Werewolves, Lycanthropy & Skinwalkers

Originally shared by: Amelia Nightside on Sunday, March 25, 2012

*additional sources may need to be cited.


So, what actually is werewolf or lycanthropy?

Is it a fact based on concrete evidences?

Is it a myth, fabrication of feeble minds?

Is it an exaggeration of some other things?

Well, all these questions have been puzzling mankind for last 5 centuries. Though many ingenious hypotheses have been suggested as possible explanations, definite conclusion can’t be drawn. Some experts have tried to observe it as purely supernatural phenomena while others have relied on scientific observations. Contradictions and debates still persist and will continue till any single theory solves the jigsaw which seems unlikely considering complexity and diversity of the topic. Nonetheless, the werewolf phenomenon has not perished yet; recent werewolf sightings are still reported.

The word werewolf is most likely to derive from two old-Saxon words, wer (meaning man) and wolf. Frequently used Greek terms Lycanthropy refers to the transformation process while Lycanthrope, which is in fact synonymous to werewolf, is the afflicted person. The popular definition of werewolf or lycanthrope is a man who transforms himself or being transformed into a wolf under the influence of full moon. – http://alam25.tripod.com/

Possible Explanations for the Werewolf phenomenon

  • Robert Burton, the clergyman and scholar, considered lycanthrope to be a form of madness as mentioned in his book Anatomy of Melancholy in 1621; he blamed every thing from sorcerers and witches to poor diet, bad air, sleeplessness and even lack of exercise for this.
  • The diet of medieval peasants may have been a source of werewolf delusions. Ergot infection on food grains like wheat and rye was common in Europe during the middle ages. This is actually a fungus which grows in place of grains in wet seasons after very cold winters. Alkaloids of this fungus are chemically related to LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a strong hallucinogenic psychoactive drug which produces dream like changes in mood and thought and alters the perception of time and space. It can create lack of self-control, extreme terror and blurring the feeling between the individual and the environment.) Similar to this modern drug, Ergot poisoning results in hallucinations, mass hysteria and paranoia. Continuous exposure to this contamination through bread or other food items could contribute to either an individual believing he is a werewolf or a whole town believing that they have seen a werewolf.
  • Rabies – A strain of virus carried by dogs, wolves and other mammals including vampire bats causes Rabies. The virus strikes the central nervous system and produces uncontrollable excitement and painful contractions of the throat muscles’ intervention preventing the victim from drinking. Usually the patient dies within three or four days of first symptom.
  • Porphyria – At the 1985 conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, biochemist David Dolphin suggested that the untreated symptoms of Porphyria match many of the traits associated with the classic lycanthrope. One of them is severe photosensitivity, which makes venturing out into daylight extremely painful and thus dooms the sufferer to a life of shadows and darkness. As the condition advances, the victim’s appearance grows increasingly morbid; discoloration of the skin and an unusual thick growth of facial or body hair occurs. There is a tendency for an abnormal change in skin and formation of sores. Eventually the disease attacks cartilage (the soft bone) and causes a progressive deterioration of the nose, ears, eyelids and fingers. The teeth, as well as the fingernails and the flesh beneath them might turn red or reddish brown because of deposition of Porphyrin, a component of Hemoglobin in the blood. Porphyria is often accompanied by mental disturbance, from mild hysteria to delirium and manic-depressive psychoses.
  • Hypertrichosis – Hypertrichosis is also known as “Wolfitis”, refers to a condition of excessive body hair growth. In most cases, the term is used to refer to an above-average amount of normal body hair that is unwanted and is an aspect of human variability. The hair growth can be generalized, symmetrically affecting most of the torso and limbs, or localized, affecting a particular area of skin. Though severe Hypertrichosis is quite rare it results in excessive or animal-like hair on face and body.



Lycanthropy is the professed ability or power of a human being to transform into a wolf, or to gain wolf-like characteristics.

