The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beingsby Brad Steiger
Taking a serious look at all things werewolf, from the Middle Ages to the Internet, Steiger's book "leads the pack" on the phenomenon with 250 essays containing current and comprehensive information. 150 photos.
"Another good spell-binding Brad Steiger classic! This book will be hard to put down once you get started." Alternate Perceptions magazine
"The Werewolf Book is wonderfully thorough, exhaustively detailed, and affordable." American Reference Books
"Brad Steiger's magnum opus, a labor of deep scholarship elegantly written. As a reference source, it is invaluable for anyone interested in pursuing the werewolf." Ancient American Magazine
"Provides detailed information on a wide variety of mythical creatures and the culture surrounding them." Book News
"The book is written in Steiger’s usual popular style, and ... it should be popular." Booklist Online
"From A to Z, Brad Steiger presents a true encyclopedia of werewolfism, a reference masterpiece, overflowing with fascinating information to make readers think and shudder." Fate magazine
"...a very professional encyclopedia from one of the field's masters, covering all things shapeshiftery and not just “men who are hairy on the inside”" Fortean Times
"If werewolves, hairy shape-shifting monsters, and silver-bullets are your thing, then you’re in for a big, big treat! An excellent, fully updated, and massively expanded, edition of The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings is most definitely a title to sink your teeth into!" Mania.com
"It is with reverence to its awesome scope that we recommend it to anyone even marginally interested in the topic." Rue Morgue magazine
"Another classic for the ages, Steiger continues to educate and entertain. I eagerly await his next book to come." The Examiner
"There are historical as well as pop culture entries in this encyclopedia, and I think that's what makes this book so different. Most people do not sit down and read an encyclopedia from cover to cover, but with this book, the reader can do exactly that and not feel overwhelmed with information. [T]his encyclopedia will appeal to more than just the average werewolf/vampire lover." VOYA
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Meet the Author
Brad Steiger has been devoted to exploring and examining unusual, hidden, secret, and otherwise strange occurrences for nearly five decades. He is the author of numerous articles and more than 150 books on paranormal theme, including Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside; Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside; and Real Zombies, the Living Dead, Creatures of the Apocalypse. He lives in Iowa.
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For those of you who want to read a werewolf book that doesn't have all the serial killers, I recommend Daniel Cohen's 'Werewolves,' which is also available for sale on this site.
If you¿re interested in werewolves, this book is a necessary addition to your personal library. It is a serious study of werewolf legend and folklore. Every aspect of lycanthropy is investigated, from the Badger People of the Native Americans, to the incubus, succubus, Kasha (the Japanese ghoul) to the nemesis of children everywhere, the bogeyman ¿ and more. If you already believe in werewolves, this book will be a fascinating journey. If you don¿t believe in them now, you will after reading Steiger¿s book, especially when you consider that werewolves are part of the native folklore of civilizations all over the world, from the very earliest days of humanity. Spend a few days with this book and you¿ll agree with Brad Steiger that ¿Werewolves are real!¿ If it¿s lycanthropic in nature, you¿ll find it in this book. The author even explores the psychological motivations of Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Speck and other serial killers. Were they possessed by some sort of demon or beast within they could not control? Do all of us possess a beast within that manifests itself during those, hopefully rare, occasions when we become extremely angry? Just one suggestion: Read it in the daytime.
If you want to take your study of werewolves and other shape shifters out of fiction and into the realms of history, science and the occult this is the books to start with. Not only does The Werewolf Book have entries on all manner of shape shifting beings from myth, and accounts of supposed real life were-critters, it also encompasses the books and movies that influenced the image of shape shifting and werewolves throughout history and made it what it was today. Nothing is treated as trivial, not even the effect comedy, such as Abbot and Costello's monster movies, has had on the mythos. And while the encyclopedia isn't exhaustive in its entries it does offer a plethora of titles to seek out for further research. Certainly a core directive in the study of shape shifting beings The Werewolf Book is an essential part of collections that cater to researchers, occultists or fictionists. Contains: some disturbing descriptions of witch trials and tortures
While this book does include some vital information for any werewolf enthusiast, it tends to diverge widely from the subject and include topics that aren't even relevant to the title. Mr. Steiger also tends to disseminate his opinion throughout the book, which is a no-no when givinga factual representation of a subject. The pros and cons of the book tend to offset each other, but there are better first choice books out there than this one. Still, for the die-hard person, this book has enough information to make it a worthwhile addition to your library.
Nothing to read disappointed!!!!!!!!!!
The Werewolf Book has some fantastic pieces, but overall has a lot of...fluff. The writings are not especially objective, as someone else noted, and it pales in comparison to the Vampire Encyclopedia that shares a similar format. It is interesting, but there's no clear direction to the entries.
This is a heavy piece of work, in fascinating detail, interesting real facts and in size. If ever I received my money¿s worth in a book, this is it. Legends, myths, and factual matter will fill your mind with fascination and awe. This great book reads more like a true crime novel than a research effort. I must admit I keep mine on my coffee table, and it¿s been borrowed so many times I probably need to buy another copy. My two teenagers are always picking it up to read a few new undiscovered tidbits. My wife has been a Steiger fan for decades and she has read most of his 140 plus published works. I usually read them after she has read and marked up the extra special parts, so in my feeblemindedness, I don¿t miss something important. My college aged son used `The Werewolf Book¿ to write a paper on myths. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this wonderful work, a work which is `the definitive reference book¿ on Werewolves in many many libraries around North America. I totally disagree with those who were too dense to enjoy this terrific book.