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The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Fergus O'Breen mysteries #4)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
This blend of horror, science fiction and fantasy represents a rich display of the best short fiction by award-winning writer Anthony Boucher. THE COMPLEAT WEREWOLF is peopled by interplanetary predators, rebellious androids, desert-dwelling mutants, doppelgangers and, of course, the famous Professor Wolfe Wolf, and inspired and all-devouring "individual" bent on possessin ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published January 1st 1969)
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This is a collection of short stories. The first is the title story & was amusing, an interesting take on lycanthropy. Kind of hoaky, but fun & full of older references from the McCarthy era. Well worth reading. 4 stars.

The second story is a different sort of horror story, "The Pink Caterpillar". It is told by Fergus, the detective from the first story. Interesting, but I wouldn't rush out to read it again. 3 stars.

I continued to read this collection & was more & more amazed by t
Bill Chance
Aug 21, 2011 Bill Chance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic stuff from the good old days, when men were men, women were women, and the FBI recruit was a were wolf.

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Aug 31, 2009 Werner added it
Shelves: short-stories
All of the stories included in this anthology are included in the comprehensive collection of Boucher's speculative fiction, The Compleat Boucher (see my review of that title).
Dec 04, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
"The Compleat Werewolf" gathers together 10 short stories and novellas from the pen of Anthony Boucher, all of which originally appeared in various pulp magazines (such as "Unknown Worlds," "Adventure Magazine," "Astounding Science Fiction," "Weird Tales" and "Thrilling Wonder Stories") from 1941-'45. Boucher, whose real name was William Anthony Parker White, was a man of many talents, and during his career, which lasted from the early '40s to the late '50s, he worked as a magazine editor, a boo ...more
John Carter
I love Boucher’s writing, but it’s been a long time since I read his short stories. It’s easy to forget how effortlessly he moves from comedy to science fiction to fantasy to horror to paradoxes of time-travel and interdimensionality—not to mention assorted combinations of these. It’s unfortunate that, at least partly because of the period in which they were written, everybody smokes and everybody drinks (and everybody drinks to excess at times, because booze it the best way to deal with unhappi ...more
Christopher Sutch
Jun 29, 2011 Christopher Sutch rated it liked it
This is strictly B-grade pulp fiction from the 1940s, entertaining as far as it goes, but not comparable to masters of the craft such as Bloch or Fredric Brown. The exceptions are the final two tales, "We Only Print the Truth," which gets into some nice juicy moral quandaries, and "My Own Ghost," which has a nice twist on the ghost story.
January Carroll
Oct 19, 2012 January Carroll rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun. it is highly imaginative, funny, dark in spots, and has that 'noir' feel to it--complete with jaded detectives and witty repartee. It's a fast read, and I listened to it with my son, who agreed that we need to hunt up more stories by this guy. It's kind of Gaiman meets Chandler.
Jul 24, 2012 Seanearlyaug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic. It should be on every werewolf lover's bookshelf. It gives the story from the werewolf as both good guy and as uninformed were.
It has a verse in Young Man Mulligan/The great fantastical bum filk song. Which seems to have only paper sources.

Jul 24, 2015 Grimread rated it really liked it
This was really so much fun to read. I don't usually read many short stories but Boucher had some really awesome ideas. But as I listened to an audio-book I just wish the narrator would put a little more care into dividing the stories.
Aug 11, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good collection of largely whimsical and light-hearted fantasy and science fiction stories. Golden age (or just after), but not as dated as many of that era now seem. A good introduction to Boucher.
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can't deal with what seems to be another bad werewolf book today.
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Fun overall, but dated. The best stories are heavily anthologized.
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Anthony Boucher (born William Anthony Parker White) (August 21, 1911 – April 29, 1968) was an American science fiction editor and author of mystery novels and short stories. He was particularly influential as an editor. Between 1942 and 1947 he acted as reviewer of mostly mystery fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to 'Anthony Boucher,' White also employed the pseudonym 'H. H. Hol ...more
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