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Cycle of The Werewolf
by Stephen King

Category: Fiction / Horror
127 pages; ISBN: 0451822196

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Judith Woolcock Colombo


The term Werewolf is derived from an Old English term meaning man-wolf. According to European folklore this man-wolf is a person who is transformed, or who transforms himself, into a wolf in nature and appearance. Some werewolves can change shape at will; others, in whom the condition is hereditary or acquired, after been bitten by a werewolf, change shape involuntarily, under the influence of a full moon.

In Stephen King’s "Cycle of the Werewolf", the peace of a small main town, Tarker’s Mills, is shattered one stormy night in January when Arnie Westrum, flagman on the GS&WM railroad is brutally ripped apart by something large and furry. The year passes with each month and each new moon bringing a new kill. The tracks of a giant wolf are found near some of the victims.

The residents of this small town begin to fear each new moon. No one wants to voice what everyone is thinking, that werewolves are real and one has come to town. The Baptist minister the Reverend Lester Lowe has alarming dreams, which he believes, are warnings that the beast is on his way. He is right. The beast has arrived and only one small boy in a wheelchair knows his true identity and stands ready to face him. The hope of the entire town rests in his hands.

I like many of Stephen King’s novels and although this is not his best work, it is well written and holds your attention until the very end. Each chapter is a different month and the beginning chapters could be read as separate short stories. Not only adults but children will enjoy this story whose hero is a ten year old boy.

Judith Woolcock Colombo: Author of The Fablesinger & Night Crimes
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