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Originally written in 1896.This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.A strange, fearless woman. Wolves prowling the night. Mysteries. The world outside the cozy house can be dangerous. Being prepared does not always meanOriginally written in 1896.This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.A strange, fearless woman. Wolves prowling the night. Mysteries. The world outside the cozy house can be dangerous. Being prepared does not always mean you will survive....

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ISBN : 6519002
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Number of Pages : 473 Pages
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the were wolf Reviews

  • Nickolas the Kid
    2019-03-16 05:43

    I prefer mostly vampire novels but that was a good short story (recommendation actually by Lamprini)!There are a lot of cliches but at least they are bearable and sometimes good.Also the author deserves a lot of credits for the horror and spooky atmosphere....In the middle of the night a lady with a white fur showed up in a small place.Is she a dangerous creature? Is she related with some strange disappearance? The answer is within these few pages... 3.5/5!

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-03-19 08:28

    I stumbled across this short story for free on Kindle, and I am very glad that I downloaded and read it. With its period settling and rich language, this story involved me very deeply. It is the story of two brothers: one tall, muscular and handsome; and the other, not handsome at all, slight of build and blessed with the incredible ability to run swiftly over long distances. Sweyn is the beautiful, well-admired brother, and Christian is more than happy to walk meekly in his shadow. But when a beautiful, young, white-haired stranger arrives, she drives a wedge between the brothers. For Christian soon suspects that she is the werewolf he has been tracking, and Sweyn quickly falls in love with this mysterious female who calls herself White Fell, and believes that Christian's ravings are induced by jealous madness.This story inspired a mix of emotions in me, from dread, to anxiety, to deep sadness. It was one of those stories where you are thinking, "This can't end well," when you get to a certain point in reading it. Indeed, the ending is hardly upbeat. But for a story that starts out as one of thrilling suspense and horror, it has a very meaningful message. It's a story about the power of love and sacrifice, and it was very well-done. A great free find on Amazon Kindle. Recommended to fans of classic genre fiction with a deeper, even spiritual message.

  • Suvi
    2019-03-25 07:27

    Sweyn and Christian are brothers, who clash after a beautiful woman comes into their lives. Sweyn falls in love with her, but Christian believes she's a werewolf. He tries to convince his brother, but Sweyn thinks he's mad. Christian ends up showing to him the meaning of real love.I absolutely loved that this felt like an extended and elegantly written folk tale, which also has the kind of werewolf I love. The references to Christ's sacrifice could have been less obvious. I'm more into showing, not telling. That was just a minor thing, though, and luckily it wasn't taken very far. The violence during the chase scene caught me by surprise. Pleasantly, but it was still kind of icky. I can just hear that crackling in my ears. The beginning on the other hand was creepy and subtle in just the perfect way. People are gathered around the fireplace, when suddenly they hear a voice from the outside. The way Housman desribed the darkness when the door was opened was great. She had also taken all the interesting aspects of werewolf mythology, and managed to make a seemingly simple story into a wonderful allegorical horror tale.By the way, Clemence was a leading figure in the Suffragette movement. A suffragette writing about werewolves makes me unbelievably happy. I don't know why, but it does.

  • Amy Sturgis
    2019-03-24 03:27

    Originally published in 1897, The Were-Wolf is an elegant, bittersweet story of twin brothers and the beautiful woman who comes between them -- a woman who happens to be a were-wolf. Housman effectively creates an atmosphere of dread and horror before transforming her brief tale into an equally haunting religious allegory. I definitely recommend this to any fan of classic gothic literature.

  • Helen Grant
    2019-03-18 09:19

    I very much enjoyed this story of an isolated community in whose midst a beautiful stranger appears - is she all she seems to be? As this was written in the late 1800s, don't expect a Stephen King style horror novel. What you can expect is rich prose, a genuinely sinister atmosphere, some really exciting scenes and a little heartbreak. Recommended.

  • Julie
    2019-03-08 04:36

    Read this short story is about an hour and a half and in that time I was in the story as if I was there. This is probably the best story about suspense, family and horror wrapped all in one. AMAZING!

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-16 10:25

    Not at all what I expected, beautiful story.

  • J
    2019-03-02 08:29

    This is one of the best-crafted short stories I have ever read. It has a powerful message about love; the werewolf only appears to set off a chain of events that'll ultimately provide the protagonist with the opportunity to demonstrate what real love means. the price is high, but it's the only choice he has. Sadly, more people are reading Twilight than they are reading this; if this were made compulsory reading at high school level, some of us might have been spared being bored out of our minds. OK, i'm being mean :D The sheer beauty of the prose (this book, not Twitlike) is enough to make you weep. ok, i'm just being overly dramatic ;); maybe you will, maybe you won't but you can't deny the prose alone is beautiful.

