Brian J. Frost presents a full-scale survey of werewolf literature covering both fiction and nfiction works. He identifies principal elements in the werewolf myth, considers various theories on the phemen of shapeshifting, surveys nfiction books, and traces the myth from its origins in ancient superstitions to its modern representations in fantasy and horror fiction. Frost's analysis encompasses fanciful medieval beliefs, popular works by Victorian authors, scholarly treatises and medical papers, and short stories from pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s. Revealing the complex nature of the werewolf phemen and its tremendous and continuing influence, this publication should prove a valuable reference on the subject.
Brian J. Frost is the author of Book of the Werewolf and The Monster with a Thousand Faces: Guises of the Vampire in Myth and Literature.