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The Werewolf of Paris

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  823 ratings  ·  105 reviews
In a work that strives to do for werewolves what Stoker's Dracula did for vampires, Endore's werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels round seeking to calm the beast within. An episodic tale, the story wanders through 19th Century France and into hotspots like the Franco-Prussian war. Stunning in its sexual frankness and eerie, fog-enshrouded visions, this nove ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Pegasus Books (first published 1933)
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Susan Budd
Oh! The opium-sweet attraction of death” (183)!

That’s what brought me to this book, what brought you to this book: the lure of death. We spend our lives trying to escape it, but late at night, when we’re alone in the dark, it beckons in that way that only the Grim Reaper can beckon ~ at once alluring and terrifying.

One of the ways we make peace with death is by making light of it. We make light of the dark thing that awaits us all. We read Gothic novels and watch monster movies. We wait with ba
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Terry
The Werewolf of Paris is an interesting book. Part horror story and part historical fiction, it follows the travails of the titular werewolf of Paris from his birth to his death, as well as his place in the blood-drenched moment of history known as the Franco-Prussian War that was followed by the ill-fated Paris Commune. Interestingly the werewolf in question, Bertrand Caillet, is actually something of a secondary character in his own tale, as it is told from the perspective of his adoptive fath ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

Suddenly, there was a piercing scream, a long drawn-out blood-curling yell that wound and wound, growing shriller and shriller, stopping suddenly with a deep dark gurgle as though all that vast sound were being sucked back and down into a waste-pipe.

A good scare is refreshing from time to time, giving the old synapses a jolt. The Werewolf of Paris is my 2013 Halloween pick. I had high expectations from the story, after glowing praise from a reliable reviewer on a different forum, and I was n
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Printable Tire
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would have gladly read the author's sardonic prose offered in the framing story for itself, but enter a werewolf story we must, however tenuously the excuse to do so. And what a story it is! I don't know if Endore set out to write the "Dracula" of werewolf stories, but he certainly accomplished it, and very much outdoes that story in both epic scope and prosaic style.

Here is a story that has a little bit of everything: canibalism, child rape by priest, incest, bestial instincts, cowardness, ma
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Rebecca McNutt
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book looked so interesting on the surface that I wish I could rate it better, but it just wasn't worth it. Filled with choppy writing that is neither creative nor original, plus the endless sentences that seem to drag on, this book was more of a hassle to read than anything else.
Sandy
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suppose that I owe a debt of gratitude to writer Marvin Kaye, who selected Guy Endore's classic novel of lycanthropy, "The Werewolf of Paris," for inclusion in Newman & Jones' excellent overview volume "Horror: 100 Best Books." If it hadn't been for Kaye's article on this masterful tale, who knows if I would have ever run across it, and that would have been a real shame, because this is one very impressive piece of work indeed. In this beautifully written novel from 1933, we learn the hist ...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
The last fourth of the book, was such a let down. It suffered from writer rushing to the ending syndrome. Sophie was just a nasty insane little creature, and Berral taking her back time after time/ He was so whipped!!! She sleeping with anything, and just because she finally bedded him-all is forgiven?!?!? This book had a great beginning-it deserved a great ending.

Pseudo uncle lets him out to feed on all the dead from the war.
Sophie has a werebaby, raised by whipped boyfriend.
Were wolfie catch
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Ethan
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
I really love werewolf novels. Unfortunately most today suffer from "Twilight syndrome". Were authors attempt to turn a monster into something sexy. What makes novels about these monsters great is the concept of the beast within. That evil side to every human being which we must all work to keep in check. The werewolf of Paris handles the concept wonderfully. The story centers largely around a young man named Bertrand who through no fault of his own is cursed with lycanthropy. He struggles with ...more
Michael
201018: i just read an excellent review by Susan Budd, that reminds me of this book, i read this years ago, i thought this was on here, i have to say this is one of my favorite horror works, as years have passed, i cannot give it a true review. only that the historical, philosophical, religious, aspects are integrated, effective, necessary, that this is a corrective to any historical revisionism, religious or secular claimed values, with a bleak vision of mankind. written at exactly the right ti ...more
DeAnna Knippling
The sardonic tale of nature vs. nurture and what one does to survive the Franco-Prussian war, when one is a werewolf.

