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Deadly Silver and Full Moons

You ask and I deliver! Over on our Facebook page I asked you, my fantastic werewolf fans, what you wanted me to write about and you replied that you want silver.  More specifically, you want to know what’s up with werewolves and silver. We all know the story about silver bullets being the only way…Continue readingDeadly Silver and Full Moons

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Superstitions of the Wolf

A hunter. A man in disguise. The devil. A being of evil. A creature to be revered. There are many beliefs surrounding the wolf. Some believed a man could transform into a wolf – a werewolf. But others thought a wolf was the form the devil took on earth. There are quite a few age-old…Continue readingSuperstitions of the Wolf

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Haunting History: 5 of the Best Werewolf Legends

For most, the love for werewolves sprang from a classic horror film or a supernatural TV show, but for me, it was in a history book. There are countless werewolf myths and legends throughout the world from the days when people once believed in the paranormal. Those are the tales I love. Werewolf lore is…Continue readingHaunting History: 5 of the Best Werewolf Legends

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The Michigan Folktale of The Werewolf’s Bride

While exploring old werewolf myths and legends I came across one chronicled by S.E. Schlosser, the author of Spooky Michigan, and was instantly enticed. The old Michigan legend tells the tale of a lovely woman and her werewolf admirer. Being a Michigander myself, I couldn’t resist sharing. Once upon a time… There was a beautiful…Continue readingThe Michigan Folktale of The Werewolf’s Bride

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The Eerie Nagual

Werewolves and other werecreatures can be found all over the world and all throughout time. Countless cultures have their own unique werewolf tales and legends. Today we shall explore the ancient lore of South America, to a time when the nagual reigned, a being with many different manifestations. In ancient Aztec lore, the nagual were…Continue readingThe Eerie Nagual

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The Deadly Anspach Werewolf

Today, Dear Readers, we are traveling back in time. We are going hundreds of years into the past, back when the belief in werewolves was very real. A time when villagers hid in their homes, fearing that a ferocious and horrific werewolf would rip them to shreds. Today I am telling the tale of the…Continue readingThe Deadly Anspach Werewolf

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The Werewolf Capitol of South America

The vast majority of werewolf sightings took place over a hundred years ago, back in a time when people were much more superstitious than they are now. There just aren’t many reported these days. However, in Tauá, Ceará, Brazil there have been quite a few werewolf sightings reported in the past few years, so many…Continue readingThe Werewolf Capitol of South America

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Vampires & Werewolves: Legends and Lore Coming to DVD

Coming November 1st is the DVD Vampires & Werewolves: Legends and Lore by the oh so wonderful Discovery Channel.  The DVD contains all sorts of goodies for both vampire and werewolf fans. Obviously here on Werewolves.com we don’t care much for the vampire section of the upcoming DVD, so we’ll just focus on the werewolf…Continue readingVampires & Werewolves: Legends and Lore Coming to DVD

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Were-Creatures Around the World

Stories of men transforming into beasts is nothing new, it’s a belief that has been around for ages, a belief that is not exclusive to werewolves alone. There are legends of were-creatures all around the globe and of course, not all of these tales feature men turning into wolves. Today I’m switching things up a…Continue readingWere-Creatures Around the World

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Beware the Wrath of Le Maître de Forêt

While reading one of my favorite werewolf books, I came across a wonderfully wicked tale involving not only wolves, but werewolves too. In certain parts of the world it was believed that werewolves, as well as natural wolves and other forest animals, were under the control by a powerful and inhuman being – a being…Continue readingBeware the Wrath of Le Maître de Forêt

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Werewolves of Ossory

We have written about the werewolves of Ossory before, but after discovering some new information we couldn’t resist writing about them again. There are several stories in particular that frame the majority of Irish folklore regarding werewolves. In Northern Ireland it is said that there were tribes of wolf-men living in the wild that ancient…Continue readingWerewolves of Ossory

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Legendary Irish Wolf Warriors

All throughout history you can find stories in nearly every country of men that transform into beasts, and ancient Ireland is no different. Ireland is home to stories of ancient warriors known as the Laignach Faelad, warriors that could change their form into that of a savage beast, such as a wolf. Just imagine it,…Continue readingLegendary Irish Wolf Warriors

