Written by John Edward Betancourt
Imagine if you will, it's a chilly evening without a cloud in the sky. You're only light comes from the full moon above and as you move about through the night, you get the uneasy feeling that you are being watched, from the shadows of the trees just beyond you. Yes, with every step you begin to feel as though something is bearing down upon you and when you hear a bone chilling howl, you know that you are no longer alone and you wonder what horrible creature awaits you in the darkness.
That scenario should evoke one legendary monster in all of our minds, the werewolf. The half man, half beast that roams about when the moon turns full, finding its prey and either damning them to join their ranks or ending their lives in terrifying fashion. The werewolf has seen many incarnations over the years, some have been quite memorable, from it's iconic beginnings in film with The Wolf Man, to being the stuff of comedy in the original Teen Wolf, this is a creature that has lasted the test of time.
Heck even now a new incarnation of Teen Wolf dominates the ratings on MTV, speaking to how well this monster has endured the test of time, which is a difficult task when we know every last detail about this creature. We know how it dies, silver bullets. We know that you become a werewolf by surviving an attack from one, so with all of the monster's mythos revealed, what allows this creature to continue to captivate our imagination? The answer is simple...the werewolf is a reflection of the darkest parts of our psyche.
Ponder on that for a moment. We have at some point seen someone close to us or seen someone seemingly calm instantly transform through anger, and that undoubtedly scared the living daylights out of us in some form or fashion. We have in essence, seen a transformation, a monster if you will and that is where the mythos of the werewolf gains its power. It is the darkness of men, the unbridled evil that lurks within all of us that comes to the surface in the form of a primal animal.
We watch characters in these stories try and resist the beast that lies within. We watch them work to protect others from what they become and we see others embrace it. It makes this monster as fascinating as it can be, and one that will continue to endure for one simple reason...as long as there is evil in the hearts of men, the werewolf will always serve as a vessel for that evil to come to life and scare the hell out of us in a story until its time to close the book or turn off the television, and we wouldn't have it any other way.