Werewolf & Transformation Novels:
|Hunter's Moon by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp. In this paranormal suspense novel, a hit man who is also a werewolf falls in love with the woman that he is supposed to kill. See more...||Moon's Web by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp. The adventures of Tony Giodone, a werewolf hit man, continue as he must protect an entire clan of shapeshifters from two threats: public exposure, and a supernatural monster that preys on werewolves.|
|Operation Chaos by Poul Anderson. During an alternate-history World War II, a witch and a werewolf fall in love while fighting the forces of evil. This is a classic, older novel, one of the first to depict a werewolf as a good guy. It has a recent sequel, Operation Luna. See more...||Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. About the world's only female werewolf, having trouble dealing with her male counterparts and unraveling a criminal plot. This is presently being planned as a movie starring Angelina Jolie. See the author's homepage, which has an online novella that is a prequel to Bitten. See more...|
|Stolen. by Kelley Armstrong. In this sequel, the world's only female werewolf becomes the target of a rich man who collects monsters. See more...||Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur. In this erotic fantasy novel, a half-werewolf half-vampire named Riley Jenson must search for her twin brother, an assassin who disappeared while on a mission. Worse yet, Riley is easily distracted from her quest because she is in heat.|
|The Tattooed Wolf by K. Bannerman. The life story of a werewolf who works as a manuscript restorer, and who is the target of murder attempts. See more...||Cabal by Clive Barker. The main character becomes a zombie werewolf after being bitten in a graveyard city full of shapeshifters and monsters. Fortunately, this transformation comes in handy because a serial killer is after his girlfriend. This also includes the werewolf short story Twilight at the Towers. See more...|
|The Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw. A fantasy novel based on what is perhaps the most famous werewolf legend of all time (Bisclavret, as made into a medieval lay by Marie de France). A good werewolf tries to prevail over people's prejudice and a scheme cooked up by his evil wife. See more...||The Passion by Donna Boyd. This is one of the better-selling werewolf novels to come out in recent years. A romantic look at super-sexy werewolves who are a separate breed from humans and actually control most of the big corporations. See more...|
|War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. This is an old classic that has just come into print again. It was the first successful "urban fantasy" novel, mixing the fairy realm with technology and a modern setting. One of the main characters is a "pouka," a fairyland shapeshifter resembling a werewolf. See the author's homepage or see more reviews at amazon.com.||Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. A wizard investigates a murder where all the clues point to a werewolf. His investigation is hampered by the fact that not all werewolves are evil. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Canyons by P. D. Cacek. Lesson #1 for werewolves: do not transform to save the life of a tabloid reporter, as it only leads to trouble for the entire pack. This gets very good reviews. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.||The Wolf Boys' Club by J. J. Christopher. Once again, the government it up to its old trick of keeping werewolves in secret labs, trying to figure out what makes them tick. This novel follows the life of one boy after he leaves the lab. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Bearwalker by Steven Lee Climer and Lori A. Soard. About a creature of American Indian lore, the bearwalker. An Indian turns into a bear whenever he gets angry (and then generally kills everyone in sight). He becomes an alcoholic when he finds that alcohol suppresses his transformations. See Steven Lee Climer's homepage or see more reviews at amazon.com.||Underworld Book 1 by Greg Cox. Based on the 2003 movie Underworld. A vampire and a werewolf fall in love, even though their two kinds are at war. See more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Underworld Book 2: Blood Enemy by Greg Cox. This second book in the series is a prequel, telling more about the history of the conflict between werewolves and vampires. See more...||Wilderness by Dennis Danvers. This is a classic that just keeps coming back into print. Also one of my personal favorites. People generally like it as long as they don't expect it to be a horror novel. It is a very realistic drama about the problems that might actually beset a modern American werewolf. See more...|
|Derik's Bane by MaryJanice Davidson. This humorous paranormal romance makes fun of the entire genre. A werewolf is assigned to kill a woman who is the reincarnation of someone truly evil, but he falls in love instead. This is the first novel in the new Wyndham Werewolves series. By the author of Undead and Unwed and other humorous vampire novels. See reviews at amazon.com.||Wolf Moon by Charles de Lint. I believe this was Charles de Lint's first novel. It has a reputation as the best werewolf novel where the werewolf is a good guy. It is pure fantasy, with not a touch of horror. See more...|
