, so like-unlike human hands, reaching for his throat-when the boy remembers the packet of firecrackers. Hardly aware he is going to do it, he strikes a match and touches it to the master fuse. The fuse spits a hot line of red sparks that singe the fine hair on the back of his hand, crisping them. The werewolf, momentarily offbalance, draws backwards, uttering a question grunt that, like his hands, is nearly human. Marty throws the packet of firecrackers in it's face." I think this really get's the reader involved in the story. I can't get this book enough praise, but, if you are not into slow moving plots, than I wouldn't suggest this book for you. If you do like slow moving stories, than this is the book for you.
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