HowlOutCast || Interview with a werewolf

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

“The Munsters”,”The Howling”, “Teen Wolf”, and a cartoon called “Fangface” all got me into Werewolves. I must have been about 7 or 8 at the time.

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

Yes I loved other Shapeshifters. In the 80s I use to watch a TV show called “Manimal”… it was about a man that could shapeshift into any animal he wanted. I thought it was a cool power. That TV Show was great.

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

I love the idea of changing into something on the night of the full moon, there is something very cool about it I like. I remember being a kid telling my friends I was a Werewolf, I use to have these fake Vampire teeth that I called my Wolf Teeth lol. One of my favorite cartoons was Fangface, the main character use to turn into a Werewolf if someone showed him a picture of the full Moon, then he’d turn back to a Human if they showed him the picture of the sun. I made myself a set of Moon and Sun cards to give to my friends so I could transform, put my Vampire teeth on lol. It’s that changing into something else I really love.

Do you prefer a gory werewolf tale or a more serene, nature loving version?

I like any Werewolf tale if it’s done right. If it’s going to be gory at least let the gory parts make sense, don’t just throw random things at me just for shock. If its serene, nature loving, then let it have a really good proof of life message in it. I want to feel good when I see it, not sit there scratching my head trying to understand it.

What does the ideal werewolf look like in your opinion?

The Werewolves in The Howling are my idea of what Werewolves should look like, Big, Tall, Furry, Pointed ears, a long snout, a tail, it has to look like a Wolf and a Human morphed together.

What should a werewolf NOT look like in your opinion?

Sorry but a Werewolf shouldn’t look like a big giant bald rat lol. I may love Teen Wolf but when you look at a Werewolf you shouldn’t have to wonder if he’s a Werewolf or a Monkey from Planet of the Apes. I respect the Wolfman look but it’s not my preferred favorite.  

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

There is a movie I reviewed for my podcast called “Late Phases” the movie was great  but the Werewolf looked awful. It didn’t look like a Werewolf at all.

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

You got me there. I haven’t read any Werewolf Novels. I have read a Graphic Novel called “Deadman’s Land” by Barry Duffiled, it was a fun read. I’ve also read “Werewolf Nights” by Mari Hamill, “Wolf Born” by N. Gosney, “Wherewolves” by John Vamvas and Olga Montes. I recommend them all, they’re great books.

Back to Cinema, what is your favourite werewolf film?

“The Howling” is my favorite. It scared the crap out of me as a kid.

Do you have any werewolf related songs to recommend?

Yes, “The Big Bad Wolf” written by Kelvin Swaby, Dan Taylor, Spencer Page, Chris Ellul, performed by The Heavy.

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

No I don’t know of any artist at the moment. I’ve seen some great art I liked, but I don’t know who made them. 

What do you think of the way representation of werewolves has changed over the years?

 I don’t think much has changed with Werewolves when it comes cinema, a lot of the stories feel the same, someone gets bitten by a Werewolf and for the rest of the movie we have to watch them slowly transform, or there is a Werewolf running around and we have to figure out who the Werewolf is. We do get some original content out there but not enough imo. Literature I can’t say for sure since I’m a very lazy reader lol

What is the most unique werewolf representation you have seen in films, TV or books and what is it that you liked/disliked about it?

“The Howling” had a very unique Werewolf representation to me. It came out in the early 80s and up until that point we had a lot of Wolfman like stories, but the Howling was one of the first movies to have a pack of Werewolves. I liked the idea of a Wolf Pack. I’m not a big fan of the lone wolf stories.

What are you other passions within the horror genre or out of it?

My other passion is Video Games. I’m a hardcore video gamer, you name it I’m sure I played it lol

Tell us about your most recent werewolf related work.

I do a Werewolf podcast, I always have great guest on, in fact, I just recently had a great guest on my show, she goes by the name S.L. Mews. If anyone wants to hear it just look up HowlOutCast Ep 171 in iTunes or Stitcher. She was a fun guest, very insightful and different. It was a fun time.

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Who is your favourite werewolf character  and why?

 My favorite Character is Jana from “Wolfblood” She knows how to walk the line between being a Wild Wolfblood and a tamed Human. I highly recommend you Werewolf fans watch that program on CBBC, yeah I know its a kid’s channel but the show is very good, very well made.

Do you have any big upcoming plans relating to werewolves?

I want to do a big round table event for the series finally of “Teen Wolf” this summer.

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

No I’m not at the moment. We don’t have Werewolf conventions here.

Do you have any online places where other werewolf fans can contact you to discuss your work or anything lycanthropy related?

Yes, you can follow me on twitter @HowlOutCast or you can like and join my facebook page.

Vampires and zombies have both become seriously popular within the horror genre in movies, do you think that as technology continues to improve werewolves will eventually reach the same kind of status?

I don’t think so. Most movies and TV think if they just make a CG Werewolf it’s all good. No one does practical effects must anymore, so I just see us getting more and more fake CG Werewolves.