|Dun Lady's Jess by Doranna Durgin. A horse from a fantasy realm is transported to our world and simultaneously transformed into a woman. From then on, she is a shapeshifter who transforms between woman and horse. There is a second novel and a third novel in this werebeast trilogy. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.||The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. This classic novel was the earliest werewolf novel that got any real attention. It is often compared to Dracula. Read reviews at amazon.com.|
|Wild Rain by Christine Feehan. The first of a proposed series about leopard people (wereleopards, i. e. werecats) in the rain forest. It has a short story prequel, The Awakening, found in the anthology Fantasy. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.||Wolf's Trap by William Gagliani. A serial killer decides to pick on a werewolf cop. Bad move. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|The Eternal Battle by Keith Gouveia. A novel on the common theme of good werewolves vs. evil vampires. This time, the old formula is made more personal, as the vampire is the werewolf's ex-wife. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.||Anita Blake Boxed Set by Laurell K. Hamilton. The first four novels of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series include plenty of wererats, wereleopards, and werewolves. See more or see Laurell K. Hamilton's official site.|
|Hunter's Moon by Lori Handeland. A werewolf slayer travels to the woods of rural Wisconsin to investigate some monstrous killings. See more...||Blue Moon by Lori Handeland. A werewolf hunter falls in love with a man who is a major suspect in her investigations.|
|Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. A vampire novel with werewolf minor characters. It is listed here mainly because it is widely considered one of the best vampire novels to come out in recent years, so it is undoubtedly worth a read. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.||Naked Brunch by Sparkle Hayter. A bestselling novel about a female werewolf, a kind of comedy and feminist social satire. See more...|
|Murcheston by David Holland. What happens if you become an evil werewolf, but you like it? This novel really gets into the head of its main character and lets you imagine how things might have looked from the werewolf's point of view in all those other werewolf horror novels. See more...||Blood Trail by Tanya Huff. A killer is trying to exterminate Canada's most endangered species: werewolves. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|The Selkie by Melanie Jackson. Romance novel about a selkie (a person who changes into a seal). See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.||The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson. In China and Japan, instead of a werewolf, they have legends of a woman who turns into a fox. This novel concerns the clash between a Japanese family and a den of werefoxes, a feud that becomes complicated when a female werefox falls in love with one of the humans. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Heart Of The Hunter: Werewolf 1 by Rick Jones. The first novel based on the new role playing game, Werewolf: The Forsaken, from the creators of Werewolf: The Apocalypse. A werewolf with no name is drawn into bloody battles occuring in the Denver Rocky Mountains. See more...||The Cat's Fancy by Julie Kenner. In this novel reminiscent of a fairy tale, we meet a werecat in reverse: a housecat (who has fallen in love with her owner) changes into a woman once a day. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon. In the Dark-Hunter series of paranormal romance novels. A sexy werewolf has an affair with a woman, only to see the mate mark appear on her. This means that she has to marry him, or he will be impotent for decades. See more...||Wilding Nights by Lee Killough. Cops on the track of a killer werewolf. However, the werewolves are not exactly what they appear to be. This novel has a fairly unique perspective on what a werewolf is; it is not a standard plot at all. See more...|
|Chrome Circle by Mercedes Lackey. About rock'n roll elves and all sorts of weirdness, part of the SERRAted Edge series about the fairy kingdom interacting with the modern world. The previous novels don't need to be read first, as each is fairly self-contained. The main character's love interest is a werefox who might want to kill him. See the author's homepage or read more reviews.||When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai. Another novel about the Asian werefox. Not read, but it gets great reviews. See reviews at amazon.com.|
|Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle. A big, epic fantasy novel about clashes between major noble houses and the internal politics and intrigues that go on. The main character is a female werewolf. See the author's homepage or read more reviews.||You Slay Me by Katie Macalister. In this parody of the paranormal romance genre, a clueless heroine falls for a dark, mysterious stranger who just happens to be a shapeshifting dragon.|
|Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez. In this humorous novel, the owner of an all-night diner hires a werewolf and a vampire to get rid of some zombies. See more...||The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon. This classic novel is a World War II spy story, with a werewolf as the hero. Many people think it is the best werewolf novel ever. See more...|
|Hold Onto the Night by Shauna Michaels. Romance. A female geologist who is in the Amazon Rainforest looking for oil hears about legends of the jaguar men, feline shapeshifters of the jungle. She does not believe until she finds herself living in a cave with a sexy werejaguar.||Moonwarriors by Rusty Nugent. In the ancient land of Dacia, werewolves team together in order to wipe out vampires. See the author's homepage.|
|Shifting Love by Constance O'Day-Flannery. A shapeshifter who can turn into any animal is drawn into a romantic relationship that she believes is doomed from the start. Read more reviews.||Surviving Frank by David A. Page. A Boston cop happens to be a rather unusual variety of werewolf: a heroic, perpetually angry outsider who managed to get stuck permanently in half-human half-wolf form. This novel was previously published under the title F as in Frank. See more at amazon.com.|
|Lycanthrope by Justin P Petrillo. A psychiatrist is ordered to treat a man claiming to be a werewolf.||The Woman Who Loved Reindeer by Meredith Ann Pierce. Set in a fantasy world that resembles both Lapland and North America. It is about a woman falling in love with a man who can change himself into a reindeer. See more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Guardian of the Promise (Merlin's Descendants, #4) by Irene Radford. Merlin's descendants must save the queen from an army of werewolves. One of the descendants is captured by the enemy and turned into a werewolf against his will. If you want to read this series from the beginning, the first book is Guardian of the Balance.||The Werepossum Chronicles by Howard Rand. Bet you didn't know there was any such thing as a werepossum! The excerpt I read made this sound like it might be good. See more...|
|Wolfsbane by Jacqueline Rayner. Part of the Doctor Who series. Investigating a friend's death, the doctor's companions soon run into werewolves. Read more reviews at amazon.||Shifter by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. A swordsman from a fantasy land is trapped in our world, searching for a werewolf. It has a sequel, Nightfeeder. See more reviews at amazon.com.|
|The Beasts of Barakhai by Mickey Zucker Reichert. A college student is lured into an alternate world where a majority of the citizens are werebeasts of some sort- from wererats to werehorses. See more...||Fool's Tavern by Ned Resnikoff. A humorous novel written by a teenage author, making fun of the D&D genre. A group of adventurers are pitted against a demon and his werewolf army. See more...|
|Werewolf by Peter Rubie. A police officer investigates a series of brutal killings during the Blitz of WWII-era London. Everything leads to one conclusion: a werewolf. See more...||Cursed California by Jason F. Rutledge. Two women are best friends: one is a vampire-slaying vampire, and the other is a werecat. See more...|
|Van Helsing by Kevin Ryan. This novelization of the movie is reputed to be even better than the film, at least for those who prefer character development to flashy acrobatics. See more reviews.||The Werewolf's Kiss by Cheri Scotch. A reprint of what is one of the most famous werewolf novels ever, and the first of a trilogy (see the 2nd novel or the 3rd novel). These are about a clan of werewolves in Cajun country. Read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Night of the Werewolf by Harry Shannon. A man and a woman find themselves fighting a pack of werewolves that has infested an isolated desert town. Read more reviews at amazon.com.||The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn. A wizardry student apprentices himself to Glyrenden, a master shapechanger. As he learns the art of shapeshifting, he stumbles onto some alarming secrets that will cause him to make hard choices. Read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Moon Dance by S.P. Somtow. A young researcher sets out to investigate an elderly, institutionalized mass murderer who was friends with her ancestors. She discovers that he is a werewolf, and that she may be a werewolf as well. This is a sweeping, multi-layered story that switches back and forth between the Wild West and 1960's South Dakota. Read more reviews.||The Wild by Whitley Strieber. A failing New York businessman becomes obsessed with his one-time childhood transformation into a wolf. A fateful meeting with a zoo wolf triggers strange dreams and more transformations into a wolf; transformations that threaten to become permanent. Read more reviews.|
