The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings by Brad Steiger is hands down the most popular book on werewolves, you can find it in virtually any bookstore. The book has been out for a few years so you may be wondering why I am mentioning it now, well, the book is getting an update. The author is releasing a second edition of The Werewolf Book, with updated info on the latest movies, shows and more. All I can say is that I hope it gets a serious overhaul because the current Werewolf Book consists mostly of entries about serial killers and not a whole lot more. Personally, I am not a huge fan of The Werewolf Book, there’s very little good info in it, it always seemed half-assed to me. So hopefully this new version is an actual improvement. We’ll just have to wait and see when the new version hits bookshelves in September.
For those of you that haven’t checked out the Werewolf Book, here’s a little more info on the original:
“WHEN THE FULL MOON INHERITS THE NIGHT SKY, THE TERROR IS JUST BEGINNING…
From movies to the game, to folklore and case histories, THE WEREWOLF BOOK is the encyclopedic guide to all things lycanthropic. The author takes you back to the 15th century to uncover the origins of the werewolf legend. From there he leads you on an eye-opening world tour through the ages to the modern-day monstrous duality of creatures like cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Does the wolf live within each of us? Learn how the legends of the werewolf can mirror the animal that exists in each and every one of us. Some have given in to these primal animal urges. Find out why. The answers lie within this book.
THE WEREWOLF BOOK contains nearly 250 entries, a filmography, and a resource guide with web sites. With more than 125 photographs (including 16 pages in full color), ranging from folk art to movie stills, this book will have your hair standing on end.”
Do any of own The Werewolf Book? What do you think of it? As I said above, I’m not a fan. I found it disappointing since there are so SO many fantastic werewolf myths and legends completely left out of the book. I really hope the second edition will be better. Will you buy the second edition of The Werewolf Book?