I have a friend, one of those online friends who I’ve never met in real life, who I met because of a shared interest in Gilles de Rais and with whom I get along swimmingly (She’s working on a book, so you’ll be hearing about it as soon as it’s ready!), who lives near Hull, England. She keeps me up to date on all things Ol’ Stinker. The latter is, as I’m sure you all are aware, the resident werewolf of Hull, England, who has been sighted numerous times throughout the years. (Hull borders the legendary Wold Newton Triangle, a hotspot of strangeness and paranormal activity. I’ve written about it before.)
According to my friend, the Hull City Council or the Department of Tourism or something like that has removed all references to Ol’ Stinker from its website. The focus these days is on branding Hull the “City of Culture” or some such, and apparently they don’t want this culture to be besmirched by any association with werewolves. What a buncha idjuts! This would be the equivalent of Loch Ness deciding it no longer wanted to acknowledge Nessie, or Roswell deciding it wanted to downplay the whole alien thing. On a larger scale, its comparable to the way some in Romania want to distance the country from its connection to Dracula! Don’t these nitwits realize that there are people who would visit their city specifically BECAUSE of its werewolf? That those people would probably have no interest in it otherwise? Werewolves ARE cultural, dammit! If the powers-that-be were smart, they’d start branding Hull as “The Home of Ol’ Stinker!” Some people, it seems, just don’t want to make money.