O the blood-encrusted thoughts!
whirring like blades, wheeling
and whining through the
ambushed mind, unbeckoned;
unhindered, unheeded—how does one
pray to be emptied?
Sly little half-truths; those
brazen whole-truths, eyes
like coals, low to the burning;
“‘tis the hooded chill cloaks the fever!”
Old Wives’, you know;
smoldering blue at the gums…
tooth and blade, chew,
then whirrr; whirrr, then chew—
through the indigo watches
of the night.
(C)2018 Sanguine Woods
Table of Contents
9 • Shapeshifting the Werewolf in Literature • essay by Andrew Barger
17 • Hugues the Wer-Wolf: A Kentish Legend of the Middle Ages • (1838) • short story by Sutherland Menzies (variant of Hugues, the Wer-Wolf)
45 • The Man-Wolf • (1831) • short story by Leitch Ritchie
85 • A Story of a Weir-Wolf • (1846) • short story by Catherine Crowe
113 • The Wehr-Wolf: A Legend of the Limousin • (1828) • short story by Richard Thomson
135 • The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains • (1839) • short fiction by Frederick Marryat (variant of The Werewolf (excerpt: chapter 39 of The Phantom Ship)) [as by Captain Frederick Marryat]