Alt.horror.werewolves - The Resource FAQ
How To Use This FAQ Collection
The Frequently Asked Questions file has been broken up into three major parts. The first is the Core FAQ, containing the most basic questions about AHWW, and is intended to acquaint the reader with the newsgroup and its purpose. It has been drastically shortened and simplified so that the reader can get the gist of the group without having to read through the other two parts. The second part is the Resource FAQ, containing the various bits of information and minutia collected over the years by AHWW members. It contains the various ways held to effect physical shifting, humor, Internet resources, books, songs, movies and other media relating to shapeshifters, and much more. It is interesting but rather lengthy. The third part is the collection of MiniFAQs, the essays pertaining to various phenotypes of shapeshifter and the legends specific to them. All three parts will be available from a variety of locations, but only the first part will be posted regularly on AHWW. The other two may be gotten by emailing KATMANDU@NEGIA.NET; via anonymous ftp to ftp://ftp.negia.net/users/katmandu; or on the web at http://www.negia.net/~katmandu/ahww.html. The resource FAQ contains many other locations the files may be found. Additions, suggestions, gripes and kudos should be sent to the keeper of the FAQ, KATMANDU@NEGIA.NET.
Introduction to The Resource FAQ
The resource FAQ is divided into four basic sections: Multimedia, with books, songs, games, and video information; Fun, with various silly bits the group has come up with, as well as information on costuming; Changing, with collected information on ways to physically shift and become "un-cursed"; and Odds & Ends, with various names for shapeshifters, Internet resources, furries, and a blank werecard.
Multimedia Games about shapeshifters
There have been but a sad few video games dealing with shapeshifters in past years. Following are some excerpts from AHWW discussing those few out there:
: A few years ago, I heard of a video game out on the struggling Sega CD : system entitled "Wolfchild." It was said to have a five-minute long : introductory story, including a PS. Does anyone have this game? If so, was the : PS worth watching?
I had said game on the Amiga. It was okay, one of the better platformers I've played, with a nice PSing scene - lightning strikes kid, lightning lifts, wolf's head reappears. :)
If you've played Brutal Paws of Fury, there's a character called Kendo. A coyote actually, but still very canine.
There was an old 8-bit Nintendo game simply entitled "Werewolf." (I think I mentioned this in a post before... God, do I have to get a life or what?)
I recall a C64 game called werewolf in london or something. I remember trekking round the underground trying not to get 'lectricuted in my hunt for crosses anyway ... :)
Also, there's a PC game called ... called ... begins with an E ... Ecstatica! That's the one! That's a pretty freaky game actually, lots of atmos. Cool beasties, if not particularly pleasant. Check it out ;)
Hey... anyone remember a game called "Altered Beast?" It was an arcade game, but I think they also did a home VG version.
I Also Have Wolfchild for Sega and On an Amiga format its from JVC and also used copies float around. Another is Werewolf "The Last worrior" Have that in Nintendo format but would like a Sega version myself.
Songs about shapeshifters
There are generally very few songs specifically about shapeshifters per se; but there are LOTS of songs that either evoke a certain mood that some find conducive to shifting, or seem to deal with the subject in some manner. Everybody's got their favorites... here's the list we've come up with so far, in no particular order, and far from final (note that these are taken from many sources, and the original authors' comments have been left in):
Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London" (the classic. If this isn't on the *Wolf* soundtrack, somebody screwed up)
Metallica - "Of Wolf and Man" (overplayed album, but great song)
Cure - "The Hanging Garden" (from *Pornography*, easily their best album; dark and really creepy)
CCR - "Bad Moon Rising" ('nuff said)
Belly - "Low Red Moon" (Tanya Donnelly. sigh...)
Joe Satriani - "Big Bad Moon" (vocals almost a growl. Cool.)
Golden Earring - "Clear Night Moonlight" (showing my age, I guess, but it is a cool song)
Sisters of Mercy - "This Corrosion" (on days like this/ in times like these/ I feel an animal deep inside / heel to haunch on bended knees...)
Rush - "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" (distorted growling sounds & and an epic battle. What more could you want?)
Grateful Dead - "Dire Wolf" (don't murder me)
Sam the Sham and the Pharoes - "Little Red Riding Hood"
There are several songs by Glenn Danzig that deal with werewolves/lycanthropy, such as "Am I Demon" ("Am I beast or am I human/Am I just like you?").
Also, Glenn Danzig's "Black Aria"... one particular song deals with shapeshifters; the whole album is fantastic for setting a dark mood. Instrumental.
Venom - "Cry Wolf"
Sting - "Moon over Bourbon Street" from the Dream of the Blue Turtles album. Liner notes say that it's inspired by Anne Rice's "Interview with a Vampire", but there's a wolf howl there right in the last few seconds... and it sets a great mood.
Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"
A-Ha - "Cry Wolf"
Ozzy Osborne - "Bark at the Moon"
Nine Inch Nails - "Closer"
Genesis - "White Mountain"
The Cult - "She Sells Sanctuary", Howling Mix--one of oodles of remixes of this well worked song, it is almost eight minutes long. It begins with electronic howls and has two of those howls inserted into the song at varying points. No other wolf connections directly, but still a neat song, and the howls are great. The lyrics are hard to make out, and just as hard to understand even when you do read them printed out. This song is not on any album, but is available in England on a single off She Sells Sanctuary, or on a CD entitled "The Love Mixes." In the US, it is only available as an import, so be ready to special order and shell out. Also, "Brother Wolf, Sister Moon" of the _Love_ album, this song is a must hear for any lycanthrope out there.
Walter Egan - "Full Moon Fire" Mtv used to show it around '82 or so. Pretty typical crappy video, but has the singer watching "The Wolf Man" in a movie theatre and turning into a Lon Chaney Jr. type o' wolfman. Also, although the song has nothing to do with werewolves, Real Life's "Send me an angel" featured a wolfman riding around in the woods on a horse (note: this is the original, not "Send Me an Angel '88" or whatever it was).
The Tragically Hip - "I'm a Werewolf Baby" Also pretty obscure and only noteworthy due to the title.
David Bowie - "Cat People" by from the Cat People Soundtrack. I think this one should be pretty obvious.
Coil - "Snow-The Drift Mix" from the single of the same title. Very evocative industrial track simulating a snowstorm and the first song I ever heard which really provoked much of a response.
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "The Lighthouse". In one portion of the song all you can hear is the growling of the rest of the group in the background.
Swans - "Jane Mary cry one tear" and "Mother/father"(and others) Even though everyone knows Michael Gira is an ancient vampire, he's written a few songs about werewolves. Also, Jarboe's howl on "Mother/father" is rather nice. "Let it come down" also mentions shapeshifters in one verse.
Syd Barrett - "Rats" A bit of creative interpretation, not hard to do since the man was way off his rocker, and this is all about werewolves. Btw "Wolfpack", like at least half of Syd's songs, is about vampires.
Cranes - "Leaves of summer" I can't understand a word of it, but it's the best song I've ever heard, and therefore has to be about werewolves.
Sunshine Blind - "Is there" (and most everything else) There's no need to explain this to anyone who has heard it, and if ya haven't, ya should.
Current93 - "KillyKillKilly (a fire sermon)" This is all about militant misanthropic weres. The rant in it has caused me to shift before. Other C93 pieces may also be on lycanthropic themes ("To feed the moon", perhaps?) but it's very hard to tell.
Curve - "Doppelganger" It doesn't make too much linear sense, but with all these shapeshifting - related lines, it's more than a bit difficult to ignore.