A more modern use of the word is in reference to a mental illness called lycanthropy in which a patient believes he or she is, or has transformed into, an animal and behaves accordingly. This is sometimes referred to as clinical lycanthropy to distinguish it from its use in legends. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycanthropy)

Clinical lycanthropy

…is defined as a rare psychiatric syndrome that involves a delusion that the affected person can transform into, has transformed into, or is a non-human animal.[1] Its name is connected to the mythical condition of lycanthropy, a supernatural affliction in which humans are said to physically shapeshift into wolves. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinical_lycanthropy)




In some Native American legends, a skin-walker is a person with the supernatural ability to turn into any animal he or she desires, though they first must be wearing a pelt of the animal, to be able to transform. Similar lore can be found in cultures throughout the world and is often referred to as shapeshifting by anthropologists. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin-walker)


… is a common theme in mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. … shapeshifting occurs when a being (usually human) either (1) has the ability to change its shape into that of another person, creature, or other entity or (2) finds its shape involuntarily changed by someone else. If the shape change is voluntary, its cause may be an act of will, a magic word or magic words, a potion, or a magic object. If the change is involuntary, its cause may be a curse or spell, a wizard’s or magician’s or fairy’s help, a deity’s will, a temporal change such as a full moon or nightfall, love, or death. The transformation may or may not be purposeful.

Berserkers (or berserks)

…were Norse warriors who are reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk. Berserkers are attested in numerous Old Norse sources. Most historians believe that berserkers worked themselves into a rage before battle, but some think that they might have consumed drugged foods.

Fae, a General Overview

Original piece created ~January 12, 2015. Some modifications have been done since then.

This is intended as an overview of mythology, commonly held beliefs and facts. –

The term Fae tends to be a bit of a broad term. Here I will try to simplify the complexity as best I can.

*Please keep in mind that accurate information may vary from person to person and from resource to resource.

When most people hear “Fae” they think, Fairy, right?

Well what are Fae really?

First, let us define Fae.

According to Wikipedia:

Fae, is simply another term for Fairy.

A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; euphemistically wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.)[1] is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.


Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy

According to MythicalCreaturesGuide.com:

In the English Language fey means otherworldly, able to see the future, or touched in the head.http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Fae

It can be gathered that while Fairies are Fae, not all Fae are Fairies. Fae tend to be very nature-oriented creatures, having a parallel existence in this, our physical world, and in a “magickal” (Subtle/Non-physical) Plane.

– While commonly thought to be mischievous and playful (primarily Fairies), this is not the case for all.

Fae Types

Some entities that may fall under the term “Fae” are (but not limited to):

List includes kin-types & mythical creatures












Genies (Jinn)


*Succubus suggested as Fae type via pop-culture. See SyFy series Lost Girl ( http://www.showcase.ca/lostgirl/ )


Fae Courts

Fae, like other creatures, are often categorized as Dark, Light, or Neutral. For Fae, this puts them into specifically termed Courts.

Major Courts are:

Seelie (Light)

Unseelie (Dark)

Some believe in breaking down the courts further*:





(reference: http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?topic=2343.0 – OtherkinAlliance – The Summer & Winter Courts by “Verde”) Otherkin Alliance forum has been down since 2013

*This is a new concept to me, personally. More information or better explanation to come as more information becomes available.

Further Information on Courts & Classifications:


Fae Groups

Social Order

Fae are either “Trooping” or “Solitary” creatures. Often communities are overseen by a King and Queen.


Fae as Otherkin

Fae-Kin for short.

Fae-kin are simply humans, identifying as otherkin (People who feel that they are in some way not entirely human), who believe their kin-type to be of a Fae variety.



Ask questions to see them posted here…


References & Additional Resources about/for/by Fae

s i d h e, f a e r y, a n d t u a t h a ( a n d a l s o s o m e e l v e s )


Faeries, Fallen Angels, Demons and other related stuff

Mythical Creatures Guide, Fae

The Realm of Fae




ImmortalOnes.com – Fae, Elven & Mer Folk

http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?board=13.0 – OtherkinAlliance.org Forum section Elementals, Elves & Fae (must join to view)

AngelFire.com – Who are The Fae?

