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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1178373606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1178373608
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,591,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Clemence Annie Housman (23 November 1861– 6 December 1955) was an author, illustrator and activist in the womens’ suffrage movement. She was the sister of A. E. Housman and Laurence Housman. She was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Her novels included The Were-Wolf, Unknown Sea and The Life Of Sir Aglovale De Galis. She was also a leading figure in the Suffragette movement. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An amazingly beautifully written story.
jana l puckett
This story is not only the best werewolf story I have ever read, it's one of the best stories in general that I have ever read.
Graham Pittman
I stumbled across this short story for free on Kindle, and I am very glad that I downloaded and read it.
Danielle "The Book Huntress"

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Danielle "The Book Huntress" on February 18, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I stumbled across this short story for free on Kindle, and I am very glad that I downloaded and read it. With its period settling and rich language, this story involved me very deeply. It is the story of two brothers: one tall, muscular and handsome; and the other, not handsome at all, slight of build and blessed with the incredible ability to run swiftly over long distances. Sweyn is the beautiful, well-admired brother, and Christian is more than happy to walk meekly in his shadow. But when a beautiful, young, white-haired stranger arrives, she drives a wedge between the brothers. For Christian soon suspects that she is the werewolf he has been tracking, and Sweyn quickly falls in love with this mysterious female who calls herself White Fell, and believes that Christian's ravings are induced by jealous madness.

This story inspired a mix of emotions of me, from dread, to anxiety, to deep sadness. It was one of those stories where you are thinking, "This can't end well," when you get to a certain point in reading it. Indeed, the ending is hardly upbeat. But for a story that starts out as one of thrilling suspense and horror, it has a very meaningful message. It's a story about the power of love and sacrifice, and it was very well-done. A great free find on Amazon Kindle. Recommended to fans of classic genre fiction with a deeper, even spiritual message.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jana l puckett on January 1, 2010
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An amazingly beautifully written story. Set in a scandanavian middle age, It's almost poetry in some places. It is one of the stories that people who don't think of horror as 'serious' fiction should read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe on September 28, 2010
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This is a refreshing gem of a novella. It's nice to read a story on werewolves in which the werewolf is almost secondary to the idea behind the story. Sacrifice, redemption, good and evil....it's also nice to read a story written at a time during which writers could create sentences more complex than, subject/predicate! Great little book.

This is a requirement for any collection of werewolf tales.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Werewolves are usually considered less seductive and alluring than vampires. After all, they're big and hairy and presumably smelly. But apparently Clemence Housman didn't get the memo. His haunting novella "The Were-Wolf" introduces us to a beautiful werewolf who threatens to tear a family apart, assuming she doesn't eat them all first.

A mysterious woman arrives at a country farm, calling herself White Fell. All the human inhabitants are immediately charmed by her, particularly the golden boy Sweyn. But Sweyn's twin brother Christian isn't nearly as impressed, especially since he saw "the footprints of a wolf leading up to the door; none leading away." Since Sweyn is an idiot, he refuses to even consider it.

Then members of their household, including a little boy and an old lady, go missing -- and Christian is convinced that White Fell is responsible. Sweyn is still besotted by the beautiful woman, and assumes that Christian is just jealous that White Fell likes him better. But Christian is determined to stop White Fell, before his brother becomes her next victim.

"The Were-Wolf" is a pretty simple story -- if anything, it's a Nordic fairy-tale, with some occasional moments of horror. There's also a hefty dose of religious symbolism (it's not a coincidence that the hero's name is "Christian"), and a simple but powerful fable about the redeeming power of love and sacrifice.

His prose is full of beautiful moments, even in the darkest parts ("towards the vast wastes of snow, where no living thing but they two moved under the stars of night"). And Housman did a brilliant job with the atmosphere -- you really feel that something horrible is wandering through all the nice, ordinary people, and bloody gruesome evil is lurking just around the corner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William F. Soule on February 12, 2011
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"The Were-Wolf" by Clemence Housman is a quick-paced story about the travails of blind-love and the truth one brother bears in regards to the true identity of a lone traveler. The horror of the tale focuses more on this blindness rather than the gore-heavy visuals we come to expect from werewolf lore. The prose is crisp with imagery, although a bit heavy-handed with its grandiloquent diction at times. Regardless, it is a melancholy tale that encompasses death and life amongst the endless harrowing of snow and the chicanery found in beauty. Beware the wolf behind the proverbial sheep's clothing! An easy hour-and-a-half reading. You'll enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vosem on December 26, 2010
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I'm not going to go into the story since it has been sufficiently covered in the other reviews. I am, however going to offer a glowing recommendation. This is a wonderful story and shouldn't be missed.
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