Connor P Heflin || Interview with a werewolf

What got you into werewolves and how old were you when you discovered them?

That’s difficult for me to answer. I’ve known about them for as long as I can remember. It might have been some illustrations in a book about wolves where I discovered them. I might have been about five when that happened.

Do you share the same love of other types of shapeshifters?

Sometimes yes. I enjoy shapeshifters in general, though I have a particular affinity for werewolves.

What do you think it is that attracts you to werewolves?

Not quite sure. Maybe the sheer feralness or power of them.

Do you prefer a gory werewolf tale or a more modernised, romanticised version?

I prefer gory, but my favorite werewolf tales tend to be werewolves on a mission (examples being Werewolf: the Apocalypse and the graphic novel The Astounding Wolf-Man).

What does the ideal werewolf look like in your opinion?

In my opinion, I tend to think something like the Crinos form from Werewolf: the Apocalypse (sensing a pattern here? 😛 ) is ideal for me. But other looks are cool too.

The Crinos form is the middle form in this image (copyright Ron Spencer and White Wolf):

What should a werewolf NOT look like in your opinion

I’m not sure. So far I haven’t seen a werewolf design I don’t like, so it’s basically impossible for me to answer.

Give a cinematic example of a werewolf that didn’t quite meet your expectations.

The werewolf of An American Werewolf in London is the only example I can think of. I only saw the partial TF for a while and when I saw the final form I was a bit surprised. I didn’t mind though, it was still cool.

Stepping away from the cinema side of things, what is your favourite werewolf novel and why?

My favorite werewolf novel is a tossup between Breathe Deeply by Don Bassingthwaite and The Silver Crown by Bill Bridges.

Back to Cinema, what is your favourite werewolf film?

That’s tricky as I haven’t really seen any. I’ll have to go with Van Helsing for now.

Do you have any werewolf related songs to recommend?

Not specifically werewolf related, but the dark ambient Black Star by Lustmord I think has a fitting sound to it. If you want to take a listen to it.
Black star – Lustmord

Do you have a particular favourite werewolf artist? What is it about their work that you love?

What do you think of the way representation of werewolves has changed over the years? (In both literature and cinema.)

It’s interesting to note that some of them have become sympathetic characters in literature and cinema. Incidentally, Irish werewolves, faoladh were considered guardians of some people, including children. While the Sottish wulver wasn’t aggressive if left alone and sometimes left fish on the windowsill of the poor.

In short, I think we’re seeing a bit of a “boomerang” back to these types of folkloric Irish and Scottish werewolves.

Tell me something that makes the werewolves in your works unique, what makes them special?

So far I’ve only written one non-fanfic origin story so this is going to be a short answer.

Basically, the werewolves in that story come about from a rite practiced on the full moon which summons Artemis (the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt and wilderness).

What are you other passions? Vampires, zombies? Body horror? Etc etc.

I have a passion for the ideas of reconciliation and healing. I’ve incorporated those ideas into a short fanfic once in fact.

Tell us about your most recent werewolf related work.

My most recent story is one that takes place in an alternative universe where my character is turned to one of the evil factions instead of a good one. It’s mature so I’m not going to go into more detail than that.

Who is your favourite character within your own work and why?

At the risk of sounding narcissistic, it would have to be my RPG character (who I’ve used extensively in my works) Peter Morton. Mostly because he tries to be a nice guy.

Do you have any big upcoming plans relating to werewolves?

Where will you be available to meet other werewolf lovers and fans in the near future, if you are doing any outings or signings?

What do you think of the furry movement and do you think it has affected the way people perceive werewolves?

Vampires and zombies have both had some serious popularity in the last few years; what do you think needs to happen to give werewolves that same boost?

I’ve been considering revising and expanding some stories, but I haven’t made any concrete plans yet.

I might be attending a convention near Chicago this winter where a fellow werewolf fan might be heading as well. Nothing is concrete at this point though.

I consider myself part of the furry movement, it has a lot of what I like. I don’t think it’s really affected the way people see werewolves as we’re a niche community.

I get what you mean, but I disagree with the premise of the question. Werewolves are more prevalent in pop culture than ever before. There are too many books, comics, TV shows and films to keep up with! We just don’t see werewolves represented in popular film and television as often as vampires or zombies because they’re not as easy (or morally comfortable) to turn into sex objects as vampires, and makeup and budgetary constraints make zombies much easier to represent as realistic avatars of horror.