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Wolf Island by Stephen Graham Jones

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“Wolf Island” is a 2009 speculative fiction short story by Stephen Graham Jones. It is about two survivors of a ship wreck who wash up on a deserted island where strange things happen.

Island of the Blue Dolphins meets American Werewolf in London!

Here is another excellent story I read for this year’s Million Writers Award. Ask yourself these 2 questions: 1) Do you dream about being stranded on a tropical island? 2) Are you terrified of big, nasty werewolves? If so then not only are you like me, but you will probably love “Wolf Island” as well. Read on, dear reader, to learn more about this compelling story which deftly weaves two very interesting genres!

Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell

What's this? A werewolf eating a woman! Oh my!

After a deadly wreck at sea, Ronald and Emma are the only people to survive. They wash up on a deserted island and try to make the best of the situation. But it doesn’t take very long before Emma discovers a deadly secret. Not good for her, but perhaps she can take solace from the fact that her death will be avenged by the unlikeliest of creatures!

My Two Cents…

  • I am a big fan of writing that allows the reader to figure out what is going on – as long as it is done right. This story does it right, giving us just enough information without overdoing it.
  • The ending was great! It was a tasty treat that I didn’t see coming.
  • Ronald – what a great character. And true to his nature too. Very well done that!

Interesting Tidbits About This Story:

  • Page Count: 9
  • Word Count: 3,701
  • Did you know that Stephen Graham Jones is not only a professor of English, but he once attended an Elvis concert? Yep. You can learn more about this very interesting writer on his website: Demon Theory.

Where You Can Find Wolf Island:

  • This story was originally published on 17 December, 2009 in the online magazine Juked – where you can still read it for free.

Craving More Stories?

If you liked “Wolf Island” then you might also enjoy The Fluted Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi – I’m not really sure why… it just seems like it would appeal to people with similar tastes.