The Good, The Bad, and The Scary – Day 5

The Bad:





Cycle of the Werewolf

Stephen King


Tarker’s Mills, Maine has a big problem nicknamed the Full Moon Killer. While many townspeople believe that the killer is just your average, run of the mill, human murderer, it turns out they are dealing with the work of a werewolf. This werewolf’s biggest problem is the protagonist of the tale, Marty Coslaw. Marty is a kid who not only survives an attack by the werewolf but also manages to injury the beast in the process. While the year goes on, readers discover that in this small town anyone can be the next victim and anyone can be the werewolf, and Marty might just be the only one who can stop the bloody consequences of this lycanthropic menace.


Cycle of the Werewolf, a novella weighing in at a little more than 120 pages shows what a fantastic writer can do with an economy of words. In 12 chapters, Stephen King shows readers 12 months of full moon driven werewolf madness. This quick and efficient werewolf novel is a fast-paced read that takes readers on a journey through a town in turmoil, and perfectly creates the small town feel in just a few pages. Beyond the storyline, there are also wonderfully dark pictures drawn by Bernie Wrightson, artist of Swamp Thing and many other horror comics. The illustrations add even more to the dark style of the novel.




While readers may need to suspend their disbelief about more than just werewolves when it comes to how well the full moons line up with holidays, that detail doesn’t ruin the well-crafted story and characters King creates. For those who haven’t read Stephen King before and want a book to start a reading addiction,  Cycle of the Werewolf is accessible and holds several of King’s distinctive style elements.


The scratching comes again. Someone’s dog, he thinks, lost and wanting to be let in. That’s all it is… but still, he pauses. it would be inhuman to leave it out there in the cold, he thinks (not that it is much warmer in here; in spite of the battery-powered heater, he can see the cold cloud of his breath) – but still he hesitates. A cold finger of fear is probing just below his heart.


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