Colourbox - "Tarantula" (also covered to good effect by This Mortal Coil.) Take the word 'tarantula' out of the chorus (maybe it was planted there for deception...) and the song is applicable to all shapeshifters.
KMFDM - "Brute" I won't vouch for this one, but a friend of mine who's listened to it many more times than me maintains it's about lycanthropy and the accelerated healing powers of weres.
Miguel Bose - "Como un lobo (Like a wolf)". Romantic (Yuk!) but good for you were girlfriend: A Werewolf fall in love and describe him girlfriend like only a wolf know.
La Union - "Un hombre lobo en Paris ( A werewolf in Paris )" This song is based in the novel "The wolf- man" and talks about a imaginary trip of Denise (a wolf that can convert in human) to Paris.
The Werewolves - "Hollywood Millionaire," (RCA 11283)--a late '70s/early '80s track off the group's rather unsuccessful album "Ship of Fools."
The Wolf Man - "Strange" (Okeh 7269)--1950s blues.
The Five Man Electrical Band - "Werewolf" (Polydor 14221)-Spring 1974 rock song.
The Fourth Way - "Werewolf" --early 1970s "progressive" album, with all tracks being instrumental performances.
The Frantics - "Werewolf" (Dolton 16)--Winter 1960 instrumental from the Pacific Northwest. Charted nationally at #83.
The Wolfmen "Watusi Beat" (Bobbette 380)--1987 psychedelic rock in the '60s tradition.
Christian Death - "Hour of the Wolf" This is by the Rozz Williams version of C. Death, so the lyrics make no sense, but the word "wolf" occurs quite often and there's lots of wolves howling and growling.
Pain Teens - "Bannoy" A highly disturbing story of an abused little boy who thinks he's a dog... a were horror story that will scare even weres.
The Cramps - "Teenage Werewolf" occasionally seen under the name "(I Was a) Teenage Werewolf." Rereleased on Elvira's Hallowe'en compilation. I've never heard it in its entirety-sorry.
Books about shapeshifters
Non-fiction first; then the fiction stuff. Like all the lists, this is far from complete; feel free to email me and suggest new entries. Phaedrus's excellent list of transformation stories, available from ftp.halcyon.com as /local/phaedrus/translist/translist.text; and a much nicer HTML version at "http://www.halcyon.com/phaedrus/translist/translist.html"; is not included in this shortened FAQ due to space limitations.
Shamanism. Mircea Eliade. A basic reference on shamanism all over the world. Also Michael Harner's Way of the Shaman (I think that's the right title).
Seek out also The Celtic Shaman by John Matthews [Element books, ISBN 1-85230-245-3]; note that the totemic animals used in this may be unfamiliar to those grounded in the North American tradition. [Celtic shamanism tends towards salmons, eels, boars, dogs, badgers etc rather than bears and wolves and ravens...]
Wolves and Werewolves. John Pollard (c) 1964 Robert Hale Ltd (UK) PB 1991 ISBN 0-7090-4388-0. Tales of Wolves and Werewolves in history going back as far as the 10th Century up to 1990.
The Illustrated Werewolf. Stephen Jones. Titan books. Sells for $24.95. It's broken down by decades starting with silent movies. There's also a section in the back covering television shows and episodes. It doesn't just cover werewolves though. Any transformation of man (or woman) into any animal is listed. It even covers foreign films.
Transformations by the editors of Time-Life Books. (I know, I know; just trying to be thorough.) Time- Life Books, c1989
A Lycanthropy Reader : werewolves in Western culture. Edited by Charlotte F. Otten Syracuse University Press, 1986
Were-wolf and vampire in Romania. Harry A. Senn. East European Monographs, 1982
The werewolf : in legend, fact, and art. Basil Copper. St. Martin's Press, 1977
Human-wolves among the Navajo. William Morgan. Human Relations Area Files Press, 1970
The Werewolf. Montague Summers. University Books, 1966
Man into Wolf: an anthropological interpretation of sadism, masochism, and lycanthropy. (Sounds interesting, eh?) Robert Eisler. Philosophical Library, 1952
Zoological Mythology or The Legends of Animals. Angelo de Gubernatis (1978 reprint of an 1872 text). New York: Arno Press LC Call #: GR825.G9.1978
El perro negro en el folklore. Rafael Jijena Sanchez. Ediciones Dolmen, 1952
Greek Wolf-lore. Richard Preston Eckels. Philidelphia, 1937
Vampires, werewolves, and demons : twentieth century reports in the psychiatric literature. Richard Noll. Brunner/Mazel, 1991
The Werewolf of Ponkert. H. Warner Munn. Grandon Co, 1958
The Story of Werewolves. Thomas G. Aylesworth. McGraw-Hill, 1978
The Beast Within. Adam Douglas. (1992, London).
TI: The social biology of the werewolf trials [letter; comment] CM:
TI: Werewolves down under--where are they now? [see comments] CM:
TI: Werewolves, vampires and cannibals.
TI: Another case of lycanthropy [letter]
TI: Lycanthropy: a review [see comments]
TI: Multiple serial lycanthropy. A case report.
TI: A lycanthropic murderer [letter]
TI: Lycanthropy: alive and well in the twentieth century. AU:
TI: A partial form of lycanthropy with hair delusion in a
The Beast Within - Animals in the middle ages . Joyce E. Salisbury.
Werewolf: a true story of demonic possession. Ed Warren.
Curse of the Werewolf. Tim Kelly. Dramatic Pub. Co., 1990
The werewolf miracles. Oberon Press, 1976
Animal Spirits. Nicholas J. Saunders. Macmillan/Duncan Baird
Of Wolf and Man. Barry Lopez .
Dance of the Dolphin. Candace Slater.
The White Goddess . Robert Graves. (Faber & Faber) Subtitled
The Golden Bough. Sir James Frazer. (Wordsworth Reference) and
MacMillan & Co.)
The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myth and Secrets. Barbara Walker (
Harper & Row)
I found an interesting collection of folk tales in the Children Section of my local library. Published by the Oxford University Press and retold by different authors, the come under the general heading of Myths and Legends in Paperback. About sixteen titles. Myths and legends from Africa, Amenia. China. England, France. Gemany, Hungary, India, Japan, Persia, Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, Turkey, West-India etc. Another Oxford Paperback, "The Tain" translated by Thomas Kinsella treats the story of Cuchulain, the Ulster Hero. (For the American among you. Ulster is Northern Ireland) Cuchulain means the Hound of Culain. Culain was a smith who had a dangerous dog which had to be kept down with three iron chains held by three strong men each. The boy Setanta killed the dog in a fight. The smith was heart broken and Setanta made up by becoming a watch dog until the next bag of pups was raised. That's how he got his name Cuchulain. The story is pre-Christian and more for adults than for children.
The Mabinogian, translated by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones. (Everyman's Library) Those are very old stories and legends from Wales. A whole population is transformed into mice. It's a classic.
There are many Irish Fairy tales on the market. I haven't found werewolves in them but men and woman who are animals by night and people by day or vise versa. Seals, dogs, cats etc. For some it was because of a curse, some because they have special powers and the rest just as a matter of fact without any explanation.
The Wolf-man and Sigmund Freud [#88 in the series "The International Psychoanalytical Library"] Author: Muriel Gardiner (ed.) Pub: The Hogarth press and the Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1972 ISBN: 0-7012-0355-2
Deerdancer, The Shape Shifter Archetype in Story and in Trance.
