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3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  580 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
When Emily Crane's car breaks down on a dark, lonely road at night, she is attacked and raped by a man she kills in self defense. That night, the dead rapist walks out of the morgue. Later, Emily begins to experience strange cravings and her body undergoes terrifying changes. When brutal killings leave victims partially eaten in the northern California coastal town of Big ...more
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Published June 1st 2011 by (first published 2008)
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Adam Light

First experience with Ray Garton.
I don't usually read werewolf fiction; in fact, I can say Cycle of The Werewolf and Wolf's Hour may be the only ones I have read. And those were 20 years ago, easily.

This book was extreme, much more so than I at first anticipated.
Explosive violence and hardcore sex predominated, but were not gratuitous, but essential to driving the plot forward.

I enjoyed the array of interesting characters, although there were a few I would have liked to have gotten to know bette
Ken McKinley
A woman is brutally raped and her attacker is taken to the morgue. When the sheriff goes to the morgue to see if he can identify the dead assailant, the body isn't there. Soon a naked man is spotted running out of the hospital's ER doors. The sheriff sends his deputy after the man and the deputy ends up brutally murdered in a disemboweling that is determined was done by a large, unseen, wolf-like animal. At the scene of one killing, a mysterious man shoots a "killer" leaving a mysterious, half-c ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leave it to Garton to treat Lycanthropy like a STD. Abuse, Rape, Fat Shaming, Adultery, and plenty mo’ raping to go around. Good times.
Oct 19, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
She came forward again and placed large hairy clawed hands on his chest, hunching him over with much more size and muscle than she'd had just a moment ago, and those claws sliced into his skin.

Finally - a not too awful horror book! I was seriously close to giving up on the genre after a not-too-spectacular Halloween-reading season.

Welcome to Big Rock, California, a small coastal town currently suffering from an outbreak of lupus venereus. Yeah. That's sexually transmitted lycanthropy. See, if a
Jun 10, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolves
I'm not sure why this book is categorized as Romance because, while there is plenty of sex in the book, it is quite horrific, gory, about werewolves who hunger and feed ravenously, grotesquely, spreading their disease through sex. I loved it, great character development, fantastic ending, my first Ray Garton, can't wait to read Live Girls, as the movie is coming soon! While I did find a few minor editing errors, I would highly recommend this book, a different take on the 'ole werewolf tale.
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Ravenous is bad. It gets zero stars, which is a first for me. I had high hopes for this book, which was on a Halloween list put out by my library consortium. “Live Girls,” by the same author, is supposed to be a minor classic. And I am a horror fan.

Full disclosure: I did not finish this book (less than 75 pages), but I did skim the remaining chapters and read the ending.

What exists of the story is a combination of gore, clichés and unremitting bleakness.
Jul 30, 2012 Dylan rated it really liked it
Big Rock is a Californian town with normal people leading ordinary lives . . . and an infestation of werewolves. The nightmare begins when Emily Crane is brutally raped on her way home one night. She manages to kill her attacker, yet while she recuperates at home the rapist she murdered steps down from the gurney and walks out of the hospital. The attacks start in earnest, the virus is spreading, and Sheriff Hurley must face the reality of ravenous werewolves if he has any hope of saving his tow ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A howling good good adult read

Author Garton brings his own special twist to werewolves in "Ravenous" just as he did to vampires in Live Girls.

In this snapping good look at "lupus verenus," don't worry about turning into a werewolf from scratches and bites. No - it takes sexual contact. So be warned that this isn't your kids' horror book. This is definitely the grown-up version.

Affairs, spousal abuse and all the intrigues of a small town plague Big Rock, California but it's the plague of werewolv
Jan 08, 2009 Mya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well about half way through this truly terrifying and brutal portrayal of werewolves, I realized that while I discovered a writer who isn't afraid of gore and horror, my dreams of a fulfilling novel were not going to be realized. I give it kudos though for not romanticizing werewolves in the least and for making them into beings that would scary any vampire shitless. The sex in the book (the way that the lycanthropy virus is transmitted) was not meant for arousal and is far away from paranormal ...more
Mike Kazmierczak
Aug 02, 2012 Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Garton is one of those authors that snuck his way onto my favorite authors list. Some authors I end up actively searching out their works: Tom Piccirilli, Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum. Garton is one that I've picked up because I always remember liking his stuff and it looks interesting. And fortunately I remember right and have never been displeased with one of his books. RAVENOUS is his chance to enter the werewolf mythos and provide his vision of it.

Farrell Hurley is sheriff of a small, sleep
May 05, 2010 Judah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ooooooh-scary
Entertaining enough for what it is..."scary" summer fluff reading. Finished it in about 3 days, and will be looking for the follow-up on BookMooch.

While it never made me want to leave the lights on, at least the werewolves aren't uber-buff shirtless 20somethings who are arch-rivals with sparkly vampires. (to be fair, having grown up with a mother who was a horror fan---I saw The Howling when I was about 7 or 8---I have quite high "scare levels.")
11811 (Eleven)
Jan 17, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garton managed to tell an original vampire story with Live Girls and here he does it again with werewolves. Both novels were excellent.
This book was brilliant, eagerly going to start the sequel bestial, if you like werewolf stories you should try this one, its so different to any other werewolf story i've read, pick it up its really good
Micky Stew
Jun 06, 2014 Micky Stew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those 18 and older
Recommended to Micky Stew by: Amazon Purchase
I am always on the look out for fabulous finds. So, imagine my surprise when I came across an older book by Ray Garton titled, “Ravenous.” How I totally missed this when it was originally published in 2008 is totally beyond me. But thanks to my trusty Kindle, I found it.

