I’m kinda in the mood to write tonight and with it being so close to Halloween I thought it only fitting to fine tune my research skills and get spooky all at the same time.
Werewolf or Lycanthrope
Possibly made popular by recent movies such as Underworld and Twilight (guilty of watching both) and Harry Potter but was introduced to the big screen in 1941’s the ‘The Wolf Man’. The Werewolf is a mainstay with lore enthusiasts and sightings of these mythical (or could possibly be actual) creatures. We all have heard the campfire story about the full moon brings out the Werewolf allowing them to shed their human skin and transform into their hidden furry, fanged self. There are different versions as to what the werewolves do during the full moon but it’s only spectacted. It could be anywhere to finding a mate, creating more wolves, or even do a witches evil bidding but whatever the reason may be the legends of these creatures remain across all regions.
Beast of Bray Road
I have never heard of this but apparently Wisconsin has their very own werewolf and even some sightings. According to some internet research, the first sighting was in 1936. Then more sightings were reported in the 80’s and 90’s and even into our neighboring state of Michigan. A reporter was dispatched to interview witnesses that later turned into a book The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf by Linda Godfrey. I searched for where did this beast come from and nothing surfaced on the creation but the native tribes in the area have stories of such a beast. From what I gathered the beasts or beasts are hunters and are sighted but not any interaction (such as attacks)
Do I believe that the beast is real. Well, I believe that there is something about but not so much a werewolf more of a large dog/wolf breed yet to be documented or researched.
Your Local Legends
Have you ever really researched any local legends near you? Or have you ever experienced a legend for yourself? Look into it, research it, and make it a part of your story. There are quite a few other legends near me and I’ll research and post more of what I find. Right now–I got to get burgers on the grill.