For some who would come across Ravenous, they would read the story and think it was just a exceptionally written, yet classic werewolf tale with a new twist on the myth. But there is so much more going on in this book. In an amazing way, the twist of turning lycanthropy paves the way for metaphors of the human condition in today's society that would feel didactic in a regular werewolf tale.They all come out in the excellent characterizations and character developments in the book as each of member of the cast face the implications of the supernatural STD. We have the Sheriff of the town under attack in the middle of the meeting on prepping his officers to combat the werewolves, slides of into contemplations of his wife possibly being one. The internal struggle of being able to believe both sides and wondering if the heart or the mind is right in a world of rationalism and skepticism. The cheating husband who still loves his wife, but no longer finds your sexually satisfying and looks elsewhere and grasps for control while his love and his lust clash with his heart in the middle. Even the most sympathetic character, Jason, is tragic in that he is the embodiment of the geek that never can quiet get his life the way he wants it and is more lost in the real world than in the boyish dreams and fantasies into, which, he escapes. It is a life that really is one that tends to become more and more common these days they ever before since it was normal for children to leave the nest and develop lives outside of their parents.It also comes out in the portrayal of the werewolves. Over the course of the book, various characters become infected. First, this is something I wish I saw more of in horror fiction: letting the reader into the mind of the monster. So many just develop a monster, both strong ones and weak one, and just use them as the killer of the story. But in developing those monsters, the writer has had to understand the mind of the monster and that is an experience i think readers, too, should experience. For me it made these werewolves more terrifying. Why? Because while they were monstrous beings with sex drives and hunger for flesh on a horrific level, they still were all too human in their reasoning. In a way there represent how easy it is to loose ones self once a person becomes a part of a like minded group where they share such overpowering ideas, outlooks, and beliefs. Instead of satisfying our animalistic desires, we satisfy our desires for power, self-worth, and greed. There is a joke that goes, "Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate." Ravenous proves this point all too well, replacing life with lycanthropy.Garton's Live Girls is considered an essential addition to the vampire canon. At the very least, Ravenous should be highly considered for addition into the werewolf canon.