“His werewolf is a terrifying creature . . . Garton’s well-paced horror novel reworks the werewolf myth to great effect.” —Publishers Weekly
When Emily Crane’s car breaks down on a dark, lonely road at night, she is attacked and raped by a man she kills in self-defense. That night, the dead rapist walks out of the morgue. Later, Emily begins to experience strange cravings and her body undergoes terrifying changes.
When brutal killings leave victims partially eaten in the northern California coastal town of Big Rock, Sheriff Arlin Hurley scoffs at the talk of werewolves . . . until a tuft of wolf’s fur is found on a victim. It soon becomes clear that whatever is responsible for the killings, it is not alone. There are more than one. And they are doing something much worse than killing and eating people.
Nearly twenty-five years ago, Ray Garton reinvented the vampire mythos with his erotic novel Live Girls. Now he has updated the curse of the werewolf in Ravenous.
A serial rapist is on the loose in the sleepy California town of Big Rock, and sheriff Farrell Hurley s secretary is the latest victim. When a self-proclaimed werewolf hunter named Daniel Fargo comes into town claiming that Big Rock has an infestation of the creatures, Hurley thinks the man is insane, until the eviscerated corpses and attacks by large animals start in earnest. For Garton, lycanthropy is an STD, spread mostly through rape, that runs rampant through a small town fraught with affairs and intrigues. His werewolf is a terrifying creature: not a remorseful, helpless cursed human but a homicidal beast driven by a dual urge to breed and feed. Hurley is a sheriff to root for, and Garton s well-paced horror novel reworks the werewolf myth to great effect.
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Wonderful, in a Horrific Way
First Ray Garton novel I’ve read and it was quite a thrill ride. Gave me chills while reading and the visions of blood and gore and teeth and claws followed me in my dreams a few days afterward. And that ending wasn’t at all what I was expecting during the reading journey. Got a few other Garton titles on my reading shelf. Looking up to getting to them as soon as possible.