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The Book of Were-Wolves

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With the shocking histories of 10 famous cases, this classic blends science, superstition, and fiction to tell the full story of the werewolves among us.

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The first serious academic study of lycanthropy and "blood-lust" written in English.

The Book of Were-Wolves, one of the most frequently cited studies of lycanthropy by Sabine Baring-Gould, was first published in 1865, and draws upon a vast body of observation, myth, and lore.

Combining a wide variety of tales and research, it explores the tradition of werewolves as a widespread and persistent theme throughout history.

While the book's content veers towards cannibalism more than lycanthropy, it's a fascinating insight into various werewolf myths and legends and the attempt of then contemporary society to rationalise the mythology with the growing recognition of mental illness.

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Sabine Baring-Gould

Baring-Gould wrote many novels, including The Broom-Squire set in the Devil's Punch Bowl (1896), Mehalah: a story of the salt marshes (1880), Guavas the Tinner (1897), the 16-volume The Lives of the Saints, and the biography of the eccentric poet-vicar of Morwenstow, Robert Stephen Hawker.

He also published nearly 200 short stories in assorted magazines and periodicals. Many of these short stories were collected together and republished as anthologies, such as his Book of Ghosts (1904), Dartmoor Idyllys (1896), and In a Quiet Village (1900).

His folkloric studies resulted in The Book of Were-Wolves (1865), one of the most frequently cited studies of lycanthropy. He habitually wrote while standing, and his desk can be seen in the manor.

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