Werewolves: A Field Guide to Shapeshifters, Lycanthropes, and Man-Beasts

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Most of us are familiar with the idea of a werewolf-that someone can change, either deliberately or unwillingly, into a ravenous creature-but is there some justification for such a belief? And if so, how is it achieved-through magical potions or ointments or simply by the light of the full moon? Or is the whole thing simply a form of delusion, the product of a disturbed mind?

In Werewolves, author Dr. Bob Curran examines the deep psychological...

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Overview

Most of us are familiar with the idea of a werewolf-that someone can change, either deliberately or unwillingly, into a ravenous creature-but is there some justification for such a belief? And if so, how is it achieved-through magical potions or ointments or simply by the light of the full moon? Or is the whole thing simply a form of delusion, the product of a disturbed mind?

In Werewolves, author Dr. Bob Curran examines the deep psychological roots that underlie this profane linking of human and beast. Do the roots of such a belief lie in the supernatural world, or are there other explanations? How has the discovery of feral children shaped our ideas of human-beasts? And what is the future of such beliefs? The author also considers the use of genetic engineering-in this case, the fusing of human and animal genes-in order to cure some human diseases and alleviate suffering. Is the idea of man turning into beast really so far fetched?

Werewolves is an essential reference book that takes an in-depth look at a fascinating subject. One word of warning, though: It must never be read under the baleful rays of a full moon. You have been warned!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781601630896
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 716,755
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bob Curran was born in County Down, Northern Ireland. After leaving school, he held down a number of jobs and travelled extensively in several countries. Returning to Northern Ireland, he went to University before becoming a teacher and lecturer. He now works as a writer and broadcaster, as well as in a cultural and educational advisory capacity for a number of governmental organizations. Curran is the author of numerous books including the popular Vampires, Zombies, and Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms. He currently lives in the very north of Ireland with his wife and young family. He appears frequently on Coast to Coast AM and other radio programs. Ian Daniels has illustrated book covers for Marion Zimmer Bradley, Orson Scott Card, and Poul Anderson. His illustration book projects include Vampires, Zombies, Encyclopedia of the Undead, Dragonlore, and Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms.

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