Saturday, 3 September 2016

Where We Were-

In Hrolf Kraki's Saga, there is a were-bear in the Dark Ages of our Earth;

in the two Operations... volumes, Steve Matuchek is a werewolf in the twentieth century of an alternative Earth;

in Three Hearts And Three Lions, Holger Carlsen tracks a werewolf on a third Earth;

in A Midsummer Tempest, Holger meets Matuchek's daughter in an inn between the Earths;

in James Blish's "There Shall Be No Darkness," there is a werewolf in the twentieth century of our Earth.

And someone will tell me what I have missed?


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

You seemed to have made a quite comprehensive listing of how SF and F used the them of lycanthropy. The only additions I can think of being how JRR Tolkien had Beren and Luthien disguished as a temporary wolf and bat in THE SILMARILLION and the long poem called "The Lay of Leithian" (in THE LAYS OF BELERIAND). And, of course, the werebear Beorn seen in THE HOBBIT.


Paul Shackley said...

There is a werewolf in Narnia.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

A good addition to the list, even tho I have not read all of Lewis' Narnia books.


David Birr said...

Paul and Sean:
If we're touching on authors other than Anderson and Blish, Anthony Boucher wrote a short story, "The Compleat Werewolf." Christopher Stasheff included a brief werewolf encounter in *The Warlock In Spite of Himself*. J.K. Rowling's *Harry Potter* books involve a good werewolf and at least one very bad werewolf.

Rik Spoor has written a series of stories, some of which include beings said to be the origin of the werewolf legend. Spoor's "werewolves" are FAR more powerful than most versions -- more like DEMONS in their capabilities. There are, in fact, entities called Great Demons mentioned in Spoor's stories, and it's stated that even they would think twice before crossing the Werewolf King.

Andre Norton's *Year of the Unicorn* involved a group known as "Were-Riders," each of whom could take on a different animal form. There were also so-called werewolves in *Three Against the Witch World* who seemed locked into half-man-half-wolf form. And *Moon of Three Rings* explores another means of becoming a "werewolf," with a man's consciousness telepathically transferred into an animal body.

Oh, and Paul, that punning title is horrific. Congratulations!

Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, David!

Thanks for your very interesting comments. There are som many SF and F stories featuring "weres" of various kinds I have not read. I should have at least remembered Anthony Boucher's story because one book I have is a complete collection of his short stories.