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Cycle of the Werewolf

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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 who will be attacked next. But one thing is sure.

When the
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 9th 1985 by Signet Books (first published November 1983)
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Kim Morrison Yup, it's called Silver Bullet - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090021/
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I have always loved Silver Bullet.



This book is super short but full of awesome! And the artwork is amazing. I will add a few images in no particular order!









Loved it!! And of course now I want to watch Silver Bullet!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺




Sr3yas
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cycle of Werewolf by Stephen King is NOT about a poor Werewolf searching for his stolen bicycle, without which he will not be able to stalk his victims during the full moon.



No, seriously it's not. Such a confusing title!

The cycle here refers to a year of the gruesome werewolf attacks from January to December 1983, in a small town called Tarker's Mill. All murders took place during the full moon and they were committed by a classic murderous Werewolf (I got to use the word "Classic" because th
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Julie
The Cycle of the Wolf by Stephen King is a 2019 Gallery 13 publication.

This book was originally published, as most everyone knows, way back in 1983, then release in paperback in 1985. Later, this short story was the basis for the movie ‘Silver Bullet’.

First off, let me say, I did enjoy revisiting this story after so many years. I think I appreciate the clever execution more now, than when as much younger.

Each full moon werewolf attack tends to transpire around a holiday- although, King admits
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Supratim
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, favorites
Welcome to the small town of Tarker’s Mill in Maine. It’s a night in January and a snow blizzard “has choked the sky with snow” and “the wind rises to a shrill scream.” What happens in such an ambience! Terror attack! A bid bad werewolf brutalizes a defenseless man.

Stephen King’s “Cycle of the Werewolf” is a long story and not a full length novel.

Anyways, the werewolf would terrorize the small town for a whole year. Each chapter corresponds to a month.

The hero of the story, Marty Coslaw, is
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Dan Schwent
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-books, horror
Under the light of the full moon, a werewolf stalks the people of Tarker's Mills. Can anyone stop... The Cycle of the Werewolf?!?!?!?

I first read this in high school, younger than my dog is now. It took me a few chapters to realize that Silver Bullet was based on it. Anyway, I found it for a buck at a yard sale a couple years ago and decided I could use a reread.

Like Kemper told me while I was reading it, Cycle of the Werewolf is essentially a Stephen King calendar. Each chapter is a month out
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Leo .
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book. It was also adapted into a film called Silver Bullet starring Gary Busey. I enjoyed both.🐯👍
Christy
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I picked this novella up in college, and shortly thereafter the movie SILVER BULLET was made from the story. CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF is sort of an "under the radar" King book. Probably not the most talked about, but I think it's a hidden treasure. I love the author's monthly chronicling of the monster's evolution in the small town of Tarker's Mills, Maine. Part of what makes this a 5 star book for me were the superb illustrations, which are similar to those found in CREEPSHOW. This is a terrific t ...more
Scott
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"It was only the wind, after all . . . But the wind doesn't scratch at doors . . . or whine to be let in."

By the end of 1983 author Stephen King had certainly reached a high point in his career. He had two books (Christine in the spring, and Pet Sematary in autumn) debut on the New York Times bestseller list and three successful movie adaptations (again, Christine, as well as Cujo and The Dead Zone) at the theaters. What else did this guy have time for that calendar year? I hope he went
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Joe Valdez
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Mario
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5

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.
Rose
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
"Her store is failing by inches, and she weighs too much, but now, on this night of dreams with the moon a bitter blue flood through frost-traced windows, it seems to her that love is still a possibility, love and the scent of summer as he> comes."

I offhandedly said on a Booktube video last week that I did not think this book was up to much; I had only read one Chapter. I guess considering my rating of this book I was wrong:)

This is either a long short story or short novella that has been il
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Jason
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finally managed to get my hands on a rare copy of this book for my King collection. Such a cool little story and a must-have if you're a King nerd like myself. Aided with nice illustrations, it's a fast story (read in about an hour), and I'm curious now to watch the film adaptation (Silver Bullet) to see how they turned such a short story into a film.
Latasha
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, horror
Short and sweet. the colored illustrations are terrifying.
Rebecca McNutt
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Kirstin
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this short, illustrated story but it was great!
Ron
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Kerri
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting and absolutely loved it. The illustrations and story mixed perfectly for me and I let myself get completely absorbed in this book for the 1-2 hours it took me to read. It's a quick read, you could probably get through it in much less time, but I savored every page and took my time looking at each piece of artwork.

It was a really unique and enjoyable reading experience, and I already know I'll be rereading it in the future!
☕🎆🐷🎃🎄🌕
Edward Lorn
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Hirdesh
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS.
Brilliant story and exquisite writing skills by Eminent Author.
I was completely immersed in the story and It was like so much alive my goodness.
I felt that frightened beam of moonlight as were depicted in story.
Lovely.
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
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Mark
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Rachel
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. The illustrations were fantastic. The story was pretty good. Each chapter was a different month, taking place on the full moon. I liked some months better than others. But overall definitely an entertaining read.
Nick Iuppa
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book strikes me as a cross between a short story and a narrative poem. King holds to the form so tightly and his descriptions are so lyrical that you'd almost expect it to rhyme. The illustrations are almost a counterpoint to the text and you have to think that King expected readers to look at the picture and draw their own conclusion before they read the words. Sometimes the pictures preview what is to come and they almost act as teasers. I guess that could all have been accidental, but it ...more
Vanessa
3.5 stars.

This was actually so much better than I expected!

Cycle of the Werewolf is an illustrated book, which was something of a novelty as I'd never encountered a King book before like it. The book has 12 chapters, one for every month of the year, and follows an entire year of a small Maine town called Tarker's Mills, where they experience the coming of a werewolf every full moon.

At first I thought each chapter was going to be an isolated incident in the town, with no real plot or connection
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Johann (jobis89)
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"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
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Abbie | ab_reads
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - so fun!
Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: stephen-king
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
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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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