Shadowfox offers this list of kitsune related books:
Shadowfox offers this list of kitsune related books:
Whither Werewolf? by Lilith Silverhair (Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, 1997)
Naked came the Sasquatch. John Boston. Published by TSR but amazingly good for a first novel. VERY humorous, although alas Mr Boston sometimes repeats characterization to the word, and there is a gap in the storyline. Still worth the reading. And yes, despite the title, there are werewolves in it.
Steppenwolf. Herman Hesse. It's fiction, but man does he have the anguish of a dual soul thing down. Vlad seconds this motion too...actually I mentioned the book to her, and then she asked me if it was in the FAQ, and we agreed that if it wasn't, it oughta be.
Moon of Three Rings
Darker Than You Think. Jack Williamson. An old but classic science-fiction novel in which shapeshifters are the last remnants of an ancient race that once ruled humans.
Chronicles of the Cheysuli. Jennifer Roberson. A series about a people who are bound to one animal, or more, into which they can transform, and with they are in close psychic contact. The first was Shapechangers, and I think there were a total of 8.
Wheel of Time Series. Robert Jordan. I think he's up to 4 or 5 books in the series now. One of the main characters, Perrin, is a lycanthrope of some sort. He can communicate with wolves, sees through their eyes, and is in constant danger of turning into one permanently...
Silver Bullet. Stephen King.
Lord of the Ring series. J.R.R. Tolkien. (Beornings are werebears)
Wolf Moon. Charles de Lint, published by Signet in 1988, ISBN 0-4515487-8 Good story about a werewolf who is being hunted by an evil harper (yup, the were is the good guy :]), and by sheer luck escapes him. He ends up in a place he may be able to find some happiness if he keeps his were nature a secret. He's already had some BAD experiences with what happened when non-weres found out what he is. Then the bad guy shows up and things go to hell in a handcart for a while. It ends up okay in the end, but there are some interesting insights into the psychology of being a were and letting others know it. Harder than the hobbs of hell to find now though, but worth the search I think.
Larry Niven has written a series of short stories oriented more towards fantasy with lycanthropes of the 'heroic' or 'mind of a beast' mindset. One of these is "The Lion In His Attic" which concerns a were- sealion and can be found in the compilation Limits (ISBN 0-345-32142-1).
Michael Moorcock's Elric book Revenge of the Rose has as the second story Esbern Snare, Tale of the Northern Werewolf. While it's portrayal of lycanthropy is still curse-oriented, still a good read.
Blood Trail. Tanya Huff. Second in a series of fantasy/murder mysteries, this one involves something that's been killing all of Canada's werewolves...
The Ultimate Werewolf. I think Dell published this excellent collection of modern short fiction about werewolves.
Wolfen. Whitley Streiber. They made a movie out of this too. The main creatures aren't quite were, but they're not quite wolves, either, and there's some cool stuff about Native Americans performing shapechanging rituals.
Elsewhere. Will Shetterly. Part of the Borderlands shared world series, in a place where Faery and the modern world meet. This one's about a boy who ends up getting cursed into becoming a Weredog.
Drums Around the Fire. From White Wolf; a book of legends & tales told to the Garou of the Werewolf game around the sacred fire by a number of authors
BTW, Nancy A. Collins' Wild Blood does have several hot scenes, and some sexual stuff also appears in S.P.Somtov's Moondance.
Striper Assassin. Nyx Smith. One of the main characters, Striper, is a weretiger, and a hired assassin for a Mage named Adama. Point of interest: at one time, she goes to a club run by Werewolves. To prove she's Were, she cuts herself, then heals it with her saliva. Very good portrayal of Weres, IMO. Esp. the Wolves :), even if they are only featured once.
The werewolf of Fever Swamp. R.L. Stine. (adolescent)
The St. Andrews werewolf: a Liz Austen mystery. Eric Wilson. (adolescent)
Werewolf: horror stories of the man-beast. Peter Haining. (a collection)
The werewolf trace. John Gardner.
Werewolf! edited by Bill Pronzini
Ladies of horror; two centuries of supernatural stories by the gentle sex. Seon Manley. (adolescent)
The compleat werewolf, and other stories of fantasy and sf. Anthony Boucher
The werewolf principle. Clifford Simak. (adult/adolescent)
The Wild. Whitley Strieber. The Wild is essentially about a man whose desire to escape the Kafkaesque nature of his life is the catalyst for his transformation into a sentient wolf. Also, one of the best endings of a werewolf novel I've read.
Saint Peter's Wolf. Michael Cadnum. A psychiatrist whose life is falling apart discovers hope in the form a mysterious new lover and a strange pair of silver fangs. Extremely good book that questions every assumption people have about lycanthropy.
Wilderness. Dennis Danvers. The story centers around a young woman learning to control her life and her lycanthropy for the first time when she falls in love with her new neighbor. This book is actually more of a love story than a horror novel.
Animals. John Skipp and Craig Spector. The crown princes of splatterpunk pull out all the stops in this surprisingly good novel with one overriding theme: "Lycanthropy is no excuse for being an asshole." The story and the characters have a refreshingly bluesy feel to them, aided and abetted by the Pennsylvania rust-belt setting and the blues music that permeates everything.
Lycanthia. Tanith Lee. Very very hard to find but an excellent book. A young lord returns to his family estate and discovers that the "horrible monsters" living in his woods are neither, but graceful and very sensual werewolves. Quietly erotic book with a sad ending.
Heart Beast. Tanith Lee. Her "raving beast" book, here a young man is cursed to become a werewolf after gaining possession of a diamond with a flaw shaped like a running wolf. The werewolf here acts as a symbol of male sexuality, which simultaneously awakens and oppresses the main female character's own sexual nature until it's destruction.
The Wilding. Melanie Tem. (1992; ISBN 0-440-21285-5; Abyss line of Dell Publishing). Follows a family of matrilineal werewolves outside Denver.Focus is on coming-of-age ritual where youngest member learns what she is and what it means. Really cool!
Howling Mad. Peter David. ISBN 0-441-34663-4. This book has a thoroughly marvelous premise: a wolf gets bit by a werewolf and turns into a man at every full moon and is completely pissed off about it! It's a *lot* of fun to read.
The Nightwalker. Thomas Tessier. ISBN 0-330-26225-4. This is one of my favourite novels about a very sympathetic character who happens to be a werewolf. Highly recommended.
The Bloody Chamber. Angela Carter. ISBN 0-14-012837-9. This collection of short stories is notable for including the very Jungian tale, "The Company of Wolves", which the movie of the same name was based on, as well as another short story, The Werewolf.
Moon of the Wolf. Leslie Whitten. ISBN 0-380-00285-X. Whitten wrote good old fashioned, straight- ahead horror stuff. This is a fairly classic and somewhat predictable Hollywood-style werewolf tale, but it's entertaining.
Snow White, Blood Red. Eileen Datlow & Terri Windlin. (eds.) ISBN 0-380-71875-8. This is one of those books that's becoming popular nowadays where a bunch of writers get together and do up modernized, adult versions of classic fairytales. This volume includes a pretty good story by Wendy Wheeler called "Little Red".
The Lays of Marie de France. Penguin Classics edition. ISBN 0-14-44476-9. This is a collection of late 12th century French poetry which includes the classic tale of lycanthropy, Bisclavret.
Rod Serling's Triple W: Witches, Warlocks, and Werewolves. Serling, Rod, ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1963.
