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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  28,497 ratings  ·  672 reviews
TERROR BEGAN IN JANUARY--BY THE LIGHT OF THE FULL MOON...
The first scream came from the snowbound railwayman who felt the fangs ripping at his throat. The next month there was a scream of ecstatic agony from the woman attacked in her snug bedroom.

Now scenes of unbelieving horror come each time the full moon shines on the isolated Maine town of Tarker Mills. No one knows wh
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 9th 1985 by Signet (first published January 1st 1983)
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Mario
4.5

Well that was fast.

The story itself is enjoyable to read, but it isn't anything special. What made this book special, and why I gave 5 stars in the end, were illustrations. They were really well done and they fit to the tone of the story so well.

If you're a fan of Kings work, and haven't yet read this, I suggest giving it a go. Just don't have high expectations going into it, because you might end up disappointed.
Mark
Sep 24, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans
I am a big fan of Mr. Kings writings and even if I am Dutch by nationality I find his words work far better in English. I found this illustrated paperback short story in a 2nd hand book store, had heard of it before but never found a copy.

This short story told in 12 chapters as in the months of the year tells the tale of a small town being under attack of a werewolfish killer. It is a brilliant short tale and the illustrations add to the mood of the story. As always King does not need a lot of s
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Sam Quixote
In the small American town of Tarker's Mills, a series of grisly murders has people talking. Not just about the way they are killed - brutally mauled to death as if by an animal - but also because of the pawprints found near the bodies and the howling heard in the nights. And the way that the killings only take place every full moon. Could it be... a werewolf?

It’d be funny if it wasn’t, right? Stephen King calling this Cycle of the Werewolf and have the creature be Frankenstein’s Monster taking
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Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Nick Sullivan – Good narration.

***
Ebook:

This is a short story, 97 pages on my laptop.

I read this book many years ago and it enjoyed it just as much this time around. Stephen King writes kids so well.

***

CONNECTIONS:

Tarker’s Mill – (Silver Bullet, Under The Dome).

Tarker’s Mill borders Chester’s Mill to the east. The towns of Tarker's Mill and Chester's Mill are sometimes referred to as the Twin Mills.

Silver Bullet is based on Cycle of the Werewolf.


Rose
Now that's what I call a werewolf. Forget teenage boys with chiseled abs of steel, THIS is what real werewolves are like in actual good stories. At 128 pages this book takes less than 20 minutes to read but it is better than 300 page novels full of fluff. Every entry is in the form of a month & tells of an attack by a werewolf in the small town of Tarker Mills, Maine where everyone is not only a potential victim but also a potential suspect as the massive killer beast runs rampant at every f ...more
⊱ Irena ⊰
Cycle of the Werewolf is divided into twelve parts, the full moon of each month. A werewolf is killing people in Tarker's Mills. For a reader there isn't any mystery - you get your werewolf right away. You only don't know the man.

I guess it comes down to whether you enjoy reading monster stories or not. There isn't any deep characterization here. You either like the characters without any particular reason or you don't. I felt sorry for Marty, but only because he couldn't participate in the gam
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Edward Lorn
Let's get a few things out of the way: First, this is a classic. Second, there's only one version of this book that counts, and that's Plume's 1983 trade paperback. Thirdly, the film adaptation, "Silver Bullet" (written for the screen by Stephen King), is a deeper overall experience: better character development, cooler kills, the inclusion of that most-epic motorcycle/wheelchair every 80's kid wanted whether they were handicapped or not, and mo' frakkin' Corey Haim partnering up with crazy-as-b ...more
Janie Johnson
I received this book from a dear friend on BookTube as a gift. I have not read or seen this book for 20 years at least and as soon as I opened the packaged I dived into the book and read it. Wow such a great story with great illustrations that make the story even more exciting.

In this book the author tells the story about a werewolf by way of the moon as it cycles through each month. Each month a tragedy transpires in a pattern of events and the townspeople are terrified. Even though the cause i
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Kevin Cambronero
LA BESTIA CAMINA ENTRE NOSOTROS

Es extraño leer un libro de King que sea tan corto, pero fue excelente.
Es una pequeña historia ocurrida en un pueblo de Maine (como es habitual en libros de este autor), que narra los asesinatos de un hombre lobo; uno cada luna llena, una vez al mes, durante un año. De ahí el ciclo del hombre lobo.

