Friday, June 4, 2021

John Steinbeck Has an Unpublished Werewolf Novel!

Okay, I am partial to John Steinbeck's writing. I haven't read everything published by him, but everything I have read written by John Steinbeck I have really enjoyed reading.

Recently, I came across an article from NPR's website titled, A Young John Steinbeck's Unpublished Werewolf Novel Isn't Going To Print. I was like, wait! what?! John Steinbeck wrote a werewolf novel? Yes, Steinbeck did in fact write a werewolf novel under a pseudonym that has never been published and it sounds like an amazing novel to read! 

Below is a quote from the above mentioned NPR article about Steinbeck's unpublished werewolf novel:

A dog is found murdered at the hunting club in Cone City, a fictional locale on the central California coast, under the light of a full moon. Then the club's Swedish cook is killed. More deaths follow.

New in town, cub reporter "Egg" Waters narrates the story of a series of brutal murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf; an amateur sleuth on the case develops a theory of crime-solving based on the detective fiction he's read.

So goes the plot of Murder at Full Moon, an unpublished novel by literary giant John Steinbeck, who received the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature and is better known for his tales about life in the American West during the Great Depression.

"It's often dismissed as a piece of juvenalia, not something to be taken seriously," said Gavin Jones, a professor of American literature at Stanford University, who has read the novel and shared details with NPR.

"I was really surprised to discover that it was this complete typescript. It was not a fragment or some incoherent, sort of aborted project, but was a really complicated, interesting hybrid novel that lies somewhere between a murder mystery, a detective novel and a werewolf story," Jones said.

Click on the above link to read the full article! 


  1. Whaaat?! Oh man! It would be awesome if it gets published!

    1. I wish it would get published. It sounds like a fun read and so different from Steinbeck's other reads.