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Into the Paranormal: Cures for Lycanthropy

Today, since I’ve been busy cleaning the past few days again because of my in-laws coming into town, I’m going to repost one of my favorite paranormal blogs I did at The Deadly Vixens. I remembered this post as I watched The Wolfman with Benecio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, which turned out to be different than I had expected, but still really good for what it was aiming for. But that’s a blog for another day soon.

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Anyways, as I was looking at Wikipedia’s entry Werewolf, I happened to see a section that said Remedies. I am a huge fan of werewolves. They are probably my top favorite of paranormal creatures. I have heard of some authors who have figured out ways to cure their vampires of vampirism, but not really anything about curing a werewolf of lycanthropy, or as Wikipedia says, werewolfism. So, let’s take a look at a few of these “remedies.”

First one of interest is from the Ancient Greeks and Romans. They believed that to cure a person of “werewolfism,” you needed to get the person to the point of exhaustion by long and hard physical activities. They thought this because of the fact that werewolves supposedly were weakened after ravaging their prey.

My thought on that is it doesn’t matter about making the person exhausted if they really are a werewolf because they’ll just gain back some of that strength during their shift, and then they’ll be just as likely to eat whoever happens to be on the menu. I haven’t really heard of werewolves supposedly being weaker after killing their prey either. From the books I’ve read, they usually feel satiated and content, if not exhilirated, but not weak. Hmm…

The second is grouped together ones that pretty much fall into the same category. In medieval Europe, they believed there were three ways of curing one of “werewolfism.” Those ways were medicinally, surgically, or by an exorcism. The cures performed by their doctors mostly were fatal. Some Sicilians believed that you could cure the werewolf by hitting it on the forehead or scalp with a knife, while others thought you needed to pierce the werewolf’s hands with nails.

A lot of those sound very painful. The fact that medieval Europe believed lycanthropy/werewolfism could be cured surgically boggles my mind. Perhaps those fatal “cures” weren’t really intended to help the victim, but instead to kill the victim so that they wouldn’t have to bother with him anymore. Poor wolfie. The Sicilian beliefs were a bit odd as well, especially if, oops! that wasn’t really a werewolf. It was just a normal human. Ouch!

The third and final group are the less extreme ones. In lowland Germany, they believed that if you addressed the werewolf by its Christian name three times that it would be cured. And a Danish belief is that if you simply scold the werewolf that it would be cured.

These “cures” I wouldn’t want to perform in front of the werewolf when he’s in wolf form and about to attack. I think if the person really was a werewolf that they’d eat you just for trying them, but then again, that might just be me. It’s good that some didn’t go for a violent approach to curing werewolves, but these seem least likely to work. What do you think?

Let me know which group you think would be most likely to cure a werewolf, if any. If you don’t think they would work, tell me ways you’ve heard of to cure werewolves, or if you have read a novel that has dealt with trying to cure a werewolf. *smiles*

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So, how are you spending this romantic holiday? Are you going to be curling up with your significant other or is a steamy romance novel going to be your buddy this year? Do you have plans to go out to dinner?

For me, I’m not sure. I know that I’m going to be exchanging presents with my husband, and that’s about it. We might go out for a nice meal, or we may stay home… Now that I’m thinking about it though… I think a meal out would be better. *grins* Last year we went all out, but this year things are a bit more subdued.

In any case, make sure to stop by The Deadly Vixens today for our special Valentine’s Day giveaway. We’ll be picking three winners for our three prizes!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Okay so some people don’t think of it as a happy day since it’s known to be filled with superstition, but I’ve never really had bad things happen to me on the 13th. If anything, good stuff tends to happen to me! =) Yippee! I can’t wait to see what happens today.

Not too much has been going on recently. I’ve been writing more for the Book in 30 days program, and I’m in the process of sending out proposals for an anthology, so I’ll have to see what happens with that. I’m excited and utilizing my synopsis writing abilities. Yikes! Although, I admit, they’re not as scary as they seem. I’m not sure mine are the best, but… ah well.

There’s something exciting happening today! The Deadly Vixens has a Friday the 13th giveaway today! We’re giving away three ebooks, so come leave a comment for your chance to win!

New blog at The Deadly Vixens

Hi everyone! My blog this week on The Deadly Vixens is about how I’m preparing for National Novel Writing Month. Hop on over and take a peek! =) I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Writing progress/Special news

I’ve been working on my next novel recently, which is one that actually was the first novel I ever started. It’s a romantic suspense piece that I’m excited about. I’ve also been working on editing the paranormal romance that I completed the other day. It’s really interesting to go back to the beginning of a story and start editing since sometimes it’s surprising to see what you have written. I began the paranormal romance novel last November, so rest assure, I have let it that part rest for a good long while!

Also, here’s some news that is very special to me. Today I posted an interview I had the honor of doing with Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief, of The Wild Rose Press at The Deadly Vixens. It really has a long of excellent advice. Make sure to visit and ask questions since she’ll be answering the questions as she stops by off and on today!

I hope to see you there!

Great news!

Hi everyone. I know I should crawl out of my hole more often, and I will really try to! I do have some great news to share. I have completed a 390 page paranormal romance novel. Hooray! Now I have to go back through and edit it. Yuck! =) I’ll try to get back into the habit of blogging on an almost daily basis.

I haven’t done a newsletter in a couple of months either, and I’ll work on getting another one of those up by the end of this month to all of you on the mailing list. If you haven’t joined yet, you’ll be eligible to win my drawing plus get a sneak peak of the novel I just completed if you sign up.

This week over at The Deadly Vixens, we’re having The Wild Rose Press week where we’ve interviewed a few of editors and will be having a couple of authors blogging with us. Make sure to check it out!

Well, that’s all I can think of for now.