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The Terror of the Skinwalker, the Amerind Werewolf

The witch might wear the hide or skin of the animal identity it wants to assume, and when the transformation is complete, the human witch inherits the speed, strength, or cunning of the animal whose shape it has taken. We tend to think werewolves are a purely European or American phenomenon. Those with an interest…Continue readingThe Terror of the Skinwalker, the Amerind Werewolf

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Is Silver Really Good For Fighting Evil? (Hey, It Worked For The Lone Ranger!)

The idea that bullets made from silver offered an effective (sometimes only) means of dispatching evil entities from vampires to werewolves, has been around in popular mythology for quite some time. So much “knowledge” concerning werewolves comes not from folklore but from Hollywood. Werewolves transform on nights of the full moon? Not according to pre-cinematic…Continue readingIs Silver Really Good For Fighting Evil? (Hey, It Worked For The Lone Ranger!)

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“Werewolf” Murderer’s Wife and Kids Standing By Their Man

The ‘Werewolf’ serial killer used axes, knives and screwdrivers to murder women in a bid to ‘cleanse’ his town of prostitutes Werewolves are real. All too real. They may not have fur or fangs, but they exist. As is sometimes explained in the folklore, their hair just grows “on the inside.” You can’t always spot…Continue reading“Werewolf” Murderer’s Wife and Kids Standing By Their Man

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The Land of Cheese Has Its Own Werewolf

What is the Beast of Bray Road? Why we believe it’s more than just a myth. A detailing of the shocking real werewolf sightings in Wisconsin. It’s easy enough to dismiss the werewolf as pure myth, a psychological projection of the inner, bestial nature of human beings, conjured from the depths of our communal subconscious,…Continue readingThe Land of Cheese Has Its Own Werewolf

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Did Rabies Inspire the Legend of the Werewolf? (And Vampires and Zombies, To Boot?)

Rabies is of the world’s most interesting zoonotic diseases, the one that “has always shaded into something more supernatural: into bestial metamorphoses, into monstrous hybridities.” Rabies inspired all our legends of werewolves? And vampires and zombies, to boot? To be honest, I don’t buy it. At first glance rabies is a perfect suspect, conforming to…Continue readingDid Rabies Inspire the Legend of the Werewolf? (And Vampires and Zombies, To Boot?)