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First line :
Somewhere, high above, the moon shines down, fat and full - but here, in Tarker's Mills, a January blizzard has choked the sky with snow.

Notes :
Bernie Wrightson
- also made the illustrations in Creepshow.

Places :
Tarker Mills
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DESCRIPTION
  • Written : 1983
  • Cycle of the Werewolf takes place in Tarker Mills, during a one-year cycle...
  • Actually, a lot can be said for Cycle of the Werewolf - But it's got those pictures!...
  • Synopsis :
    A werewolf is stalking Tarker's Mills and only young, wheelchair-bound Marty Coslaw suspects the truth. He enlists the help of his black sheep uncle to identify the shape shifter and destroy him.


  • REVIEW
    Cycle of the Werewolf is King's shortest mass-produced and stand-alone) works. It is shorter than Carrie and Rage. And it's little more than a blip on the impressive radar screen of King's canon.
    But it's got those pictures!
    Actually, a lot can be said for Cycle. The intense scenes of the werewolf's attacks are among King's most gruesome, especially the remains of the pig attack. It's a campfire story, a scary story. It goes for the jugular.
    And those excellent pictures!
    King draws the small town of Tarker's Mills as eloquantly as he did Salem's Lot and would later draw Derry, even though it's a lot more compressed. His use of the weather as a precursor to violence is excellent (especially the snowier scenes; very reminiscant of "Gray Matter".)
    And then, there are the pictures. Berni Wrightson, who worked with King on the comic book Creepshow and would later draw the illustrations for the unexpergated The Stand, gives us some wonderful black and white drawings, depicting the change of season in Tarker's Mills. Balancing those are the vibrant color of the werewolf's attack scenes, violent and nightmarish (especially the face-torn cop!)
    This collaberation of writer and artist is successful in spite of its limitations. It doesn't give answers to the werewolf's nature, but that is all right. We don't really need them. What it gives is a fun and furious decent into monster madness, and the handicapped child who overcomes it. Rockin' good time.


    EDITIONS
    FIRST EDITION

    Land Of Enchantment 1983.
    8 presentation state, 100 collector's state with a piece of original art tipped in, 250 deluxe state with a art portfolio, deluxe state without portfolio, all above are signed, Trade state 7500 copies.

    NAL 1985 trade paperback
    On Copyright Page: "First Signet Printing, April, 1985"
    Price: $8.95

    As Silver Bullet:
    NAL 1985 trade paperback
    On Copyright Page: "First Printing October 1985"
    Price: $9.95

    MY EDITION

    New English Library 1996.

    128 pages.
    ISBN 0 450 05878 6.
    Seventh impression 1996

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1983.
    Illustrations copyright © Bernie Wrightson, 1983.

    Fiction: Horror


    DEDICATION


    In memory of Davis Grubb,
    and all the voices
    of Glory


    BOOK BREAKDOWN


    January

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    September

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    December

    Afterword

    BACKCOVER


    TERROR BEGAN IN JANUARY BY THE LIGHT OF THE FULL MOON...

    The first scream came from the snowbound railwayman who felt the fangs ripping at his throat. The next month there was a scream of ecstatic agony from the woman attacked in her snug bedroom.

    Now scenes of unbelieving horror come each time the full moon shines on the isolated Maine town of Tarker Mills. No one knows who will be attacked next.
    But one thing is sure.
    When the moon grows fat, a paralysing fear sweeps through Tarker Mills. For snarls that sound like human words can be heard whistling through the wind. And all around are the footprints of a monster whose hunger cannot be sated...
    ALSO KNOWN AS


    Varulvens År (Denmark)
    Der Werwolf von Tarker Mills (Germany)
    Ezüst pisztolygolyók (Hungary)
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