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Title:
The essential guide to werewolf literature
Author:
Frost, Brian J.
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Publication Information:
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiii, 364 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Ray and Pat Browne book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780879728595

9780879728601
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Book

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Summary

Summary

    In this fascinating book, Brian J. Frost presents the first full-scale survey of werewolf literature covering both fiction and nonfiction works. He identifies principal elements in the werewolf myth, considers various theories of the phenomenon of shapeshifting, surveys nonfiction books, and traces the myth from its origins in ancient superstitions to its modern representations in fantasy and horror fiction.
    Frost's analysis encompasses fanciful medieval beliefs, popular works by Victorian authors, scholarly treatises and medical papers, and short stories from pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s. Revealing the complex nature of the werewolf phenomenon and its tremendous and continuing influence, The Essential Guide to Werewolf Literature is destined to become a standard reference on the subject.


Author Notes

Brian J. Frost is the editor of Book of the Werewolf and author of The Monster with a Thousand Faces: Guises of the Vampire in Myth and Literature


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Choice Review

To gauge the intended audience of this book, one should note that, although published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Frost's volume is a Ray and Pat Browne Book, of the Popular Press imprint. In his preface, Frost (who has written others books on horror genres) says his work represents "the first full-scale survey of werewolf literature covering both fiction and nonfiction works, and although primarily intended as a guide for collectors and researchers it should be of interest to all devotees of the horror genre." Despite this claim, the book focuses on 19th- and 20th-century fiction. Probably the most valuable aspect of the volume is its detailed plot summaries of recent werewolf fiction including stories from pulp magazines (albeit with a minimum of critical analysis) and an extensive bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Comprehensive collections supporting the study of popular culture and horror. R. D. Morrison Morehead State University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1 The Werewolf Phenomenonp. 3
2 A Survey of Reference Worksp. 30
3 The Werewolf Enters Fictionp. 50
4 A New Approachp. 106
5 The Beast Withinp. 144
6 The Boom Yearsp. 187
7 Werewolf Anthologiesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 333