What are the 10 best werewolf books that have shaped our thinking of lycanthropes and the many werewolf stories that followed them? Read more on Riffle
The Werewolf of Paris: A Novel by Guy Endore
BONUS BOOK: "The Werewolf of Paris" (1933) by Guy Endore. Set during the Franco-Prussian War and Paris Commune in the nineteenth century. Bertrand Caillet is a werewolf, roaming throughout pre-Revolutionary France. Although not the first werewolf novel, nor as influential as Curt Siodmak's screenplay for the movie "The Wolf Man" but it serves as an excellent starting point.
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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Angela Carter
BONUS BOOK: "The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition " (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Angela Carter. This book is a bonus book because, although important, it only contains three stories of werewolves which are all based upon variations of the 'Little Red Riding Hood' fairy tale: "The Werewolf", "The Company of Wolves" and "Wolf-Alice"
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The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo
BONUS BOOK: "The Wolfman" by Nicholas Pekearo. Marlowe Higgins is a werewolf who is forced to kill each full moon. He's discovered a way to make the best of it in that he only kills bad people but he can never stay in one place very long. Now he is stalking a serial killer, called the Rose Killer who targets girls. Unfortunately, things go very wrong for Marlowe.
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Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson
"Darker Than You Think" by Jack Williamson. The Child of Night is a killer. Newspaper reporter Will Barbee wants to know who the Child of Night is. In his investigation he encounters a strange box from Mongolia and the owner, April Bell. As his close friends die, Will comes closer to uncovering the truth . . . a truth that may well destroy him.
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The Howling by Gary Brandner
"The Howling" (The Howling Trilogy #1) by Gary Brandner. Roy and Karyn are excited to move to a sweet California rural town called Drago. But they don't know about its history. They don't know about the disappearances and the deaths. And they don't know about the shapeshifters amidst the population of Drago.
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Animals by John Skipp
Animals" by John Skipp and Craig Spector.
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Wild Blood: A Novel by Nancy A Collins
"Wild Blood: A Novel" by Nancy A Collins.
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Ravenous by Ray Garton
"Ravenous" (The Werewolf Series #1) by Ray Garton.
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Moondeath by Rick Hautala
"Moondeath" by Rick Hautala.
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The Last Werewolf (Last Werewolf Trilogy Book 1) by Glen Duncan
"The Last Werewolf" (The Last Werewolf Trilogy #1) by Glen Duncan. At a bit past 200 years old, Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf. But he is wallowing in an existential crisis that almost has him courting death after decades of careful living. And then he discovers that there is one other, newly made, werewolf besides himself and she's a beautiful woman with a libido to match his. This is a very literate novel.
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Hemlock Grove: A Novel (Fsg Originals) by Brian McGreevy
"Hemlock Grove" by Brian McGreevy. Girls are being killed, seemingly by wild animals, and the town of Hemlock Grove is up in arms. They're ready to pin the murders on anyone, including a young gypsy man who one girl claims is a werewolf. And, in truth, he is. And he finds himself teeming up with a young man, the son of a vampire, to catch the real killer.
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Red Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Percy
"Red Moon" by Benjamin Percy. I wanted to love this book but, like the Newsflesh trilogy, I couldn't. I think it's me and overtly politically themed novels. But Percy does a great job of using werewolves as the outsider to discuss themes of racism, hate and terrorism. There seemed to be two protagonists and a couple of additional narrative points of view.
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Mongrels: A Novel by Stephen Graham Jones
"Mongrels: A Novel" by Stephen Graham Jones. This is a coming of age novel about a boy who grew up with his grandfather, uncle and aunt in Booneville Arkansas. The adults are werewolves. But when his grandfather dies partially changed, the boy and his family take to the roads, drifting from town to town, waiting to see if the boy will ever become a werewolf himself.
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