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Finding Werewolves on ‘Destination Truth’

I just learned of this fantastic show called Destination Truth, which is a bit sad since, well, it’s currently in its fourth season. Bad me. Anyway, the show airs on SyFy and explores a wide variety of myths and legends around the world – from aliens to Bigfoot. But we wouldn’t be here if they…Continue readingFinding Werewolves on ‘Destination Truth’

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Bete de Gevaudon

Back in the 1500s and for centuries after, Europe was plagued by the fear of werewolves. Nearly every country reported werewolf sightings, werewolf deaths and so on. But no country has as many werewolf stories as France, which is where today’s tale hales from. The story is that of the Bete de Gevaudon, a creature…Continue readingBete de Gevaudon

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Black Magic and Corpse Breeches

I’ve got quite the treat for you dear readers, an old tale of black magic and wolves. The story hales from Iceland, where items known as “corpse breeches” could help a warlock change his shape into that of a wolf. Corpse breeches (also known as nabrock trousers) were said to be used by ancient Icelandic…Continue readingBlack Magic and Corpse Breeches

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The Werewolf’s Cousin: The Werebear

Many months ago I switched things up a bit and wrote about werefoxes, the werewolf’s “cousin,” and I hadn’t thought about until recently when a reader asked me why I hadn’t covered werebears as well. So thanks to that reader I am adding some more variety to the mix by giving you werewolf fans another…Continue readingThe Werewolf’s Cousin: The Werebear

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The Tale of Melion

I’ve got a treat for you today Dear Readers, a werewolf tale that dates back to the 12th century. The author of the story is unknown, but it originated in Picardy some time between 1190 and 1204 and was told across England by traveling bards. The story tells the tale of Melion, a knight at…Continue readingThe Tale of Melion

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Is the Wodewose a Werewolf?

I have quite a few books on the history of werewolves (yaaaay books!) and some of these books mention a creature known as the wodewose (also known as the woodwose). The name refers to either a group of men or outlaws living in the forest, or to a mythical being that has existed deep in…Continue readingIs the Wodewose a Werewolf?

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Moon Myths: Part 2

More moon myths! You guys loved the first edition of Moon Myths, so I am giving you a second post to enjoy. Here are more of the old superstitions surrounding the moon. It was believed that a waning moon was bad luck and that it was a horrible time for births and weddings. It was…Continue readingMoon Myths: Part 2

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Moon Myths: Part 1

What is the best known myth about the full moon? That it triggers a werewolf’s transformation of course. But that’s not the only moon myth out there, back in day people believed all sorts of strange things about the moon. So today we’re going to take a little break from the werewolf lore and explore…Continue readingMoon Myths: Part 1

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The Dog-Headed St. Christopher

That’s right boys and girls, today we’re taking a peek at the world of Christianity! I’ll be covering St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, due to the fact that in medieval depictions of him, he usually has the head of a dog. According to the ancient legends, Christopher was one of a dog-headed race…Continue readingThe Dog-Headed St. Christopher

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Marching Werewolves

It is time again dear readers for another old Livonian werewolf legend. The story says that when Christmas day is over a boy who limps with one leg goes around town calling together all of the people who have yielded to the Evil One (and there’s a whole lot of them), bidding them to follow…Continue readingMarching Werewolves

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Asena the Wolf Child

Time to delve into the world of Turkic mythology dear readers. Do you remember the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers raised by a she-wolf that built Rome? Well, today’s legend is a little like that one. Rome wasn’t the only created thanks to wolves, it’s said that a Turkish nation was…Continue readingAsena the Wolf Child

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The Many Ways To Become A Werewolf

I bet many of you are wondering how someone is turned into a werewolf. We all know the most popular way which involves being bitten by another werewolf. But if you take a look at folklore, old customs and traditions throughout the world you’ll learn that there are several ways someone was believed to turn…Continue readingThe Many Ways To Become A Werewolf

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A Norwegian Werewolf Legend

In Norway it was once believed that certain people could assume the form of a wolf or a bear. But, the ability to transform was usually a curse put on them by the Trollmen, or that it was the trolls themselves that were the shapeshifters. Here’s an old legend about trolls, werewolves and a curse.…Continue readingA Norwegian Werewolf Legend