I found this delightful. The book isn't quite a satire, but it has its moments--I finally realized these were intentional when I got to the part where the foodie club is discussing the best way to eat horse, which was considered outre until the years described in the book, when the Germans were trying to starve them out. Ironies, cruel twists of fate, sarcasm, bitterness, bile: th
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Eric
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the absolute best werewolf novel I have ever read. Mostly because it is not about a guy who turns into a wolf, rather because it is about how men turn into monsters afflicted by the fantastical lycanthropy or banal misanthropy.

The story is about a man who was born of ecclesiastical rape, whose mother met a bitter end. His life is one of confusion and anger and violence but mostly, shame as the monster within him takes control of his life causing him to lash out at friends and f
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Bruce
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book follows Bertrand Caillet, a young man who was conceived when his mother was raped by Father Pitamont, a priest descended from a family known for its brutality. This sordid conception, in conjunction with a Christmas Eve birth, curses Bertrand to life as a werewolf, a man in which two spirits, one of man and one of beast, vie for control of the body. His adopted uncle, Aymar Galliez, manages to keep his transformations at bay for many years by feeding Bertrand raw, bloody meat. However, ...more
Nicki Markus
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-paranormal
This book has a slow start and occasional disjointed jumping in the middle of the narrative, but once it gets going it is a riveting story set against an intriguing historical backdrop.

I particularly like the way the violence of the werewolf is linked to and compared with the violence taking place in general at the time. It also offers a very frank appraisal of sexual proclivities and their link to violence.

This book is not the modern fare of smouldering alpha male, but I sense it is a work tha
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Dfordoom
Apr 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-gothic
This was the basis for the rather delicious 1961 Hammer movie The Curse of the Werewolf. Yes, the one with Oliver Reed as the werewolf! The novel is actually mainly concerned with lycanthropy as a metaphor for human viciousness, and especially for the horrors of war and revolution (much of the action takes place during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the subsequent violence and civil war surrounding the establishment of the Paris Commune). The book does come up with some intriguing ways of e ...more
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

~* Part of my TBR for the 2016 Halloween Read-A-Thon! Full review found on The Bent Bookworm*~

The Werewolf of Paris was first published in 1933. The writing style is definitely of the age, but it also shows marks of the beginnings of modern day novel writing. Apparently they liked their smut in the 1930s too, they just tended to be more embarrassed about it.
Rick Hautala
Okay, you can say the book is kind of a mess ... Sloppy plotting, and kind of a limp ending,and not the most likeable protagonist (as if that's a requirement!), but there are some powerful scenes of horror here that stand up with the best ..
Clifford Brody
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With a title like “The Werewolf of Paris”, you might think this novel was just one more modern-day saga of an otherworld monster wreaking havoc on the population, if not in the United States then for sure in the French capital.

Get ready for a real surprise, and a rewarding one indeed! Published in 1933—yes, 1933—under the pen-name Guy Endore by then-Hollywood screenwriter Samuel Goldstein (nominated for an Oscar for “The Story of G.I. Joe”), this phantasmagoric journey of historical-fiction tak
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Roger
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of Monsterfest 2013, I decided to tour some book monster classics as well as films. I was finishing up Stoker's "Dracula" and decided to research the "Dracula" of werewolf stories. Most sources pointed to Stevenson's "Jekyll & Hyde" but I did find a reference to this one by Guy Endore, billed as THE classic werewolf novel.
The book relates the tragic tale of Bertrand who inherits the curse of lycanthropy from a corrupted priest in his family tree. His stepfather notices his sinister
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Noel Thingvall
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only does this justly deserve the label of being the definitive werewolf novel, but it's just a really damn good book, a near literary masterpiece, which needs to be pulled back out of obscurity and far more widely read that it's become after falling out of print in the 70s. Like Dracula, it's a far more sprawling narrative than initially expected, with the backdrop of the Franco-Prussian War giving the second half such a rich tapestry to paint the themes against. But unlike Dracula, it's no ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Written in 1933, this is framed with a story of an American finding a discarded manuscript about the werewolf, Bertrand Caillet. Set in France in the late 19th Century, this tries to be for werewolves what Dracula is to vampires, filled with lots of werewolf lore.

