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Murcheston: The Wolf's Tale

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Shrouded within the dark corners of imagination, the werewolf holds a supreme place in fable and folklore-the nightbeast, stalking its prey under the light of a full moon. Such is the popular conception. But what of the beast himself? In the novel The Wolf's Tale, a werewolf documents his own case of lycanthropy. Amid the gothic backdrop of Victorian London, the author pre ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published February 1st 2000)
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An ambitious piece, to be sure : a full-length werewolf novel, written in period style and set right bang in the middle of Victorian London. The intent is to hark back to the “good old days” of the horror classics, of which Stoker’s DRACULA is perhaps the most popular, although the style of the story also owes something to Stevenson’s THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE. The book uses a number of devices to tell its story – there’s an atmospheric frame to the main narrative, which is a ser ...more
You know what? I couldn’t finish this book but I am still reviewing it. Tough luck! The book is dull and disjointed. It is a rather interesting idea but if your only sense of tension is waiting for the wolf, it only works for so long, regardless if it is a beast or madness.
Sarah Castillo
Ok, so what is different about David Holland's werewolf book, Murcheston?

Not a lot. It's set in London in the middle 1800's. The werewolf, the narrator in much of the book, does what werewolves do, and mauls a bunch of people and slowly reveals himself to be evil. There is a question of whether he was evil before. He was, at least, a jerk, before being turned into a werewolf, which made it very difficult for me to care whether or not he figured things out or not.

I guess the argument could be mad
Jean Haus
I bought this book years ago off the clearance rack. I’ve read it several times—at least the parts I liked. It’s one of those stories within a story and somewhat of a gothic horror, which follows the standard formula guy gets bit, guy turns into a monster, guy goes nuts. Unfortunately, the main narrator and ‘good guy’ is a bit of a bore. I tend to skim his parts when re-reading.

But Darnley, the werewolf and bad guy, is just plain fascinating. Though arrogant and moody, he starts with some sembl
Edgar Lenoir, Duke of Darnley, survives a wolf attack only to discover, on the next full moon, that he is a werewolf. His diary tells the story of his lycanthropy, from his first transformation and his research on his affliction, through his slow descent into bestial nature. With a dark Victorian setting and careful themes of human nature, animal nature, and morality, Murcheston tries to be an unusual and intelligent werewolf novel. Unfortunately, it is bogged down by redundancy and a lengthy, u ...more
Sep 05, 2007 Wil rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The refined horror reader
If you're one of those snooty readers who thinks Shakespearean prose is the only true way to tell a story, then you would fall in love with Murcheston: The Wolf's Tale. Everything I heard before reading the book was, "oh, it's written in a very eloquent, formal, old-fashioned style." Lovely.

So, Murcheston is a book about an elderly man telling a story to a young man about when he was young, and when he read the journal of a friend who happened to be a werewolf. Yes, it's a book about a story of
Good book, but it dragged on a lot, and hardly any of the action happened until the end. Characters were good, it was one of the very few books which I do not like the main character.
A very eerie and atmospheric werewolf tale. Its told in gothic style without being too cumbersome and I found this book to be highly enjoyable.
Suzanne Cadwell
Protagonist is one of the most unlikeable characters captured between the pages of a book.
The tale of a werewolf--interesting and suspenseful.
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