The Werewolf of Paris

The Werewolf of Paris

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by Guy Endore
     
 

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Endore’s classic werewolf novel—now Back in print for the first time in over forty years—helped define a genre and set a new standard in horror fiction.The werewolf is one of the great iconic figures of horror in folklore, legend, film, and literature. And connoisseurs of horror fiction know that The Werewolf of Paris is a cornerstone work, a

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Endore’s classic werewolf novel—now Back in print for the first time in over forty years—helped define a genre and set a new standard in horror fiction.The werewolf is one of the great iconic figures of horror in folklore, legend, film, and literature. And connoisseurs of horror fiction know that The Werewolf of Paris is a cornerstone work, a masterpiece of the genre that deservedly ranks with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.Endore’s classic novel has not only withstood the test of time since it was first published in 1933, but it boldly used and portrayed elements of sexual compulsion in ways that had never been seen before, at least not in horror literature.In this gripping work of historical fiction, Endore’s werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels across pre-Revolutionary France seeking to calm the beast within. Stunning in its sexual frankness and eerie, fog-enshrouded visions, this novel was decidedly influential for the generations of horror and science fiction authors who came afterward.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Like 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.
—Michael Dirda
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Out of print since 1972, this gruesome classic is based on a true story from 19th-century France; the author of Psycho adds an introduction to this new edition. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605983530
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
Pegasus Crime Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

A Hollywood screenwriter who collaborated on scripts like Mark of the Vampire, as well as receiving an Oscar nomination for The Story of G.I. Joe, Guy Endore also wrote several novels, including Nightmare and King of Paris. A cult favorite of fans of horror, he is best known for The Werewolf of Paris, which occupies a significant position in werewolf literature, much in the same way that Dracula does for vampire literature. Guy Endore died in 1970.

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The Werewolf of Paris 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The red moon is comeing. Blood will be spelt. Bewere my wulf kin........