Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

07 February 2009

A London Werewolf in America?

Or, more correctly, "A British Werewolf in America?"
I've been rereading Linda Godfrey's excellent "Hunting The American Werewolf" lately. In the book, she recounts sightings and encounters with werewolf-like bipedal lupine or canine creatures in various US states, as well as following up on her previous "The Beast of Bray Road".
I've also been reading up on the phenomenon of phantom black dogs. While there are reports of PBDs in the US, Britain seems to have a much longer and better recorded history of them. I began to wonder if these dog/wolf/man creatures are somehow connected or related. In HTAW, Godfrey mentions John Keel's opinion that certain monsters or creatures may in fact be manifestations of "thoughtforms" or tulpa-like creatures brought to "life". The thoughtform's appearance varies according to the era and culture in which they appear. Faeries and leprechauns have been replaced by little grey aliens, dragons and basilisks are now lake monsters resembling prehistoric aquatic reptiles.
So, could it be possible that the American werewolf or even the Devil Monkey is a new, updated version of the British Black Dog, Shug Monkey, or Old Shuck? There is a witness account in HTAW in which the witness describes a wolf like creature transforming. At one point the creature's face is described as resembling a gorilla. This wolf/dog/ape "hybrid" sounds a lot like some of the British creatures.
In his book "Three Men Seeking Monsters", Nick Redfern introduces us to the concept of "Cormons", beings which manifest themselves to literally feed on our fear. Readers of Godfrey's books will note that while the creatures have never physically attacked anyone, they do seem intent on scaring them spitless.
While the US does have some "black dog" traditions (most of which are probably carryovers from our European origins), maybe these Cormans, or thoughtforms, find it necessary to become bipedal when they cross the pond. A big black dog may be sufficiently frightening on the British isles, but Americans (who's traditions aren't as deeply-rooted) might need their monsters kicked up a notch by having them go about on two feet. (or paws) :)

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