Prince of Wolves. Susan Krinard. Prince of Wolves is a standard "Romance" novel. If you aren't in to the feisty heroine, broody hero, "heat of their passion was like a thousand suns burning" sorta soft-porn prose then stay clear. On the other paw, it's a well written example of the genre and the brooding hero is quite a fine example of a "good" werewolf. I recommend the book but good luck finding it... romance novels have a short shelf life. (Her second book is also a romance, this one with some untraditional vampires. _Prince of Dreams_. Not as good and void of weres but okay for a romance...)
The Beast WIthin - Erotic Tales of Werewolves.
The Wild One. Marion Zimmer Bradley. In a collection of short stories called The best of Marion Zimmer Bradley, edited by Martin Greenberg...pub. 1985.
The Orphan. Robert Stallman. New York, Pocket Books, 1980 The Captive. by Robert Stallman (surprise!), 1981 The Offspring
The_Jaguar_Princess Claire Bell. It's "a Tor.Book/published by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc." and was copywrighted 1993. The.ISBN number is 0-812-51516-1. The Library of Congress Card Catalogue number is 93-25920.
Thor. Wayne Smith. (Ballentine Books, 1992) Primarily aimed at mass adolescent market, but still interesting to older folk. Werewolf character is, alas, straight out of ravening Lon Chaneyesque I-just- can't-help-myself-gotta rend serial killer mold, but what makes book interesting is that it's told from perspective of family dog. Nice stab at canine psychologizing, dog/human/were interaction. Definitely worth a read, if only for the immortal line, 'I'm the moon's indentured servant'. Nice, eh?
I believe there's a Tanith Lee werewolf story (can't remember title off-hand, alas) in Don't Bet on the Prince, edited by Jack Zipes. Feminist Fairy Tales. The story might be reprinted elsewhere, perhaps in another were-story anthology. Nice little twist (with the accent on the 'twist') to Red Riding Hood. And of course, being Tanith Lee, gorgeously tactile writing.
Werewolf of Paris. Guy Endore. Very well-written, tho again the unfortunate were in question is of the reluctant Jack-the-Ripper type. Lots and lots of werewolf lore distributed in rather scattershot fashion throughout--alomst as tho the guy (Guy) is telling us, 'look, I did my homework!' Still, a fab read for the gothic fan particularly. Kind of the 'Dracula' of werewolf novels.
The Crossing. Cormac McCarthy (Vintage, 1994). Not technically a werewolf story, but might be interesting to weres. First part of the book (set in New Mexico in the 1930's) deals with a boy who is responsible for trapping wolf that is killing cattle on family ranch. He ends up trying to return her to her original range in Mexico. Along the way he bonds with her in a very visceral fashion. Funny, heartbreaking, ravishingly lush prose/poetry a la Faulkner-almost *too* much sometimes, but who doesn't like to get a bit intoxicated on words? I know I do ('so much so, that truth to tell, I'm rarely sober'--thank you, Lord Peter Wimsey). IMHO, McCarthy should have ended the book after the first part with the wolf, but the rest of it makes for interesting reading as well.
Favorite Folk Tales from Around the World. Edited by Jane Yolen. (Pantheon, 1986) Has an entire section on Shapeshifter stories. *Wonderful* for telling, which is a special passion of mine.
My truly awesome best friend Joy gave me a book for Christmas and I thought I'd share it with you all. It's called Women Who Run With the Werewolves; Tales of Blood, Lust and Metamorphosis and is edited by Pam Keesey. It's put out by Cleis Press Inc., PO Box 8933, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 with a copyright date of 1996. ISBN is 1-57344-057-4 (paper). It's a book of short stories about female werewolves.
Predators, Eric Sauter. (C) by Black Wolf Inc. Publ: US: Pocket Books 1987 UK: Sphere Books Ltd. 1988 ISBN 0-7474-0007-5
Wolfcurse, Guy N. Smith. C) 1981 by Guy N. Smith Publ: NEL (New English Library) 1981 ISBN 0-450- 05158-7
The Howling, Gary Brandner. (C) 1977 by Gary Brandner Publ: Hamlyn Paperbacks (UK) 1978,78,79,80 (yes, twice printed in the first year) ISBN 0-600-34564-5
ShadowFox offers: Anyway I've got a few new things for those who like to read. Firstly in the current (December 96) Realms of Fantasy their Folkroots section is on nothing but shifters and weretype critters. They touch on a huge variety of different shifter legends from all over the world. Whats better is they also list good reference books for some/most of their info... If any one is interested I can either post or email the various list of books to ya.
Shadow of the Fox by Ellen Steiber. ISBN 0-679-86667-1 A Bullseye Chiller from Random House, pub 1994
And who could forget the Wolfriders in Elfquest? (WARP Graphics)
When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai, Press Gang Publishers, Canada.
And, of course, Cheri Scotch's werewolf trilogy...
Either / neither / unknown
The Book Of Werewolves. Sabine Baring-Gould. 266 pages, paperback, published by Senate Books, Princess House, 50 Eastcastle Street, London, England ISBN 185958-072-6
Prince of Darkness. Gerald Verner. Rider and Co., 1946
Werewolves. Elliot O'Donnell. Methuen, 1912
I did not notice, though might have missed, a listing of the Satyricon by Petronius (d.AD 65) which has a great Werewolf story.
Shows and Movies about shapeshifters
"Werewolves on the Silver Screen" compiled by Wolfshadow (aka Dave Aftandilian)
MAIN SOURCES (first two provided most of the info):
_The Scream Factory_ #15 (Autumn 1994) -- werewolves in film review
article by Lawrence McCallum
ANNOTATED LIST OF FILMS:
The Werewolf (Canadian; 1913, Bison)
The Wolfman (1915, Reliance-Mutual)
Le Loup Garou = The Werewolf (French; 1923)
Wolf Blood (1925, Lee-Bradford)
The Werewolf (German; 1932)
The Werewolf of London (1935, Universal)
The Wolfman (1941, Universal)
The Undying Monster (1942, Fox)
Terror House (UK; 1942, PRC/Pathe Pictures)
The Mad Monster (1942, PRC)
Le Loup des Malveneur = The Wolf of the Malveneurs (French; 1943)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943, Universal)
Return of the Vampire (1943/1944, Columbia)
House of Frankenstein (1944, Universal)
Cry of the Werewolf (1944, Columbia)
House of Dracula (1945, Universal)
She-Wolf of London (1946, Universal;= UK The Curse of the Allenbys)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, Universal)
The Werewolf (1956, Columbia/Clover)
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1956/7, American International/Sunset)
The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957, Allied Artists)
How to Make a Monster (1958, American International/Sunset) STARS:
The Curse of the Werewolf (UK; 1961, Hammer)
Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (Italian/Austrian; 1961/3,
La Loba = The She-Wolf (Mexican; 1964, Sotomayor/Azteca) STARS:
Kitty de Hoyos,
Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1965, ADP/Diana; merged footage
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (UK; 1965, Paramount/Amicus) STARS:
Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (1967, American General)
The Maltese Bippy = The Incredible Werewolf Murders (1969, MGM)
STARS: Dan Rowan &
Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969, A & E Film Corp.)
The Ancines Woods OR The Wolfman of Galicia OR The Wolf's Forest =
El Bosque de
Night of the Werewolf (1969)
Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (1970; original Spanish 1967/8 La
Marca del Hombre
Assignment Terror (1970, American-International)
The Werewolf's Shadow (original La Noche de Walpurgis
German/Spanish; 1970, Atlas
Fury of the Wolfman (original Spanish La Furia del Hombre Lobo;
Dr. Jekyll and the Wolfman (original Spanish Dr. Jekyll y el Hombre
Werewolves on Wheels (1971, Fanfare Films)
Moon of the Wolf (1972, ABC TV)
The Werewolf of Washington (1973, Diplomat) STARS: Dean
Scream of the Wolf (1974 ABC TV)
Legend of the Werewolf (UK; 1974)
Night of the Howling Beast (original Spanish La Maldicion de la
The Werewolf of Woodstock (1975, ABC TV)
Daughter of a Werewolf (Italian; 1976, Dialchi)
Wolfman (1979, EO Prod.)
