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Cycle of the Werewolf

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  34,448 Ratings  ·  935 Reviews
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
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 9th 1985 by Signet
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Sep 20, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novella
Fun, fast, and frightening.

Great pictures that make the story come to life. Terrific tale of a town terrified once every month; and even though it's short it has characters that grab you and make you care, as you read of each full moon rising. It was first meant to be a calendar, one short story for each month (it would have been kind of neat, reminding you to be on the lookout that one night every month), so the words are sparse. Somewhere along the way that idea was abandoned for some reason
May 27, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Oct 17, 2016 Kirstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from this short, illustrated story but it was great!
May 01, 2016 Ron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As far as I can tell, Cycle of the Werewolf was Stephen King’s first venture into an illustrated novel, a marriage of a story and graphics. It’s cool that he tries different things, new mediums to express his thoughts for the Constant Reader. Why not? It makes sense. That said I am not the best judge of this method. I have a preference for reading the words and letting my brain do the visualizing.

My rating skews to low side compared with many. I may never have bothered reading this Werewolf tale
Joe Valdez
Oct 03, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I abandoned two werewolf novels -- The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt and Bitten by Kelley Armstrong -- that were nothing but Kibble, I ran for cover with Cycle of the Werewolf, a lycanthrope tale that I knew would deliver, authored by Stephen King and illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, the artist who'd collaborated with King on the motion picture Creepshow.

Published in limited edition hardcover in 1983 and mass market paperback in 1985, the project was the brainstorm of Land of Enchantment
Feb 14, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
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
Kevin Cambronero

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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
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
Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Nick Sullivan – Good narration.


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.



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.

Jan 13, 2016 Vladan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: proud-owner
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Dec 09, 2015 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2013
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
Janie Johnson
Mar 11, 2015 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge
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
Quentin Wallace
Oct 04, 2014 Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Babú Pergamientos
Simpleza en vocabulario, simpleza en desarrollo, simpleza en historia. Podría considerarla una historia de terror infantil. Me gustó, algo distinto a todo lo que se conoce, algo concreto, algo entretenido.
Dec 28, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe my most rewarding reading experience this year. The story chronicles one year in a small Maine town terrorized by a werewolf. It's beautifully illustrated by Berni Wrightson and is divided into 12 chapters, one for each full moon of the year. I've read this a couple of times before. It's an enjoyable and scary tale with a nice story arc.

This year I decided to read each month's chapter on the night of the full moon. This meant I had to actually pay attention to the phases of the moon for t
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
SheriC (Portable Magic)
When I shelved this on Goodreads, a couple of years ago, I rated it 3 stars based on a 30-year-old memory of it being vaguely disappointing. I have just now re-read it for the Set on Halloween square for 2016 Halloween Bingo.

As one of Uncle Steve’s Constant Readers, I feel this just doesn’t measure up:
1. It’s written in present tense
2. The illustrations are not appealing
3. The characters are not interesting
4. The horror is perfunctory
5. It’s written in present tense
Read: September 2016

For me, vampires and werewolves are two halves of the same coin. They are very often written into the same universe in modern fantasy fiction. I recently re-read Salems’ Lot which is King’s take on vampires and so it seemed natural to follow that up with Cycle of the Werewolf, an early King novella about a werewolf terrorising a small town in Maine.

Like his vampires, King’s werewolf is also a classic horror character; for the majority of the story we are not given the human i
Oct 29, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Goran Smiljanic
Ovu sam knjigu kupio negde devedesetih godina, pročitao i ostavio na policu. Danas sam je ponovo pročitao i ono što je interesantno jeste to da knjiga koju sam kupio u nekoj novosadskoj knjižari nema kolofon niti bilo kakvo drugo obeležje osim na prvoj stranici pri dnu, gde obično stoji logo izdavača nalazi se mrtvačka lobanja sa dve ukrštene kosti . Kao na piratskim zastavama. Lude devedesete :)
Rebecca McNutt
I found this one to be a cut above many of Stephen King's other novels, and the way the werewolf is described? So vivid! :D
Oct 03, 2016 Johann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There is nothing of God or Light in that heartless sound - it is all black winter and dark ice."

This story follows the cycle of a werewolf...funnily enough! And it is made up of little stories each month describing the events that occurred on the night of a full moon in the isolated Maine town of Tarker Mills. There is disbelief in the town that these murders could be the work of a werewolf, particularly since the snarls and howls almost sound human-like...

What a fun, quick read! A definite hig
Jan 28, 2015 Abril rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
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.
Gianfranco Mancini
Ok, maybe this classic (but for the monster origin..), straight werewolf tale was too short for a novella an too long for an anthology short tale, I already knew the story and the creature identity having seen lots of times the "Silver bullet" movie based on this one ... but King is still THE KING for me and I loved how he fleshed for good characters and story in just few words here.
And Bernie Wrightson's illustrations are just creepy moody masterworks... the one of the beast ripping off the con
Dec 02, 2008 Dustin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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