Each article in this “Classic Creatures” series will define the classic creature, give you examples of it and provide resources and information about it righ here in Long Beach.
What are werewolves?
Also known as a lycanthrope, a werewolf is a person who can change their form into that of a of wolf or wolf-like creature. People become a werewolf either by being placed under a curse or by surviving the bite of a werewolf. More often than not, the transformation into the wolf form is associated (sometimes even caused) by the full moon.
Examples of werewolves
- Wolfen by Whitley Strieber
- Operation Chaos by Poul Anderson
- The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore
- An American Werewolf in London (1981) starring David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
- Wolf (1994) starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer
- The Wolf Man (1941) starring Long Chaney, Jr.
- Wolf Lake (2001-2002) starring Lou Diamond Phillips
- Teen Wolf (2011-?) starring Tyler Posey
- The Gates (2010) starring Rhona Mitra
Long Beach werewolves
You can find a wide variety of werewolf lore and fiction at your local bookstore, such as Castle of Books, or the Long Beach Public Library.
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