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Wolfcurse

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1981.

In the last of Guy Smith's werewolf series, begun by Werewolf By Moonlight seven years earlier, Ray Tyler, an unhappy bank clerk and self-sufficiency freak, buys an old book from his local bookshop. However, after reading it, he finds that he is gradually turning into a violent beast driven solely by murder and rape: in short a werewolf. His increasingly erratic behaviour earns him the sack from the bank, and three rapes and two murders later, he is on the run from the police.

By far the best of Guy Smith's four English language werewolf novels, though this time completely unconnected to the other three except for its obvious sub-genre. By this time Smith had established his style and thus this has a proper plot, unlike its predecessors which were all standard fodder. It suffers from the same flaws, but not to the same degree - it's still not a refreshingly different approach to the tired and clich�d werewolf genre, but it's an improvement; the characters are no longer two dimensional, but they're not that believable either; and even the gore, though far more frequent and inventive than before, is pretty tame compared to Smith's other books. But the bottom line is always entertainment, and where its predecessors failed, this one succeeds; and it proves to be a worthwhile, if not too demanding, read.


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