First published in and out of print for the past 40 years (except for a handsome limited edition from Centipede Press), Guy Endore’s “The. The Werewolf of Paris. Guy Endore .. But in the torrid atmosphere of Paris, a nodding acquaintance ripens quickly to intimacy. At any rate among Americans. The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore – book cover, description, publication history.

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Bertrand joins the National Guard during the Franco-Prussian Wardoing little fighting and finding love from a girl who volunteers at a canteen, the beautiful and wealthy Sophie de Blumenberg.

The Werewolf of Paris

View all 6 comments. We read Gothic novels and watch monster movies. This sordid conception, in conjunction with a Christmas Eve birth, curses Bertrand to life as a werewolf, a man in which two spirits, one of man and one of beast, vie for control of the body.

Sophie de Blumenberg, the ravishing daughter of a succesful Paris banker, slumming in a soldier cantina in a poor imitation of Florence Nightingale. They would like to have that beuatiful body for a house, that body of man which is pqris highest creation ever to have come from God’s sculpturing hands.

Violence and bloodshed are ugly. To the whole battalion that looked at her with lusting, hungry eyes.

The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore

The Werewolf of Paris 17 8 Oct 24, Books by Guy Endore. She falls there under the animal magnetism of a tongue-tied Bertrand, a Civil Guard volunteer now, to the despair of the lady’s beau, the spick Captain Barral de Montfort. The book does have its moments. Part horror story and part historical fiction, it follows the travails of the titular werewolf of Paris from his birth to his death, as well as his place in the blood-drenched moment of history known as the Franco-Prussian War that was followed by the ill-fated Paris Commune.


It is to guard against the invasion of roaming souls that bodies stiffen in rigor mortis, at once after death.

The Werewolf of Paris : A Novel

Indeed, near the end of the book, one character is forced to conclude: What we do with this revelation is up to us.

Bertrand’s crimes are contrasted with the horrors of the Paris Commune and the even greater horrors of the reprisals by the Versailles government.

The Werewolf of Paris. In this gripping work of historical fiction, Endore’s werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels across pre-Revolutionary France seeking to calm the beast within. There was something savage inside of him straining to get out. There are first those that have two bodies and only one soul. Of course things come to a head and the piper must be paid. This is how I coped with some hard to swallow statements about the limitations of science as a method of understanding the world and with other radical diatribes about the usefullness of burning witches and other undesirables at the stake.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Like any classic werewolf book this is unfortunately not so much a story of someone that turns into a wolf under a full moon and goes around eating people, but is a story of the nature of man and his battle between civility and his desire for lust and murder. Are the baser desires of man simply chemical reactions inside his head or is there something more that drives them?


Aymar finds Bertrand in Paris during the Paris Commune fuy, but thinking that love has cured Bertrand, he decides not to take action.

For the poor, it is merely an opportunity to suffer stoically.

A descendant of the cursed Pitamont clan, which destroyed itself in a long feud nedore the neighboring Pitavals, Bertrand is born one Christmas Eve to an adolescent girl who had been raped by a priest, Father Pitamont.

Aymar brings up the subject of the afterlife and the notary, Le Pelletier, says something that Aymar, in his youth, would probably have said: It also offers a very frank appraisal of sexual proclivities and their link to violence.

It is Sophie who insists that Bertrand feed from her. In a work that strives to do werfwolf werewolves what Stoker’s Dracula did for vampires, Endore’s werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels round seeking to calm the beast within. Just be aware that it’s very brutal enddore times, with rape, incest, cannibalism, torture, child abuse, and a later segment that’s a painfully honest exploration of what went down in mental asylums of the time. There is such a thing as a drunkenness that comes from a surfeit of bloodshed.

It’s hard to find straight-up horror these days.

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