A werewolf anthology that covers new terrain. Its stories span centuries. Its storytellers, from Stephen King to Saki, de Maupassant to Kipling, Seabury Quinn to Ovid, are eclectic. Its premise delves deep into its subject. The Literary Werewolf is arranged into ten story groups based on like human needs for animal transformation. Within its pages waits the werewolf who is erotic, rapacious, supernatural, victimized, avenging, guilty, unabsolved and voluntary. Each cluster of tales provides unique insights into varies aspects of the human psyche by examining psychological, physical, moral, spiritual, medical, supernatural and philosophical facets of human/werewolf transmutation. Thus, the author sheds spellbinding light on murky impulses lurking beneath the surface of human consciousness.
Charlotte F. Otten is professor emerita of English at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the author of A Lycanthropy Reader: Werewolves in Western Culture, also published by Syracuse University Press