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Title:
The werewolf book : the encyclopedia of shape-shifting beings
Author:
Steiger, Brad.
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Publication Information:
Detroit : Visible Ink Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxxii, 397 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781578590780
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Book

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A compendium of comparative mythology and folklore. It delves into the 15th century to uncover the origins of the werewolf legend. It takes the reader on an eye-opening, blood-pounding tour through the ages, landing on the doorstep of creatures like hirsute mass-murderer Charles Manson and canine-directed Son of Sam.


Author Notes

Brad Steiger was born Eugene E. Olson in Fort Dodge, Iowa on February 19, 1936. He graduated from Iowa's Luther College in 1957 and the University of Iowa in 1963. He taught high school English before teaching literature and creative writing at his former college from 1963 to 1967.

His first book, Ghosts, Ghouls and Other Peculiar People, was published in 1965. He became a full-time writer in 1967. He wrote or cowrote over 150 books including The Johnny Cash Story, The Country Music Scrapbook, The Hypnotist, The Chindi, Alien Rapture: The Chosen, Atlantis Rising, and Four-Legged Miracles: Heartwarming Tales of Lost Dogs' Journeys Home written with Sherry Hansen Steiger. He wrote biographies on Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, and Rudolph Valentino. Valentino served as the basis for the 1977 motion picture Valentino and Unknown Powers was adapted into a documentary, which won the Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence for 1979.