Fue una lectura bastante rápida, se lee en menos de dos horas. Me encanta el ambiente siniestro que crea King en sus historias, ese toque especial lleva a otro nivel al
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Thomas Strömquist
Again, I'm a bit surprised over how fond I am of this short little illustrated book. I'm not into comics or graphic novels at all, but I sure appreciate illustrations once in a while. Usually not in books relying this much on illustrations though. Anyway, the prose is great, dreamlike and bordering on poetic at times and surprisingly little focusing on gore and action for a horror. The art is good (did I mention this already?) - of course it's a step down from my beautiful Swedish edition hardco ...more
Mimi
Every-day life in a small town in Maine is disrupted when a werewolf comes tearing through, literally. He appears every full moon for a few months straight and takes out a couple people while putting everyone in town on edge. His targets and victims are random... at first. The only thing connecting them is that they're alone when attacked. You're led to believe that it's a mindless animal... but is it really?

This was my first Stephen King book. I read it when I much younger, probably too young t
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Stefan Yates
Cycle of the Werewolf is a fun, quick read that can easily be finished in just a couple of hours. Each chapter is only a few pages long and covers the supposed moon cycle for one month in a year of terror. The story centers around a small New England town that is being terrorized by the savage and violent attacks of a werewolf. Each vignette centers on the werewolf's activity for the full moon of htat month. King acknowledges that he manipulated the fall of the full moon to fit his own scheme of ...more
Quentin Wallace
Loved this one. My first novel is a werewolf book, and I'm sure this book had something to do with why I chose werewolves. First off, I am a huge comic book fan, and Berni Wrightson may be my favorite artist of all time, so his illustrations really made the book stand out for me. The book is set up around a calendar with each holiday being a special event in the book (mostly werewolf attacks.) Stephen King was still working his way through the monsters at this point, and this was his take on the ...more
Chris
It's no secret to those who know me...two things: I'm a huge fan of Stephen King, and I'm a sucker for a good werewolf story. Ironically, I've owned this novella for years, and finally decided to read it.

Tarker's Mills is beset with horror as, every month during the full moon, someone or something, has been killing people in town, starting in January with a railroad worker. Townspeople speak of a drifter or some sort of psychotic malcontent, but some even believe a werewolf is responsible. But
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Abril
Este libro narra las "visitas" del hombre lobo en un pequeño pueblo de Maine
Nunca me vi interesada con la temática que trata el libro, por lo que es el primero que leo; e hice bien en empezar con este.
Lo que más me gustó fue la forma en la que están dividos los capítulos y las imágenes al final de cada uno que ayudan a completar esas escenas narradas.
También me gustaron mucho las historias de todos los personajes (aunque no estén muy desarrolladas) y como se van entrelazando algunas de a poco.
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Dustin
I admit it. I don't get this book. It's too short, very undeveloped, and basically feels like a quick afterthought. That said, the opening two chapters read almost like poetry, and the black & white illustrations are beautiful. The color illustrations don't seem to work as well, but the black & whites are amazing at evoking a time of year...beautiful. But as a book...I have no idea why it was written. It may have worked as a graphic novel with more illustrations to help tell the tale, bu ...more
jacky
I have owned this book forever, so I don't know why I never read it before. It was only about 125 pages, but there are several illustrations and four pages with no text between each chapter. That made it easy to read in a morning.

I have never read a werewolf story before, so that was fun. I liked how the first several chapters all showed different characters and then about half way through things started to merge so the conflict could be resolved. Loved that Marty dressed as Yoda for Halloween
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Licha
Wait a minute...just as I was about to point out that the lunar cycle was incorrect, SK offers a disclaimer at the end of the book stating he took some liberties with the cycle for purposes of writing certain holidays into the story. Not that it probably would have mattered. I could forgive SK just about anything.

I had read this story so long ago I’d forgotten it, but I’m glad I ended up rereading it. I hate to say it, but I was wishing this could have been longer just so SK could delve a little
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
TERROR BEGAN IN JANUARY- BY THE LIGHT OF THE FULL MOON...
This book was written in short chapters representing the full moons of every month. Pure GENIUS!!
Loved the illustrations in through out this book and the story was awesome.
Clarissa
Cosa c’è di meglio, per un’appassionata di Stephen King come me, che riuscire a mettere le mani su una rarità come “Unico indizio: la luna piena?” Trovarlo in un mercatino dell’usato e pagarlo due miserissimi euro!
Eh sì, questa è la storia di come io e questo libro ci siamo incontrati.

