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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Pr (Aug. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587156105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587156106
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,976,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a Vicar in the Church of England in Devon, as well as an archaeologist, folklorist, historian and a prolific author and composer. He is best known for composing the famous church hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers." John Allen Small is a 1991 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. A pop culture historian, "New Pulp" writer and award-winning journalist and columnist, his work has appeared in several anthologies as well as two short story collections of his own. He lives in southern Oklahoma with his wife Melissa and sons Joshua and William. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ebert on March 24 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it is written by the same man as "Onward Christian Soldiers", a hymn familiar to many Christians. I thought perhaps it would shed some light on the werewolf legend in conjunction with Christianity. Instead, it merely recounts horrific and brutal tales of werewolves--both legend and supposedly true accounts. The "true accounts" are of persons who believed themselves to be wolfs, or other animals, and not who actually changed into the animal. Very grisly.
I give it three stars because it is informative, it is a historic recounting of the myth, going back centuries to what was then contemporary (1880's), but be advised that it is very unsettling and absolutely NOT intended for children.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Foundations of the Werewolf Myth Oct. 28 2009
By Yolanda S. Bean - Published on
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This was a strange and fascinating book. In collecting varied myths and stories pertaining to werewolves, the author created a very interesting and absorbing read. There were some editing errors in this version, but they were not terribly serious. The different anecdotes ranged a spectrum from the horrific to the almost comical. It was unlike anything I have ever read before and I think it is a great starting point in looking at the history of the werewolf myth.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting Feb. 9 2010
By Tami S. Elam - Published on
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This was a very interesting book with a lot of details. I don't know if this was written as serious literature, but there are facts in there that seem to back up the author's claims. The book deals with a lot of folklore from around the world and not only deals with werewolves.

I would've given it 5 stars, but the typos were distracting at times. If you're into werewolves, the myth of others, you'll enjoy this book. I really like the fact that I got it for free.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
An intersting read June 7 2010
By A. C. Chitwood - Published on
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The Book of Were-Wolves is a very interesting read. The typos were annoying, but not unintelligible. There are two main sections of this book. Myths and the author's theory. The author believes we can use the term werewolf to describe people that believe they are werewolves and for mentally ill persons that have the uncontrollable urge to kill humans, sometimes to eat other times for their blood. He illustrates his theory with historical crimes.
The first section contains the myths of werewoles and the author went to extreme effort to collect many myths of werewolves and other were-creatures. The second section contains historical trial records on criminals that claimed they were werewolves or were committing other horrors that myth associated with werewolves. I couldn't finish this book because the crimes commited were too obscene for me to stomach.
Overall though it was a very interesting book. If you are intersted in psycology, myths, or criminal history then you should get this book, especially for free from kindle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Werewolves ~ Mythological or Madmen? Oct. 21 2010
By Jacob - Published on
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This is a highly entertaining and informative read about the basis of werewolf mythology, examining common features of the myth around the world.

The first 60% of the book details the various tales of werewolves and their characteristics and the later 40% details the authors idea that werewolves are are simply men driven into a sort of primal rage and hallucinating.

Great read, highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Look at Origins of the Werewolf June 11 2011
By London Fog - Published on
I've always had a strange fascination with werewolves; one of the first books I checked out of the library as a kid had to do with werewolf legends in medieval France, and over the years, I've ravenously (no pun intended... not really) read any books on the topic that I could get my hands on. I'm sad to say, though, that most are not very well researched or skim the surface - and others are just off the wall... to be taken with a grain of salt.

That being said, this book was nothing at all what I expected it to be. The origins are painstakingly researched, and even after having read so much, there were still some very new ideas, interesting events described within. Really, a fascinating read that delves deep into the origins and speculations regarding werewolf lore that can be appreciated by traditional horror fans and lovers of supernatural type romances alike.

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