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Moon of the Wolf

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Moon of the Wolf delivers a living, breathing Mississippi town in your hands.
Moon of the Wolf was written by Leslie H. Whitten and first published in 1967. It might be described as Southern Gothic Horror. The setting might have been used before, but Whitten's storytelling elevates this to one of the best Wolfman books out there.
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Mass Market Paperback, 188 pages
Published 1968 by Ace
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Richard Derus
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5* of five

Okay. Well, a few things to discuss: 1) The 1967 novel's perfectly adequate and not one whit better than it needs to be. 2) The made-for-ABC movie from 1972 is one of those really crummy movies of the week that ABC was (in)famous for in the 1970s, the Friday night teens-and-tweens monster flicks. 3) Author Whitten died at 89 on 1 December 2017.

The novel, an ancient paperback copy of which I've had for a zillion years, is an artifact of a bygone age. It was a mediocre
Jack Tripper
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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(1968 Ace mass-market paperback with George Ziel art, 188 pages)

During the Depression-era 1930s, the people of a small farming community in Mississippi are spending their nights in fear of a vicious madman on the loose. The victims are so thoroughly torn apart that some think an animal, such as a wolf, is responsible. But then how did it break into the police station one night, and into a prisoner's cell? The black community in the poor section of town resort to voodoo concoctions and charms for
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural (especially werewolf) fiction
Dateline: Stanley, Mississippi (population 900) in late 1938-early 1939; a majority-black but white-ruled little community in the Mississippi River delta area, still mired in segregation and Depression-era poverty. At our story's opening, in the last days of December, part-time deputy sheriff (and former Marine) Aaron Whitaker is awakened at dawn, summoned out to a fallow field where Haitian-descended Ellie Burrifous, a 19-year-old black nursing student, has been found dead. One arm has been ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
To be honest, if there were half stars this would be a 2 and 1/2. Both reviews on Goodreads (here and in the two-fer volume: Moon of the Wolf/Progeny of the Adder/2 Books in 1) are similar - they tag MOON OF THE WOLF as a boring horror novel.

I'd actually approach the book this way - MOON OF THE WOLF is a pretty boring horror novel. But MOON OF THE WOLF is actually a fairly interesting (if occasionally flat) Southern Gothic/Mystery/Rural Police Procedural. So the non-spoilery review is pretty
Jun 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
In the past, if I'm not into a book by the half way point, I would tend to not waste any more time reading the second half. I decided not to do that, though I struggled through this.

First published in 1967, it's set in a small Mississippi town during the depression. It opens with the discovery of the body of a young black woman in a field. She had been torn apart by suspected wild dogs. With the discovery that the girl had been struck on the side of the face and bruises on her throat, it becomes
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“The moon was obscured by heavy clouds. January was already past the mid-mark and the early delta spring would soon be on them. Already on the night was the faint, fresh smell of buddings and the intimacy that comes from the warm delta air trapped between slumbering earth and lowering clouds.” 5 likes
“The odor of burning sulphur shifted on the night air, acrid, a little foul. Somewhere, the Canaan dwellers had learned of a supplier of castor - an extract from the beaver's perineal glands. Little packets containing the brown-orange mass of dried animal matter arrived from Detroit at the Post Office's "general delivery." At home, by the kerosene light, the recipients unwrapped the packets. A poor relative sometimes would be given some of the fibrous gland, bitter and smelling slightly like strong human sweat, and the rest would go into a Mason jar. Each night, as prescribed by old Burrifous through his oracle, Ronnie, a litt1e would be mixed with clear spring water. And as it gave the water a creamy, rusty look, the owner would sigh with awe and fear. The creature, wolf or man, became more real through the very specific which was to vanquish him.” 1 likes
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