Werewolves and Shapeshifters

Encounters With the Beast Within

Edited by John Skipp

“As a rabid werewolf fan, I try and read anything related to the subject. This massive book does not disappoint. Chock full of thirty-five stories, ranging from the funny to the gory, the central theme of the beast that lies inside us all is clearly expressed and beautifully illustrated in stark black and white…And, as a bonus, two essays concerning lycans bring this tome to a close reminding us just how far this hulking nightmare of blood and uncontrolled rage has come. A perfect choice to read at night with only the moonlight to read by. Bon appetite.”
-Mike Sanders, Amazon.com review

Werewolves and shapeshifters have morphed into the latest pop culture stars. The phenomenal success of the Twilight series, and the HBO hit True Blood, has spawned a new obsession with these supernatural beings. However, werewolf and lycanthrope lore has been around for centuries, preoccupying the minds of people among nearly every culture and time period.

This definitive collection, edited by John Skipp, feaures thirty-two classic and new stories, written by favorites of the genre including George R.R. Martin, Charlaine Harris, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, Joe R. Lansdale, Angela Carter, David J. Schow, Kathe Koja, Bentley Little, and more. Skipp provides fascinating insight and details, through two nonfiction essays, into the history and presence of shape shifting in popular culture. Resources at the end of the book include lists of the genre’s best long-form fiction, as well as movies, websites, and writers.

John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 18 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide. His first anthology, Book of the Dead, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature, bringing George Romero’s vision of the dead-next-door to new levels of scope and intensity. He later edited three more zombie anthologies, including Mondo Zombie, which won the Bram Stoker Award for best anthology. From splatterpunk founding father to hilarious elder statesman, Skipp’s legendary horror works include The Light At The End, The Scream, Jake’s Wake, The Long Last Call, and most recently Spore. He lives in Los Angeles.

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