|"The Thing in the Woods"|
|First Appearance||Something Magic This Way Comes|
The story centers on two young boys, Tim and Geoffrey, and their growing suspicion that some creature lives in the woods behind Geoffrey's home after hearing a series of unearthly howls. Tim is briefly convinced that there is a werewolf lurking in the woods, much to Geoffrey's amusement.
The story's setting is never specified, but is consistent with Turtledove's depictions of suburban California communities in his other stories.
The copyright page of We Install and Other Stories suggests that "The Thing in the Woods" was planned to be reprinted in that volume, but this did not happen, for reasons unknown.
"The Thing in the Woods" is a rather slight story that ends with an abrupt and nonsensical twist. The creature's identity is never resolved. However, the ending reveals Tim, Geoffrey, their parents, and evidently everyone else in their community, are vampires.
- The House of Daniel, an urban fantasy set in a version of 1934 America where vampires and werewolves (among other basic horror-movie monsters) are commonplace.