“Ravenous” started out unassuming, like many novels do. However, after reading just a few pages the action kicks in and we wind up on a rollercoaster ride of emotions for the duration of the book. Initially, I started out reading
Blood Rose Books
Apr 09, 2012 Blood Rose Books rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this book as I had heard what a great horror writer Garton is. I would classify as Horror Light, as there was some disturbing scenes within the book, but I found that it lacked the suspense, and there seemed to be large part focused on rape.

The book is based in the small town of Big Rock, and there are strange happenings around the town. There is not only a serial rapist but there is also a strange creature that is not only raping some individuals but also mangling and de
Jun 01, 2008 Deviancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: werewolf fans
It isn’t easy to find a good werewolf book in this post Whedon/Rice world, most of the books involving vampires and werewolves are laced with romantic bullshit these days. So when a book like Ravenous hits the shelf, it is truly a treat. Ray Garton’s Ravenous is relatively new book but the story will remind some horror enthusiasts of what was rather than what is. It brings back memories of classics like The Howling and American Werewolf in London. But it is a lot more graphic than those two movi ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Her knees, Farrell-they bend the-are you looking at them? They bend the wrong f-ing way!" (I edited the f-bomb.) No. Just, no. No no no no no! Personal pet-peeve that's really got to me. But, really, NO!


See? The "knee" does NOT bend backward. What sometimes gets thought of as the "knee" is the equivalent of an "ankle." I know that's a wolf and not a werewolf, but the bones are the same orientation. Lengths different, sure, but they don't bend in the opposite direction. Why, why, why would a cre
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May 12, 2011 DJMikeG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, THIS is a werewolf novel. Garton manages to create his own version of the werewolf legend and it makes for an exhilerating read. This book is impossible to put down once it gets going. I'm very impressed with Garton's characterizations, his plotting, his observations on familial and spousal abuse and much more. This is what horror fiction should be. Sure, its a guilty pleasure, but its done so well it surpasses its genre confines and becomes just pure, excellent storytelling. Highly recomme ...more
Sue Kantorski
Oct 16, 2015 Sue Kantorski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reads like an 80's horror movie- a very fun escape into the world of Ray Garton's version of The Howling. I picked this up based on how much I loved 'Live Girls' - and it did not disappoint me. The action was intense with a lot of blood, gore and sex. I'm not used to the bad guy winning but it fit and was not a cliche ending. I read the sequel already and hope to post a few words about that as well. Ray Garton's work kind of snuck up on me- but I enjoy most of what he's written.
If you like werewolves and fast reads then this is the book for you. I like his modern take on lycanthropy and the characters are believable.

What I didn't like was the ending. It was rushed, but I see he has a sequel to the book which is probably why.
Lynde Shaw
This book was definitely not my cup of tea. It started out interesting, but then it became redundant and boring. I skimmed quite a bit of it. It got better about 3/4 of the way through as the ripple effect took place as the consequences of people's actions started. I thought the twist at the end was good though.
Nelio Gomes
The thing was, although Fargo singlehandedly hounds the werewolves to near extinction by himself, and even gloats about how much more effective he will be with the whole sheriffs department on his side, he gets pwned. Nicely written and all, but the whole thing just seemed off kilter...
Malachi Mojica
May 26, 2012 Malachi Mojica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I burned through this book in three days, and I have to say it got off to a slow start, but even the slow parts were enthralling because Ray has has a deep insight into the psychology of real-world problems and scenarios. I felt for his characters, I empathized with them, and saw parts of myself in there. That's what made it so good, because there's a variety of good characters that are all fleshed out in detail, they're real. They grow on you, you care for them, and then he offs one and you're ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy
This was a pretty good book. The new twist was a tad obvious but it worked for me. I was a bit confused about 1of the characters but its not that important.
Stoyan Nenov
I liked the violent scenes and disliked all that pointless descriptions of characters hair/eyes/t shirts etc. Who cares about the clothes of that guy when he will be torn apart by werewolves in the next two pages. And the composition was dull...
Sep 30, 2015 Angie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read a gory violent book that's actually good and doesnt really on tired sexists tropes then read Off Season
Sep 26, 2014 Shawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sloppy mythology feels like the writer didnt take the time to fully develop his back story and character myhtology properly.
This book was alright. It was an interesting spin on the werewolf tale, made it something I hadn't heard of before. But the further along I got, the more predictable it became, to the point where a character would be introduced and I would think "this thing" or "that thing" is going to happen to them, and sure enough it did. I ended up skimming through the last 100 or so pages, and the ending disappointed me. It's not a book that I would read again.
Kristin The Bookworm
It's nice to see some werewolves that aren't all romantic and I-look-so-hot-with-my-shirt-off. I liked this book.
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Ray Garton is the author of several books, including horror novels such as LIVE GIRLS (which has a movie in the works), CRUCIFAX, E4 AUTUMN, and THE FOLKS; thrillers like TRADE SECRETS and SHACKLED; and numerous short stories and novellas. He's also written a number of movie and television tie-ins for young readers. He lives with his wife, Dawn, in California.
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