September 28, 2011
I’ve talked about werewolf movies before, but what about werewolf stories? I’m always getting asked, “Why aren’t werewolves as popular as vampires?” or “When are werewolves going to get their spike of popularity?” These questions have been around for a very long time, because it turns out werewolf books and stories have been around for a long time — just under the radar, never quite as popular or well known as their vampire cousins. It’s too bad, because there are some really great werewolf stories that deserve just as much attention. For whatever reason, though, werewolves just don’t have as wide an appeal. Their following is small but avid, which is why they’ll always be around, if not as popular as we would like.
So, here are some story recommendations if you’re one of the happy werewolf fans:
The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter. This collection has the stories that the film The Company of Wolves is based on.
Darker Than You Think, Jack Williamson. A different kind of werewolf story, with more than a little old-school adventure flair. An explorer of exotic lands comes back to middle America with a dark secret. . .
Lila the Werewolf, Peter S. Beagle. Another different kind of werewolf story, quite charming I think.
“Gestella,” Susan Palwick. Don’t read this one if you’re feeling at all down. It’s terribly depressing.
“Bisclavret,” Marie de France. The twelfth century tale. I talk about this one a lot on werewolf panels, because it’s a prime example of what human/animal shifter stories used to look like. Here, the werewolf is indisputably the hero.
Any more recommendations?