You are about to read a very remarkable book, written by a very remarkable man.
_The Werewolf of Paris_, first published in 1933, still looms large over the field of fantastic fiction. But its author, Guy Endore, is almost obscured by the shadow of his creation.
Born in New York in 1900, Harry Relis took a pseudonym, Guy Endore, to become a polished and published writer for some years before creating the novel which so savagely combines misanthropy with lycanthropy. His earlier biographical work, dealing with such disparate personalities as Casanova and Joan of Arc, won critical acclaim, although his 1930 novel, _The Man From Limbo_, evoked more puzzlement than praise. Its fascinating style and offbeat premise earned few kudos and fewer sales.
But from the start, _Werewolf_ was, quite appropriately, a howling success. It has been reported that its author, mired in the depths of the Great Depression, sold his novel outright to Farrar & Rinehart for a total payment of $750. The book was an immediate sensation and remained a popular and profitable property in reprint more than a decade later. Filmed by Hammer in 1961, as _Curse of the Werewolf_, the script owed little to the original story except, perhaps, a fervent apology. More than thirty years later, Guy Endore was still being cheated of his just due.