The Howling (1981, Avco-Embassy)
An American Werewolf in London (1981, Universal) STARS: David
The Craving (original Spanish El Retorno del Hombre Lobo; 1981)
Frankenstein Island (1983)
The Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1984) STARS:
The Company of Wolves (UK; 1984, Palace)
Silver Bullet (1985, Paramount)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
The Monster Squad (1987, Tri-Star)
The Howling III (1987)
The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)
The Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)
My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)
The Howling VI: The Freaks (1991)
Mad at the Moon (1992)
Full Eclipse (1993, HBO)
Wolf (1994, Columbia)
Howling VII (1994)
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (various versions)
The Island of Lost Souls (1932, Paramount)
Cat People (1942, RKO)
The Leopard Man (1943, RKO)
Catman of Paris (1946, Republic)
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977, American International)
The Crow (1994, Miramax)
Cat People (1982)
I do know that there was a British TV series featuring a University
professor and an American girl (who
....and as a special treat, Ysengrin sends us this info on the TV
- - - WEREWOLF EPISODE LIST
The dates given are the show dates in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
This is the first run on the Fox network; episodes were shown in a
different order on USA and were re-cut
28 half hour episodes (two two-part episodes), plus the two hour pilot.
The best episodes (in no particular order) were "The Boy Who
Cried Werewolf," "A World of Difference,"
The two worst episodes were easily "Blood on the Tracks" and "All Hallows Eve".
Werewolves designed by Rick Baker (The Skorzeny werewolf was originally to have been the Eric Cord werewolf, but was decided to look too 'evil'. Baker then drew up the Eric werewolf with gentler features. For more info on this, plus some nifty stills, see Fangoria #68) (Rick Baker's sketches were included in a traveling 'makeup effects exhibit' that was making the rounds at museums in the early 90's)
Transformations & Makeup by Greg Cannom.
Skorzeny werewolf - dark brown/black fur, black skin, left side of muzzle eaten away from just under the eye to the jawline as if by acid - the eye is intact. Upper jaw about 1/2" longer than the lower; single canines. Tall - over 6'6" - in height. Skorzeny rips his skin off to effect the transformation. Skorzeny seems to be both more sensitive of when a transformation is coming and able to force a shift when needed, even to control timing of a "called" shift.
Eric werewolf - light brownish-tan fur, brownish skin. Shorter perhaps 5'4". Pockets under the eyes on either side of the muzzle. Both ears are notched about an inch from the tips. Full form has dual upper canines, although the transitional does not. Is very recognizent of the memories and desires of Eric, although Eric can remember very little of what happens when he shifts, other than the euphoria. This suit does double duty as Terry in the pilot.
Remy werewolf - darker brown fur, brownish-black skin. This suit seems to be the same one used whenever a "third" werewolf was needed - the suit is first seen in Let Us Prey, and the only time Remy shifts in To Dream Of Wolves. It is hard to tell this suit from Eric's at a glance. Remy himself seems to shift partially when angry. Remy can force other weres to shift. Shifting seems to fall into two categories - "called" in which there is much foreshadowing of the shift, including the pentagram, without any causative trauma; and, "self-induced" in which either there has been major trauma (being shot, for example) or the desire to shift - these are not always accompanied by the pentagram-blister in the palm. Terry (Eric's roomate in the pilot), Skorzeny, and Eric himself all have foreknowledge of shifting at times ("called"), while Skorzeny, Eric, Remy, Brother Mark, Michelle, Grey Wolf, Marta, and Diane all can also control their shifts ("self- induced").
The appearing werewolves, in order of "birth"
A bit of fun - Costuming
If you ever get a chance, stop by Verdun Manor in Forney, Texas and
look at the creations there...
Ben Nye Corporation
Bill's Trick Shop
Alcone Paramount Company
I get dental supplies from Burman Ind. you know for making
those really convincing canine tooth caps.
National Hair Technologies (I'd think this ones kinda needed) (508)6862964
Special Effects Supply Co.
Makeup & Effects Lab
Sword & Stone
All of these are in the U.S.
You may want to get the July 1994 of Fangoria #134 which boasts "wall to wall werewolves"(Awsome cover!) You can back order from an order form in the back of thier issues. It can be obtained by ordering it from this address.
NorthWind here, Was cruising around because I was bored and happened upon this web page for a company called Bone Clones. I'll paste some text from their page:
"BONE CLONES(TM) is a series of skulls skillfully cast from the best original skulls available for each of the animals depicted. The materials of the finished skulls are of the highest quality resin, to capture the best original detail and to make them resistant to chipping and breakage."
"Kronen Osteo's BONE CLONES(TM) skulls are used in comparative educational environments, at zoo and museum "experience" exhibits, by collectors, and have been used by special-effects companies in numerous film productions, including 'Congo'."
So basically they make casts out of actual animal bones and you get an exact replica. Some of the animals that they have include a Siberian Wolf,Maned Wolf,St.Bernard,Great Dane,Cougar,Siberian Tiger,Grizzly Bear, Clouded Leopard and some odds and ends like Lion and Tiger teeth. They even have Human skull casts. The extinct animal cast collection they have is also very interesting. It includes a Dire Wolf,Sabertooth Cat,Tasmanian Wolf,American Lion and they just added Dinictus,a 60 million year old fossil. The prices range from $150 to $350. Most of the ones I listed are $150-160. In other words,pretty cheap. Definitely check out their web page for prices and pictures.
What do I do if I meet a werewolf?
Count yourself lucky; you may the only one who has seen one in the flesh. :) Just in case, we have a handy guide for you:
Howls to the cyberpack! Graham and I were contemplating what a potential victim of a Werewolf might do to escape being a late night snack. Feel free to add any new ideas you might have. Enjoy!
1) throw a stick and shout fetch.
* Respect their territory. :)
Top 10 reasons weres make good pets
10. Needs no pet license, walkies, or litter box
Top 10 reasons weres make poor pets
10.) The mailman is afraid to deliver.
At the recent Spring Thaw Howl, there were a number of words that were introduced into the vocabularies of the folks there. They came from a number of sources, and have even begun to show up in various posts here on Alt.Horror.Werewolves. I was asked by many of the weres who were at the howl to write up this lexicon and post it.
Now, so that there can be a reduced level of confusion . . . here are the words and their meanings. If there are any that I have forgotten, or that were given an improper definition, please e-mail me so that I may correct them.
The format is simple. A pronunciation guide, usage, definition, and an example sentence.
MAD \MAD\ adj: wild, passionate "They were _mad scrumpin_"
MUNG \MUHng - to rhyme with dung\ adj: any material which cannot be
SCRUMPIN \SCRUMPIN - to rhyme with pumpin\ a.) v: to engage in
Scrumpin requires 2 editorial
footnotes. It's most common usage
I was recently introduced to a usage of
the word that I was
SPOOGE \SPOOJ\ a.) n.: upchuck, vomit, hurl, the technicolor yawn,
Another editorial note here. Spooge
is NOT a romantic word.
TWEE \TWEE -- to rhyme with gee\ adj: _irish slang_ feminine,
The final editorial note is reserved for
this word. It is VERY
Well, there they are. I hope they provided some enlightenment.
