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The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings [Kindle Edition]

Brad Steiger
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Book Description

With 250 entries, this updated filmography and resource is the encyclopedic guide to all things lycanthropic and a fascinating compendium of comparative mythology and folklore. Delving into the 15th century to uncover the origins of the werewolf legend, it is an eye-opening, blood-pounding tour through the ages, landing on the doorstep of creatures like hirsute mass-murderer Albert Fish, Michael Lupo (Lupo is "wolf" in Italian), and Fritz Haarman who slaughtered and ate his victims–selling the leftovers as steaks and roasts in his butcher shop. The photos and drawings provide hair-raising evidence of strange and obsessional behavior through the centuries, and a helpful chronology of lycanthropic activities dates back 140,000 years to the first mixing of human and lupine blood. Werewolf hunters of all ages will appreciate the detailed section on slaying the beast, while potential victims will find the information on detecting and warding away the occasional wayward wolfman more to their immediate liking—if not need.

Editorial Reviews


"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!"—

"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

From the Back Cover

From movies like An American Werewolf in London to the best-selling game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, to folklore and case histories, The Werewolf Book is the encyclopedic guide to all things lycanthropic. In this spectacular first edition, Brad Steiger takes you back to the 15th century to uncover the origins of the werewolf legend. From there he leads you on an eye-opening world tour through the ages to the modern-day monstrous duality of creatures like cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Does the wolf live within each of us? Learn how the legends of the werewolf can mirror the animal that exists in each and every one of us. Some have given in to these primal animal urges. Find out why. The answers lie within....

The Werewolf Book, the perfect companion to Visible Ink's best-selling Vampire Book, is the eagerly anticipated work resulting from Mr. Steiger's lifelong studies. It contains nearly 250 entries, a filmography, and a resource guide with web sites. More than 125 photographs (including 16 pages in color), ranging from folk art to movie stills, will have you hair standing on end. Shape-changing topics include:

* Classic werewolf movies
* Slaying the werewolf
* Children raised by wolves
* Serial killers
* Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
* Incubus
* Lon Chaney, Jr.
* The Moon and Mars
* Eddie Munster and Wolfie
* Marquis de Sade
* Loup-garou and other creatures from around the world
* Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman

The Werewolf Book, Brad Steiger's homage to the beast within, provides a full moon of fact and fiction for the lycanthrophile in all of us.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6176 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1578593670
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press; 2 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005N02UKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The word is blah May 26, 2004
Blah, padded, bloated, vague, rambling and pointless are all words that readily jump to mind after reading Steiger's attempt at penning a werewolf encyclopedia. Steiger has pulled exactly the same trick that inadequate students use on term papers. He substitutes length for research, and he does it by adding extraneous sentences, paragraphs, and adjectives, as well as randomly bringing up every topic that might possibly be seen as related to the assignment, and then subsequently rambling on about that subject. Even when Steiger is discussing werewolves, cat people, coyote people, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde or other shape-shifting beings, he regurgitates a handful of the simplest facts concerning said subject and then plays a game of seeing how long he can ramble on without adding any new facts to the mix. The writing varies in quality, but too much of it is either terribly vague or rambling yet pompous without actually saying much. At 397 pages in length, one would expect that the subject would eventually be covered adequately, but such is far from the case. It seems that everything other than shape-shifting beings ended up being irresistible fodder for Steiger's research agenda.
Let us examine one section and the nature of this tome shall readily show itself.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too many serial killers October 28, 1999
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_The Werewolf Book_ is entertaining, but I am going to have to go with the "too many serial killers" critics. I can understand Steiger including one entry about serial killers, but the book seems overrun with inappropriate information. I can even understand including entries for killers labelled "The Werewolf Killer" or whatnot, but many of the killers featured (such as Albert Fish or Charles Manson) have no connection whatsoever to the subject at hand, werewolves. Human monsters should only be included when they have a connection to the shapeshifting beast of film and folklore. Steiger's personal beliefs linking unconnected serial killers to the werewolf legend should be confined to the introduction, or perhaps an entry of their own. What's truly annoying is that more appropriate information has been excluded.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Encyclopedia of Deviants and Serial Killers September 2, 2000
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The introduction to "The Werewolf Book" states, "We have met the Werewolves and they are us." Unfortunately, this pompous, pretentious volume does little or nothing to support that statement.
Less than 20% of the entries in "The Werewolf" Book have anything to do with non-fictional lycanthropes. There are multiple articles on movies, actors, actresses, various aspects of the paranormal, mythological monsters other than weres, and an almost nauseatingly complete reciting of infamous serial murderers. However, usable data relating to the phenomenon of lycanthropy and werewolves is conspicuously scarce.
There can be no doubt that Mr Steiger is very accomplished in the conducting of research and compiling of data. It would have been more useful were he accomplished in sticking to his stated subject.
As a brief reference to occult/gothic/mythological terminology, "The Werewolf Book" has some value. As a study of the history of the werewolf phenomenon, it is useless.
Not recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Aliens are not Werewolves! December 2, 2003
As a fan of Mr. Steiger's other books, I can assure you that `The Werewolf Book' is far from his best work. The whole book has a rushed, padded feeling, as if Mr. Steiger were desperately trying to produce a book of a certain length before his deadline hit. Mr. Steiger's eclectic nature usually helps him produce works where ever-varying strange vistas beckon to you, keeping your appetite whetted and boredom at bay. His roving habits work against him in `The Werewolf Book,' rendering him unable to keep his focus. I have to agree with what so many other reviewers are saying: this book has a serious problem of wandering far from its topic.
Too many serial killers, way too much about Bigfoot, and why are aliens even here? It is true that a few of the serial killers earned nicknames such as "the werewolf killer," and it is quite common to mention them in other werewolf studies, but Mr. Steiger goes overboard. His reasoning seems to go something like this: `serial killers kill people, and werewolves kill people, therefore all serial killers are symbolic werewolves and this somehow has something to do with the evil that lurks inside all of humanity.' I've seen the same point made far better in other books, and in far less space. Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch and other "mystery primate" stuff is also pretty thinly connected to the main topic. He doesn't even cover any sightings of Bigfoot-like creatures that do actually shape-shift (yes, there are reports of such things, read `Story in the Snow' by Lunetta Woods). Instead, Mr, Steiger's reasoning seems to be: `movie werewolves look a lot like Bigfoot, therefore every critter of this type is closely connected with werewolves and my readers won't mind if I fill one-sixth of the book with a standard rehash of all the basic Bigfoot facts.
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