If you are looking for a relatively short but good, and not to mention chilling, read then look no further. Cycle of the Werewolf was the third book that King came out with in 1983. I love King’s imagery from the very beginning of the story as the werewolf claims its first victim in its year long cycle: “It is only the wind, after all…But the wind doesn’t scratch at doors…and whine to be let in.” And who better to defeat the werewolf than the crippled kid down the street in the wheelchair? This contrast between protagonist and antagonist is poetic.
The other thing that I really liked about this novel was that it wasn’t a very traditional narrative. The book has twelve small chapters, one for each month of the year depicting the attacks of the werewolf during each full moon. We don’t just follow the main character around the entire story. In fact you don’t get to him until you are a few months into the story. You follow the werewolf more and see his early victims, his failed attempts, his feasting upon pigs, and eventually his demise by a silver bullet. Speaking of silver bullets a film adaptation by the same name was put out in 1985. I have not seen it but I assume, seeing as the book is a little short to be made into a full length movie, it’s not exactly the same as the novel but I’m interesting in finding out.