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WEREWOLVES

AN ANTHOLOGY OF BEASTLY TALES

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Prowling, predatory, ravenous, merciless, cunning, brutal viscous, savage, beastly. These words have been used to describe human beings nearly as frequently as they are used to describe the most violent carnivores that scour our wildernesses. Perhaps it only makes sense that at one point in human history, the metaphor was used far more literally: a man who went on a rampage, killing his parents and his wife and fleeing to the lawless protection of the forest was surely more monster than man. Surely, he had received a sort of summons from his vestigial animalistic nature – a summons that had overwhelmed the nobler, restrained instincts of humanity. Perhaps he was a werewolf.

 

This book contains a variety of werewolves and shapeshifters. Not all are wolves, per se: some are panthers, some cats, some are simply beastly. Some of these stories are subtle, mystical, or poetic. Some are powerful, gothic, and indulgent. There are tales of campers disappearing into the woods, of women stopped on the forest road by wolf man, of degenerate family curses, of cannibalistic women, of men who lure children into the woods before both disappear forever, of were-cats and were-panthers, of men trapped in their wolf form by unfaithful wives, and wives killed in their animal form by unsuspecting husbands. They are tales of desire and hunger, power and violence, transformation and degeneration. They are tales of men. They are tales of wolves. And they are tales of the dark and shadowy territory that binds the two.

 

— Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing —

The Thing in the Forest – Bernard Capes                                             

The Camp of the Dog – Algernon Blackwood                               

The Wendigo – Algernon Blackwood                                                              

Loup Garou – Allan Sullivan                                                              

The Wolf – Guy de Maupassant                                                            

Gabriel Ernest – Saki                                                                                      

A Private Secretary in New York– Algernon Blackwood          

 

— Women With a Wild Side —

The Tomb of Sarah – G. F. Loring                                                           

The Werewolf  – Clemence Housman                                               

The Eyes of the Panther – Ambrose Bierce                                         

The White Wolf of the Hartz Mtns.  – Frederick Marryat         

John Barrington Cowles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle                   

The White Wolf of Kostopchin – Sir Gilbert Campbell                

 

— Curses, Criminals, and Karma —

The Hound – H. P. Lovecraft                                                                     

The Mark of the Beast – Rudyard Kipling                                           

Dracula’s Guest – Bram Stoker                                                              

The Lay of the Were-Wolf – De France                                                 

Olalla – Robert Louis Stevenson                                                     

The Gray Cat – Barry Pain                                                                        

The Valley of the Beasts – Algernon Blackwood