Lycanthropy: lykos – wolf, anthropos – man.
“When I looked around for my companion, he had stripped himself and piled his clothes by the side of the road. My heart was in my mouth, and I sat there while he pissed a ring around them and was suddenly turned into a wolf! Now, don’t think I’m joking, I wouldn’t lie for any amount of money, but as I was saying, he commenced to howl after he was turned into a wolf and ran away into the forest. I didn’t know where I was for a minute or two, then I went to his clothes, to pick them up, and damned if they hadn’t turned to stone! Was ever anyone nearer dead from fright than me?” Gaius Petronius, Satyricon, First Century, AD
Happy Halloween and thank you, Petronius!
I used to be very uncomfortable with scary Halloween legends. Come to think of it, I still am. It’s just that some things aren’t as scary as they used to be.
Clearly, stories and legends of werewolves have been circulating for a very long time. There’s even a werewolf in the Epic of Gilgamesh, some four thousand years old. For centuries, millennia even, from the Middle East to Europe to the Americas, werewolves have been mostly (not entirely) depicted as vile, rabid maneaters. But in the past several years, the increasing popularity of shifter novels has given them a sort of renaissance. Not all werewolves are monsters, anymore. They’re handsome, sexy, heroes.
Not as scary as they used to be.
Three Delightful Werewolf Romances for Halloween:
A Werewolf in Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thomason
A classic werewolf romance with just the right balance of humor and danger, this romantic comedy will warm your heart with its feel-good opposites attract appeal. The story features Emma Gavin, a paranormal author who quite naturally believes that werewolves are merely fiction. That is, until she meets Aiden Wallace and he starts sprouting fur. When the local Manhattan pack thinks that Emma’s stories are just a little too close to the truth, they are determined to find out her secret source. Emma never realized writing fiction could be so dangerous!
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Harper’s brand of snarky humor is sure to delight in this wonderful romp through the snow as witty and wonderful Mo Wenstein, determined to get her life back on track in rural Alaska, discovers a naked werewolf—complete with a bear trap—on her porch. She hadn’t realized the wildlife around here was quite so wild!
Blackwing Wolf by TS Joyce
Widely known for her bear shifter stories, Joyce portrays this down on his luck werewolf with a balance of empathy and humor. Given an impossible task by an impossible-to-satisfy brother, things are already looking bad for our hero, Dustin. But then he's ordered to pair up with the lone human female on the crew with hysterical results. Apparently, no one ever taught this wolf shifter the proper way to compliment a lady. Book Two of the Kane Mountain series, complete with Dragons, and Bears and Wolves, oh my! This story will have you rooting for this adorably misguided wolf and his lovely lady with a secret.
In my next post, I’ll be interviewing author Elyce DeReefe, whose Rabbit River series is chalk full of delectable werewolves. The first book of the series, Moonrise, is out just in time for Halloween. It’s available on Amazon, only 99 cents for a limited time.
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences? Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now, in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to do our best, to live fully to our purest, highest standards.