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The Happening

Tha Happening





Zooey’s werewolf insurrection has exploded beyond the confines of the city of Chicago, appearing throughout the country, with only the members of a secret government agency to stop it. Meanwhile, Polly seeks to rebuild her life in the wake of her own infection, and Ansel recovers from his near-death at the hands of the werewolf killers who stalked him. While Zooey fights to make her lycanthropic revolution spread, her adversaries work together to try to overcome it, and the monstrous evil that grows inside them. But will they be too late?


D. T. Neal is a fiction writer and editor living in Chicago. He won second place in the 2008 Aeon Award for his short story, “Aegis,” and has been published in Albedo One, Ireland’s premier magazine of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

He is the author of Saamaanthaa, The Happening, and Norm—The Wolfshadow Trilogy. He’s also written the vampire novel, Suckage, as well as the Lovecraftian cosmic horror-thriller, Chosen. He has written three creature feature/eco-horror novellas, RelictSummerville, and The Day of the Nightfish. He continues to work on several science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller stories.



• 2008 Aeon Award, Second Place for “Aegis”
• 2009 Honorable Mention, “Best Horror of the Year,” edited by Ellen Datlow for “Aegis” and “Rotgut.”
• Runner-up, 2013 Best New Novel by a Chicagoan, Chicago Reader, for “Suckage”
• Shortlisted for the 2012 Aeon Award for “Day of the Nightfish.”


  • Series: The Wolfshadow Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944286019

November 24, 2018

“The Happening” is the second book by D.T. Neal about lycanthropy and a particular cast of characters. It is the sequel to “SAAMAANTHAA,” and it takes off shortly after the events of “SAAMAANTHAA” have concluded. If you’re going to read “The Happening,” be sure to have “SAAMAANTHAA” under your belt first.

To sum-up the plot without spoilers: the book is set in and around Chicago, and werewolves exist. Several of the characters are wrestling with (or reveling in) their lycanthropic condition, and these characters both drive the book and are front-and-center in it. Neal explores the topic of lycanthropy, how werewolves might exist (and react) within modern society, and what their motivations might be. He also looks at how mundane society might react (or fail to react) to the realization that werewolves live among them – including steps the government and various agencies might take or plan.

The book clocks-in at just under 300 pages, and I found it to be a quick and entertaining read. I myself am a very slow reader, so if you are too, you should be able to breeze through “The Happening.” D.T. Neal has a way of writing that is very approachable and understandable. The chapters are extremely short (typically a handful of pages), and I found the book to be excellent for picking-up, reading a chapter, and then putting back down. Of course, I was drawn into the book as it progressed, so I was reading more than just a chapter at the time by the end of the book.

With “The Happening,” D.T. Neal manages once again to entertain and engross. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good story and loves exposition on things supernatural.

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