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Return of the Howling

Novel by Gary Brandner (USA) 1979.

After Karyn Beatty and Chris Halloran burned the town of Drago, they again heard the howling in the woods and they knew that some of the town's werewolf inhabitants had survived. What they didn't know was that three years later, the two survivors would come back for more. Karyn, now Karyn Richter, is still trying to come to terms with her experience, when Marcia Lura (insane for revenge for the silver bullet Karyn put into her skull) and her lover, Karyn's former husband Roy, seek her out to kill her. She must find Chris and between them try to finish the job they started in Drago.

Brandner starts to suffer from a dose of the sequels and produces a second-rate follow-up to a hugely influential novel. There's nothing particularly wrong with this one, but it has absolutely nothing new to offer and the original was much better anyway. Brandner's next attempt, The Howling III: Echoes, despite its misleading title, was much more of a straight sequel to the first than a third book in the series, so presumably the author realised how bad this one was and made amends.

Later reissued as The Howling II: The Return (1986).


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