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'The Cycle of the Werewolf' - Book Review

Updated: Dec 28, 2019

"Something inhuman has come to Tarker's Mills, as unseen as the full moon riding the night sky high above."

The Beast has come to Tarker's Mills... or perhaps The Beast has always been there. The novel follows the werewolf's brutality and bloodlust over the course of an entire calendar year. It leaves only one survivor, 10 year old Marty Coslaw.

It's hard for me to describe the novella without giving anything away, so I'll just say that this is a really fun, entertaining read with just the right amount of horror and gore. I love how King gives us one chapter a month, describing the Beast's carnage throughout the year. He is so skilled at building tension and terror and incredibly, he only needs a couple of pages to do it.

The real highlight of this story is the remarkable artwork by the late Bernie Wrightson, who also provided illustrations for The Stand and Creepshow. I wish there had been more! Frankly, I kind of wish this had been a full length novel, or that King would re-visit Tarker's Mills. I know it's mentioned in Under the Dome, but that's not the same. Maybe someday!

I may need to re-watch Silver Bullet now. I watched that movie when I was in elementary school and it scared me to death. I wonder if it has aged well.

Honestly, The Cycle of the Werewolf would be the perfect novella to read in October leading up to Halloween. Just wonderful.