I Am Werewolf

Yes, of all the supernatural creatures, I love werewolves the most. They are incredibly fast, cunning, have a deep connection to night and the moon, are savage, yet beautiful in human form, and are usually the result of bad luck or a curse. It sounds very vamp-ish, right? But here is where the two differ: werewolves are still human, and that’s where it gets interesting.

Although the werewolf is most notably known to emerge during the full moon at night, in an uncontrollable agony, their transformation is not limited to dark, lunar influences, at least not in my next book. This summer, I’m going to start a new horror novel, and my lead character will be a werewolf. She has a lot of baggage, that only increases when she gets hooked up with an ex-mobster. As the two of them run from their troubles together, they both learn that not only does trouble follow, but it has hair, fangs, and an insatiable appetite to kill.

I try to incorporate a good deal of research in my books, so as part of that, this post is to invite you to share your favorite werewolf attribute, character, book, movie, etc. Tell me, why do you like werewolves?

17 thoughts on “I Am Werewolf

  1. Remus Lupin. :) Have you considered subbing to Misanthrope's werewolf anthology? I'm writing something now. For me, I love the traditional werewolf — full moon, changes into a wolf, the human remembers nothing in the morning. But I'm open to just about anything in the genre. It's a creature that lends itself well to creative interpretation.

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  2. I think I had a crush on Lupin, actually.;) The idea of being enslaved by the moon, so to speak, is amazing, intriguing, and heartbreaking, all at the same time.

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  3. I believe a "true" werewolf would be of the WOLFMAN movie variety — it being more of a curse than anything else, losing the rational humanity in a wave of untamed wildness, Roland

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  4. You've hit on one of my favourites, Erin! My first serious short story (still in a box somewhere) was about werewolves called "Howl," and later, "The Pack". I've always been partial to the full on "hybrid" transformation akin to the "Howling" series of movies. The mythology though, I've always loved the idea of werewolves as the noble savage monster, and the blending of pack mentality with a deeper sense of tribal unity. That's how I've always seen them anyway. Good luck with the story!

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  5. Rebecca and Lydia, yes, Lupin makes a good werewolf, handsome enough, and definitely imbued with those 'wild' characteristics.I like the wolfman/howling werewolves too, Roland and Chris. Even though my character is female, she could have some ‘brooding’ qualities to her.Thanks for the feedback!

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  6. I like creative applications of werewolves. The fundamental-rules approach of Silver Bullet, and how it managed to menace a child more than most creatures were allowed to at that time, was striking. American Werewolf in London is alternately funny and so grounded in experience, as well as putting a huge toll on being the cursed one. In the few times I've written werewolves, I always aimed for something more outlandish, sticking with the rules but going for things not usually seen from them, like an economic relationship to gypsies.They can be used very creatively. Or, they can be handsome romps in the sack that go hairy every full moon. I'll pass on the latter.

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  7. I don't know too much about werewolves except for American Werewolf in London. But what strikes me about werewolves is how tormented they must feel beholden to the lunar cycles, unable to control the urge to hunt. Peace…

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  8. I have to say the werewolf is a favourite of mine ever since I saw Lon Chaney Jnr in Wolfman when I was a kid. It was a treat at the weekend to be able to stay up for the late night horror film. (What were my parents thinking? LOL!) I remember going to see An American Werewolf in London with my brother and a mate. We were too young but managed to get into the cinema. I've never been so scared as when he had the nightmares! On the way home we had to walk down a dark lane and then over a canal with a railway line next to it. I swear to this day we heard a growl and didn't stop running until we got home.Yep, werewolves rule!!

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  9. Hey Erin … Hope you've been well. I love your idea about the gangster and the werewolf… What a combo! My favorite werewolf? As you may or may not know, I'm an MJ fan so I do feel compelled to say 'Thriller' … Should I be embarrassed?In any case, I hope that MTV's new drama horror series 'TEEN WOLF'is on your radar. I saw an extended trailer. Looks pretty cool.

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  10. American Werewolves in London definitely had an impact on my youth, and I agree with you John, something 'outlandish' is a good thing when it comes to overdone subjects such as vampires and werewolves. Love that story, David! And of course 'Thriller' must be accounted for when researching werewolves, Anthony – I actually forgot all about that one.Laura, Lupin is a Harry Potter character…the teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts – I thought in both human and werewolf form he is one of the better ones.Thanks for stopping by everyone and giving me some good feedback.

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  11. With regards to the greatest werewolf movie, there are two camps: American Werewolf In London or The Howling. I personally prefer the latter, although both are very good. Basically, I like my werewolves SCARY! The ability to change at will is sometimes okay, but I do prefer when they're at the mercy of the moon.Have you seen Dog Soldiers? It's a British werewolf horror flick that's pretty good — SyFy runs it every now and again, and I always watch it. Kudos on your new story, Erin — I cannot wait to read it!

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  12. My first thought after reading this is YES. I would love love an Erin Cole werewolf novel. Your way of taking these kinds of supernatural beings and putting the humanity twist is just… I don't know, so unique. I mean look what you can do with zombies. I can only wait in ancticpation what you are going to do with this girl werewolf and ex mobster. Woohoo! Bring it on. As far as werewolf movies/ stories. Geez. So many I enjoy. Riding The Bullet (the story and movie), The Howling, the old old version of The Wolfman (I love that one). Teen Wolf with Michael J Fox. One of my favs is by Jason Michel about a biker gang of werewolves that crashes a bar. He never comes out and says they are werewolves but you figure it out through out the tale. Wicked. That very well might be my favorite story.

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  13. Nicole,Yes, The Howling is another classic, and I will check out Dog Soldiers. I agree, my she-wolf has to be one scary bitch!Jodi,Thanks for the compliments on my zombie stories – I hope I can do the same with this one. I'll definitely have to check out the biker gang of werewolves – a pack will have to fit into my story somewhere.

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  14. Hi Erin,Jodi said that I should pop by after she read a review of an old classic werewolf novel on my blog called "Wolfen" and said you were looking for recommendations.Like you, were's are my favorite monster. You can't reason with them. You can't outrun them and unless you are packing silver bullets, you can't kill them. There is something about them that sparks a primal fear that goes back to when our ancestors hid in caves and trembled at the howling in the night.Vamps just make two little holes in your neck. Werewolves tear your throat out and rip your body into little pieces. Not much scarier than that.Good luck with the novel.Graeme

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  15. When it comes to Werewolves, the scarier and the more savage the better. They are more beast like than vampires etc… after all. My favourite TV show with werewolves in it is Being Human. The UK version. US version is very watered down and boring. Dog Soldiers is a great movie too. You should watch it.The book sounds great. Good luck!

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