Monday, 11 February 2013

The Unnatural History of the Werewolf



As this week's Hypnobobs is somewhat delayed this week and it was Lon Chaney Jnr's birthday yesterday,  we thought we represent one of the highlights of last year's broadcasting, our multi-episode exploration of the history of the werewolf!  

We begin with some general thoughts on this famous monster as Mr Jim Moon ventures out into the light of the full moon to investigate the legend of the werewolf. As well as some chat about what the Wolf-Man means to us, we have readings of two classic lycanthropic tales - Gabriel-Ernest by Saki and High Moon by Tim Stout.





Continuing our investigations in werewolvery, Mr Jim Moon traces the  development and metamorphoses of werewolf lore down the ages, from the shamanic mists at the dawn of time to the blood-soaked pages of the Penny Dreadfuls!






Continuing our explorations of the history and mystery of the werewolf, Mr Jim Moon recounts the earliest manifestations of werewolvery in cinema and  attends the birth of the modern lycanthrope with a visit to Universal's The Werewolf of London (1935) starring Henry Hull. 






This week Mr Jim Moon delving into the audio archives of the Great Library of Dreams to bring you two contrasting werewolf tales from the eerie world of old time radio! First we have The Werewolf from The Weird Circle, a radio play based upon The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains by Captain Frederick Marryat and then W Is For Werewolf from Dark Fantasy. 






Continuing Werewolf Month here in the Great Library of Dreams, Mr Jim Moon rambles at great length about the 1941 Universal classic The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney Jnr. Along the way we learn about the history of the Universal Monsters and just where the werewolf's vulnerability to silver actually comes from...

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Concluding our history of werewolvery, Mr Jim Moon tracks the progeny of Universal's Wolf Man, tracing the influence of Mr Larry Talbot on lycanthropic cinema. Under the light of the silvery moon, we hunt down The Mad Monster, The Undying Monster and The Wolves of Malveneur, hear the Cry of the Werewolf and witness the Return of the Vampire, before uncovering his descendants are alive and well in the modern age in the shape of An American Werewolf in London and The Wolf Man remake.

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2 comments:

David Jón Fuller said...

This looks like a great series! I look forward to listening to them all. Nice to see a comprehensive treatment of werewolf folklore and its evolution in traditional as well as pop culture.

Jim Moon said...

Thank you sir! I've tried, as far is possible, to uncover the roots of all the major aspects of werewolf lore :)