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Cycle of the Werewolf (Signet) (original 1983; edition 1985)

by Stephen King (Author), Berni Wrightson (Illustrator)

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For use in schools and libraries only. 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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Title:Cycle of the Werewolf (Signet)
Authors:Stephen King (Author)
Other authors:Berni Wrightson (Illustrator)
Info:Berkley (1985), Edition: Reissue, 128 pages
Collections:Your library, Read :), Reviewed, Read but unowned
Rating:****
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Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (1983)

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One of Stephen Kings earlier works that garnered him the title master of the macabre. Traders Mills is being terrorized by a werewolf. While most of the towns leading citizens believe the number of killings are the work of a vagrant one paralyzed little boy knows better. Marty Coslaw has had to create his own July 4th cele ration and that’s where he encounters the werewolf up close and personal. This is a quick read accompaniedbbeautiful illustrations. ( )
  cdyankeefan | Sep 12, 2019 |
I found this slim volume selling for only a few dollars at a used bookstore. I was pretty surprised to find it's out of print and can go for pretty high prices on Amazon and elsewhere.

I think I'll be holding on to it, though, as it's a fun, fast werewolf story. Each of the twelve short chapters is accompanied by a beautiful black-and-white line drawings that set the mood for the attack to follow, as well as a lurid color drawing of the attack itself.

The combination of great artwork and fast storytelling was a winner for me. ( )
  cjorthmann | Sep 9, 2019 |
Im Stil alter Kalendergeschichten erzählt King von dem kleinen Ort Tarker’s Mills, in dem die Menschen von einem Werwolf heimgesucht werden. Jedes Kapitel ist ein neuer Monat und die Figuren wechseln ohne dass dabei der Erzählstrang wirklich unterbrochen wird. Trotzdem kann man die Figuren nachvollziehen und vergisst sie nicht wieder sofort. Besonders der im Rollstuhl sitzende Marty wird dabei hervorgehoben. Das Buch ist sehr schnell gelesen und obwohl man sich nicht extrem gruselt oder lange raten muss, wer denn der Werwolf nun ist, schafft es King den Leser bei Laune zu halten. Die Wahl des Helden und des Antagonisten ist echt toll. Hätte King das Buch als vollen, langen Roman geschrieben, denke ich, dass das Buch das Potenzial gehabt hätte, einige seiner größten Werke in den Schatten zu stellen. Besonders die Beziehung zwischen Marty und seiner Schwester hätte weiter erforscht werden können. Und auch die Entwicklung des Werwolfs und seine Position innerhalb der kleinen Gesellschaft in Tarker’s Mills hätte extrem viel hergegeben. Aber auch so ist „Das Jahr des Werwolfs“ ein unterhaltsames wenn auch kurzes Lesevergnügen.

Was mir an dieser Ausgabe so gefallen hat, waren die Illustrationen, die die düstere Stimmungefähr unterstreichen.

Fazit
Lesenswert für zwischendurch. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
A werewolf plagues the small town of Tarker Mills. Every month during the full moon, someone is attacked and killed. Marty Coslaw, a disabled little boy, encounters the creature and escapes unscathed after he throws some fireworks in its face. He alone knows the werewolf is out there while others dismiss it as a child's fantasy and he vows to kill the creature.

Cycle of the Werewolf is a short, illustrated horror novel. The illustrations have equal weight as the prose. The story takes place over a whole year and each month takes a chapter. Each chapter starts with the same three pages: one with the twelve months in a list and the current month darkened and two more combining to make sweeping landscape. These are pages are always in black and white and incredibly detailed. The cemetery in November is my favorite. Each chapter also has one full color illustration of the most important or dynamic scene, most often a werewolf attack. These drawings are so varied even within the same subject matter. The first woman killed is shown in extreme closeup with the werewolf, reflecting her feelings at the time. A drifter killed is shown after the event, frozen in the snow with no werewolf in sight. My favorite of them is the priest's dream that his congregation all transform into wolves. The juxtaposition between the snarling wolves and the setting of a church seems wrong and the wolves in the background are bathed in red light, almost like flames are in front of them. These illustrations add tremendously to such a short novel and capture the atmosphere of the small town.

Most chapters focus on a different character, giving the reader a peek into their life and thoughts. These characters usually die right after seeing into them, but it provides a piece by piece view of the inhabitants of the town. King is skilled at creating memorable characters that feel real in only a page or two. The only character that survives an encounter with the werewolf is Marty Coslaw, a child who wants his celebrations and fun. So many treat him differently because of his wheelchair, but he is the same as any kid. Except after his attack, he turns into a stern vigilante, driven by the need to protect his town. We get some insight into the werewolf's mind as he starts to rationalize the violence he inflicts and grows more monstrous even as a human. The reveal of the werewolf and the ending are rather predictable, but it's still enjoyable. The events surrounding the fate of the werewolf stretch reason and seem unbelievable. For such a short story, Cycle of the Werewolf packs a punch and says so much with few words. The wonderful illustrations support and add to the story. The only tiny flaw with the illustrations is that the book clearly says the boy has a motorized wheelchair and the illustration doesn't reflect that. Other than that, this is a very short but memorable read. I hope it comes back into print eventually. ( )
  titania86 | Nov 27, 2018 |
There is a werewolf loose during the full moon of each month in Tarker Mills, ME. January has a railwayman killed, February is a woman in her bedroom, etc. Little bit of gore in description, but not too bad.
This book is written with each chapter being the month, for one year. Each month the citizens of the town are in fear when the full moon takes over.
My absolute favorite part of this book is how Stephen King describes a grandfather clock: Ticks solemn ticks and tocks solemn tocks. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Nov 14, 2018 |
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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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