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The Son of the Werewolf

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1978.

Margaret Gunn, raped by a psycho in a wolf's costume in Return of the Werewolf, gives birth to an unusually ugly child. He grows up to become a loner, a bully and finally a murderer, as he slices up his headteacher at the age of fifteen. While in gaol he discovers he is a werewolf and on his release the murders start again.

Guy Smith who, by the release of this novel, had found huge success with Night of the Crabs, returns to the werewolf genre which began his career four years earlier with Werewolf by Moonlight, for the third of four British instalments (there was also a West German werewolf novel Der Ruf des Werewolfs, published in 1976, which has never appeared in book form in the English language). The only way to describe this one is merely as a quick rehash of the previous two in the series with a little bit more gore. With The Son of the Werewolf, the series reached such a low ebb that even 1981's decent Wolfcurse (not related to this trilogy other than by sub-genre) couldn't salvage it, and there have been no subsequent additions. Certainly not one of the highlights of Guy Smith's long and varied career.


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