I'm certain that future howls and special events will add to this
list, and when they do, your faithful
Odds and Ends
The group has collected a number of ways, outlined in legend and literature, held to effect the Change. There are no guarantees that any of this will work... especially if your heart's not really in it. Some of them are downright bizarre, and a couple possibly dangerous: Swim at your own risk.
There are quite a few different legends and theories on how one becomes a werewolf; at least as many as there are different werewolf legends-and almost every country in the world has some sort of shape-changing myth. Most of them, predictably, involve demonic possession or enchantment via witchcraft. Note: This section uses wolves as an example. Any other animal may be substituted, however.
Be called by the wolf spirit.
I found this stuff while browsing our university and couldn't resist sharing it with you, although most of you old wolves already know this trivia. The source is A.Wuttke: "Der Deutsche Volks- und Aberglaube der Genwart", published in 1925, and I'll translate a part dealing with belts rumored to enable their wearers to change. It is, as the rest of the book, a compilation of several German folklore sources.
"People (men, women, even boys) change, mostly just for
several hours, into wolves by wearing a wolfbelt on the naked body
(sometimes also on clothes). [this belt is made of] wolf's
leather or human skin, especially the skin of a hanged man, often
adorned with the zodiac, and with seven tongues on the buckle [which
must be put] into the ninth hole; if they want to return to their
human form, they open the buckle."
Phew, I don't think I got the translation quite right. But those intent on manufacturing such a belt should have gotten the picture on how it is supposed to look like.
And when you're trying this at home, don't forget: one hit to
your belly'd loosen the belt and leave you reverted and stark
There are medical cases of dementia in which the victim believes he or she is a werewolf; and a disease called congenital porphyria whose symptoms are very similar to those ascribed to lycanthropy. Science seems to be catching up with it:
The following appeared in the London "Times" newspaper,
Scientists hunt down the "wolfman" gene
[by our science correspondent]
Many of the victims of the condition have spent their lives performing in circuses. Four years ago, two Mexican boys aged 9 and 14 were banned from appearing in a circus in Blackpool after protests from child welfare groups.
There have been only about 50 known cases since the Middle ages. The scientists report in "Nature genetics" that they have isolated the gene responsible to the X chromosome. Members of the Mexican family volunteered to provide tissue samples, from which the rough position of the gene was identified".
By MegaDog and his brother (who has a BS in Organic Chemistry)]
How many of you ever thought of your local bakery as a possible source of werewolf beliefs? Or of hallucinogenic drugs?
In medieval times, it could have been both.
Ergot [Claviceps purpurea] is a parasitic fungus that can be found growing on rye or other cereal grasses. Rye grass is by far the most widespread species parasitized, though wheat and barley are also commonly affected. The 'ergots' appear as a blackish-purple club- shaped growth [sclerotia] on the tops of the rye where the seeds are, and are referred to as "heads of ergot"; from these heads sprout the Claviceps purpurea fungal fruiting bodies. They have long stems with bulbous heads when seen under a strong glass or microscope. See reference  for more information.
Ergot naturally produces a wide range of chemical compounds, the ones of relevance here are collectively known as the "Ergot Alkaloids", and include ergotamine, ergosine and beta-ergosine, ergonine, ergovaline, ergostine, ergotine and beta-ergotine, ergocornine, ergocristine, ergocryptine and beta-ergocryptine. These compounds all have some degree of psychoactivity; indeed LSD was first synthesized from ergot compounds. Their other major medical effect is vasoconstriction [narrowing of blood vessels], which, if severe, can lead to gangrene of the extremities. Ergotamine has medical uses; for example it is frequently prescribed [often in combination with caffeine] as a therapy for migraine headaches.
Ergot was a widespread parasite of cereal grains in europe in the middle-ages, growing particularly well during excessively damp summers. The psychoactive components of ergot are *not* broken down by heat, so it is fair to assume that they would be present in bread baked from flour milled from ergotized grains. There was a significant outbreak of ergot-poisoning in France in the early 1950's; this outbreak gives a good insight into what may have been experienced in medieval times.
Symptoms of ergot poisoning include hallucinations [the 1950's French victims reported 'being chased or attacked by horrible beasts', 'terror of the dark', and 'feeling that my body was not mine'] together with tingling/burning sensations in the extremities & the scalp. These tingling sensations were known in medieval times as "St. Anthony's Fire", after the saint to whom sufferers prayed for relief.
It is not hard to imagine how an outbreak of ergot-poisoning, or, IMHO, more likely, an ongoing low level of ergotisation, could lead to the development of a werewolf-legend, the 'pursuit by horrible beasts' hallucination being probably the most likely cause, however the 'tingling & loss of sensation in the extremities' effect could possibly have been interpreted as shapeshifting? For those interested in more detail of such things, see references  and .
Exposure can cause:
Other symptoms include:
Can cause menstrual dysfunction and sterility.
Other effects include peripheral circulatory disturbances and
 Fuller, John Grant,_The Day of St Anthonys Fire_, NY: Macmillan, 1968. This is a look at outbreaks of hallucinations and other bizarre behavior believed to have been caused by ergot infections.
 Matossian, Mary Kilbourne, _Poisons of the Past: Molds, Epidemics & History_, New Haven: Yale Univ Press, 1989. This book covers more ground, from the Middle Ages to witchcraft scares in Europe. She has charts, maps and graphs to illustrate her findings.
How can I exorcise a were?
-Rich A.K.A. Trafalgar of #ahww
All this time we have been talking about how one
may become a werewolf....I am going to take a walk on the flip side of
things for a bit. But before we get going, I must make the following
- [[[WARNING]] In NO WAY, shape form or manner shall I
claim resposibility for what
- That said and done, let's get to the meat.
[Pulling a dusty volume from the shelf and paging through]
Common means for exorcising a werewolf:
A common thread among all exorcisms is that the person is believed to be possesed of some malevolent spirit. So many folks employ the use of some sort of potion and or prayer, or spinkling of holy water, and calling the person by their given Christian name.....[Looking up from the volume] Boring!
Here's one from legend.. "Cast a circle of 9 feet, and a smaller one only 4 feet in diameter. Place a series of candles at equal intervals, and place a wooden altar in the south. Within the inner circle, place the werewolf....(you are on your own to figure out how to get a hold of him/her) Build a small fire exactly opposite of the altar, and 1 1/2 foot away from the inner circle. Place a pot over the fire, containing 2 pints of clear water.
To this add:
Mix thoroughly and then add a portion of mandrake root, 1 live snake, 2 live toads in a linen bag, and a fungus. (Guess any kind will do...mushrooms, that old pizza that needs a shave that has been in the 'fridge for an epoch) Bind togehter with red ribbon a wand of three sprigs, each from ash, white popular, and birch. (The magickal connotations could easily fill a volume, so I will refrain from explaining) [At this point it would be wise to employ the services of your D.O.C.] When the toads cry out from being immersed in the now boiling water, the mixture is ready. Take a cupfull of the searing liquid and douse the werewolf, as well as lashing him/her with the wand....exclaiming "Foul spirit release this persons' soul, return to the great unknown!" Repeat 3 times." (Lather, rinse, repeat..;) )
Some forms of expulsion use a boiling mixture of baneful materials, tar, and sulfur. If that does not get rid of a werewolf, it will certainly rid one of their hide.
That was legend....
