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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843958200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843958201
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A serial rapist is on the loose in the sleepy California town of Big Rock, and sheriff Farrell Hurley's secretary is the latest victim. When a self-proclaimed werewolf hunter named Daniel Fargo comes into town claiming that Big Rock has an infestation of the creatures, Hurley thinks the man is insane, until the eviscerated corpses and attacks by large animals start in earnest. For Garton, lycanthropy is an STD, spread mostly through rape, that runs rampant through a small town fraught with affairs and intrigues. His werewolf is a terrifying creature: not a remorseful, helpless cursed human but a homicidal beast driven by a dual urge to breed and feed. Hurley is a sheriff to root for, and Garton's well-paced horror novel reworks the werewolf myth to great effect. (Apr.)
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“Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction’s great innovators.” —F. Paul Wilson

“Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect."                      —Publishers Weekly

“Gripping, original, and sly.  I finished it in one bite.” —Dean Koontz on Live Girls

“It’s scary, it’s involving, and it’s also mature and thoughtful.” —Stephen King on Dark Channel

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With that caveat, Highly Recommended.
James Tepper
Quite gory and well written, the action is fast paced and suspenseful.
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I can only say one thing.....this book is gory, graphic and great!!!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ravenova on July 22, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In a sleepy little town, evil is bubbling beneath the surface, waiting to erupt. Women are getting violently raped, dead bodies are rising from their slabs in the morgue to walk out, vicious murders are taking place, and strange creatures, resembling large wolves are stalking the darkening abyss of the night.

Meanwhile, a man named Daniel Fargo has the answer to the riddle; he understands that what the sleepy town of Big Rock is against isn't man made carnage, but something of the supernatural. Yes, Virginia, werewolves do exist. Now it's a race against time as the enigmatic Fargo tracks down the beasts, waiting for the day he might avenge himself. But, he's going to need help. In order to destroy the evil that lurks in the night, he must confide in the ever skeptical sheriff Arlin Hurley. However, Hurley is loath to believe the truth behind the myth and as he disregards Fargo, the murders persist. What will happen to Big Rock if the werewolves are not contained? What will become of our world as their evil seed spreads? Welcome to Big Rock --- population decreasing.

The wonderful world of Ray Garton's self styled horror is back in full force. The usual emphasis on sex, violence, and gory death has not been overturned in favor of the lighter side, but has darkened over the years, presenting the latest Garton, Ravenous with a bleak atmosphere complemented by the description of ever present drizzling rain, cold dark woods, and creaky abandoned houses festooned with mummified corpses. The ceaseless violence and mayhem begin immediately, never allowing the reader to awaken from the nightmare, never giving pause in the tale for a respite. Indeed, Garton has increased his love of mutilation and gore, presenting some scenes that are just too melancholy for modern audiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2013
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Author Garton brings his own special twist to werewolves in "Ravenous" just as he did to vampires in Live Girls.

In this snapping good look at "lupus verenus," don't worry about turning into a werewolf from scratches and bites. No - it takes sexual contact. So be warned that this isn't your kids' horror book. This is definitely the grown-up version.

Affairs, spousal abuse and all the intrigues of a small town plague Big Rock, California but it's the plague of werewolves that is killing that small town ambiance.

Fast paced, great character development, an author that doesn't shy away from killing off his characters (any of them) - all go into the best werewolf book I've read. I'm now looking forward to reading the sequel Bestial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Tepper VINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
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First published in 2008, "Ravenous", by Ray Garton is a powerful, scary, graphically bloody and erotic take on the werewolf mythos that I many of us were first introduced to by the 1941 Universal film, The Wolfman starring Lon Chaney Jr. as Larry Talbot, the unfortunate cursed by the bite of a werewolf to turn into a werewolf "...when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright(or...the moon is full and bright in subsequent movies)"

But this is not your father's or grandfather's werewolf. This is Ray Garton's. Meshing Garton's trademark potpourri of lust, sex, blood and guts, "Ravenous" is perhaps the most original re-telling of the age-old man to wolf story. When I read Glen Duncan's "The Last Werewolf" in 2011 and the sequel, 2012's "Tallulah Rising" (both of which I enjoyed tremendously), I thought that I had seen the first well-writtten, werewolf stories in recent years to capture the oddly harmonious blend of "sex, eat, kill, that" makes so much sense for werewolf tales. Duncan's writing has been criticized by many for being "too literary" but I in truth, I never understood those comments.

Now here comes Ray Garton. Actually, there went Ray Garton, because his werewolf saga was first published in 2008, three full years before Glen Duncan's, and the core werewolf behavior of "sex, eat, kill, that" was first described by Garton. The trinity was clearly espoused by him first And it is central to his mythos, more so than in Duncan's universe. In Garton's world, werewolves are not created by anything as impersonal as the bite of a werewolf. Nah, the virus is spread like an STD, and requires the victim to have intercourse, willingly or unwillingly, with a werewolf either in human or lupine form. Cool idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on October 24, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, the perfect length, characters were developed, an excellent plot. Best of all, nothing and no one was spared from werewolf mayhem! Realistically, that's exactly what would happen if there were werewolves walking around, so don't look for the cliched "happy ending", and "no children are ever harmed" bulls**t, that plague so many other books in the genre.

These werewolves are not cuddly, angst-filled, despondent creatures trying to "find" themselves, they are ravening beasts that crave two things: SEX & MEAT!

Looking forward to reading the second book "Bestial" as soon as it comes out in Kindle format, because I can't seem to locate a copy in
any bookstore.
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