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Women Who Run With the Werewolves: Tales of Blood, Lust and Metamorphosis Paperback – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Pr; 1st edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573440574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573440578
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,739,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Keesey is well known for her writing on women in horror, including her books Daughters of Darkness, Dark Angels, Women Who Run with the Werewolves, and Vamps: An Illustrated History of the Femme Fatale. She is the editor and publisher of MonsterZine, an online horror movie magazine that, in the words of Dr. Frank C. Baxter of The Mole People (1956), explores the meaning and significance of horror movies in the 21st century. Pam has also worked as a technical writer, a news editor, and as an editor of occult books in Spanish.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GoryDetails on February 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of stories with a women-as-werewolves theme, and includes the wonderful (if provocatively-titled) "Boobs", Suzy McKee Charnas' tale of a girl who finds puberty to be an unpleasant kind of shape-shifting, before she encounters a more... interesting... kind. [This story's a great antidote to some of those sickeningly-sweet books-for-teen-girls that tried to persuade us what a wonderful thing it was to get our first periods. Ahem!]

I also enjoyed Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Wife's Story," which takes the usual werewolf tale from a different point of view. And Thomas S. Roche's "Sisters of the Weird" introduces a troubled young woman to a very unusual new friend. (I'd read Roche's work in other anthologies and was pleased to find him here as well.)

As with most collections there are ups and downs in this one, but overall I enjoyed the variations on the theme. [I see that the other reviewers aren't as impressed, and it's true that I've read stronger collections, but I still think this one's worth a look.]
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An anthology of wolfy tales, some good, some "meh".

I've read many raves about Charlee Jacob's work but was a little unimpressed with Permafrost. An institutionalized woman with bipolar dreams of running under the light of a full moon as a werewolf. It was decently written but too brief and I saw the ending coming as soon as the author described the doc's eyes.

Many elements of Boobs by Suzy McKee Charnas reminded me a lot of the movie "Ginger Snaps". Have you all seen that one? If not, you must. I'm curious which came first, the movie or the book but I'm too lazy to look it up. I enjoyed this story a lot. It brought up body issues, bullying and made me thankful I'm long past over all of that stuff!

Moon Running by Jody Brewer was a unique take on the whole "I despise being a beast" thing usually found in these types of collections.

A Model of Transformation by Renee Charles was a bit of uninteresting froth about a beautiful young woman's transformation to stunner to super model with a twist, of course. I found the "erotic" bits to be very clinical and detached. The story would've been the same without them. They seemed as if they were added after the fact or as if the author were uncomfortable with writing the scenes. As a result they were anything but erotic.

The Final Truth by Steve Eller starts out like a teenage boy's wet dream and ends like a bad version of a Tales From the Crypt episode. A workaholic city boy decides to get away from it all and rents a cabin in a secluded area. Immediately appears a beautiful woman who jumps his bones. He decides to give up his previous life and play house with the were-woman.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MONTGOMERY on April 8, 2004
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This book could have been so much better than it turned out to be. The world of female werewolves is representative of a part of the horror genre that has been little explored. Aside from 3 or 4 exceptions, the stories were flat. One of the dullest stories by far in this collection was the one with the Jamaican woman werewolf. It read like a series of disjointed vignettes, haphazardly patched together, leaving no sense of what she was really like, either as a woman or as a Wolf.
Sadly, there are too few novels out in the market now that provide a well-developed and credible treatment of the female werewolf (the exceptions being the novels "BITTEN", "STOLEN","SHADOW OF THE BEAST", and "NAKED BRUNCH").
I give this collection 1 star only because I hope that it will inspire other writers to develop more works (short stories and novels) featuring well-rounded, down-to-earth, real women - who just happen to be werewolves.
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