I broke a few “werewolf rules” in writing this book, one of them being that business with the full moon. In the first draft of the book (there were five drafts in all), I included the Full Moon Rule. It wound up slowing the story down considerably, so I decided to take some creative liberties with it and left it out. I wanted my werewolves to transform whenever they damn well pleased, and I think the story has a better flow to it as a result.
It is thought that the belief that werewolves can only transform under the full moon came from what is now known as the Lunar Effect. That’s just a technical name for the phenomenon of the full moon causing bizarre behavior in some people.
Another legend regarding werewolf transformation involves the use of an object called the Wolf Belt, or Werewolf Belt. This is a belt made of either wolf or human skin. Supposedly these belts were made by the Devil himself and given to his followers. Once the belt was fastened into place, the wearer was transformed into a werewolf. (As I write this, I’m getting a hell of an idea for Zuri Tales 2: Band of Freaks.)
The second rule I smashed was the one that says werewolves can only be killed by a silver bullet. Although silver is used in Mr. Goddard’s Menagerie as a way of tormenting the werewolves, they can be killed by the same things that snuff out human lives. In fact, one of them meets quite a grisly end at the hands of another type of paranormal critter.
The legend of the silver bullet came about due to that precious metal’s link to the moon in magical lore. (there’s that moon again.) Since werewolves were transformed by the moon, it made sense that they should die by the moon as well. And what better way to do that than with a piece of precious metal that represented it.
Which brings us to the third rule: the one about werewolves’ insatiable lust for human flesh. I threw that one out too—sort of. While my werewolves aren’t averse to chowing down on a hunk of human haunch, they do just fine with regular food and choice cuts of meat from the grocery store.
In one particular scene, Zuri enjoys a gourmet meal, complete with a scrumptious dessert. She does, however, have a bit of trouble with her table manners. After all, she is a werewolf.
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