Constructed Mythology Wikia – The Fae

http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?topic=429.0 – OtherkinAlliance – On The Fae, by “airforcegrrl”  Otherkin Alliance forum has been down since 2013

THE FAERIE KINGDOM – dnd.wizards.com

Classifications of fairies – Wikipedia

dresdenfiles.wikia – Faerie Courts


!-Please do not copy or use without first either ASKING permission or at least giving credit to the author, Myself Amelia Nightside -!

*OtherkinAlliance.org down indefinitely. New sources/references needed. Please do feel free to comment on this piece and help me out with your own understanding and preferred resources. (:

Lurking Within

First posted online August 11, 2009


she stalks…
a silent breath escapes her lungs, gentle mist in the night air.
she’s found her target.
she slowly creeps closer and closer..
she’s invisible. just how she likes it.
closer and closer she creeps.
she pounces.
she attatches herself –
her teeth and nails pierce flesh.
passion comes over her senses, pure adrenaline, instinct and pleasure.
they fall to the ground together.
the soft grass like a bed to rest her head.
the fight is over, she relaxes and takes in the air.
it’s a beautiful night, the sky is clear, the stars shining down.
a breeze gently caresses her.
she feels at peace.
finally, she rests.

Inspiration for The Awakening – The Dream That Came Before

This story, and many that I might allow you to read, came to me as a dream. Here I’m going to present to you the very first notes of the story, and my first description of this dream. Please keep in mind that it obviously needs a lot of work, this is a very rough draft and more along the lines of the “brainstorming” first step piece that is involved when creating a story.

I will edit this, and the previous entries over time while I attempt to expand upon and fine-tune the story. Please remember to stop by more than once in case something may have changed.

Originally posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 8:14am

A young woman, appearing to be in her mid to late 20s with light brown, straight hair, hazel eyes and lean body is standing on a ledge, her heart racing at finding herself in such a situation. She’s just outside a very large office window. Co-workers inside trying to coax her back in, the concern in their voices nearly bringing herself to tears. The on-lookers below, though small in number aslo have an air of concern and fear, “don’t do it, it’s not worth it, we still love you” they seem to collectively say, though the exact words never audible.

She jumps off the small ledge. She lands on her feet -a slight pain enters her shins-, but is recoiled backwards and lands laying on her back on the sidewalk pavement.

She wakes a bit some time after. She’s being carried by a young man with sleek, near-black hair, silver eyes and lightly tanned skin. He’s wearing a dark-grey or faded-black band-promoting sweatshirt with a symbol like a jagged or roughly drawn ankh. His name is Sy; short for Sylas and he’s been a long-time friend of hers for many years. Some could even say, they’ve been good friends for ever. He’s rushing through an apartment building, looking for the vacant-looking front doors. He finds one, apartment 6. He opens the door and sees what appears to be a closet-like room and what looks to be a young boy on the top bunk of a bunkbed. There are dark greenish gray vine-like ropes growing in a swirled pattern up the bed posts. He has no time to make sense of the image as the apartment door just next to it, apartment 5 opens and a man with dark hair that forms a U shape around the bald top of his head emerges wearing an apron and waving a rolling pin. “That’s my son, you stay away from him”. So Sylas closes the door and continues to search for a place to stay. He goes back outside to the front of the apartment complex and takes a look at the door buzzer list. There’s only one empty, so he moves on to another building.

He stands in front of the building, There seems to be a deli/butcher shop and above is the apartments. He takes a look at the list; Apartments 4 & 6 seem to be empty. He enters the building and climbs a couple the staircases that are squared at the doorways, staircase to the second floor (actually the third if you count the shop below) and finds that the apartments to this building are set up perfectly with the even numbers right beside each other and the odd on the other side of the crevace.