The novel doesn't gloss over the original legendary nature of werewolves as savage, uncontrollable and dangerous, not just smexy men running in a pack with a furry problem... It's what I appreciated in the book more than anything. It's
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Angie Fehl
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
 
Dark but also at times sweet and moving story about a man who turns into a werewolf at night and runs through the streets of Paris. A common plot in the horror genre now but this is an early telling. Endore humanizes the man and shows that he doesn't really enjoy what he is but what is he to do? The change will happen whether he likes it or not. Movies such as "Wolf" with Jack Nicholson and more recently "The Wolfman" with Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins have popularized the theme, but th
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Melissa
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2016
3.5 stars. The French names/places/phrases/accents were sometimes a bit irritating for listening during a commute in heavy traffic. There were chapters that were VERY engaging and interesting, peppered with a few that had a bunch of background historical information that both was and wasn't relevant to the telling of the tale. I think I would've enjoyed an abridged version very much. I guess it depends on the reader: If you're listening for sheer entertainment, see if there's an abridged version ...more
Michael
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent, engaging, haunting and poetic, it is both a historical recreation of Paris after the Franco-Prussian War centered on the siege of Paris with its rationing of food and commodities, and a horror story told in a modern vernacular filled with universal human truths about the monsters of this world, within and without. It's sexually deviant from the onset, twisted and perverse, with surprisingly funny dark humor peppered throughout. A fascinating read. I ate it up.
Crystal
Dark. Gruesome. Awesome. Where wolf? This werewolf.
Nickolas
I first heard about this book on ‘Jennifer Byrnes Presents’ episode “Monsters and Bloodsuckers” on Australia’s ABC 1. For some reason I thought the book was written in the 1960’s and was the book that the movie ‘A Werewolf in Paris’ was based off of. I was sort of wrong and sort of right.

It was written 30 years earlier and it was partial inspiration of many of the early werewolf movies between the 30’s and 70’s which of course, as inspiration becomes, a giant snowball of accumulated unrecognised
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Drew Graham
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me
(3.5 rounded down.) Bertrand Caillet is born under inauspicious circumstances. The illegitimate child of a lecherous clergyman, he displays many ominous signs from infancy of an ailment observed primarily by the superstitious. But these suspicions begin to be confirmed as the child grows and his behavior indicates a certain proclivity toward late-night escapades and bloody meat... His story, as told through the point of view of his would-be uncle, Aymar Galliez, is one of love, pain, violence, p ...more
Adam Smith
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Are the baser desires of man simply chemical reactions inside his head or is there something more that drives them? Is it the man that makes the monster or could a monster make a man?

Bertrand was different from the moment of his birth. There was something savage inside of him straining to get out. When a wolf starts terrorising their village, his uncle Aymar starts to believe that there is more to Bertrand's violent mood swings than meets the eye. The definitive classic werewolf tale.

Banned in A
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Mary Overton
The novel features two of my favorite tropes - the found document and the person who knows the truth about a supernatural secret but is not believed.
It's 1871, during the the terrible events of the Paris Commune's downfall. Aymar Galliez tries to warn people about the bestial behavior of his ward by submitting to a court a written summary of his research and experience.

"There are elemental spirits all about us, the souls of beasts that have died, or of the more horrible beasts that have never li
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Jo Butler
Werewolves are enjoying a fine romp across current literature and cinema. Though the filming techniques were cheesy, watching Lon Chaney transform from wolf to human in the 1941 Wolfman made me shiver when it was replayed on Saturday afternoons. I was similarly chilled by Dracula and Frankenstein in both film and print. Two years after those films were released in 1931, "The Werewolf of Paris" by Guy Endore was published. Endore’s book is now back in print.

The wolfman myth is especially intrigui
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D-day
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-fant-list
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Samuel Guy Endore (4 July 1900 - 12 February 1970), born Samuel Goldstein and also known as Harry Relis, was a novelist and screenwriter. During his career he produced a wide array of novels, screenplays, and pamphlets, both published and unpublished. A cult favorite of fans of horror, he is best known for his novel The Werewolf of Paris which occupies a significant position in werewolf literature ...more
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