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  • Paperback: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849010315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849010313
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A quality assortment of lycanthropic yarns. (Time Out)

Thoughtfully put together, and excellent value for money. (The Dark Side)

It seems that it is harder to come up with an original slant to the werewolf than the vampire, but Stephen Jones has shown that there's plenty around if you look. (All Hallows)

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Twenty three tales of terror and transformation, of the beast that lurks within.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2011
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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 story delves into the werewolf mythos in unique and imaginative ways.

My personal favourites are listed below.

Twilight at the Towers by Clive Barker - I'm a strong believer that the first story that appears in any collection needs to capture the readers imagination straight off the bat. This blending together of cold war paranoia, and the espionage of a thriller, with the brutality of the werewolf is a great start. This has a similar premise to the classic The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon.

The Werewolf by R. Chetwynd-Hayes - A young boy befriends a mysterious loner living in a remote house. This is one of the older stories in the book and focuses on the tragic nature of a werewolf's existence. The author makes it easy to empathize with a traumatized young man who doesn't want to hurt anyone.

Rain Falls by Michael Marshall Smith - Years ago I read Marshall Smith's short story collection, What You Make It. His writing has always struck me as fun and he often throws the reader a literary curveball. In Rain Falls a werewolf hides in plain sight on the streets of modern London.

Immortal by Mark Morris - I have a confession to make. Before reading Immortal I had never read anything by Mark Morris.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By White Rose on 1 Dec. 2011
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It's hard to find the right words to describe this thick, solid read of 25 tales of wolves and men and the two combining into one terrifying beast. It is rare to find a collection of short stories when you like all of them, but this one does just that. From the excellent and different Boobs to the brilliant Neil Gaiman, this book has it all, every story a new twist on a very old tale. I found it hard to put the book down before finishing each story, no walking away and coming back to it.
If you like good horror, and good werewolf stories, get your furry mitts on this one!
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Best Werewolf Anthology in Print... 18 Mar. 2010
By JR Pinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 Stephen Laws.
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good selection of werewolf stories 20 July 2011
By jayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd been looking for a collection or werewolf stories as there arent many about and picked this up because it had a cool book cover too! the only story that I found a bit of a bore and a chore to read through was the first story by clive barker as Im not really interested in the secret service/political/soviet government themes of using werewolves as weapons of war...

the rest of the stories however were great, each all different with a spin on the werewolf tale, would have liked to have seen a few more vintage older werewolf stories in there though, but all in all a good book to have in anybody's short horror story collection. I also have 'the mammoth book of vampires', 'the mammoth book of terror' and I recommend those as well.
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It's an anthology... 15 Aug. 2012
By Wolf Vanzandt - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Werewolf fiction, this anthology is about as good as an anthology of short stories about werewolves is going to get. In fact, it has my favorite werewolf short story, Clive Barker's Twilight at the Towers. The stories lean toward British authors but there are a few others. It's a big book so you certainly get your money worth. And the amazing Neil Gaiman got it right again - werewolves are the good guys.
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Wonderful Complilation 19 Jan. 2013
By KathrynBorgia - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a werewolf junkie, so I'm always happy to find new werewolf material. Although, in recent years, there's been a lack of quality tales and all of the new anthos have been reprints of things I've already read. It was not the case with this book. There were so many different stories, fresh ideas and homages to old favorites that this really was the perfect antho.
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Typical of the genre 26 Dec. 2012
By Robert Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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While there have been many werewolf fictions written throughout the years, there has also been a fair amount of study given the genre that has come to the conclusion that werewolf literature pales in comparison to stories written featuring other fantasy creatures. This collection provides a collection of examples that lead the reader to the same conclusion as many of the pieces included mirror each other in such areas as plot, use of language, and creativity with the genre's conventions. While it is not a bad collection as far as an anthology of what is available, I found this volume somewhat disappointing overall.
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