Temporary Lycanthropy?

There is a condition known as Wendigo Psychosis (although some psychiatrists refuse to acknowledge that it even exists, that it is a prime example of the Rumplestiltskin Effect, something that exists only conceptually, and only because someone coined a name for it) that is defined as a sudden, irresistible craving to consume human flesh. In 2008, on a Greyhound bus in Canada, a man named Vince Li murdered, decapitated and cannibalized a total stranger, 22-year-old Tim McLean. This sudden burst of savagery, seemingly out of the blue, is a textbook case of Wendigo Psychosis.

Was something similar at work when a 24-year-old Dubliner, traveling by airplane, attacked and bit another passenger before collapsing into unconsciousness and later dying? Would the attacker have eaten parts of his victim if not restrained? Was he the carrier of some kind of disease, to which he succumbed after potentially spreading it via the bite? Was he seized by a sudden, insensate aggression that led him to attack another, pushing his adrenaline levels so high that it led to cardiac arrest, killing him? If this latter proves the case, I wanna name this new malady: Sudden Onset Lycanthropy, or SOL. You heard it here first! Rumplestiltskin Effect in action!

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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