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The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A collection of 23 dark werewolf tales from contemporary and classic authors. Top contributors include Clive Barker, Michael Marshall Smith, Graham Masterton, and Mark Morris.

Introduction: Even a Man Who is Pure of Heart... • essay by Stephen Jones
Twilight at the Towers • (1985) • novelette by Clive Barker
The Dream of the Wolf • (1984) • novelette by Scott Bradfie
Paperback, 576 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Running Press (first published July 1st 1994)
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This was a fun anthology of stories about werewolves. There were several stand outs in this and a couple of stories I did not like. The ones I did not like were just not my type of story, they were written well. The stand outs for me were:

Twilight at the Towers by Clive Barker
Out of the Night, When the Full Moon is Bright by Kim Newman
Boobs by Suzy McKee Charnas
Only the End of the World Again by Neil Gaiman

and there were a lot more that I liked…...

I hated:
Essence of the Beast by Roberta La
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, horror
The third of Stephen Jones’ excellent MAMMOTH anthologies I’d read following on from TERROR and VAMPIRES. By now, I knew what to expect, so was looking forward to indulging myself in a huge compendium of every werewolf-themed horror story under the sun.

Clive Barker kicks off again with TWILIGHT AT THE TOWERS, an atypical Cold War thriller mixing in some shape-shifting shenanigans. It’s extremely gory, pretty much unique, and fairly enthralling. I was hooked. By comparison, Scott Bradfield’s THE
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've had a thing for werewolves for as long as I can remember; I've encountered Stephen Jones any number of times in my life of horror addiction. Between the two, this seemed a natural match. Unfortunately, the standard of quality in this collection is...well, it seemes pretty damned low. A majority of the lycanthropic tales herein are fairly modern, and perhaps it's my antiquated literary taste that's at fault, but most of the stories are just plain bad. Only a couple are out and out awful (the ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Some of these short stories were really good and I wnjoyed many of them. I especially liked the last story, Out of the Night, When the Full Moon is Bright. Others I enjoyed were The Cell and Boobs. I had never read any werewolf lore before and hadn’t realized people even wrote stories about them, so I’m glad I picked this book up and gave it a chance.
Have read this before, well worth reading again.
One of the few short story anthologies with more than one good story in it.
I bought this specifically for The foxes of Fascoum by Peter Tremayne and David case' The cell.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun collection of werewolf short stories, they vary in length and in style. my favorites were:

Basil Copper’s CRY WOLF

Karl Edward Wagner's ONE PARIS NIGHT

Brian Mooney's SOUL OF THE WOLF

David Case’s THE CELL

Suzy McKee Charnas's BOOBS

Stephen Law's GUILTY PARTY
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The stories in this collection range from good to downright awful, and unfortunately, most of the awful stories come after the first quarter of the book, and last until the final quarter of the book. But what's good here is really good, ranging from Scott Bradfield's wistful "Dream of the Wolf," R. Chetwynd-Hayes melancholy "The Werewolf," Les Daniels' wry and sardonic "Wereman," Suzy McKee Charnas' feminist-slanted "Boobs," and many others. The collection ends on a very strong note with Kim New ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mostly not great. Even the Barker and Gaiman stories are substandard, disappointing. Skip the "The Cell," boring and monotonous (although the editor touts it as one of the best). "Boobs," the sole entry by a female writer, is enjoyable, but hinges on "girl themes" and I got the sense the only reason it was included was to avoid a chauvinist label for this compilation. Warning, it is male-oriented. The best in the book is the last, by Kim Newman, "Out of the Night..." but I'd look for it in a dif ...more
Steven Davis
Some very good and quite different takes on the werewolf mythos.
Sylvester Kuo
Anthologies are always tricky to be collated well, The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men admitted failed to impress me but some of the stories were still entertaining. There were a few obvious winners (Guilty Party, Twilight at the Towers, Boobs) a few were really disappointing (The foxes of Fascoum, Night Beat, And I shall go in the Devil’s Name). I am not really a big fan of werewolf stories to begin with, so I guess I can't be the best of judges but it was cool to see different interpretations of the ...more
Riju Ganguly
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Jones had done a commendable job in assembling some of the best stories dealing with werewolves in this anthology (first printed in 1994, later re-released as a tie-in with a well hyped Hollywood production in 2009). The contents are:

