Let me be the first to cry Werewolf!

Dead on the side of the road in Maine, could this be proof of the fabled lycanthrope?

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Just what is this beast? A genetic experiment gone awry? Or just natural selection at work? Is it the same mystery creature that’s been slashing dogs’ throats in the area? My vote says it’s a werewolf, if for no other reason than that since I was a young’un I’ve thought it’d be fun to be one. Some are calling it a coyote-dog cross. Bollocks. I’ve seen coy-dogs. That, sir, is no coy-dog.

Oh, BTW, the best werewolf short story — bar none — is the late James Blish’s “There Shall Be No Darkness.” It’s hard to find: Pronzini’s Werewolf! collection has it.

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9 Responses to Let me be the first to cry Werewolf!

  1. bryan says:

    lycanthrope? I am not familar with that one. How about a Barghest?

  2. David says:

    Well, you learn something new every day! I hadn’t heard of a Barghest before; I wonder if the stories of the death-dog haunting the Yorkshire area influenced Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles?

    A lycanthrope, as every good Dungeons & Dragons junkie or werewolf fanatic knows, is a were-person: were-wolf, were-bear, were-boar, etc.

  3. bryan says:

    I think my daughter would have set me straight on the D & D angle.

    There is probably a connection between the “Barghest” and the Hounds of Basterville. A good local fear always makes a good story.

    BTW, thanks for blogging. I enjoy your blog.

  4. Analog Kid says:

    My only explanation would be:

    Those people at the Animal Liberation Front really luv them some animals. And if you’ve seen some of the women who hang with that crowd, an actual dog might start looking pretty good.

  5. Steve says:

    Ever wonder why there’s no wolf silver-tipped ammo? It’s just not cost effective. I was thinking about that while watching “Underworld: Evolution” last night. My wife’s out of town, so I’m catching up on all the movies “We” don’t watch. So I’m inclined to concur with your conclusion, it’s clearly a werewolf.

  6. David says:

    Nice one, Craig! My wife’s Latina, and even she didn’t think of that!

  7. Kyle says:

    It looks like a Chow mix of some kind. Chows can be mean mofos.

  8. Ted says:

    I’d read the story in the paper, and saw that Animal Control refused to come look at it. By now it’s been picked clean by the scavengers. There was no mention of pictures taken though, so this is really cool to see.

    Scary looking beastie.

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