- Series: Signet
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (April 9, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451822196
- ISBN-13: 978-0451822192
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 218 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cycle of the Werewolf (Signet) Paperback – April 9, 1985
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When I thought about it, this reminds me of the movie "Jaws" in a way--the Beast terrorizes the town for quite a while before everyone is willing to face up to the reality that it exists and they need to kill it. The book begins in January, and it is September before the brother of a farmer whose hogs are slaughtered by the werewolf voices the opinion that it is a werewolf (not a deranged serial killer as everyone had been saying),that everyone knows that it is a werewolf, and that they have to stop "d..king around" and hunt the creature before it kills again. It is November before the hunt begins in earnest, as they chose to wait until the trees are bare and the tracking was easier. The hero of the book is a crippled child--it is he who wounds the werewolf initially and ultimately kills it with silver bullets provided by his uncle, the only adult who halfway believes him about what attacked him--but this is not a book suitable for children. Besides the various decapitations and people/animals who are disemboweled, the f-bomb is dropped a few times and it is implied (but not directly stated) that the Beast engages in bestiality with its second victim before it kills her. Worth reading, and reading again, like most of S. King's work. Try it, you will like it.
- Jordan Greene
Instead of chapters, the format consisted of the months of a single year and, in particular, the days on which the full moon occurred. Because, of course, this was when the hideous beast in the small town of Tarker Mills made his appearance to perform his murderous deeds. Each month briefly highlighted one resident of the small town who ended up being the werewolf's victim and, in typical Stephen King fashion, the deaths were vividly described in gory, gruesome detail. Because the chapters were so short, there wasn't a lot of character development, but I think Mr. King still managed to give us a good insight into each member of the town. After all, this is what he does best.
I really liked Marty Coslaw. He was a smart, level-headed, brave kid confined to a wheelchair and was perhaps the best developed character in the whole book.
The illustrations by Berni Wrightson were superb and added a lot of depth and enjoyment to the book.
this out prior to buying it; don't be fooled like I was. Short, quick chapters that will take a few hours (at best!) to finish