WEREWOLVES IN FICTION: John Steinbeck Wrote a Werewolf Novel Called Murder at Full Moon
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Did you ever read Of Mice and Men? If you did you might be familiar with the famous author John Steinbeck. This is not a review Of Mice and Men but something that I came upon while researching something else.
Did you know the famous John Steinbeck actually wrote a werewolf novel? Yes I know interesting , right?
The unpublished story is called Murder at Full Moon. About a detective who is investigating a string of murders that strangely turn out to be a werewolf. It was said to be a complicated, interesting hybrid novel that lied somewhere between a murder mystery, a detective novel and a werewolf story. Woah ! The novel is considered a lost work since Steinbeck never published it at the time. It was written by Steinbeck using his pseudonym Peter Pym. So even if it was published we would not have known he wrote it anyway. The novel when found was a full manuscript; a whole novel. It wasn’t just pieces or sections . It was a full 233 pages. Wow!
It was said the reason why it wasn’t published at the time was because his publishers thought it was juvenile . I mean John Steinbeck was most popular at the time for writing tales about life during the Great Depression. I can understand why his publishers did not want to publish it.
But that is what pseudonyms are for , correct? There are many writers today who publish within different genre and use a pseudonym. Why couldn’t he?
Here is the crazy part the literary agency that is in charge of his estate today still won’t publish it . They said if he wanted to publish it back then . He should have . But he didn’t so they will not publish it. Fans of Steinbeck are trying to urge the ones in charge of his estate to do so because it would shed light on how far in range his writing abilities went. Thus showing he may have even been inspired by Allen Edgar Poe .
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