From the lost silent film, The Werewolf (1913) to Lon Chaney’s classic The Wolfman (1941) and Dog Soldiers (2002), werewolf stories have long captivated film audiences and lovers of pulp fiction. Thomas McNulty’s new book explores the genesis for this cultural phenomenon dating back centuries when stories of shape shifters and wolf-men were predominant in folk tales.
The book traces the origins of lycanthropy, a delusion in which one imagines oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal, in mythology through modern times. McNulty delves into discussions of wolf mythology and the importance of the wolf symbol around the globe. Also included are an examination of key werewolf stories and novels with an emphasis on popular fiction and pulp fiction.
The author leads you down a twisting trail of terror on a survey of Hollywood werewolf films with chapters devoted to the wolf man films starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the groundbreaking Spanish werewolf films of Paul Naschy. The survey of films includes titles from Hollywood’s Golden Age to present times with commentary on over seventy werewolf films.
Illustrated with rare photographs. Includes a Bibliography, Filmography, and an Index.
About the Author: Thomas McNulty is the author of the critically acclaimed biography, Errol Flynn, and the novels Trail of the Burned Man, Wind Rider, Death Rides a Palomino, and Showdown at Snakebite Creek. His feature articles have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals. He lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois.