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Wagner the Werewolf (Wordsworth Mystery & the Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) [Paperback]

George W.M. Reynolds , Dick Collins
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10 Jun 2006 Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural

This Wordsworth Edition is Edited by and includes an exclusive Introduction by Dick Collins.

<p align="center"> In the midst of a wood of evergreens on the banks of the Arno, a man – young, handsome, and splendidly attired - has thrown himself upon the ground, where he writhes like a stricken serpent. He is the prey of a demoniac excitement: an appalling consternation is upon him – madness is in his brain – his mind is on fire. Lightnings appear to gleam from his eyes – as if his soul were dismayed, and withering within his breast. ‘Oh! no – no!’ he cries with a piercing shriek, as if wrestling madly - furiously – but vainly, against some unseen fiend that holds him in his grasp.

Aged and deserted, Fernand Wagner agrees to serve John Faust for the last year of his life. In return he is given youth, wealth and beauty – but at the terrible price of becoming a werewolf. He loves the glacial, beautiful, sensual Nisida, whose family history conceals a dreadful secret. Together they flee from Florence to a desert island: but dogged by the Inquisition, and by the might of the Ottoman Empire, they are finally forced to face the horror that lurks in the closet…

First published in 1847, Wagner the Werewolf is one of the very earliest treatments of the Werewolf theme in English literature, and has lost none of its power to shock, it is one of the greatest works of George W.M. Reynolds, once the most popular author in England, and the Master of the Penny Dreadful.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (10 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840225300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840225303
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part of Wordsworth's Mystery & Supernatural series, featuring classic spine chilling tales, some previously unavailable for many years.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a horror, but... 23 Sep 2008
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A full-blooded Penny Dreadful of the first water, Wagner the Werewolf is a rollicking bodice-ripper of a tale chock full of heaving bosoms, bloody murder, and plenty of derring-do. It also has a werewolf - but not really so's you'd notice.

It's almost a misnomer to label this book a horror story. Oddly - for the first ever treatment of the werewolf legend in English literature - there is surprisingly little lycanthropic action. The fact of the hero Wagner's lupine curse is almost incidental, a footnote to the main tale. It sometimes happens that there are so many sub-plots and secondary characters jostling for attention that poor old Wagner himself gets completely sidelined - at one point, scarcely a third of the way into the book, our hero is thrown into prison and does not reappear again for another seventeen chapters!

But that isn't to say that Wagner the Werewolf still isn't a darn good read, or that there is little to recommend it. Simply come to it expecting a tale of high adventure rather than gothic horror, a merry romp around mediaeval Florence (and later Arabia) with a full quotient of dashing bandit captains, imperilled heroines, dastardly sheiks and sadistic nuns. The prose is relentlessly melodramatic, sometimes veering on the downright purple, but invests the tale with enough of a sense of fun and frenetic pace that these faults can usually be overlooked. This madcap book has it all - a shipwreck, a seige, the Spanish Inquisition, a dark family secret revolving around a locked cupboard and even a cameo or two by the Devil himself...

Oh, and there's a werewolf somewhere in there, too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Praise for Wagner the werewolf! 8 Oct 2006
Wagner the werewolf is the compiled exploits of Fernand Wagner,a lonely, bitter old man who is visited on a dark and stormy night by Dr Faust. Faust offers him renewed youth, a heightened intellect and unlimited wealth if he agrees to become a werewolf and accompany him for 18 months. Wagner agrees, his youth is restored and from that day he becomes a mindless, savage werewolf on the last day of each month. The rest of the story centres around Wagners attempts to find a cure while resisting the Devils offer to cure him in exchange for his immortal soul. During the course of the story he battles bandits, anacondas and endures a turbulent romance with the beautiful but treacherous Nisidia. The story is packed full of murder, treachery, suspense and hidden plots which will leave the reader guessing the fates of the numerous characters until the very end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - atmospheric and spooky 26 Oct 2006
A rattling good read - it's got everything to keep you pinned to your seat just like the other reviewer said. And a really good intro too - very informative but fun to read at the same time.
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