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The Washington PostLike those other horror classics, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula, this notorious novel doesn't just aim for rawhead-and-bloody-bones gruesomeness. Instead, it raises all sorts of wholly modern questions about personal responsibility and the intricate relationship between sex and violence. It covers every aspect of human bestiality, whether manifested in family feuds, warfare, political revolution, clerical pedophilia, incest, cannibalism, sado-masochistic sexual practices, miscarriages of justice, or the callous abuse of the demented. There's an old Latin tag "Man is wolf to man"—and The Werewolf of Paris proves its universal truth. But don't worry, horror fans: At the book's center lurks a shape-shifting monster who rips and devours human flesh.