(The stairs look kind of like a fire escape stair/ladder but line both sides [for example, stairs are on the north and south sides of the inside of the building, while the apartment doors on a squared platform (with banisters and a whole in the center) are on the east and west sides of hte building] lead up to sort of ledges where if you look down, you can see to the bottom floor, in the dream it appeared much higher than 2 floors, but considering the apartment numbers, i think realistically, it should only be the second floor).

He tests apartment door 4, he’s lucky, it’s unlocked. -and seems to already be a mostly furnished cross between a studio and one-bedroom. The biggest rooms being a t.v./entertainment section and a bedroom with a nearly closet-sized bathroom and a tiny hole-in-the-wall nook of a kitchen. He carries her into the apartment and sets her on the bed. He then goes over to the next apartment, #6 also seems to be unlocked. He goes outside and with a marker, very neatly prints names in the buzzer list.

(Aparently these landlords don’t check on their buildings/tenants very often, and if they do, they must not remember which ones do or do not actually have tenents. Though rent was mentioned in the dream later on.. it’s like they start by squatting or something, then later start making payments to the landlord.. who somehow never catches on that they at least started here illegally =/, told you it can be weird in some parts).

She finally wakes, and he seems to have something brewing on the stove, she can smell it. He enters the room again, “Hey, sleeping beauty. How ya doin’, Christal?” She feels stiff, Hungry and soar. She looks at him and lets out a bit of a groan. He hands her a bowl of warm, red-colored liquid. She stares at it with a look of “what is this slop?”.

“it’s blood”, Sy respons, “well and a little tomatoe juice. I got it from the butcher downstairs. I went in to apply for a job, the late afternoon to evening shift, and while i was there I asked if he had any leftover drippings from his meat. Told him that my family back home was very ethnic and loved to use blood in various recipes. He said that i was lucky, he usually tosses the blood on Wednesdays, so today being Tuesday was cutting it close.” She takes a sip, it’s warm and while it tastes a bit extra-irony and tomatoe-y it isn’t totally bad.

“Back home?” she questions.

“I haven’t a clue, i just said it and he believed me, Can you believe it?” Sy continues in a almost a minor rant, “These MODERN humans don’t know a great thing when they see it. Throwing away blood, it’s crazy. It’s better for you than a lot of this other processed crap they serve nowadays.  He says he’ll hold onto the blood for me every week, no matter how much, and let me have it if i stop in every week. I offered, if i get the job, to take a small cut in pay in exchange for the blood. If this works out, it’ll be perfect!”

“Sy, you know i don’t care much for blood.. You sure it’s not a waste?”

“oh i know, but you can’t be draining me all the time. I CAN feel it and I do have my own needs too, girlie.” he laughs and  takes care of her empty bowl. “This’ll have to work for the now, until we can figure something else out” he says while in the little nook of a kitchen.

He then returns to the room and she allows him to take off her rouge-colored t-shirt to inspect the bandages.

“I really don’t understand how, but you managed to pretty badly bruise most of your ribcage without breaking a single bone. Why were you up there?”

“You took me to a doctor?” Chris questions with some concern in her voice.

“No, I checked you out. You know i can’t pass up a chance to see you naked,” he smirks. She looks at him scoldingly “Well I’m glad you don’t have to spend money we don’t have but i reallly don’t think your doctor’s training and methods are still as good nowadays. How long ago was it?”He sighs, “It was at least four decades ago that they canned me, if you have to be reminded.  I’ve got much longer and much more than that under my belt of experetise and I’ve been keeping up with the medical journals and books and stuff from the library and the free internet around town. Your meat-body is safe with me.” He waits for her to answer his other queston. “Why did you do it Christal?”

“I’m honestly not sure, Sy,” she pauses “One moment i’m in Mr. Bricks’ office, the next i’m outside, on the ledge looking for a way out.”

“A way out of what?”

“I don’t know, I just wanted out.”

The sun seems nearly right in front of them in the sky (west facing window?). It must be 5 or 6 in the afternoon. Evening is just starting to call to them.

