Howling at the Moon: 8 Underrated Werewolf Novels

Read on to discover eight underrated werewolf books within four genres. There’s bound to be something you’ll want to add to your October spooky season TBR.

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three werewolf book covers on a nighttime sky

Vampires get all the attention, but not today! Iconic werewolf stories are all well and good to pick up every fall, but there are so many Lycan stories out there that just don’t get the attention they deserve. We’re presenting two novels from four different genres that are underappreciated gems. For books for you or your little reader, here are some howlers for your October TBR.

Howlers for Middle Readers

These are just the books needed to get the littles into the supernatural genre without scaring them too badly.

The Local Legend of Iron River by William Mierzejewski

While on vacation, siblings Liam and Boo are frightened by the monster lurking in the woods around their cabin. Unfortunately, none of the adults believe the kids are seeing anything other than the natural creatures that inhabit the woods around them. Follow along as Liam, his sister, and a few friends try to solve the mystery of what’s out there.

The Local Legend of Iron River by William Mierzewski, book cover featuring a cabin on a lake with a superimposed wolf in the forest tree line.

Curse of the Werewolves by Rex Ogle

Book two of The Supernatural Society series finds Will and his friends after another supernatural creature. This time they’re not trying to solve a case of a pet-napping vampire, but to save Will from remaining a werewolf forever.

Curse of the Werewolves by Rex Ogle, book cover featuring children running scared in the woods from werewolves.

YA Werewolf Books

I might be in my thirties with teenage children, but I’m not too old — or too ashamed — to enjoy some YA fiction alongside them.

The Alchemy of Moonlight by David Ferraro

This swoon-worthy queer paranormal YA gothic romance is intensely raw and refreshing.

The Alchemy of Moonlight by David Ferraro, book cover featuring three men in front of a full moon in regency dress.

Marquis Emile runs off and poses as a servant when he’s told he must marry and provide an heir. In the service of a Count, he finds the family with an odd ailment that requires sedation during the full moon. Soon a body is found mangled, and things aren’t adding up. As he becomes more and more entrenched in the family, he begins to fall for the local doctor and the Count’s son.

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard

Welcome to the esoteric town of Hemlock Groves, where nothing and no one works as they should. The supernatural and monsters are real, and the secret society that resides in the town keeps them from escaping out into the world beyond the forest where they’re lurking. Winnie wants nothing more than to become a Luminary hunter, but she has to prove she’s nothing like her father and pass the trials to be accepted.

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard, book cover featuring an animal skull with wild flowers surrounding it on a black background.

Werewolf Horror

If you enjoy some gore and murder in your werewolf books, these two are just the picks you want!

Creature by Flint Maxwell

This novel gives off some Blair Witch vibes, and I’m here for it.

Creature by Flint Maxwell, book cover featuring a howling wolf silhouette over a full moon and forest.

Almost a year after the disappearance of his brother, John Carver is finally trying to move on with his life. He and a couple of friends decided to create a horror movie and enter the Harvest Festival Short Film Contest. Their filming location? The same place his brother went missing. Their fictional horror film turns into real-life horror when they encounter a mysterious supernatural creature. Could this be the answer to what happened to his brother, and if so, how are they going to make it out alive?

Claw by Katie Berry

Equal parts horror, thriller, and mystery, you won’t be able to put this one down once you start.

Claw by Katie Berry, book cover depicting wolf claw marks bleeding over a cabin.

A buried relic of the past is unleashed on the unsuspecting public after a powerful earthquake wreaks havoc on the earth. Add to that, the conservation officer taking over for her missing predecessor is a target by the criminal organization of the area. Between the criminals and the bloodthirsty beast ripping people apart, Christine might not make it out of Lawless, British Columbia, alive.

Adult Romance

Personally, I’m a fan of any werewolf/shifter romance book with a bit (or a lot) of spice and a good plot.

The Last Wolf by Maria Vale

This paranormal fantasy romance will suck you in and never let you go. Shifter dynamics are wonderfully portrayed, the world-building fantastic, and the prose is right up there with the best of them.

The Last Wolf by Maria Vale, book cover of a man/wolf over a snow covered terrain.

The bottom of the pack and weakest member, Silver, is an outcast within her pack. Her family is gone, and she’s been under the supervision of her uncle, the pack alpha. With nothing in her future, she takes a chance on a stranger whose past could spell trouble for them both.

Shadow City: Silver Wolf by Jen L. Grey

A female alpha, fated mates, and a murder mystery? Sign me up!

Shadow City: Silver Wolf by Jen L. Grey, book cover.

Sterlyn’s entire pack is ambushed and murdered in the span of just a few hours. She’s alone and in need of protection but trusts no one. She’s still being hunted by those who murdered her pack, and the only one offering her help and protection happens to be her fated mate. She’s not too keen on completing their bond, but sometimes fate just isn’t willing to bend to the whims of those it ensnares.

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