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Looking at the how the werewolf has been interpreted by anthropologists, psychologists and criminologists, the author explores the werewolf's appearance across a number of popular forms, from film to graphic novels. The author looks at the roots of the myth and at its appearance in Gothic horror, at ideas of "the beast within" and Freud's "wolf-man" to representations of c Looking at the how the werewolf has been interpreted by anthropologists, psychologists and criminologists, the author explores the werewolf's appearance across a number of popular forms, from film to graphic novels. The author looks at the roots of the myth and at its appearance in Gothic horror, at ideas of "the beast within" and Freud's "wolf-man" to representations of criminality, wolf imagery in Nazism, the "body horror" films of the 1980s and finally, to the werewolf's revival in contemporary fantasy.


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Looking at the how the werewolf has been interpreted by anthropologists, psychologists and criminologists, the author explores the werewolf's appearance across a number of popular forms, from film to graphic novels. The author looks at the roots of the myth and at its appearance in Gothic horror, at ideas of "the beast within" and Freud's "wolf-man" to representations of c Looking at the how the werewolf has been interpreted by anthropologists, psychologists and criminologists, the author explores the werewolf's appearance across a number of popular forms, from film to graphic novels. The author looks at the roots of the myth and at its appearance in Gothic horror, at ideas of "the beast within" and Freud's "wolf-man" to representations of criminality, wolf imagery in Nazism, the "body horror" films of the 1980s and finally, to the werewolf's revival in contemporary fantasy.

30 review for The Curse of the Werewolf: Fantasy, Horror and the Beast Within

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    "The Curse of the Werewolf: Fantasy, Horror and the Beast Within" is a very interesting book and much more scholarly than I expected. Partly this is its flaw. It is not really the book to look for when you search for an encyclopedia on werewolf folklore but rather attempts to analyze the werewolf, especially the one in literature and media and not so much the ones of folklore. "The Curse of the Werewolf: Fantasy, Horror and the Beast Within" is a very interesting book and much more scholarly than I expected. Partly this is its flaw. It is not really the book to look for when you search for an encyclopedia on werewolf folklore but rather attempts to analyze the werewolf, especially the one in literature and media and not so much the ones of folklore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Helton

    I believe any future readers of this book should keep in mind that this is an almost personal discussion of the author’s musings on werewolves and their folklore. While it is substantially more academic (research based) than I initially perceived it to be, I still felt a layer of informality throughout the entire text. Despite its informality, this book has introduced me to new perspectives and talking points in relation to lycanthropy that I feel I can build fro, which is more than I can say for I believe any future readers of this book should keep in mind that this is an almost personal discussion of the author’s musings on werewolves and their folklore. While it is substantially more academic (research based) than I initially perceived it to be, I still felt a layer of informality throughout the entire text. Despite its informality, this book has introduced me to new perspectives and talking points in relation to lycanthropy that I feel I can build fro, which is more than I can say for other related texts. I believe this book would have benefited greatly from acknowledging clinical lycanthropy (the real disease that leads an individual to believe themselves a werewolf) and was rather disappointed to learn that it wasn’t so much as referenced. Overall, this book serves as a great foundation starter for lycanthropic research. The topics of each chapter really get the proverbial ball rolling in terms of devolving larger, more concrete ideas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Although perhaps lacking in academic rigour, this book is not without merit. It is a very good starting point for those intent on gaining an understanding of werewolves and their history.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A very academic study of the background (history, folklore, myths) of the werewolf. I enjoyed the study of popular culture the most.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hesper

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    Kris

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackie (Jacademic)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Светлана Гусева

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kev Bickerdike

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    Monika Borys

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane

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    Jen Weston

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Nivekian

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

  20. 4 out of 5

    S.M.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melancholy3004

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    Candace

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    Olivia Graves

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    Johnny Murray

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    Miles Martin

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    Suvi

    3.5 stars.

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    Creightosaurus

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ghost

  29. 5 out of 5

    Simon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Cutler-Broyles

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