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The Cycle of the Werewolf has begun...
on 10 December 2010
A curio by King standards - originally a concept for a calendar - with each month featuring a chilling attack in the town of Tarker's Mills, Maine, by a monster whose bloodlust cannot be sated...
The calendar ultimately wasn't made (and I think the story was a bit too long for the calendar if memory serves), but this is an entertaining short story, which probably could be remade as a graphic novel (which to a certain degree it is already, with Berni Wrightson's superb illustrations accentuating King's prose).
It is a by the numbers tale, but I love the simplicity of the story. Werewolf terrorizes small town, someone works out who the monster is - showdown between the two occurs, with blood, savagery and of course, the werewolf is cunning - and more than a mere beast stalking the moonlit night for the flesh it craves.
Cliched, yes, but when written in style, so why gripe, when it works so well?
The film, Silver Bullet took a few liberties here and there (and I love it too), but this is fine King - before he became bogged down during the late 80's.
Part mystery, part campfire horror tale, Cycle of the Werewolf is King's spin on the werewolf, as sure as 'Salem's Lot was his redressing of Dracula, and is well worth a read.