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The Chindi

Many have claimed to have seen a werewolf before, but was it really a werewolf, or some other kind of shapeshifter – like the Chindi. The chindi is a Navajo shapeshifter that acts as a kind of avenging angel to those people that disrespect any of the Earth Mother’s creatures. According to Navajo artist David…Continue readingThe Chindi

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Fenrir

He may not be a werewolf, but no werewolf site can leave out the biggest and baddest of all wolves – Fenrir! One of the most famous of all the deities in Norse mythology is Fenrir (also known as Fenris), son of trickster god Loki and the giantess Angroboda. Fenris was an absolutely massive wolf;…Continue readingFenrir

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St. Francis and the God-Fearing Wolf

Today’s tale is one of those that will piss off most wolf-lovers. Wolves are ferocious, deadly and they sure don’t bow to anyone – but this story says otherwise. One of the most famous stories of St. Francis is when he tamed the wolf that was terrorizing the people of Gubbio. While St. Francis was…Continue readingSt. Francis and the God-Fearing Wolf

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The Annoying Böxenwolf

Werewolf folklore time! Woooo! So, in Germany in the region between the Diester River and the Weser River they tell a tale about the odd böxenwolf, a werewolf that’s more of a pain in the ass than a deadly fearful monster. The böxenwolf liked to spend its nights preying upon weary travelers, but he didn’t…Continue readingThe Annoying Böxenwolf

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The Harz Mountain Werewolf

Today dear readers, I bring you yet another old werewolf folktale. Like most werewolf legends, this one contains grisly deaths, gore and an unhappy ending. Once upon a time, Count van Breber and his beloved countess Hilda were vacationing in the Harz Mountains in Germany. One evening they stopped at an inn, and, while chatting…Continue readingThe Harz Mountain Werewolf

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The Werewolves of Wales

Records of a giant wolf-like creature in North Wales date back to 1790, when a stagecoach traveling between Denbigh and Wrexham was attacked and overturned by a big black beast that was said to be as long as the coach horses. This werewolf pounced on and savagely ripped apart one of the horses, the other…Continue readingThe Werewolves of Wales

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Werewolf Lore: The Varulv

Werewolves in Sweden and Norway are called the ‘Varulv’. Eastern Europe is particularly rich with werewolf folklore, unlike England, where wolves were hunted almost to extinction. The Varulv almost has its own mythology, though in many ways it is similar to the traditional werewolf lore we’re so used to hearing about. He’s half man, half…Continue readingWerewolf Lore: The Varulv

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The Lycanthropous Stream

There’s a folktale that tells the story of a peasant that desperately wished to become a werewolf. To do this he simply waited for a night when the moon was full, knelt by the side of a lycanthropous stream at midnight and recited these words: “Tis night! Tis night! and the moon shines white over…Continue readingThe Lycanthropous Stream

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Michigan’s Dogman

Living in Michigan and being a huge fan of werewolf folktales I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Michigan has it’s very own werewolf myth, the dogman. The Michigan Dogman is a beastie that has been spotted all throughout Michigan and gained fame in 1987 when radio DJ Steve Cook produced a song about a…Continue readingMichigan’s Dogman

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The Royal Werewolf

Today dear readers, I bring you an old folktale once told in the mountains of Auvergne, a tale of royal werewolf and her unfortunate end. According to the legend, a nobleman was gazing out of his castle window when he saw a hunter he knew. He decided to have a chat with the old hunter…Continue readingThe Royal Werewolf

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The Tale of Werewolf Rock

According to local legends, outside of the village of Eggerstedt, Germany lived a mysterious figure known simply as “the Old Man.” This man would appear from the Brandsleber Forest and offer to perform tasks for the villagers, such as watching over their flocks of sheep. One day the Old Man herded sheep for a shepherd…Continue readingThe Tale of Werewolf Rock

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The Werewolf’s Cousin: The Werefox

Today we’re going to mix it up a bit and take a look at a different kind of shapeshifter. After one of our readers asked about werefoxes I figured, why the hell not? They may not be werewolves but they fall into the same shapeshifting furry family. So today we’ll take a tiny break from…Continue readingThe Werewolf’s Cousin: The Werefox

