Getting to Know Werewolves

Real wolf holwing in forest - Click for sourceI’ve heard and read that werewolves–creatures that are part human and part wolf–aren’t as popular as vampires and other monsters. After researching for this post, I doubt that’s true.

Werewolves are everywhere, even if they aren’t noticed.

In a 1995 article called “The New Improved Beast,” Allen Varney furnished a werewolf history with a list of nonfiction, fiction, movies, comics, and games about werewolves. You can read the article on Varney’s website. However, I immediately noticed items missing from his lists.

A more complete list of movies and TV shows that include at least one werewolf is in the searchable database at Werewolf-Movies.com.

Note that Werewolf-Movies.com doesn’t yet have useful information on the werewolf movie currently in theaters nor the upcoming Fox series, but you can see Underworld: Rise of the Lycans for yourself and stick to news about the Sex in the City wannabe, Bitches.

While I’m not sure Bitches is a good idea, Fox’s purchase of it shows a strong interest in werewolves among Americans.

Werewolves appear in more than movies and TV shows, of course. Though Werewolf-Movies.com offers a list of werewolf books, it’s tiny compared to what’s really out there. A better source for werewolf fiction is Wikipedia, which is frequently updated. (I added to Wikipedia’s Werewolf Fiction yesterday, actually.)

If you have no problem with finding fictional works on your own, thank you very much, then maybe you’d still like Werewolves: The Myths & The Truths, a website that impressed me with the compilation of stories and history that have endured for centuries.

Not bad for an unpopular creature, huh?

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This post was written in honor of two of Carrie Vaughn‘s latest novels. Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand was officially released a week ago, and Kitty Raises Hell is due out February 24, 2009. These are books 5 and 6 of a wonderful series about a werewolf radio DJ named Kitty Norville.

I strongly recommend the Kitty series. I’m not a particular fan of werewolves; yet, the first book, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, hooked me and never let go.

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