Monday, January 30, 2012

Werewolf Legends - Can you say Rougarou?

For fans and lovers of werewolf myths, legends, folklore, whatever term tickles your fancy, I've researched information on...The Rougarou:

The Rougarou is a French-American term for a werewolf, basically. It comes from the original French loup-garou (French pronunciation: [lu ɡaˈʁu], English: /ˈluː ɡəˈruː/). Loup is French for wolf and garou is a man who transforms into an animal.

It has alternate spellings: Roux-Ga-Roux, Rugaroo, or Rugaru.

The tale of the rougarou is a common Cajun legend across French Louisiana. Some people call the creature a rougarou; others refer to it as the loup garou.

French settlers spread the legend for centuries claiming the rougarou prowled the swamplands around Acadiana and New Orleans and nearby forests.

The rougarou is normally described with features similar to the werewolf - depending on which werewolf folklore it is being compared to. The Cajun rougarou has a human body and the head of a wolf or dog.

The legends are often used to inspire fear or to influence behavior, especially in children, to make them behave. According to one variation of the legend, the wolf-like beast will hunt down and kill Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent.

Some stories say the rougarou is created through witchcraft...only a witch can turn herself into a wolf or curse others with lycanthropy - turning them into werewolves. One story of this creature actually ties it to the headless horseman! Now that one is odd!

Another legend from the Louisiana area involves drinking blood. It says the rougarou is under a spell for 101 days then the curse is transferred to someone else when he/she drinks another human's blood. The cursed person never tells anyone for fear of being hunt down and killed. And so the curse or spell continues on...
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So, was that interesting or what?! Is it time to make a trip down to New Orleans now? That area intrigues me to no end! And for various reasons besides this bit of werewolf folklore I just posted! It's famous for vampire mythology and ghosts and all its amazing history (both myth and real)!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another social networking site? Pinterest appears different

Nope, I haven't signed up (yet) for Pinterest. Here's the link and some info for those curious:
http://pinterest.com/

Taken from their site:

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.

Pinterest is currently invite-only. You can request an invite from Pinterest or be invited by someone already using it.

Their goal is to connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting.

So, I guess it is like a social networking site, but different. I gave the site a quick once-over and it appears that photos you find on the internet is what you "pin" to your account. And you can find others with similar interests...and share your findings.

I keep a hard copy of all the bazillion sites I have accounts with...my login info, etc. I'm looking at the list and shaking my head in amazement and frustration. No wonder I get sucked into the Internet Worm Hole of Lost Time and suddenly glance at the clock and gasp! -- wondering where did the last three hours disappear to?! Some accounts with some sites I've let whither away and never or rarely return. Some I try to check in once a week. But Facebook, Twitter and my blog/website are the main social networking sites I keep close tabs on.

What about you?  Have you tried this new Pinterest? And how many still fiddle with MySpace?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Werewolf Movies - Have you seen all of these?

This is a short list of werewolf movies that I nabbed up from someone at Internet Movie Database...since it contains several of my own favorites and I didn't have to torture my brain coming up with a great list, I'm posting this one! I'm ashamed to say there are about two on the list I'm not familiar with...how about you?

1. Underworld 2003

2. Underworld: Evolution 2006

3. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 2009

4. Teen Wolf Too 1987

5. Van Helsing 2004

6. Blood and Chocolate 2007

7. Cursed 2005

8. Teen Wolf 1985

9. Never Cry Werewolf 2008

10. Skinwalkers 2006

11. Full Moon High 1981

12. New Moon 2009

13. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010

14. An American Werewolf in London 1981

15. The Wolfman 2010

16. Red Riding Hood 2011

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Werewolf Mythology

Time for fun! Let's devour some werewolf mythology and legends. We'll take a bite out of the mysteries surrounding these furry creatures and feed the drooling appetite for fans and interested bystanders.

  • A werewolf is also known as a lycanthrope. Affectionately called a lycan.
  • According to European folklore, they can show physical traits even in their human form, such as: the meeting of both eyebrows, curved fingernails, low-set ears and a swinging stride. A method of identifying a werewolf in its human form: cut the flesh and fur would be seen in the wound. Russian folklore states a werewolf has bristles under the tongue.
  • Werewolves normally have superhuman strength, speed, and senses, far beyond that of wolves and men.
  • And the French name for a werewolf is loup-garou. (Don't ask me to pronounce it.)
  • References to men changing into wolves are found in Ancient Greek literature and mythology.  Herodotus wrote that a tribe near Scythia transformed into wolves once every year for several days.  Ovid tells of King Lycaon who served human flesh to God Zeus - testing if he was really a god. Zeus wasn't amused and turned Lycaon into a werewolf as punishment for the crime. Ovid also relates stories of men in Arcadia who roamed the woods in the form of wolves.
  • Other Roman writers mentioned lycanthropy. Virgil wrote of humans transforming into wolves. Pliny the Elder relates two tales of lycanthropy. One is of a man who hung his clothes on an ash tree, swam across an Arcadian lake, and transformed into a wolf. If he didn't attack humans for 9 years, he could swim back and take his human form. Pliny's second tale is of a man who was turned into a wolf after eating the entrails of a child.
  • Some less-heard of ways to become a werewolf:  a) removal of clothing and putting on a belt made of wolfskin, b) rub the body with a magic salve, c) drinking rainwater out of the footprint of the wolf or from enchanted streams, d) on a certain Wednesday or Friday, sleep outside on a summer night with the full moon shining directly on the face, e) by/for Satanic allegiance and reasons, f) being cursed by witches or a spell cast by sorcerers, g) being born a werewolf.
  • The most common way (that you've read in books or seen on TV and the movies) to become a werewolf is being bitten or scratched by one. It's interesting to note that this kind of transformation or conversion into a werewolf is actually rare in legends/myths. Although being turned into a vampire...being bitten or scratched/scraped by the teeth - now that would be considered the norm!
I hope you found this brief "knowledge" about werewolves interesting. I love researching this stuff and definitely do use some of the information I find to help me with ideas in writing my Werewolf Series.

Which by the way, Unknown Touch-Book 1, in the eBook format, was reduced in price to $4.99. Snatch it up here:
Amazon link for Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1
B&N link for Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1
Of course those pages will include the optional print version (at prices listed there).

And let's not forget Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 at Amazon.
Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 at B&N.
Both of these links are for eBooks...with print version offered as another option.

I'm thinking my next blog will continue with more Werewolf Mythology, Legends, etc. What do you think?

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1" eBook SALE!

"Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1" eBook SALE!! My publisher just sent an email stating my first book as listed here is on sale! That would be the eBook version, by the way. You can nab it up for $4.99 at Amazon or B&N . (Click the store name - I've got the links on the words.)

Have I mentioned how I love my eReaders -- both the Nook and the newest arrival, the Kindle? Well, I do! Although my sweet 1 1/2 year old Nook has been gathering dust since Kindle made its appearance.

Happy New Year!