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The Devil’s Promise

Gather ‘round boys and gals, I have a story for you. It was once believed that to become a werewolf you needed something known as a wolf-strap. Anyone that fastened this wolf-strap around their waist would instantly turn into a wolf. But if someone were to call out the name of the person that had…Continue readingThe Devil’s Promise

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The Wolfstone

Long ago in the Fichtel Mountains of Germany a shepherd had gotten fed up with the local wolves carrying off his sheep. One day a particularly large wolf came to snatch up some of his livestock – this is when he acquired the services of the best hunter in town. This huntsman was known to…Continue readingThe Wolfstone

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Ancient Norse Werewolves

There is an ancient tale that tells of two Icelandic men, a tale that was told throughout the Middle Ages. This story of course involves some fearsome werewolves – because really, are there any stories better than those? This tale tells of two men, Sigmund and Sinfjotli. One day these two are wandering through a…Continue readingAncient Norse Werewolves

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The Vilkacis

Time again for another wonderful werewolf myth. Woo! This time we’re traveling to a land of rich history, beautiful lakes and dark forests – Lithuania. The vilkacis, which literally means “wolf eyes” is a werewolf that comes from Lithuanian mythology. The vilkacis is a regular human that has the ability to shapeshift into a wolf,…Continue readingThe Vilkacis

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St. Patrick’s Werewolves

Before I tell you the tale of St. Patrick and the werewolves of Ireland I need you to clear your mind of St. Patrick’s Day parties, clovers, green glitter and beer. Good, now we can begin. According to legend, St. Patrick once punished the Welsh king Vereticus by transforming him into a wolf. While St.…Continue readingSt. Patrick’s Werewolves

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A Kind-Hearted Werewolf

Most of the werewolves in folklore, film and books are usually these monstrous and ferocious beasts that turn anyone unlucky enough to cross them into nothing but a pile of bloody pulp. But among the chaos and gore is one old folk tale of a sweet and kind werewolf. The unique werewolves I am speaking…Continue readingA Kind-Hearted Werewolf

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The Werewolf of Death

Time again for a mythological werewolf, one of my favorite kinds. This time we’ll jump head first into the world of Guaraní mythology and tell the tale of Tau and Kerana and their werewolf son. One day Tau, the spirit of evil, saw the incredibly beautiful Guaraní woman, Kerana and had to have her. So…Continue readingThe Werewolf of Death

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Holy Werewolf!

There’s an old folktale about a priest and his encounter with a werewolf. In Ragusa, Italy there was once a church called Santa Maria della Scala (St. Mary of the Stars) and it was supposedly at this church were the battle of the wolf and priest took place. The holy man was crossing the piazza…Continue readingHoly Werewolf!

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The False Wolf

Time again for another old wolf folktale, but today’s is a little different from past stories. This old tale is one of greed and deception, showing us just how afraid people were of wolves back in the day. Once upon a time there was a wicked little thief that rented a room at an inn…Continue readingThe False Wolf

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Study Says Full Moon Brings Out Our Inner Beast

A recent study done this past year at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital in Sydney, Australia says that 91 of the emergency patients admitted with very violent and dangerous disturbances were similar to werewolf behavior. And a quarter of these happened on the night of a full moon, which is double the number for the…Continue readingStudy Says Full Moon Brings Out Our Inner Beast

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Ancient Blood Festival

Close your eyes, clear your mind and imagine blood dripping down your face, growling and hungry wolves and ancient fearsome hunters. Good, now you have a pretty good picture of the Lupercali Festival embedded into your mind. In the ancient times the Romans held the Lupercali Festival every year and it honored young novice hunters…Continue readingAncient Blood Festival

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An Ancient Tribe of Werewolves

Hey readers, today we’re going to take a small dip into the very vast and expansive world of Roman mythology to discover a tribe of werewolves. But before we get to the werewolves we first need to touch on Romulus and Remus, who, as you may or may not know are the founders of Rome.…Continue readingAn Ancient Tribe of Werewolves

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As The Flame Blows Out

Hey there readers, it’s time again for another real werewolf tale. If you are a long time reader then you know the deal, if you’re new here then let me explain real quick. There have been countless cases of lycanthropy reported all throughout history; some of these stories are super old, while others surprisingly recent.…Continue readingAs The Flame Blows Out