One of the most iconic aspects of werewolves is when they transform from human to beast. When I was a little kid, I was obsessed with this part of being a werewolf and even tried it myself, which did not sit well with my mother. I like it when a werewolf’s muscle fibers, bones, sinews, and joints crack and contort as they rearranged themselves into something new. Their innards would burn and expand as they twist and churn into new shapes. When the sun comes back up and the werewolf turns back into a human, they undergo the same painful and grotesque mutation. All of this would leave the werewolf drained, exhausted, and sore from head to toe from transforming twice in one night. I also see a sense of symbolism when a werewolf’s clothes are torn off during their transformation. The reason why it is symbolic is because their clothing represents a part of their human self being ripped away as they turn into beasts. I have my own idea of the werewolf transformation for my new idea and it is pretty messed up.
Last night, I thought of an idea for a werewolf story. I even came up with a few twists to original werewolf legend. For example, the curse of the werewolf was traditionally transmitted through bites like rabies. With my idea, the werewolf curse will act more like an STD instead of rabies. Also, we often see films and stories in which there are usually one or two werewolves. A wolf’s greatest strength is not their teeth or claws or speed, it is the pack. With this in mind, my story will portray the formation of a pack of werewolves and how they adapt to the modern world. In terms of mentality, they would have something similar to dual personalities always at odds with each other, one personality being their usual human side and the other personality being the beast in them. The humans in these werewolves will be trying to fit in to society as best they can, but the beasts in them will only view humans as either livestock or mates. In addition, the human side of these werewolves will constantly be haunted by the faces of those they either kill or turn, which creates a sense of inner conflict. Overall, this story will have themes I do not normally explore, which will give me new territory to investigate. I will keep you updated when I get started.