Questo romanzo breve, in realtà, nasce come calendario. Christopher Zavisa, un giovane del Michigan, aveva proposto allo scrittore americano di creare una storia in grado di svilupparsi in dodici brani mensili da a
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Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
It was dark, it was intriguing and it had this awesome pinch of 80' coolness :) I felt a bit of Bachman in this story - his sharp jokes and his distance. A great read for one stormy night.
Hilary
One of Stephen King's earlier books, Cycle of the Werewolf is in fact more of a short story. Not even quite a novella. It's short, sweet, and rather to the point. All you could really ask of a horror story.

Month by month, the Beast stalks Tarker Mills. Each month marks a new kill, a growing terror in the town. The stories are short, each kill a classic of the werewolf genre. The only survivor is a young kid in a wheelchair, who then decides to go further and find out just who the killer in.

As fa
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Jean
I don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it... I typically like stories from the werewolf's perspective and we only get a very little bit of that here. It's mainly a cast-of-characters mystery: each month a resident of a small town is brutally murdered. Point of view changes each chapter, merging the collective perspective of the town. Whodunnit? becomes a question as King hints that it is someone he's introduced us to. Each chapter has its own twist as King plays with the expectations of t ...more
Mike
Aug. 4, 1983. At one time, many years ago, this was the only King work I hadn't read. It seems that I am biased if I see a movie first and then read a book, and vice versa. As I read, the moving pictures started of the scene in the movie, and I would try to meld them together. A good werewolf story that was fleshed out onscreen.
Katarina
Illustrations are amazing as expected from Bernie Wrightson, but the story is meh. It's a bit weak. But it was a perfect book to check off one thing from my Popsugar Reading Challenge and that is to read a book that you can finish in a day.
29alabs
'El ciclo del hombre lobo' es un pequeño cuento acerca de una serie de asesinatos (uno cada mes) que ocurren en luna llena (raro ¿uh?).

Realmente suena a buena idea pero el escrito es muy corto, lineal y no ahonda mucho en ideas o material original, de hecho el mismo escrito lo remarca ya en Diciembre. Lo que de verdad separa a 'el ciclo del hombre lobo' de otros trabajos de King es las hermosas ilustraciones de Bernie Wrightson, que de seguro recordaran de Batman/Aliens, House of Mystery y mucho
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Jeremy Bonnette
I have watched the movie "Silver Bullet" many times over the years, but never have read the short book upon which it was based. The book is a very quick read, even for someone such as myself who processes each word to build the images in my mind. Even with its short story format, you get enough detail to know what is going on, but barely. I wonder if Stephen King ever thought about going back and fleshing this one out more? I felt like I got to know the basics of the characters, but would have e ...more
Christopher
I've been meaning to get to Cycle of the Werewolf since I was ten or so, and just never picked up a copy until now, twenty-eight years later. It's very possible that when I was ten, this would've been a five-star book, but as an adult I found it a little anemic. Not surprising; the book was initially intended to be a calendar, with a short vignette for each month, but King's wordiness got the better of him and it spun out into a novella (though it's barely that -- more of an extended short story ...more
chucklesthescot
May 03, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA,werewolf fans,short horror story fans
Shelves: fiction, horror
I liked this story and they made it into a good film version.A young boy in a wheelchair survives an attack by a werewolf who has been leaving a trail of bodies around town.With help from his sister,they decide to find out who is the monster and stop him.But telling the man that you know what he is just makes you the next target.
I've got this short story in a lovely graphic novel form and its a nice short read to look at.A good werewolf tale that would have been good in a longer novel form.
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
Wow. I read this in two or three sittings. It's short, straight-to-the-point, and well-written. While it's nothing I found to be particularly new in terms of execution or story, it was still really entertaining. There's no mystery to it, aside from the fact that nobody knows who the werewolf is. One thing I really liked was how the story paced itself with the werewolf scenes--once a month. It was almost like a twelve-part comic miniseries adaptation, with each issue being a month.

The pictures he
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