He received several awards including The Genie for Metaphysical Writer of the Year in 1974 and the Dani for Services to Humanity in Philadelphia in 1977. He was inducted into the Hypnosis Hall of Fame in 1987 and won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National UFO and Unexplained Phenomena Conference in Minneapolis in 1996. He died on May 6, 2018 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This work from prolific supernatural writer Steiger includes werewolves and other shape-changing beings as well as creatures like the chupacabra (not a shape-changer) and pieces on shape-shifters in folklore. There are also entries on notably brutal, animalistic serial killers who ate or mutilated their victims. Popular films and television programs featuring shape-shifters are included (although, notably, the program Manimal, which featured a good-guy shape-shifter, is not). The werewolf characters from the Twilight and the Harry Potter series are covered. Articles range from a few lines to a few pages. Although many articles do have one or two sources sometimes other Steiger works there is no overall bibliography. Illustrations are remarkably creepy black-and-white originals, by Ricardo Pustanio, and photographs, primarily film stills. The book is written in Steiger's usual popular style, and it could have used more editing and fact-checking. For example, the article Basques of Louisiana and the Loup-Garou refers to the Basques as a mixture of Spanish and French when they are a separate nationality. The article Beast of Le Gevaudan refers to incidents in the 1760s and indicates that reports on the situation were made to King Louis IX. Louis IX of France died in 1270. The king in the 1760s was Louis XV. Although the book is not a necessary reference purchase, it should be popular in a circulating collection.--Stipek, Kathleen Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Guiley's timely, though not stellar, update of the 2005 edition presents vampires as real. Gone from the title in this edition is ".and other monsters," which, rather than reflecting a change in content, is more accurate. Most of the other revisions are additions of recent movies and books, such as those by authors Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer; also new is that this work has color illustrations. At times the organization is confusing. For example, "Arts and Entertainment" includes the role of vampirism in literature, film, and TV, but readers must use the index to discover that much of what is mentioned in this section is elaborated upon in other parts of the book. Also, while all-capitalized words indicate cross references, that is not explained. It is impossible to determine which source in the extensive bibliography matches which entry. In Steiger's alphabetized collection of lycanthropic lore and pop culture, most entries have undergone scant revision since 1999, and that in the form of rewording. Around 20 new entries include coverage of the series "True Blood" and "Twilight." Pieces with tenuous ties to werewolves and shape-shifting have been omitted. The writing is riddled with conjecture; the author says of the imprisoned Elizabeth Bathory, for example, that "perhaps she could only hear the ghostly echo of the screams of pain and the pleadings for mercy of her six hundred victims." Sources are sketchy and some are decades old, and doubts about authenticity linger.-Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Dr. Franklin RuehlBrad Steiger
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: We Have Met the Werewolves and They Are Us!p. xvii
Werewolves: A Chronologyp. xxiii
Abbot Ralph
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
The Abominable Snowman
The Adlet
Alien Beings
Almasti
An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in Paris
Animal Ancestors
Ankers, Evelyn
Anubis
The Appearance of Werewolves
Badger People
Basic Ways of Becoming a Werewolf
Bathory, Elisabeth
Bear People
The Beast of Le Gevaudan
"Beauty and the Beast"
Beaver People
Berserker
Bertrand, Sgt Francois
Bisclaveret
Black Dog
Blood
Bodin, Jean
Bogey
Boguet, Henri
Boxenwolf
Bruxsa
Cambrensis, Giraldus
Cannibalism
Capture of the Chicago Rippers
Cat People
Ceasg
Chaney, Lon Jr.
Children Raised by Wolves
The Chindi
The Chronicon of Denys of Tell-Mahre
Coyote People
Crocodile People
Cummins, Gordon Frederick
Curse of the Werewolf
Dahmer, Jeffrey
Dante, Joe
de Rais, Gilles
de Sade, Donatien Alphonse Francois
Demons
Detecting Werewolves Among Us
Diana, the Huntress
Dientudo
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dracula
Eisler, Robert
El Sisemite
Elementals
Endore, Guy
Enkidu
Ethnology of the Werewolf
Exorcism
Explanations for Lycanthropy
Familiars
Fenrir
Fish, Albert
Dion Fortune's Werewolf
Fox Maidens of Japan
Fox People
Fox Strap
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Full Moon
Gargoyles
Garlic
Garnier, Gilles
Gein, Ed
Ghosts
Ghouls
Gill Man
Gordon, Harry
Green Wolf
The Greifswald Werewolves
Grenier, Jean
Gypsies
Haarmann, Fritz
A Hammer to Strike Witches
Harpies
Hitler, Adolph
The Howling
Howls
Human Sacrifice
Hyena People
Incubus
Indochina's Vicious Swamp Demons
Isawiyya
Jack the Ripper
Jackal People
Jacko
Johnson, Liver-Eating
Dr. Stephen Kaplan Tracks Werewolves
Kappas
Kasha
Khaki Besar
The Klein-Krams Werewolf
Kornwolf
Kung-lu
Lamia
Lawton, Texas's Werewolf
Leopard Men
Leroy, Francis
Lilith
Lion Men
Little Red Riding Hood
Lobizon
Loup-Garou
Lucas, Henry Lee
Luceres
Lugosi, Bela
Lupercali
Luperci
Lupicinus
Lupo, Michael
Maenads
Magnus, Olaus
Mambumutu
Manson, Charles
Mapinguary
Mars
Moeris
Montvoisin, Catherine
The Morbach Monster
Mowgli
Msomi, Elifasi
Munster, Eddie
Nagas
Nagual
Nakh
Nasnas
Necrophilia
Nelson, Earle Leonard
Nix
The Northumberland Werewolf
Orang Pendek
Organization Werewolf
Ouspenskaya, Maria
Pan
Paulin, Thierry
Pentagram
Petronius
Porphyria
Possession
Puck
Rains, Claude
Raku-nene
Ramirez, Richard
Ramsey, Bill
Rancho Santa Elena
Red Coyote
Reed, Oliver
Romulus and Remus
Rusalki
St Patrick
Santu sakai
Satanism
Selkies
Serpent People
Shaitan
Shamans
Sidhe
Sirens
Skin Walkers
Slaying the Werewolf
Solis, Magdalena
Sorcery
Speck, Richard
Spells to Ward Off Werewolves
Spiritual Shapeshifting
Spunkie
Stumpf, Peter
Succubus
Taigherim
Talbot, Lawrence
Talisman
Tase
Taw
Teenage Werewolves
Thags Yang
Theriomorph
Thriller
Tiger People
Tigre Capiango
Tortures of the Inquisition
Totems
Trolls
Ukumar
Underwater woman
Universal Pictures
Uvengwa
Valhalla
Valkyries
Vampires
Vanamanushas
Vasaria
Volsunga Saga
von Sacher-Masoch, Leopold
Voodoo
Warren, Ed and Lorraine
The Werewolf of London
The Werewolf of Paris
Werewolf Rock
Werewolf: The Apocalypse
Werewolves of Dark Shadows
"Werewolves of London"
Weyer (Weir), Johann
Wild Hunt
Wild Women
Windigo
Witchcraft
Witchie Wolves
Wolf
Wolf Belt
The Wolf Man
Wolf, the Grand Teacher
Wolf Wives
Wolfsbane
Wolfstone
Wolves
Wraiths
Y-Pora
Yaksha
Yeren
Yeti
Zana
Zingua
Zodiac
Zombie
Appendix and Index
Werewolf Resourcesp. 359
Photo and Illustration Creditsp. 389
Indexp. 391