|Racing with the Moon by Jane Toombs. A mix up causes a woman to come into possession of a werewolf's magic wolfskin belt. Meanwhile, the werewolf is tracking her down to reclaim it, and her own daughter may be a werewolf as well. See the author's homepage.||The Dragon Delasangre by Alan F. Troop. The "confessions" of Peter DelaSangre, a creature who masquerades as human, but who is really a dragon. By night, he and his father shapeshift into their true forms. Peter tries to find a mate while balancing the world of humans with dragon morals, which say it is okay to eat humans. See more...|
|Dragon Moon by Alan F. Troop. The continuing story of Peter DelaSangre's life, now with the focus on Peter's relationship with his son, and new mating troubles on the horizon. See more...||The Seadragon's Daughter by Alan F. Troop. Peter DelaSangre finds that his family is threatened by devious sea dragons, a race that the true dragons do not get along with. See more...|
|The Naphtali Chronicles: A Whole New Breed by T. Anthony Truax. A troubled young werewolf is pulled into a war between vampires and vampire slayers. See the author's homepage.||The Hyde Effect by Steve Vance. This is often described as "Die Hard with a werewolf" and as the best werewolf horror novel ever written. Many people wonder why it has never been made into a movie. The plot: when a werewolf is imprisoned inside a high-security mental institution, he transforms on the full moon, triggering a lock-down that traps hundreds of potential victims inside with him. See more...|
|Shapes by Steve Vance. This is theoretically a sequel to The Hyde Effect, but it can be read separately without any problem. The shapeshifters in this novel are not the evil monsters that they have been made out to be, but this is a horror novel with lots of blood and they are not exactly good either. They are just people in a difficult situation making out as best as they can. See more...||Shara by Steven E. Wedel. A withdrawn rape victim goes to college and is turned into a werewolf by her zoology professor. See the author's homepage or read more reviews at amazon.com.|
|Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks. A female cop teams up with a sexy male werewolf to investigate brutal murders that look as if they have been committed by a werewolf. Read more reviews at amazon.com.||Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks. This upcoming novel continues the adventures of cop Lily Yu and her werewolf boyfriend.|
|Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson. This older horror novel broke new ground when it first came out. An engaging anti-hero discovers his own power to shapeshift into many different animals, after being lured into a lifestyle of killing by a female werewolf who is also a witch.||Killing Moon by Rebecca York. This romance novel is making quite a splash. The werewolf is a good guy. There are three sequels, all of them with werewolf content, called Edge of the Moon, Witching Moon and Crimson Moon. Read more at amazon.com.|
|Werewolf Fiction Links:|
The Transformation List - includes werewolf and werebeast novels along with body switching, alien shapeshifters, and transgender transformations. Most of the novels are out of print, so you'll have to find them through used bookstores or the library.
The Werewolf Forum
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SciFan's List of Books by Theme: Shapeshifters - this is a really large list, but hard to browse.
SciFan's List of Books by Theme: Werewolves - includes some werebeasts as well as werewolves. Really large.
Werewolves in Fiction - this Wikipedia article includes novels, movies, television and other media forms.
Werewolf-Related Book Reviews
Therianthropic Reference List - Fiction - includes werebeast novels, short story anthologies and other works of fiction, ranging from those that are primarily about werewolves to those that only have a brief mention or single short story.
Grey Coyote's Werewolf Booklist
Comparison of Myths in Popular Fiction- Vampires, Shapeshifters, Witches - the shapeshifter section compares the way that werewolves and werebeasts are portrayed in entertainment, such as the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter books.
The AnitaVerse - a large fan website about the werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters and magic users of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.
Werewolf & Shapeshifter Romance Novels - includes a few werebeasts also.
Metamorphose - includes everything from novels to music videos.
The "Were Novels" section of Yiffle - includes werewolf and werebeast novels, some magical wolves and other transformations as well (such as genetically engineered dog-people).
Swandog Studio Furry Booklist - contains a large selection of fiction and nonfiction about anthropomorphic (or partially human) animals, whether they are shapeshifters, humanoid beasts, or just have human-like thinking capabilities.
Werewolf? There Wolf!
Favorite Vampire and Werewolf books
Other sections of the Shapeshifter Emporium:
If you are looking for more novels with werewolves and shapeshifters in them, check out the fiction resource guides in the book Half Human, Half Animal: Tales of Werewolves and Related Creatures, which include 406 werewolf novels, 29 werecat novels, and 47 novels about other varieties of shapeshifter.