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ISBN:
1855925745
Author:
Adam Douglas
Category:
Mythology & Folk Tales
Language:
English
Publisher:
Trafalgar Square (June 1, 1993)
Pages:
294 pages
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Rating:
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This book is the worst werewolf book ever published. I was trying to find The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Adam Douglas at my university library, but then when I found Douglas Adams The Beast Within instead, I happened upon this gem of a book.

This book is the worst werewolf book ever published. So terrible it shouldn't be bothered with. Taking a chronlogical approach, Adams traces the origins of the werewolf myth from its abstract beginnings in myths and legends to its common usage in pop culture. Not only did I learn much about the werewolf legend, but also things I never knew about the Salam witch trails, Christianity and their conflict with Paganism and all sort of useful bit of random knowledge.

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Home Adam Douglas The Beast Within: A History of the Werewolf. From Booklist: Going beyond Hollywood's silly silver screen werewolf, Douglas recaptures the rich and varied legends of wolfpeople that have potently haunted generations through the ages. The Beast Within: A History of the Werewolf. Published by Trafalgar Square, 1993. ISBN 10: 1855925745, ISBN 13: 9781855925748. This comprehensive history benefits from the tools of anthropology, mythology, and psychology and begins in the paleolithic era when men dressed in wolf skins to gain predatory prowess.

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Douglas references the many werewolf movies of the 20th century

Adam Douglas has written on music for publications and is a specialist in the preparation of bibliographic catalogs. This 1992 scholarly book has 13 chapters, a ‘Chronology’, ‘Notes’, and ‘Index’ in its 294 pages. It is more educational than entertaining, and presents a history of the concept of werewolves, a belief that goes back thousands of years among many nations. Douglas references the many werewolf movies of the 20th century. The ‘facts’ about werewolves known to people came from movies (Chapter 13). One result of the ‘Black Death’ was the reforestation of Europe.

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In this regard, Adam Douglas's The Beast Within is an exercise in restoring lost dignity to the werewolf myth, tracking its bloodline back to palaeolithic hunting rituals and reappraising centuries of debate on lycanthropy and related topics, including Bruno Bettelheim on autism

In this regard, Adam Douglas's The Beast Within is an exercise in restoring lost dignity to the werewolf myth, tracking its bloodline back to palaeolithic hunting rituals and reappraising centuries of debate on lycanthropy and related topics, including Bruno Bettelheim on autism. Despite its wry asides and flip chapter-headings ('Barking Mad', 'Howling all the Way to the Bank'), Douglas's book can be serious to the point of solemnity, and is much stronger on the esoteric real-life aspects of the phenomenon than on its more vulgar fictional outbreaks.

The Beast Within is a horror novel written by Edward Levy. The book begins in the 1920s on the farm of Henry and Sarah Scruggs. Henry is a fanatically religious man who believes that people are vile and base, and that sex-even marital sex-is repulsive and sinful. Sarah, who is much younger than Henry, disagrees. One day a traveling salesman by the name of Jimmy Connors shows up at the farm, telling them that his car broke down

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  • Biaemi
The Beast Within

Adam Douglas has written on music for publications and is a specialist in the preparation of bibliographic catalogs. This 1992 scholarly book has 13 chapters, a ‘Chronology’, ‘Notes’, and ‘Index’ in its 294 pages. It is more educational than entertaining, and presents a history of the concept of werewolves, a belief that goes back thousands of years among many nations. The ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ from 4,000 years ago is the first literary evidence of werewolves (Chronology). Legends of wolf-men were found in other cultures. In 1563 Johann Weyer published a book on witchcraft from the point of view of psychiatry (Chapter 11). Most believed in the existence of witches and werewolves (p.26). Executions of werewolves ended in the seventeenth century; later they were sent to lunatic asylums. Chapter 1 tells about a modern werewolf held in a prison in France in 1988. One of the oldest accounts came from a 7th century physician Paulus Aegineta. 20th century doctors do not use lycanthropy as a syndrome (p.7).

Few people today have ever seen a wolf or identify with one. One patient suffered from a brain disease (p.8). Others believed to be dogs, cats, or a Bengal tiger (p.11)! Most were male, aged 16 to 37. One patient had relatives with physical and mental problems and used to be tied to a tree beside the family dog by his emotionally unstable parents (p.14). Would patients imagine themselves werewolves if there were no legends to give them that idea (p.16)? A werewolf symbolizes man’s capacity for killing (p.18). While the werewolf is found in European folklore other countries use jaguars and bears (Chapter 2). Other examples of “Animal Magic” from ancient history are presented in this chapter. Chapter 3 presents a history from classical times. The old Norse word for wolf ‘vagr’ was also the legal term for an outlaw (p.67). Chapter 4 discusses the old saga from pagan times. The practitioners were later persecuted as witches, users of magic to influence people’s lives. Or scapegoats for people’s ill will.

Chapter 5 presents an alternate view of Christianity and the competing religious sects. They disapproved of the bloody gladiator games. Wolves were exterminated in the 12th century in England and hunted in other countries. Chapter 6 has the stories from medieval times. In some a werewolf seeks justice for a wrong. Cold wet weather in 1598 France led to famine and disease, then an epidemic of lycanthropy (Chapter 7). [These stories sound like something from a weekly tabloid (p.131).] Trials were held and documented (p.133)! Werewolves in the Baltic states were not allied with the Devil (Chapter 8). Countries in eastern Europe did not have a “Renaissance witch-craze” (p.157). Freud didn’t understand the folkloric ideas about a Wolf-Man (p.170). The story of “Little Red Riding Hood” was inspired by werewolf legends (Chapter 9). An increase in an urban literate population decreased folk legends (p.187).

Chapter 10 discusses “Feral Foundlings”. Young children raised by wolves have historical cases and legends (p.192). Was it childhood autism (p.206)? This occurs in all kinds of families (p.209). Chapter 11 tells about the medical diagnoses over the centuries. Lycanthropy was treated as a mental illness and not as the work of the Devil. Theories about ergotism are discussed and dismissed. The most interesting is Chapter 12 which discusses the use of werewolves in movies. These always stay clothed. [“Talbot” is the name of a breed of dog.] Douglas references the many werewolf movies of the 20th century. The ‘facts’ about werewolves known to people came from movies (Chapter 13). One result of the ‘Black Death’ was the reforestation of Europe [and its inhabitants]. The word ‘werewolf’ is often applied to serial killers and rapists, this is wrong.
  • Lcena
I have to say that I have found this book to be interesting with regard to the large number of historical, mythical, folkloric and legendary references that Douglas employs. He definitely did his homework and it shows in every sentence of the book.
But therein lies the fault I find with the book. With the exception of a few brief moments where Douglas manages to smirk at himself, his writing style is largely (and annoyingly) pedantic. He approaches the subject seriously, but he takes it to the point of stuffiness.
I also found that a lot (and I mean A LOT) of the information Douglas spends page after page running into the ground had little or nothing to do with the subject of werewolves. His interest seemed much more focused on displaying his copious (albeit only indirectly relevant) research and knowledge than in writing a digestible book about werewolves.