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    Werewolf Novels

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Rabid Fox, Jun 20, 2008.

    I've been browsing the shelves of the local used book stores, and one of the sub-genres I've been looking for has proven hard to come by - stories about werewolves.

    I've read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein". Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is on my "to read" list. But, I haven't really heard of a quintisential werewolf story. I currently have Whitley Strieber's "Woflen" sittin on my bookshelf, and there's another story called "Winter Wolves" by Earl Wescott, but those are the only two books I've found since I started searching the shops. The owners are at a loss to help me out too.

    So, I thought I'd ask here. Does anyone know of some MUST READ novels surrounding the lore of werewolves?
     
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    Never read them myself - but my sister swears by Kelly Armstrong. I think she writes a series of werewolf books. She gave me one to read a while back called Bitten. Only read the blurb, but it seems interesting enough. Might read it after I worked my way through all my victorian novels
     
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    There's the Wereling trilogy, by Stephen Cole. Brilliant, gripping books, very good if you like werewolf stories. It takes the traditional myths and twists them slightly and voila! Fantasmagorical books!
     
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    Eh, well, there's the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer (I mentioned this in a vampire thread), where werewolves don't play a major part until the second book. I know, it isn't much help because the books aren't all based on werewolves, but it has some werewolves in it -- they are more and more involved as the series evolves.
     
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    Sounds better than nothing. I'm just kinda surprised that I haven't come across a heralded classic werewolf tale. I would have expected one considering how iconic the image has been in the horror genre. Ah well. I guess it's just a type of character that's evolved over the decades and centuries until we ended up with Seth Green prancing around in fake fur on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". :)
     
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    The earliest writing I was able to find about werewolves is a short story by Henry Beaugrand, The Werewolves, upon which the 1913 silent film The Werewolf was based on.

    One older book, The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865) is a collection of folklore rather than a novel.
     
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    Maybe Dog Soldiers is a good novel about werewolves, I saw the movie and it was pretty good :D

    Oops, Dog Soldiers is an American classic about soldiers :(, but the movie is still were-wolves yay!
     
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    I've never read it, but cycle of the werewolf is a pretty well known one by stephen king.
     
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    "Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis-Klause is a really great werewolf novel, but that's all I know of for must-read's. Everyone writes about vampires these days.

    I write books about werewolves and I agree with you that there aren't many.
     
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    Ah I totally forgot to mention that one! I loved that novel :] But the movie was disapointing, in my opinion...
     
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    I loved Blood and Chocolate, and Bitten was decent, if you don't mind some explicit scenes. And I mean explicit, so be warned.
     
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    "Blood and Chocolate" ... that's sounds familiar, but I can't place it. Maybe I spied the title in a book store or something. The title gives me the impression of a vampire novel, so that's probably why I never gave it much consideration.

    I read "Wolfen" finally, and while the premise was interesting - a newly discovered breed of wolf mistaken as werewolves - the story fell flat with me, since it was told from the PoV of two hard-boiled NYC detectives. Go figure. :)
     
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    The Wolf's Hour by Robert R. McCammon

    Not much lore about werewolves, but a great read about a British secret agent during WWII that can change into a werewolf at will. Wiki the title for more info.
     
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    Check out this wiki artical. Scroll down to where it says Literature. There is a big list of werewolf novels. Even one by Arthur Conan Doyle. Some of the books listed only contain werewolves.
     

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