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Not Your Typicall Werewolves,
This review is from: Animal Behavior and Other Tales of Lycanthropy (Paperback)ANIMAL BEHAVIOR AND OTHER TALES OF LYCANTHROPY
By Keith Gouveia
Coscom Entertainment 2010
Ebook edition 114 pages
Keith Gouveia's contribution to the werewolf mythos, ANIMAL BEHAVIOR AND OTHER TALES OF LYCANTHROPY is packed with eleven short stories exploring existing legends of lycanthropy as well as establishing new ones. From a cursed former Catholic priest seeking redemption to teens finding themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, there is something here for everyone.
My favorite story is The Guardian about Adam who is hunting and killing werewolves in the hope of finding the one who killed his daughter and put his wife into a catatonic state. What Adam discovers is that werewolves are guardians of the gates of Hell and keep demons from crossing into our world. The wolf that killed his child succumbed to the temptations of the devil and went rogue. Adam decides to become a guardian to atone for the killings of the other guardians. I love this story because Keith uses Christian lore as a basis for the existence of werewolves and portrays them as good creatures, not the murderous beasts we usually see them portrayed as.
Another favorite of mine is The Wolf Maiden, another story in which the werewolf and the wolf in general is depicted as a good and loving creature. A female wolf has lost her mate to a car and her pups have been stillborn. In her loneliness she seeks company and finds a baby who she wishes to protect from its father. She stays by the house night after night, keeping watch on the child and witnessing the abuse of the baby's mother. The wolf's desire to be a mother leads to something extraordinary. Again, I loved this story because the werewolf in question is by no means a murderous beast but a loving mother.
Other notable stories include Lycanthropy about a cop called to a crime scene in a psychiatric hospital that will have you wondering if the murderer is really a werewolf or only believes he is; Animal Behavior about Nicky and Jonah, two high school kids who think that eating the brain of a dead wolf will turn them into werewolves so they can get revenge on those that bully them; War Dog about Marcus, an Army recruit who is not cut out for the military until one night when he decides to attempt to use the myths of his Gypsy ancestors to acquire the traits of the wolf; and Lady of the Forest about a woman who is cursed to turn men who act on their desire for her into the "animals" that they are.
Overall I thought this was a fun read that takes a different slant on the werewolf story. I thought the story Voodoo Moon could have had a little more explanation into the voodoo aspects of the story. I also had questions in Shadows of the Wolf, like how could the cabin be used by teens if someone lived there, and the circumstances of the woman they found. Other than that, I did like ANIMAL BEHAVIOR. I have to say, though, that I would love to see The Guardian turned into something longer--a novella perhaps?
I recommend it to any horror fan; and don't rule it out if you think you've read `enough' werewolf stories....these are different.
Contains some sex and lots of violence and gore.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2010 7:59:20 AM PDT
Geraldine L. Lewis says:
Keith really does great bringing out the people in his stories. Can't wait to read more of his writings.
Posted on Jul 30, 2013 7:23:54 AM PDT
Shannon M. says:
Thanks for the spoiler alerts, Colleen. I guess I won't need to read it now. You've given away all the secrets.
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