Now What follows is mostly theory, and have yet to prove any of it. Look in any dictionary, Look for the word lycanthropy. Most likely you will find the same I have. The Greater Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary has this entry : "A kind of insanity in which the patient supposes himself to be a wolf." Go ahead, take a look, you may have an entry that sounds a lot like that too.
Lycanthropy *seems* to fall into several categories... "Infective Lycanthropy": The Hollywood version of the werewolf. This creature goes about, with an insatiable appetite for human flesh, and those that survive the attack become werewolves themselves. Basically, place your favorite story here. If there is an infectious vector, it has yet to be discovered.
"Wolfen": Probably the most dangerous phenotype there is. The lycanthropic condition is cause by some demonic expression of a creature through a host body. Outward shapes/manifestations vary, but usualy thecreature takes the form of a highly feared creature, and can be an expression of a deeply rooted fear or phobia. It can be placed either by magickal rite or curse...and similarly dispelled. Because of the supernatural nature of the creature, it is quite possible for the creatue to perfom amazing feats of strength and literally be bound by no known physical laws. (ie. changing to mist, and slipping through a crack under the door)
"Inherent Lycanthropy": Most likely the most common form of lycanthropy. In this case the "condition" seems to be hereditary. Passed on from generation to generation, and sometimes skipping one, it manifestsitself after the person reaches puberty. Sometimes it is not a full blown case and certain behaviors are the only clues that this person may be an inherent. Most of the time it is the poor soul who gets locked away because he imagines himself to be a wild ravening creature, or wanders aimlessly, imitating the actions of the creature.
"Astral Lycanthropy": Perhaps the most misunderstood form of all. It is not the physical manifestation of a creature, nor is it a mental condition, but rather more akin to the Dream quests that a shaman may take. It is believed that the spirit of a person projects apart from the body, and takes the shape of one's totem animal/spirit. This is the most freeform of all shifters, because it is only limited to the imagination of the individuals mind.
"Magickal Lycanthropy": Like wolfen it entails the use of powers from outside one's self. But in this case the ability to shift forms is brought on by the use of elemental forces, or allowing one to be taken over by an entity... voluntarily. And although different regions tell different stories, they all have a common thread. Like the "rite of exorcism" depicted above..... Except the wording is different. All involved baneful materials, a clearing of some sort, and a chant.
Some are quite simple, like sleeping under the full moon on a friday night....drinking blood or water from a wolf's footprint....drinking from a river know to be frequented by wolves....
But by far the most interesting....
It goes on to say "Ancient Egypt is said to have a werejackal, and nearer home the werecat is reported from Scotland".
What are "furries"?
A lot of participants of AHWW consider themselves "furries". What, exactly, is a "furry"? Well, let's take a look at what the FAQ for alt.fan.furry has to say: (thanx to firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to use this text)
* WHAT IS "ALT.FAN.FURRY"?
Alt.fan.furry is a newsgroup devoted to the discussion of all things "furry" and/or of interest to "furry fans". Of course, tangential discussions occasionally get into things that are very far from being distinctly "furry", such as copyrights, cellular radios, meks... =)
* WHAT IS A "FURRY"?
"Furry" when used as a noun seems to refer to one of two things: a) An animal-like character known as a "furry" b) A person who is a "furry fan"
The latter is easy enough (knock on wood) to define: A person who particularly enjoys stories, pictures, dolls, video games or whatever concerning "furry" creatures. Defining a "furry" creature is somewhat harder, though. There are several definitions depending upon which "camp" in furrydom, for lack of a better term, you might be in.
The basic definition for a "furry" is an anthropomorphized animal character. In other words, an animal character given human-like attributes, such as sapience and often a humanoid form. The term "furry" is a misnomer, as a creature does not need to have fur to be "furry" in this sense. Other terms sometimes interchangeable with a "furry" in this sense are "zoomorph", "morph", "anthropomorph" or (debatably) funny animal".
The core definition of a "furry" seems to include basically humanoid- formed creatures with animal faces, fur/scale/feathers/whatever, and often appropriate tails, wings, claws, etc., able to speak, and with a human-like personality, though quite often with "quirks" hinting at the real-life animal upon which the character is based.
A broader definition will sometimes include other odd creatures that simply have some sort of animal features in their makeup. Such would include mythical creatures such as centaurs, manticores, satyrs or harpies, all of which have human faces though more-or-less animal-like bodies. This broader definition might also include the human-like characters that appear in some Japanese animation that have an animal tail and ears, but otherwise look about as human as any other anime character.
One of the narrower definitions held by some is that in order for a character to be truly considered furry", the character must exhibit animal-like characteristics in behavior. Optionally, the fact that the character is an "animal" must be a major ingredient to the story. This is exhibited in a frequent criticism of "furry" stories by those who hold this view: Many stories, while featuring characters fitting the core definition of "furry" given earlier are criticized as being "humans in animal suits" if their behavior isn't distinctly animal-like in some way.
Not all AHWWers are furries, as well... but who can resist a good convention? *grin*
What are some other names for weres?
Here are some terms for werewolves in languages and cultures other than english/american... This list is obviously far from complete, and I welcome any input..
This is a list of some of the names by which my clan (wendigo) goes in the Northeastern American continent. I thought it might be fun to share:
Based on the Furry Code by Ross Smith [email@example.com]
These symbols can be attatched to any of the standard codes (unless
x?: You havne't decided where you fall in the category, but you
know you're in there somewhere.
P - Phenotype
Pc: Canine (wolf, dog)
P?: I don't know what species my wereside is.
T - Transformation
Tsx represents a spiritual or mental shift.
su: Aura shifting. Assuming phenotype energy, resulting in a animal
mood. Behavior and senses may be
pm: "Molecular shift." All or part of you body is
instantaneously changed into an animal form.
Degree of transformation. Use the largest shift you've experienced.
T?: I don't know what kind of shifts I've had.
A - Art
A++++: Art is my life.
F - Fursuits
F++++: I've made plans to be buried in a fursuit.
Add an m after the F if you've made your own fursuit.
H - Howls
H+++: I lost count of the number of Howls I've been to. Organized
at least one.
H*: I'd like to go to one, but for one reason or another its impossible.
L - Legends
L+++: Thick hair, sharp canines, can't touch silver: I've got it
R - Religion
(Use *s instead of +s if you volunterr regularly for some
religious organization; if you get paid for it, of
S - Shapechanging IRL
S++++: "All this is going to cost me is $1,000,000, my dog,
and my firstborn child? Where do I sign?"
W - Writing
W++++: Stephen King is an amateur.
(Use *s instead of +s if your story(ies) or book(s) are not
rl - Real Life occupation
Add * after the code if you're trained in this field, but haven't
a - Age
a++++: 60+ years
You can use a number instead of the codes to give your exact age
(i.e., a22). You could also use a#, of
c - Computers
c++++: I'll be first in line to get a cybernetic interface
installed in my skull!
If your rating is at least c, add one or more of the following
letters just after the c to indicate your
d - Doom
d++++: I work for ID: bow before my might.
e - Education
e++++: Doctorate or the equivalent.
e*: Learned everything I know from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the
Galaxy, Star Trek and Monty Python.
h - Relationships with other humans
h+++: Humans are the true masters of creation.
i - Internet
i+++: I'm a Webmaster/site sysadmin
Add w after the i if you have your own homepage on the Web. Make it
ww if your page at least mentions
k - Number of weres you know
k+++: I live with one or more weres.
l - Lifestyle
l++++: Married and living with one or more kids (ack!).
l*: Still living with my parents. :P
n - Newsgroups
n+++: RL has nothing on usenet...and if it did, there'd be a
newsgroup about it.