• “Even a Man Who is Pure in Heart”: introduction by Stephen Jones
1. Twilight at the Towers: a taut and surprisingly elegant novella from Clive Barker (otherwise known for making his works stand-out for their visceral gore & sex) dealing with cold-war er
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
All over the world it is believed there are cursed human beings with the horrifying destiny of changing at full moon and destroying those they love the most -individuals who hide beneath the face of the beast, and beasts who kill with the tortured soul of man. Bound by ancient maledictions, captives of man’s primal side, bearers of insatiable bloodlust and brute strength…they are the wolf men.

The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men edited by Stephen Jones consists of twenty-five werewolf themed tales. Each
Placeholder review: I'm reading a bunch of Manly Wade Wellman right now, so I pulled this off the shelf for a pre-read of "The Hairy Ones Shall Dance."

This novella (originally serialized in three parts in Weird Tales magazine in the 1930s) introduces another of Wellman's "Occult Detective" characters, one Judge Hilary Pursuivant. Yet, Pursuivant is not the main character, and only enters the narrative at about the halfway point (he just happens to live nearby). Instead - an ex-stage magician/esc
Adrian Harlan
Nov 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is a revised edition of a book that was originally published in 1994. I was curious, given my love for horror fiction anthologies, why I had no memory of purchasing the first edition back in the day and then I started reading. Oh yeah, the reason I never bought the first edition is because werewolf stories kind of bore me to death. Other than "Boobs", a really memorable story of teen girl lycanthropy by Suzy McKee Charnas, this is mostly boring, tedious reading. I wouldn't be surprised if I ...more
Mar 17, 2010 rated it liked it
This is probably the best anthology of werewolf stories currently in print. It is an updated version of an earlier text (re-printed for a tie-in with the movie, The Wolfman). It is not a “definitive” collection because many classic stories were omitted in favor of newer tales by more modern writers. My favorites are mostly the older stories however, such as The Werewolf, by R. Chetwynd-Hayes and The Cell by David Case. I also enjoyed Twilight at the Towers by Clive Barker and Guilty Party by Ste ...more
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice mix of traditional and modern werewolf tales.
With stories by: (those marked with asterisks I found to be exceptional)

Clive Barker **
Ramsey Campbell **
Suzy McKee Charnas **
Les Daniels
Dennis Etchison **
Roberta Lannes **
Graham Masterton **
Kim Newman **
Michael Marshall Smith
Peter Tremayne
Karl Edward Wagner
Scott Bradfield
R. Chetwynd-Hayes
Stephen Laws
Mark Morris
Basil Copper
Hugh B. Cave **
David Sutton
Brian Mooney
Manley Wade Wellman
Adrian Cole **
Nicholas Royle
David Case **
Jo Fletcher **

Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Anthologies are hard to rate because the stories vary so much. In this one there werea few exceptional short stories and others that weren't worth reading with the majority placed in the void imbetween. I found the stories by the following authors to be particularly good: Kim Newman, Suzy McKee Charnas, Graham Masterton and Roberta Lannes.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice, eclectic anthology of Werewolf stories! I liked some better than others, but the diversity in prose and writing styles on such a popular subject in horror fiction was refreshing. As a fellow author of horror/suspense fiction, I always benefit reading other author's perspectives! Great collection to read on a dark, windy night when the moon is full in the sky!
Vincent Darlage
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I thought the Zorro story was particularly clever - and I LOVED "The Cell."
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Some really great stories, & some rather dull stories. This would read better as a go-to for a wolf story now & again, rather than a straight read through.
Skuli Saeland
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Margar skemmtilegar og ólíkar sögur af varúlfum hér á ferð. Misgóðar líkt og gengur og gerist en inn á milli voru virkilega eftirminnilegar og heillandi sögur í ollum sínum hryllingi.
May 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I received this anthology as a Mother's Day gift! I am currently doing research on the topic for my own work. Very excited to begin reading it!
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a shifter fan, this is a great collection of Werewolf stories.
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Most stories were bad or worse. Only story I really liked was One Paris Night by Karl Edward Wagner.
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Stephen Jones is an eighteen-time winner of the British Fantasy Award.