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Werewolves
Edited by Martin H Greenberg

Reviewed by Joe Parra
Rating: 3 out of 4

No, I'm not going to start this review by explaining what a werewolf is. If you don't know that by now, oh well. The wonderful thing about Werewolves, an anthology of tales about beast people, is that each story does not insult the intelligence of the reader by defining (or re-defining) lycanthropy - either supernaturally or psychologically. Editor Martin H. Greenberg (with the help of various authors) has collected an entirely new set of stories; and they are, on the whole, a nice set. The tales are fairly evely divided between the half-human/half-beast type of werewolf (my favorite) and the four-legged "big doggies."

"Extinctions in Paradise," by Brian Hodge, offers a wonderful solution to the plight of homeless children in a Latin American country. The story also seems to be inspired by the Argentine death squads of the 1970s, and it counters the police nicely.

In "Bindlestiff," by Peter Crowther, we are told things from an evil werewolf's point of view on his slaughterhouse tour across the country. He learns a lesson from (and teaches one to) a little girl looking for a pet doggie.

"Never Moon a Werewolf," by Barbara Paul, examines what life is like for a pack of lycanthropes belonging to a W.A. (Werewolves Anonymous) group - and is hilarious.

Many of the other tales deal with vengeance from a lupine perspective, such as: "Dumpster Diving," by Nina Kikiri Hoffman, about meaningul werewolf adoption; Wendy Lee & Terry Beatty's "Double Identify," about sibling rivalry; "Wolf," by Max A. Collins, in which a ladykiller meets his match; Mike Baker's "Bark at the Moon," which reminds us about the age-old lesson - never talk to strangers; and a great many other tales too numerous to mention.

Other stories in the anthology are absolutely hilarious, the best being "Woofman," by Brenda Crank and Scott Nickell, which tells the story of a man trying to please his horror-film-obsessed girlfriend by becoming a werewolf - and having to settle for something else...

There is also the deeply-moving novelette, "Some Touch of Pity," by Gary A. Braunback. It relates the tale of a werewolf, beginning at childhood, and his relationship with the Native American who both cursed him and taught him how to become an adult at a young age.

All in all, there are 23 tales of terror in Werewolves, to delight, tantalize, and occasionally stifle us into believing that, come the full moon, you must beware. Enjoy!!!

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