  • Anže
    2019-03-24 03:16

    I've stumbled upon this free short horror story on Project Gutenberg and didn't expect much. I definitely didn't expect for this 120-year-old book to scare me, but the author sets such a great, yet simple setting with very suspenseful mood. This is not you typical "man gets bitten, transforms and kills those he loves most" story, but a tale of conflict between two brothers, one aware of the dangers of a beautiful young woman, and the other blinded by love, or better-lust. It is also a story of mystery and sacrifice, of regret and brotherly love.I would definitely recommend this one.

  • Marie
    2019-03-09 04:24

    A fairytale in an unnamed far northern land in the grip of winter. I quite enjoyed the fairytale quality of it, and found it rather haunting. Also it doesn’t hurt that the werewolf is a badass woman with an axe.

  • Miriam
    2019-03-15 04:23

    Little Rol and his puppy sound familiar - I think I read this years back.

  • Carlos Abrille
    2019-03-01 07:39

    The first association that came to my mind was the movie Apocalypto where Jaguar Paw was running for his life in the jungle. It was the longest scene I've ever saw running. The whole movie around 2/3 was about five warriors chasing one man who ends up at the end winning the chase by killing all of them. In this story the scene was not in a jungle, it was more like a mountain with snow covered ground through a forest. It was the most romantic running chase I ever read, enough to make you laugh. Anyway...

  • Eric
    2019-03-15 10:36

    It was ok, though weighted down by its Christianity.

  • TheFrankenPod
    2019-03-01 11:31

    Oh Clemence, you nearly had me til the last bit. Do you want to make your Christ/Christian parallel more explicit?

  • Padelis Dallas
    2019-02-28 08:21

    Nice October read. Public domain

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-03-09 10:22

    'Hush! hush its cries!Dense night is on the skies:Two stars are in thine eyes.'The were-wolf had long been an ambiguous figure in folklore before certain 19th century writers resurrected it as a wholly malevolent beast with a hunger for human flesh. Clemence Housman's short story from 1896 wasn't the first 'modern' incarnation of the monster by any means, but it did strike a chord of primal fear at the time of publication.The story starts as countless Hammer horror films later would in the 1960s and 70s, with a small group of superstitious rustics receiving a supernatural visitation on a wintry, lamp-lit country night. They hear knocking on their barn door and a voice pleading to be let in, yet each time they open the door there is no one there without.This happens a few times before a further knock does produce a visitor, a beautiful and mysterious stranger calling herself White Fell. Clad in firs, pale in skin and with a form and figure suggestive of supple strength, the handsome, athletic Sweyn is instantly taken with her. Sweyn's twin brother, Christian, returning from a local village, sees the unmistakable tracks of the wolf leading to the door, recognizing White Fell for what she really is. But stirred by lust, Sweyn scorns his brother's warnings, even when victims start to disappear. As the name of one of the brothers would suggest, Housman's take on the were-wolf fable is essentially a Christian parable, pointed out very plainly at the end. He employs the notion that the changeling reveals itself at midnight, but few other tropes.His female lycanthrope has the appearance of uncommon purity and bewitches her victims, young and old, with a kiss. But it's her eroticism which has the strongest appeal to the carnality of young men, her animalism a clear symbol for the sin of Lust.The writing is a little awkward in places, but I liked the poem of three-lined verses that sat in the heart of the story as a portentous song of triumph from White Fell.Illustrated with a few characteristically Victorian woodcuts.

  • rain
    2019-03-05 11:24

    the story starts very cheerfully with a little child adding a joyful atmosphere to the place, and there are those feelings of loyalty, admiration, and a brotherly love that's beyond compare from christian towards his older brother, which are never sensed by the latter who gradually becomes ruthless by that fatal worship of the were-wolf woman, discarding that sacred blood relationship to the extent of desiring to kill his own brother for the sake of that witch.she 's an evil that casts dark shadows over that once-was a warm family dwelling echoing with laughters and night chnatings by the old fire place, turning it into a nightmare with the chain of killing first the smallest family member then another stamping them with a kiss of death, and finally enveloping the older brother with her glamorous claws, driving poor christian to sacrifice his life for that stone cold fool. after a deadly race and a fierce battle, the older brother finds the frozen gored body of christian in the snow, and that of the were-wolf, shocked by the severe truth he vever wished to believe, he reaps the seeds of his ill deeds he's committed towards christian, accompanied by a desolate loneliness he only has the merciless guilt to live with.

