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« on: November 14, 2016, 12:32:19 am »

SWARTZ, STEIGER AND KERN STARE DOWN THE WEREWOLVES

Also included in "Cryptid Creatures From Dark Domains" is a chapter by paranormal researcher extraordinaire Tim Swartz, who writes about the folklore of his native Indiana. In the early 18th century, French fur trappers making their way south from Canada encountered their own version of the canine nightmare called the Loup-garou, a supernatural threat more frightening than any wild and predatory "earthly" wolf.

The Loup-garou often appeared as a monstrous wolf but could also shape-shift into a cow, horse or any other animal. The creatures were also said to have mental powers; under their spell, a human victim became an enraged animal that roamed at night through the fields and forests. During the day, the unfortunate reverted to his human form but was sickly and fearful to tell of his predicament. People at the time believed that such was the fate of those who violated the rules of the Catholic observance of Lent.

Swartz is also a scholar of cinema and provides several pages of background and poster art from movies about werewolves.

Not to be outdone, legendary paranormal writer Brad Steiger offers his chapter, called "The Terrible Hungers of Real-Life Vampires, Werewolves and Ghouls." The title alone should whet your appetite for Steiger's fascinating historical study of monstrous crimes committed before the advent of modern psychiatry, which taught us to attribute such things to simple human sadism and sexual perversion. In times past, Steiger writes, evil spirits got the blame, but perhaps we moderns should instead search "the wasteland of man's subconscious."

Then, finally, there is William Kern's short story, "The Man Who Fell From A Clear Blue Sky." Kern is a sort of jack-of-all-trades; he writes both fiction and nonfiction, as well as working as a graphic artist and layout designer, to include his designing efforts on "Cryptid Creatures From Dark Domains." Kern's short story revolves around the phenomenon of "changelings," specifically human/wolf changelings, which are called "hulfs," we learn.

The reader will most likely agree that the new book covers the subject of supernatural canines very thoroughly, does it not? To which we can only add, "We double-dog dare you to take a walk on the wild side and read ‘Cryptid Creatures From Dark Domains.'"

SUGGESTED READING:

Cryptid Creatures From Dark Domains: Dogmen, Devil Hounds, Phantom Canines And Real Werewolves
https://www.amazon.com/Cryptid-Creatures-Dark-Domains-Werewolves/dp/1606112244/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472535444&sr=1-1&keywords=cryptids+tim+beckley

America's Strange And Supernatural History: Includes Prophecies Of The Presidents
https://www.amazon.com/Americas-Strange-Supernatural-History-Prophecies/dp/1606111558/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472535606&sr=1-1&keywords=su

It's Raining Cats And Dogs: Ghostly Pets, Phantom Felines And Haunted Hounds
https://www.amazon.com/Its-Raining-Cats-Dogs-Ghostly/dp/1606110659/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472535894&sr=1-1&keywords=phantom+pets+tim+beckley

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