Yesterday I was wandering through the bookstore, sipping on the strongest iced coffee in existence, checking out werewolf books in the “Occult” section and getting bummed out by the fact that I own 99% of the non-fiction werewolf books (I need moar!), but then I stumbled across a werewolf book tucked behind a book on zombies titled Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within edited by John Skipp. The book is actually an anthology of sick, twisted, funny and highly entertaining werewolf stories written by some of the best authors out there. As to why it was in the non-fiction occult section, that’s because it also contains a few essays and lists on werewolves.
“Werewolves and shapeshifters have morphed into the latest pop culture stars. This mind-bending collection includes thirty-two new and classic stories from the best writers in the genre.
Werewolves and shapeshifters are the latest literary craze following vampires and zombies. The phenomenal success of the Twilight series, and the blockbuster movies that followed, has spawned a new obsession with these supernatural beings. From John Skipp, the master of horror, comes this definitive collection of thirty-two classic and new stories, written by favorites of the genre including George R.R. Martin, Charlaine Harris, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, Joe R. Lansdale, Angela Carter, David J. Schow, Kathe Koja, Bentley Little, and more. Skipp provides fascinating insight and details, through two nonfiction essays, into the history and presence of shape shifting in popular culture. Resources at the end of the book include lists of the genre’s best long-form fiction, as well as movies, websites, and writers.”
I only skimmed the book for about 10 minutes since I have the attention span of a 6-year-old girl and was distracted by comics and magical children’s books, but what little I did read impressed me. Skipp’s foreword and intro’s were highly insightful as well as entertaining. It’s definitely a book I plan on buying in the not-too-distant future. I have this sick, morbid curiosity for Chuck Palahniuk’s work, I know his books make me feel like hell, but I read them anyway. I can’t even imagine how crazy a werewolf/shapeshifter story by him would be, but I will find out.
What do you guys think, do you plan on picking this one up? If you have read it already did you enjoy it?