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3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  312 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews

They've been with us forever - prowling the smoky roadhouse dives that are their watering holes and hunting grounds. Predators, lurking amidst the human herd.

Changing shape at will. Lusting for blood and meat. They are gods in the wild. Gods in disguise. And they feed on the spark inside each of us.

Syd was just another lonely working - class guy singing the stee
Mass Market Paperback, 449 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by A Bantam Book
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Jul 21, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
This is probably the fourth or fifth time I've read this book, and its just as good every time. Of all the werewolf books I've read, and I read every one I can find, this is undoubtedly the best one still. Syd, the main character of the book, is a man I can completely relate to. On top of a failed marriage, crappy job, etc., he also feels as though there's always been something missing in his life. Enter Nora, sex goddess who appears from nowhere, and rocks Syd's whole world. Of course, she come ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I've seen some very good reviews of this one and some not so good. I'm definitely one of the good ones. I've read just about everything from this pair of writers and have always liked them. Their work is gory and not always quite PC but it has power and drama.

This one is a werewolf novel. It's not a typical example, though, because it spends quite a bit of time with the werewolves in their human forms, and is really more about their relationships than about throwing a scare into the reader. If
Mar 24, 2009 DJMikeG rated it it was amazing
If not the best werewolf novel of all time, easily in the top 3. Also, one of the out and out best horror novels I've ever read. I need to go back and re-read, as I was so enthralled by it that I just tore through it the first time. Skipp and Spector are amazing authors and this is one of their best works. A must-read for horror fans.
Oct 27, 2008 Gerd rated it did not like it
Hyper violent, at times, but mostly it's about carnal desires.
Literary porn that moves at a somewhat steady pace for the first hundred pages and then becomes rather tiresome to read.

Not really the worst werewolf novel out there, but a far cry from being a good read. Still, if blood 'n' gore 'n' noxious amounts of dirty sex are your thing - totally go for this.

For whatever else can be said for this piece, I do have to give the writers this:
They add an amazing soundtrack to their writing!
Nancy Carbajal
I found this paperback at a thirft store. Its a book about werewolves and it can be a bit much sometimes, but I've read worse where I had to stop. Syd is a young man trying to get his life back in order once his marriage falls apart, he than meets Nora. Nora is able to "change" and Syd believes shes the one for him, but Nora also lives by a thread...almost ready to become unhindged, but you dont know this until you read most of the story. Vic is the man who turned Nora and Vic is also crazy...No ...more
Dec 19, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
I just finished the year out reading this book that I just randomly picked up a local thrift shop, and boy, am I glad that I did. ANIMALS, was a great read and perhaps the most enjoyable novels that I have read in 2012. This is the second book that I read by John Skipp and Craig Specto,and I enjoyed every page of this deeply passionate and bizarre tale. The characters are elaborately developed and every detail of this story is written in a clear concise manner without being boring. The tension b ...more
Tim Potter
Nov 12, 2014 Tim Potter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This is splatter-punk at its absolute finest. Skipp and Spector connect traditional wereworl mythos with over-the-top modernity that, along with graphic violence and a good helping of sex, was the very definition of the modern horror evolution. A very interesting local, a wildly violent climax that borders on apoclayptic and fantastic charasters that live and evolve within the story make this an absolutely essential part of the modern horror cannon.
Nov 15, 2014 Dustin rated it it was amazing
This is easily one of the best werewolf stories ever. I love this book. It is not for the faint of heart, and definitely for consenting adults. But it's depth and dedication to itself makes it so awesome, and a prime example of why Hollywood pales so much in comparison to the power of good storysmiths. Skipp and Spector have written a masterpiece here and every werewolf fan should read it.
Apr 11, 2016 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Werewolves ... Yes!

Don't miss this read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! A bit extreme ... just the way I like it! A good long read by a dynamic duo loved by many. Not a typical read ... nor exactly typical for these authors ... but certainly well worth the price of admission.
Feb 25, 2007 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
Pretty graphic, but decent on the chill-meter.
Jun 14, 2009 Marisella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The first I've read from Skipp and Spector, wonderfully written, incredible story line, an incredible book all around. Now I've got about 7 more of theirs I need to start reading!
May 13, 2017 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Ranger
Jun 15, 2017 James Ranger rated it really liked it
In terms of horror, this book lacked. But in terms of growth as writers, character development and setting, this book is their best!!!
Oct 30, 2016 A.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two are better than one, the Bible says. This book proves it. One of the murder scenes is the nastiest one I've ever read. Very few books equal this one in brilliance of description, as well as everything else--dialogue, raw emotion. If I could've given it six stars, I would've. I'm sticking with this writing team until I run out of their books. I should've known from reading The Cleanup those many years ago that stepping away was a mistake. Do not miss this duo!
Dec 28, 2010 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2010-read
A love story that skirts along the premise that people deny their baser animal instincts, thereby denying the werewolf inside. I picked up on the early clue and figured out the surprise. As literature, the writing was fair, and the philosophy about the same, but as a fun read and a love story, it was very good.
Lori Schiele
Although technically a werewolf novel, very little time is spent with the characters as werewolves. There is a lot of sex and erotica. A good book, but I wish the author had spent more time on the werewolves.
Nov 07, 2012 Randi rated it it was ok

This book isn't what I expected. It's very well written, Beautiful even, in some parts. The problem for me was that it took awhile to get through, I couldn't seem to really get Ito the story or relate to the characters.
Mar 30, 2015 Hiroki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-japanese
Doug Allison
Aug 27, 2012 Doug Allison rated it it was amazing
the swan song for Skipp and Spector, they go out with a bang! don't let the movie fool you into thinking this book is bad, because it's so good it's scary.
James Turner
Jan 16, 2014 James Turner rated it it was amazing
A great werewolf tale. Excellent character developement and story telling. I have read it several times. Being a werewolf can be a curse or a gift.
Travis Nacke
Dec 27, 2014 Travis Nacke rated it it was ok
This book started out well then it faded in the middle and then picked up a little at the end. It had a good atmosphere but the werewold part was very weak and very few scenes.
Wade Courtney
Apr 23, 2014 Wade Courtney rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best werewolf books I ever read. It's definitely for adults only and nothing sparkles in this book.
Jul 21, 2015 Dkolacinski rated it really liked it
Good variation on the werewolf theme.
Daniel DeLappe
Always a great read and a fantastic trip. These guys never fail.
Razorsharppunk (Will)
A cool and pulpy werewolf read, full of blood, sex and mystery. I loved this book. 3 out of 5 stars.
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