Sy closes the shade and kisses Chris on the forehead while she rests then leaves.

Morning comes and a knock comes to the door of apartment 4. Christal answers to find a strong-looking young man, jaw-length, bleached-yellowish hair with black tips and dark blue eyes. He’s wearing a fitted black t-shirt and denim jeans.

“Can i help you?” She says.

He reaches out his hand and takes hers in greeting. “My name is Taylor. I’m not sure if you can help me, but i’d like to help you.” There’s a look in his eyes that she recongizes. “Here, come inside” she says and ushers him in.

“How did you find me” She askes.

“Pretty easy” he replies “You’re not very good at being descrete. You were on one of the local news channels with your little stunt. I found i a little out of the ordinary to see your friend scoop up your unconscious body  and run off. I figured there was something odd about the two of you, considering your not being dead or seriously crippled. Anyway, like attracts like, my dear. I wanted to find you and here i am.”

Sy enters Chris’ little apartment his defenses immediately come up upon seeing the stranger sitting with Chris. “Who the hell are you?” he demands.

Chris stands up a swiftly and flinches at the quick tinge of pain it causes her mid-section, “Sylas, this is Taylor, he wants to help us.”

“Help us with what? What in the world could we possibly need help with?” Sylas speaks quickly and again in a loud, demanding tone.

“Survival..” answers Taylor.

“We’re fine, We’re alive and We’ve been managing for many years without you. Get out, Taylor.” Sylas says and shepards Taylor out by placing his body near to his.

“Well that’s a bit rude, don’tcha think?” Taylor mocks and slowly walks toward the exit.

“I don’t care, You’re not welcome here. Get out!” Sy shoves Taylor out slamming the door and locking it behind him.

“What the hell was that for?” Chris says, “he was only going to help us”

Sylas ushers Chris onto the couch and tries to explain his views. “We don’t need help, Chris. He wasn’t going to help us, it’s hard enough providing for the two of us and we’ve been doing it for decades, he could only make it worse. He was going to take from us. Like a leech.”

Chris sighs, “Take from us, or take from you?” She says. “I wasn’t in danger there. That came off as more an ownership thing coming from your end. Was it?”

“Me? You think i’m being territorial?” he shakes his head “With what territory, Chris? We have nothing”.

We  Sy. We. That’s exactly what you were protecting. You’re so comfortable with just us, that you aren’t willing to see what anyone else could offer.”  She goes back into the bedroom “We don’t need anyone else!” She mocks.

He leaves.

The Awakening – Preface(?)

My name’s Christal.

I owe all I know to my grandmother who died when I was 16. No one really knows the truth about how or why she died. At that time the supposed experts had started coming out with their tests and experiments for volunteer vampires.  I’ve always wondered if she volunteered for the experiments in attempts to follow and help her dream, her community’s dream, of understanding and equality to come true. I’ve always wondered if that’s how she died.

My grandmother began teaching me about vampires as soon as I was old enough to read. She had saved every resource and every tidbit of information she’d ever had onto her computer and filed away in her safe.

I began my awakening at 13. I had always wondered if she knew of my latency, if she knew I was a vampire. I suspect she wanted me to be prepared, whether I awakened as a vampire or not, an awakening had begun during her time and I think she was afraid that vampires would not be accepted into society without some sort of fight.

If she only knew then, how bad it would become..

The Awakening – Description

The Awakening is an up-coming story of mine. Also intended as an up-coming post here. This is a rough draft of the description (obviously needs work and not “official” yet).

In a not-so-distant future the world has finally discovered the truth about vampires. A genetic mutation in people has been discovered and linked to those professing vampiric need. As a result,  mass hysteria and world-wide panic has set in.

Our story follows Christal, a young woman hoping to follow her grandmother’s dream of acceptance in a world where people like her have been forced back into the proverbial underground to escape acts of hate, prejudice and intolerance.

Disclaimer: This story is a work of fiction and holds no relation to any real  person, place or group.