Werewolf Stories: Shape-Shifters, Lycanthropes, and Man-Beasts

by Nick Redfern and Brad Steiger
Werewolf Stories

… book takes readers on a journey that spans centuries. … learn about real people who claimed to be werewolves and folks who could manifest otherworldly beasts. Learn about werewolf hunters, werewolf experts, and different kinds of canine-like beasties. And then keep going and find out why you probably shouldn’t go into the woods alone in the dark. Duh, like you need to be told. …


... Werewolf Stories is the latest compilation of stories and research by intrepid researcher Nick Redfern, along with research contributed by the late Brad Steiger. The accounts and anecdotes assembled for this book are entertaining, intriguing, and downright terrifying. This is another excellent offering from the prolific Redfern.

Los Angeles Book Review

... the stories in Werewolf Stories read like stories instead of encyclopedia articles, which makes much of it good fun to read for spooky-tale aficionados, whether you're the kind who believes such things could be true or the kind who lives with your paws on planet Earth.


… a thought-provoking book on the werewolf mythology. … The knowledge that pours out from Nick Redfern and the late Brad Steiger on werewolves is mind staggering. If you want to go beyond Hollywood's version of werewolves, I would highly suggest that you pick up this masterpiece book and get an in depth look at these monsters!


The 1930s brought us Lon Chaney Jr. as the classic Wolf Man. Decades later, Rick Baker’s far more advanced special effects gave us An American Werewolf in London. And our Hollywood werewolves have only gotten more sophisticated and terrifying. But centuries earlier, there was Gilles Garnier, who in 1572 was accused of being a real-life werewolf. With real horror. And real victims. … As Werewolf Stories recounts, “Garnier … ‘being in the form of a wolf,’ seized a ten-year-old girl in a vineyard and ‘there he slew her with both hands, seemingly paws, and with his teeth carried some of her flesh home to his wife.’” This is just one of many lycanthropic tales spanning the course of humanity presented in Werewolf Stories. Others include exorcisms that freed the possessed from evil werewolf spirits, serial killers who believed they were werewolves and modeled their crimes on them, the Ouija Wolf Girl who was cursed by a spirit, and even werecats. … The collection was culled from Redfern’s research and from the prolific cryptozoology files of Steiger, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 82. …

Weird Historian

Beware the Full Moon!

Take a hair-raising tour of werewolf legends. Meet shape-shifters, dogmen, and all variety of human and lupine mixes in this blood curling story collection from two distinguished paranormal researchers!

From today's lycanthropic creatures found in pop culture such as Dracula, Twilight and An American Werewolf in London to the earliest mentions in folklore of the shape-shifting legend, Werewolf Stories: Shape-Shifters, Lycanthropes, and Man-Beasts is an eye-opening tour through the ages of all things werewolf. Along the way, readers land at the doorstep of creatures like serial killer Fritz Haarmann, tiger people and their thirst for human blood, Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome, shapeshifters of all kinds and sizes, and even a spell to repel werewolves. This fascinating tome provides 140,000 years of blood-pounding evidence of strange and obsessional behavior. It tells of stories of becoming a werewolf and the intricacies of slaying the beast. A true homage to the creature, it includes full moon of topics such as …

  • Fenrir, the wolf child of the giantess Angrboda and the god Loki, from the Old Norse myth of Ragnarok
  • Notorious serial killers, including Peter Stumpp and Michael Lupo, who thought themselves to be—and modeled their crimes on—werewolves
  • Coyote people, tricksters, and were-animals of Navajo legend
  • The Basque butchers of Louisiana and the loup-garou
  • Diana, the goddess of the wilderness and the hunt, and her pack of hunting dogs, who once ruled all the dark forests of Europe
  • Leopard creature-men and the deadly cult whose members expressed their were-leopard lust for human blood and flesh that has been in existence in West Africa for several hundred years
  • The “werewolf of the Dordogne,” Francis Leroy, and his uncontrollable bloodlust during the full moon
  • The secret terrorist group Organization Werewolf, established in 1923, and its possible allegiance to Adolf Hitler
  • Ghouls from Arabic folklore, the demonic Djinns that hover near burial grounds and sustain themselves on human flesh stolen from graves
  • Tasmania’s thylacine and sightings of the “probably extinct” creature and its remarkable—and frightening—jaw capacity
  • Alaska’s Kushtaka and other stories of the Bigfoot man-beast
  • Puerto Rico’s chupacabra and its powerful goat-like legs, three-clawed feet, and penchant for sucking blood
  • The Doñas de Fuera of Sicily, small fairies who looked human, aside from their paw-like feet, and were cruel and dangerous when crossed
  • Enkidu, perhaps our earliest written record of a man-beast that appears on a Babylonian fragment circa 2000 BCE and tells the story of King Gilgamesh and his werewolf-like friend in The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • And many more stories and histories of werewolves, night-stalkers, lycanthropes, and man-beasts

Noted cryptozoologists and paranormal researchers Nick Redfern and Brad Steiger share personal stories and encounters with werewolves in Werewolf Stories. They take a deep dive into the legends, the history, the pop-culture take on the man-beast. It's a wild and weird road-trip into the mystery-filled domain of the disturbingly real world of shape-shifters and werewolves!

About Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern Nick Redfern is the author of 30 books on UFOs and cryptozoology, including Monster Files;
The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies;
and Strange Secrets. He has appeared on more than 70 TV shows, including: the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; and the History Channel’s Monster Quest.

About Brad Steiger

Brad Steiger Award-winning writer Brad Steiger authored over 2,000 articles and more than 180 titles with inspirational and paranormal themes, including Conspiracies and Secret Societies; Real Aliens, Space Beings, and Creatures from Other Worlds; Real Encounters, Different Dimensions, and Otherworldy Beings; and Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses.. Brad is a veteran of broadcast news magazines such as The Nightly News, as well as a regular radio guest on shows ranging from Rob McConnell’s X-Zone to Coast to Coast with George Noory.

Hometown: Somewhere in, Iowa

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Quick Facts

  • ISBN: 9781578597666
  • eBook ISBN: 9781578598304
  • Published 2023
  • 416 pages
  • 140 photos and illustrations
  • 6 x 9 paperback
  • $24.95

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