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L'année du loup-garou (original 1983; edition 2012)

by Stephen King, Bernie Wrightson (Illustrator), François Lasquin (Translator)

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Title:L'année du loup-garou
Authors:Stephen King
Other authors:Bernie Wrightson (Illustrator), François Lasquin (Translator)
Info:Albin Michel (2012), Broché, 130 pages
Collections:Your library, Lus en 2012
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Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (1983)

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Stephen King is not at his best for most of the chapters of Cycle of the Werewolf. Aside from the ones for July and December, they're pretty so-so. Each month of the year opens with a beautiful double-page pen-and-ink illustration. Each closes with a pen-and-ink drawing that takes up half or less of a page. Each month also boasts a full-color illustration. The werewolf is present in almost all of them, usually going after the victim(s)-of-the-month. The illustrations alone make the book worth owning. One character, a 10-year-old boy, may be in a wheelchair, but he's the smartest guy in town. I really enjoyed his dealings with the werewolf. (The werewolf's rationalizations did not impress me.) The possible reason the werewolf became a werewolf was not one I recall encountering before. ( )
  JalenV | Jun 18, 2014 |
Somehow manages to be both overwritten and underwritten.
  amanda4242 | Dec 23, 2013 |
What is a werewolf? An metaphor, perhaps, for the beast that lurks within us all, some primal aspect of the human condition that is fur and fang and fury rather than novelty hats, visits to the dental hygienist and getting slightly tetchy if you can't get your favourite flavour of gin at the supermarket. Possibly within us all lurks something terrifying, outwardly civilised, inwardly a monster and for a few, a very few, occasionally the beast is uncaged, the man transformed into a snarling, raging animal. This may or may not involve Stella Artois.

So, when we say 'werewolf', do we in fact mean the monster that lies within us all? By monster, do we actually mean the darker aspects of our character, suppressed, dormant, caged?

No. No we don't. In 'Cycle of the werewolf' when we say werewolf we mean a bloody huge, terrifying supernatural sodding thing with teeth and claws and a tail and paws that, every full moon, rips some luckless local to pieces for dinner and terrifies an entire town for a year.

The text, by Stephen King, runs to a long short story or a short novella. Presented as a year in the life of Tarker's Mills, it's a perfect slice of small town life, with a shocking brutal slaying a month to keep things rattling along. King has the confidence to dispense with the whole 'is it, isn't it?' teaser right off the bat. It is. But he also shows great delicacy as he moves the story along; whilst their are those that flat out refuse to believe that the killer is anything other than a wild animal, there are savvy hunters who know that it would be unwise to go into the woods until the weather improves and moves the odds into their favour, realising that to do so means waiting another month, meaning another victim.

Then of course there is the riddle of just which of the townsfolk the creature is, compounded with the problem that it's possibly a mystery even to the afflicted lunar luncher upon the luckless.

The illustrations, by Bernie Wrightson, are breathtaking, beautiful and shocking. Wrightson renders each month's defining meteorological characteristic perfectly in the black and while illustrations that begin each chapter, snows and puddles, winds and dog days of summer and always with that subtle hint of menace. Even on the brightest day, there is a shadow. The colour plates of the werewolf itself, normally seen disembowelling some poor towns person, are noting sort of astonishing. After you have read this book and somebody says 'werewolf', then unless you have actually seen a real live werewolf, chances are that Wrightson's illustrations are the ones that you will picture first and foremost, with a shudder. Also, after you have read this book and somebody says 'werewolf', you will most probably be half way to the next county before they explain the context was something other than a warning of impending fangs.

The combination of text and illustration makes for a read that feels like a luxury. What a joy it is to see a book so wonderfully, and sympathetically illustrated and how thrilling to read a story told with such economy, which builds suspense month upon month.

This is an effective horror story, even as you shudder at the thrill of reading it, you are aware that there is something quite disquieting about the book. This is not one to take on a solitary camping trip. This is probably not one even to take on a solitary trip to the loo. Of course, there are no such things as werewolves, everyone knows that, but if the were then Tarker's Mills is exactly the sort of place they would turn up in. Also, looking at some of those illustrations you worry just who, or what, Wrightson got to model.

You will also never see a solitary kite flying in quite the same way again.

As chilling and beautiful as the unnaturally large paw prints of an animal that appears to walk on its hind legs in fresh snow, Wrightson and King have created something special; a seasonal horror story that suits any season and which will repay rereading. ( )
  macnabbs | Sep 22, 2013 |
Not the normal King fare. It was interesting, well written and engaging, just nothing to write home about. The best part, by far, were the lovely illustrations. ( )
  CayenneEllis | Sep 13, 2013 |
A cliched, but intriguing account of a werewolf stalking the residents of Tarker's Mills over the cource of a year. Would have liked to see this as a calender, as originally inteded. Interesting that the text calls the town "Tarker's Mills." Blubs call it "Tarker Mills." ( )
  srboone | Apr 4, 2013 |
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In the stinking darkness under the barn, he raised his shaggy head. His yellow, stupid eyes gleamed. "I hunger," he whispered. -- Henry Ellender, The Wolf
"Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November, all the rest but the Second have thirty-one, Rain and snow and jolly sun, and the moon grows fat in every one." -- Child's rime
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In memory of Davis Grubb, and all the voices of Glory.
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Somewhere, high above, the moon shines down, fat and full--but here, in Tarker's Mills, a January blizzard has choked the sky with snow.
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PUBLISHER'S NOTE This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, , events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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Cycle of the Werewolf was published previously in a limited hardcover edition.

First Signet Printing, April, 1985

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The isolated Maine village of Tarker Mills is terrorized by the horrifying bloodthirsty creature stalking its inhabitants at the time of the full moon.

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