Wagner the Werewolf

First published in 1847, Wagner the Werewolf is one of the very earliest treatments of the Werewolf theme in English literature, and has lost none of its power to shock, it is one of the greatest works of George W M Reynolds, once the most popular author in England, and the Master of the Penny Dreadful.
Wagner the Werewolf First published in Wagner the Werewolf is one of the very earliest treatments of the Werewolf theme in English literature and has lost none of its power to shock it is one of the greatest work

  • Title: Wagner the Werewolf
  • Author: George W.M. Reynolds David Stuart Davies
  • ISBN: 9781840225303
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Wagner the Werewolf”

    1. I was expecting this to be another Penny Dreadful like Varney the Vampire. But it was so much more. I think this is the best Gothic novel that I have ever read. It is just SO wonderful. The main characters are all delightful shades of gray and all do some rather bad things but still remain the heros of the story. It has wonderful strong women characters who have agency, are clever and very independent spirits. One of the best things about this book was how free of prejudice the author was. The p [...]

    2. This is about a werewolf named Jacob with incredible abs who is fighting a sparkly vampire named Edward over a girl named Bella—That's actually not true.The back cover says this is "one of the very earliest treatments of the Werewolf theme in English literature", but I'm not sure if that's entirely accurate. I have nothing to back that up, but we're going with my gut here, though I am feeling contrary so.The book started out very well, lots of good ol' family fun with lots of excitement and in [...]

    3. Only one of the following 19 things does NOT happen in WAGNER, THE WEHR-WOLF - can you guess which one?1. A Christian Italian in Turkey renounces his faith and becomes a Muslim to win the heart of a beautiful woman!2. A werewolf battles a giant python!3. Skeletons in a closet - LITERAL skeletons!4. The Devil provides visions of far-away places with the use of his magic telescope!5. A sinister Carmelite Convent hides a secret dungeon for enforced penitents!6. An illness is healed with a Rosicruci [...]

    4. 2,5Still a better love story than Twilight Don't expect a literary masterpiece, Wilkie Collins at his worst day is better writer than Reynolds. However the book is still readable, and I would even reccomend it: if one is looking for a long, trashy novel. I was pleasantly surprised how progressive the author was for his day when it comes to religion, women rights and calling out antisemitism. As for this being one of the first werewolf stories in English, I found it very interesting that Wagner ( [...]

    5. If you're a fan of the Gothic tradition, you must read this. The title implies a lot more werewolf action than the books actually give us, given that the eponymous Wagner is only one part of a sprawling cast of characters. And even if it hasn't got too much werewolfery, it's got schemes, secrets, murders, clandestine affairs, public executions, lovable (and not-so-lovable) rogues, demons and angels, shipwrecks, apostates, revenge plots, self-flagellating nuns, the Inquisition, Rosicrucians, lite [...]

    6. Wagner the Werewolf reads like a cheap, outdated serialized romance novel. Which is exactly what it is, and I’m loving it – one of the first tales of werewolves in the modern (Victorian) era. Certainly no Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley, it does have a certain appeal, especially keeping in mind its an anachronism, and it doesnt delve deeper than superficial romance novel. The romance and intrigue takes a front row seat while the werewolf theme is actually quite minimal. It does however put forth [...]

    7. Have you ever read a book or fanfic where a face is never a face, but a "countenance"? Or where the main character is so attractive, that only the word "beauteous" can do her justice, and her skin is not pale, but "polished alabaster? Does she have burning or piercing eyes? Perhaps a story where prophecies are spoken in strained rhyming couplets?Or to put it more bluntly, have you ever read a paranormal romance novel?If you said "Yes!" to any of these questions, you should know that Wagner the W [...]

    8. This book, I feel, is more a historical curiosity than a piece of literature that can really be appreciated today, at least by me. I was curious about its status as a "penny dreadful" popular during the mid-19th century, a piece of Victorian pop fiction. Unlike more "classic" works that are still read today, (like Shelley's "Frankenstein" or even Stoker's "Dracula") Wagner the Werewolf has little to offer modern readers. Word count is stretched, the plot is melodramatic and easily predictable, d [...]

    9. A ridiculous book, but great fun. It has everything; wehr-wolves, evil priests, sex, violence, Arabs, ladies in distress, nudity, Faust, the devil, angels. Let me know if there are any other of Reynolds books available.

    10. This is the first book in years that tried my patience so much so I couldn't bare to finish it. The novel starts with some nice, creepy imagery, some obvious precursors to modern horror tropes (some of them rather trashy, like self-flagellating virgins), but Reynolds employs the most verbose prose possible, no doubt to extend this serialized story as long as possible, to make a buck.So, this book defeated me. I've had a long streak of finishing every book I start, and this one just made me rethi [...]

    11. I had a difficult time with this book. It starts out promisingly, and certainly has some good ideas and fun scenes, but the writing style is unbearable. First, though, let's take a look at some of what's covered in this story (spoilers here, if anyone cares): - A man is turned into a werewolf and for a year and a half attends upon a demonic semi-human figure, who takes about sixty years off his life, making him young again. - The lover of a recently deceseased count is murdered by that count's d [...]

    12. Gave up on this. Been reading it since February and it's still not finished, so that just goes to show how unengaging it is.It's not my genre, really. This is Victorian pulp. I thought it would be interesting to read an original penny dreadful, but this book was very melodramatic and not all that 'dreadful'. It might have been mildly entertaining if it were shorter (originally it would have been published in installments in a penny dreadful magazine), but reading it one go, it's just too pondero [...]

    13. Finally finished! Amazingly very little to do with Wagner the Wehrwolf. At times this was a real page turner. Other times very tedious. I'm very glad I read it though. It's a great story. Strip out the werewolf part and a little bit of the relationship stuff and it would make a great movie. While the story is Gothic it is NOT a horror novel. It is more of a court intrigue story. Nisida may be the most evil female character since Lady Macbeth.

    14. i was surprised to find Wagner the Wehr-Wolf to be a story of resisting evil, a tale of forgiveness and salvation. It is not about those threatened by the wehr-wolf standing against him for they couldn't. It was Wagner himself fleeing from evil and seeking redemption. It is a deeply spiritual story.

    15. Reynolds was a very prolific writer in the 19th century. This may be one of the first Wehr-Wolf stories ever. Very intriguing, interesting locations and a real evil character in form of a woman. Reading this book is like watching a movie. You won't regret reading that book if you're interested in 19th century fiction!

    16. Very conflicted about this book. Went from being irked somewhat at the lack or werewolves and involvement of the titular character to a genuine interest in all the intertwining story lines and then to disappointment in the conclusion.

    17. I get that this was originally published as a serial and the writer was probably paid by the word (and it shows) but somewhere beneath the continual twists and turns is a halfway decent story. I've read worse.

    18. some interesting moments and themes, but the overall structure is long and rambling at times. Every time something really got me excited to turn the page, some new character or romance would be introduced.

    19. "He saw that he was hovering on the verge of a fearful abyss - and he trembled lest he should fall, so intense was his love for Nisida."

    20. Wagner the Werewolf is a a decent book. It's closer to today's popular culture style of writing than the other pulp fiction from the 1800s I've read.

    21. This is so hard to rate. It's so awful but so good. It also uses the word 'countenance' about 300 times, and the characters are awful. There is also very little on werewolves Amazing!

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