And So It Begins: The Word Wood's Creepy Month of Horror

You might have noticed or had an inkling after our banner changed starting on the first, but now that we've finished our annual celebrations, The Word Wood is going to kick things up a notch for the month of October.

 In honor of all things Halloween, we four ladies decided that this entire month should be devoted to all things horror. Plus, to make things even more interesting, all of the flash fiction posted this month will be featuring a whole new set of guest writers who specialize in the genre. To make things extra spooky. XD

But just to assure you that the rest of us original Word-Wooders haven't gone completely MIA, all of us wanted to dish, and share which are our all time favorite monsters.  My favorite is a classic, although you've probably heard of them through different contemporary names. But allow me to introduce to you to one of the oldest legendary creatures hailing from its original Slavic roots:

The Vulkodlac


 From Carol Rose's Giants, Monsters, and Dragons:
"This is the name for a transforming Werewolf in the traditions and folklore of the Slavic people of eastern Europe. In the traditions of this region the Werewolf and vampire were interrelated in that when a Werewolf was killed it would transform from time to time during its predations. This particularly terrifying monster was known as the Vulkodlac, which may be translated as 'Wolf's Hair.' " (p. 386)
Key Vulkodlac Features: 
  • Werewolves and vampires are equal halves of the same tribe.
  • Two-phase life cycle: first as a wolf, then as a vamp.

Now I know that those of you out there who follow my writing blog have heard me talk about this before, but it really is a nifty creature. It's just really sort of interesting for both werewolf and vampire origins to trail back from the same creature, especially considering how often vampires and werewolves are pitted against each other in opposing forces in urban fantasy. Despite the two group's initial joint history, I've yet to read an UF that features the two in the same community. It very much gives off a sense of a house divided, doesn't it?

What's your favorite half of this two-sided cycle? The werewolf? Or the vampire? Tell me your thoughts. I'm really curious. Does this arrangement appeal to you at all?

Image credit [ here ].

1 comment:

  1. Didn't Underworld do something with this about the werewolves and the vampires having the same ancestor?


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