In my version of werewolves, the full moon is meaningless, as are silver bullets. My werewolves become wolves when the temperature drops in the winter and stay wolves until spring warms them up again and they become human again, and begin to barbecue and watch Rachel Ray and do other human things until winter intrudes once more.
They also become just plain old wolves in the winter. No halfway inbetween thing with slavering and shedding and mauling of natives and flea and tick collars. And aside from healing a little quicker than normal, they are pretty bereft of super powers.
Yeah, they're screwed.
In other words, SHIVER’s monsters are all of the human variety. The werewolves are pretty far removed from the original mythology.
I know that a certain famous vampire series changed the vampire mythology considerably -- made the vampires sunlight-compatible, removed their coffin bedding, and made them sparkle like disco balls. There was a lot of fall-out around that -- traditional vampire folks screaming for blood since the vampires weren’t.
So. Now that’s me. I am imagining scores of readers coming after me with torches and pitchforks for my murder of werewolf legend. Well, for my prettification* of it, anyway.
*I just wanted to note that my spellchecker says that ‘prettification’ is a real word. I am amazed. It is?
So as a reader of creature novels, how traditional do you like your creatures? I have to admit that as a faerie lore person, I like my faeries uber-traditional. Even Tinkerbell pisses me off, just a little bit.
So is there a line you will not cross? I think it’s zombie romances for me. Although it opens up all kinds of one-liner possibilities like “hey at least he loves you for your brains,” it just is too far removed from the original horror roots for me to ever be happy.
Lay it on me. Am I going to be hunted down like the monster that my creatures are not, come August 1st?