Werewolf Hunting #101 – In Search of Legends, and Busting Folklore Myths

Werewolf Hunting #101 – In Search of Legends, and Busting Folklore Myths

Imagine you have been invited to meet in an abandoned cemetery to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of the next full Moon but you don’t know what to pack?

It may sound like something out of a cheesy horror movie but, as I recounted in my Ancient Origins Premium article “Searching for Old Stinker: Medieval Legends meet 21st Century Werewolf Hunters”, this is what happened to me recently, when I was called in by a UK national newspaper to help investigate a reported werewolf sighting in Yorkshire that might have been linked to the Medieval legend of a werewolf known as “Old Stinker”.

My suspicion—a suspicion confirmed by what we actually saw on the night—was we were never going to encounter anything supernatural and that our “creature” would be just a normal flesh and blood dog, albeit a frighteningly large dog. That said, in preparing for the trip, the thought did cross my mind... but what if? What if it actually was a “real” werewolf? All legends have to start somewhere and even the most incredible have a germ of truth at their root.

Sculpted head of the “Loup Garou” or werewolf in Cognac, France.


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