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Posted October 28, 2012
I always enjoyed the British film "The Curse of the Werewolf." The movie was based upon this novel except the location was moved from France to Spain.
This books revolves around the legends of babies being born at the same moment as Jesus Christ becoming possessed by demons. (See The Book of Werewolf's by Sabane Barring-Gould).
Some reviewers compare this to "Dracula" as the definitive "Werewolf" novel. I really got involved in the story, but I'm not sure as I would go that far to compare it to Bram Stoker's classic. I will say this creature is no Jacob from "The Twilight Saga" and one would not want to meet him during a full moon.
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Posted March 19, 2005
Although it is considered the original werewolf story, it's obvious why 'The Werewolf of Paris' has not become a popular monster classic like 'Frankenstein,' 'Dracula,' and 'The Phantom of the Opera.' A slow-paced story, it diverges from the main tale many times and, in the end, is not very compelling. There are interesting parts and points made in the book, but, overall, it doesn't succeed as a gripping monster story. Added to that is the disturbing fact that my edition (Blackmask Online) was filled with numerous misspellings and typos. The story of Bertrand Caillet, who was born on Christmas Eve to a mother who was raped by a priest, 'The Werewolf of Paris' follows Bertrand from birth to his participation in the Paris Commune of 1871. Although there are scenes of Bertrand killing as a wolf, don't expect to find any transformation scenes, or even much about Bertrand's life as a werewolf. This, however, was one of the first stories to mention a 'wolf-man' and inspired the classic horror movie. The book was written by Guy Endore to compete with 'Dracula,' but, in my opinion, the story falls short of a classic monster novel. Although it is readable, there are better and more compelling stories in this genre, such as 'Dracula,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' and 'Kolak of the Werebeasts.'
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Posted December 9, 1999
i enjoyed this book. is it great literature? probably not, but it is better than some things i have read that are generally considered great literature.
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Posted November 7, 2013