Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Book of Werewolves

Author: Sabine Baring-Gould

First line: I shall never forget the walk I took one night in Vienne, after having accomplished the examination of an unknown Druidical relic, the Pierre labie, at La Rondelle, near Champigni.

Why you should read this book: Reprinted from an 1865 edition, this volume provides an unusual background on conceptions of lycanthropy, focusing on theriomorphic transformation in legend, various accounts of blood lust and berserker rage, and concluding with a number of somewhat sensationalistic reports of idiosyncratic cannibalism. Dated, both in assumptions about the human condition as well as assumptions that the reader is naturally conversant in Greek, Latin, and French, the book still lays out an enticing overview of cryptozoological beliefs of a hundred and fifty years ago. An excellent selection for students of mythogy, the macabre, and historical crime, and alienism.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're afraid to be led into temptation by the devil.

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