  • Tiago
    2019-02-23 11:15

    I quite enjoyed this short novel. At first I had some trouble getting it started due to the writing style, particularly due to the way the narrator's point of view switched between characters without a clear change, but once I got the hang of it the story flowed nicely.It's not particularly scary, you get to know the title-hinted were-wolf quite early on, a women for a change. But the story moves on to a frantic pace as Christian, who we can dub the story's protagonist, tries to reveal the creature's identity to his family, he and the family's old wolf-hound Tyr being the only ones that see her for what she is.The final chase between Christian and the were-wolf in its women form, that slowly changes as midnight approaches is breathtaking. I could not stop reading it until it was over.

  • Kelvin Reed
    2019-03-10 03:28

    I found "The Were-Wolf," published in 1896 by British author Clemence Housman, to be interesting but not compelling. It's a tale about a beautiful woman named White Fell who comes between two brothers. Sweyn is in love with her. Christian wants to kill her because he knows she is a werewolf. Several opening pages are wasted on a detailed description about the playful activities of a child but the final showdown between Christian and White Fell more than makes up for it. This thoughtful story is not for your modern day gore and violence lovers. Recommended.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-03 08:27

    Very short -- The Were-Wolf is really more of a short story than a novella. It's also great fun, with a highly atmospheric Scandinavian setting and surprisingly vivid writing. It goes all Christian-allegory at the end, but it's still well worth picking up for those who love old horror, full of eerie footprints in the snow, mysterious disappearances, and a long, hair-raising chase through a frozen landscape. It reminds me a lot in some ways of Japanese stories about fox maidens, and it's fully as creepy as those can be.

  • Rachel Fetters
    2019-03-06 05:32

    This short story was a quick read. This read more like a fable, and was not a scary horor book. Like all short stories you are left wishing for more character development. The story was nice, but the book was poorly written. I am not sure if this was becuase of a bad translation, or if the original was worded this horrible. I gave it a two because I did like the story, it only took about 30 minutes to read, but it was just ok.

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-03-24 07:34

    A tale of two brothers and the woman they love.Who just so happens to be a werewolf out to kill them all....yesssssssss.Granted, for a modern reader, this is a somewhat dry tale. The style is certainly in line with the period in which it was written, which can be hard for someone used to a more modern focused-third-person perspective. I can't see myself reading this story again, but there's nothing inherently wrong that would push me away. It's just not my thing.

  • Ebster Davis
    2019-03-07 11:15

    This is a lot more than a monster story, I loved it.White Fell, Christian, Sewyn, Little Rol. Walking though the woods on a snowy evening, tracking, chasing, fight scenes, sacrifice, love. This story had it all for me. Totally immersive, and very meaningful. I can't think of anything I didn't like about it, but it is written in kind of the old school way, so that may be difficult if you're not used to it.

  • Nathan
    2019-02-24 06:34

    I found myself losing interest, not a good sign with such a short story. Not a terrible storyline, but I don't love the style. For me, it begins and ends much stronger than the middle. I will say that the characters themselves are compelling and interesting, Christian in particular. I would have liked more of the wolf's storyline, rather than just observation by other characters, as one of my favorite parts of werewolf mythology is the divided soul and mind.

  • Dan Calvin
    2019-02-27 08:30

    One of the few precursors of the werewolf legend written during this period, written by the sister of poet A. E. houseman, and illustrated by her other literary brother, Laurence. Unusual in several respects.

  • Ted Mallory
    2019-03-16 05:14

    Not only fast & fun, intense and suspenseful, but I think morally satisfying. The monster really was a monster, not a victim of either circumstance or curse. The other two main characters represent selfless and selfish kinds of people.

  • Scott Whitney
    2019-03-05 08:15

    I found this book while browsing the Gutenberg site for books. It was an incredible read and had a good message behind it. The Gutenberg site has all their books available in Kindle editions. I will read this one again.

  • Morag Gray
    2019-03-22 11:28

    Nicely creepy Victorian horror.

  • Barb
    2019-02-23 04:27

    March 2012 Book Club selection #2

  • Dan
    2019-02-25 05:24

    Very short but incredibly action-packed with beautifully crafted descriptive language. Of note is the fact that this author was one of the leading female figures in the British suffrage movement.