Greetings, fellow creatures of the night! It’s Herm here from The Longbox of Darkness, ready to guide you through the shadowy realms where WEREWOLVES roam. In our latest podcast episode, we bared our fangs and delved into the lupine lore that has haunted our collective imaginations for centuries. Let’s recap the thrilling content that had us howling at the moon.
It Came From The Longbox…
We started our eerie expedition with Marvel Comics’ iconic series, “Werewolf By Night.” First unleashed in the pages of Marvel Spotlight issues 2, 3, and 4 in 1972, this series introduced us to Jack Russell – a name as playfully canine as it is memorable. Russell, plagued by an ancient family curse, transforms into a werewolf once the sun sets.
Unlike the monstrous depictions of lore, Jack wrestles with his humanity, striving to retain his moral compass amidst the beastly chaos. “Werewolf By Night” is a tale of the beast within, blending Gothic horror with superheroics, and it’s as much a story of personal struggle as it is one of feral adventure. This series set the precedent for horror within the superhero genre, and Jack Russell remains a howling testament to the complexity of the werewolf mythos.
Cineplex of Terror
Next, we stalked over to the “Cineplex of Terror,” where the 2002 horror film “Dog Soldiers” had us gripping our seats. Directed by Neil Marshall, this film is a brutal survival story that pits a squad of British soldiers against a pack of relentless werewolves in the Scottish Highlands. The soldiers, on a routine training exercise, find themselves besieged by these nocturnal predators, realizing that their battle is not just against flesh and fur but against the fear that lurks within.
“Dog Soldiers” is a cult classic that combines military grit with the terror of folklore, offering a gritty, blood-spattered twist on the werewolf genre. It’s a full moon frenzy of action, suspense, and, dare I say, a bit of dark humor that keeps it sharp as a claw.
The Book Nook of Doom
Lastly, we curled up in “The Book Nook of Doom” with Jack Williamson’s novel “Darker Than You Think.” This classic piece of horror/fantasy literature introduces us to a world where the “Children of the Night” have walked among us since time immemorial. Our protagonist, a journalist named Will Barbee, is swept into an ancient conflict between these hidden beings and a group of scientists determined to expose them. Williamson’s novel is a deep dive into the psyche of the werewolf legend, exploring themes of identity, power, and the primal instincts that drive us all. “Darker Than You Think” is a richly woven tapestry of terror and transformation that transcends the typical werewolf tale. If this tantalized your taste buds of terror, check out our previous post The Wolf Within for a more fully-formed review.
“Sweet Screams” – Our Outro
As we wrapped up the episode, the moonlit path led us to reflect on the enduring legacy of the werewolf in horror. From the comic book panels to the silver screen, and through the darkened corridors of literature, these creatures have become symbols of our own inner turmoil and the wildness that lies just beneath the surface.
And now, fright fans, the night beckons you to join our pack. Subscribe to The Longbox of Darkness for more blood-curdling tales. Sink your teeth into our NEWSLETTER OF DARKNESS for the latest updates. Leave your claw marks (or comments) below and share this episode with your moon-crazed mates on social media. Until next full moon, keep your silver-handled canes handy and your senses sharp. Stay eerie, and sweet screams to you all!