"Something inhuman has come to Tarker's Mills... It is the Werewolf,
and there is no more reason for it's coming now than there would be for the
arrival of cancer, or a psychotic with murder on his mind, or a killer tornado.
It's time is now, it's place is here..."
That's all the explanation you get in this excellent short story. Taking place
over one year, with each chapter being a new month, it's a simple plot but very
well written, and with excellent illustrations by legendary artist Bernie
Filmed semi-succesfully as Silver Bullet.
Published in 1847, this is apparently one of the first ever werewolf
novels in English literature. It's a sprawling, epic story full of murder and
intrigue. An old, depressed German peasant makes a deal with Faust (yes, that
Faust) for eternal youth, the downside being that he must become a monstrous
wolf on the last day of every month.
It's a good story, spanning Germany, Spain, Turkey and Africa, but the main
drawback is it's a little light on werewolf action considering the length.
Wagner only changes three times but these are easily the highlights, the author
does a great job conveying the awesome speed of the werewolf as it zips around
killing people and animals.
Recommended if you're interested in the history of werewolf literature.
Well, I liked it!