(Use *s instead of +s if you don't read/post to AHWW).
p - Pets
p+++: I have a vast household of assorted furry/scaly/feathery
creatures, and my life is organized to their
p*: I'd like to have pets, but my landlord/parents/roommates won't
(Use *s instead of +s if at least one of your pets is your phenotype)
r - Roleplaying games
r+++: When I need a break from roleplaying, I play at real life.
(use *s instead of +s if you LARP (Live Action Role-Play)
t - RL study of weres, etc.
t+++: I'm a Professor of Lycanthropy at a major universtiy. :D
w - How many humans know about your wereside?
w+++: Everyone I know knows the truth about me.
w*: I don't know anyone except weres.
s - Sex
s+++: There's more to life? What is it, and what equipment do you
s*: I'm married, so I can get it whenever I want (in theory,
Megadog has some suggestions for codes as well:
P - PHENOTYPE
Select x from the
T - TRANSFORMATION
s0 - Have yet to experience a Shift of any kind.
su - Aura Shifting. Assuming the animal energy,
sm - Mental Shift. Generally a much deeper Shift
sa - Astral Shifting. The Shifter goes into the
sd - Dream Shifting. The Shifter is a Wolf (or
ss - Spiritual Shift. To those therianthropes who
pm - Molecular Shift. Instantaneous physical shift
pc - Classical Shift. The gradual metamorphosis
pb - Bilocational Shift. The body (usually) becomes
pk - Magickal Shift. The transformation is
pp - Possession Shift. The therianthrope send out
& - Sense Shift. This is used to denote that most,
Degree of Shift: extent (or otherwise) of your shifts may be
indicated by use of the + and - modifiers
G - GENDER and ORIENTATION
The first letter identifies your physical gender; choose from the following:
m - Male
Your sexual orientation should be selected from the following:-
s - straight (heterosexual)
The above can be combined, together with the + and - modifiers, for
example if you're a sex-obsessed male
R - RELIGION
b - Buddhist
UnaSeal offers this list of Christian sub-demoninations:
Example: If I wanted to designate an affilitation with the
United Free-Will Baptists, I would probably
Internet Resources World Wide Web
There are literally hundreds of shapeshifter-related web pages out there. I'll list a few here. if you know of any you think should be included, let me know.
I suppose some of the pack already know about it, but there's an archive of transformation stories at: http://www.t0.or.at/~thomas/tsa/index.html. Most are sex-change stories, but there are four on changing into an animal. Warning: they all have sexual content, and "The Island of Circe" particularly wouldn't interest many of you. But "The She-wolf" is pretty good. -Lyka
Alt.Shift - the AHWW Journal - http://www.algonet.se/~edge/ahww/alt1.htm. I'm unsure if this is still up.
http://ksu.ksu.edu/~slathe/handbook.html (May have been changed by now)
Striker Redwolf: http://www.physics.umd.edu/~kprice and http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Vault/1567
Kevin & Kell, that unholy union of predator and prey, has a web page! If you want a regularly updated page of Kevin & Kell, try this one: http://www.gmcclel.bossnt.com/kk/master.htm
Native Book Center - http://www.9to5.com/9to5/NBC
If you don't see your page here, or know of others to add, drop me a line... I know there are many that aren't on here yet.
Internet Relay Chat
To link to IRC, you must be running an IRC client on whatever platform you access the internet with. You can set that client to access the server directly, or access whatever server you like and type /server [server name] to reach the server. IRC is a lot of fun, but it can be quite addictive!
The current official irc server, as many of you know by now, *grin* is irc.catacomb.org 6667. Nuzzles to SabreLion (firstname.lastname@example.org) for making it for us.
An #ahww has also been registered on DALnet: check alt.irc for a list of alternate servers besides irc.dal.net in order to access it.
There are also various were-related rooms, up and down at the whim of the participants, on the EFNET and UNDERNET servers.
AHWW's official FTP site was, for a long time, run by Lycanthrope (Larry Lyle). Circumstances forced him to discontinue it, but a new mirror site is up: ftp://gerulf.acsu.unsw.edu.au/pub/wolf/. There's quite a bit of interesting stuff here, including Howl pictures and fiction by AHWWers.
Spyder also has an FTP site. In it can be found: wildlife photos (gifs and jpgs) in the Wilderness directory; Werecards (which can also be accessed off the web site) - there are only a few, I think I have more at home, and if yours is missing either email me a copy or drop it in the incoming area on the FTP site; Furrotica (if you don't know, don't ask.)The address is [ftp://ftp.xmission.com/pub/users/s/spyder/]
I also have some items, although I'm limited by space, at ftp://ftp.negia.net/users/katmandu.
ftp://tau-ceti.isc-br.com/pub/Images/ contains some furry artwork.
Striker Redwolf plans on another mirror of Lycanthrope's site, at http://lobo.dorm.umd.edu.
Also of interest is avatar.snc.edu - Home to furry art and artists.
Mud / Muck / Moo
Muds, Mucks, and Moos are online games and virtual worlds that can be accessed with a simple telnet program or clients that handle a lot of the tedious typing for you. Furrymuck may be of interest to AHWWers, and can be reached at furry.org 8888.
I think there are several ahww oriented corners at various MUCKS: I believe that one exists at Virtual Vegas and there's also another one in FurryMUCK: hopefully someone who knows more than I do will contribute to this subject.
Tapestries MUCK is becoming a bit popular for the mature audiences..[telnet://188.8.131.52 2069]
How do I make the chili?
When making truly evil chili, the important thing to keep in mind is that hotter is better. I don't mean temperature-hot, although that's important too (no one likes cold chili)... I mean take-a-bite-and-get-your- tonsils-kicked- out-a-couple-of- seconds-later hot. Spice is all-important. "Long live the spice!" Also, _anything_ can go in chili. _Anything_. Use your imagination and whatever's laying around- chocolate, beer, unidentified spices stuck to the rack, dead cockatiels, whatever. The proportions aren't all that strict, either.. if it tastes good, it is good.
The below proportions make enough chili for five people or two
weres with healthy appetites:
Also can be added:
1 can/bottle (Red-Wolf, of course!)
* Cajun seasoning is mostly salt, red and black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder... you can mix it up yourself or use commercial... commercial is easier.
Brown the ground beef and cook sausage (if using any). Drain fat. Use to make stinky tallow candles. Add salt, cayenne, flour (for thickness), cajun seasoning, meat(s), tomato sauce, beans, onion, garlic, and water in pot and stir together. Shake in as much tabasco as you think you can stand (add more cayenne if wanted). (Add beer and chocolate and whatever else too; except cheddar). Chili will look very watery... this is ok. Put pot over heat and bring to fast simmer. Simmer until chili is nice and thick... most of the water simmered off. This may take an hour or two if you're making mass quantities! Serve up in bowls with even more tabasco and cheddar. Prepare steam blaster to clean pot. Have lanolin-coated toilet paper near privy.
Note: If you're cooking over an open wood fire, smear liquid dish soap over the outside of the pots before doing anything with them. This way you can wash the soot off much easier when you're done.
Not recommended for those with gastric disorders exacerbated by spicy foods, small children, pregnant women, or untreated steel. EAT AT YOUR OWN RISK!
What are "werecards"?
A werecard is a sort of info-questionnaire; where you can answer questions about yourself and your therianthropy, if any. It's basically just a way of telling folks about yourself all at once, rather than answering a million little questions. It makes a good way to de-lurk. Here's a Blank Werecard. Snip and fill out, if you like; and post the results to the group.
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