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Consider the werewolf

What does the mythological werewolf say about us?

By Josephine Livingstone  

Alex Stevens as the werewolf in the 1966 daytime drama Dark Shadows

It’s Friday night and you’re on a date with a guy from school, possibly Michael Jackson. Maybe you’re at a drive-in, parked in a large American car. Everything’s going great. Then the moon comes out.

First, the date’s face begins to warp, becoming lumpily misshapen. Next, you sit, hyperventilating, watching him watch his outstretched hands as his fingernails elongate into claws. At this stage the date may convulse. Finally, the buttons of his shirt…

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