The Lunenburg Werewolf: And Other Stories of the Supernatural by Steve VernonThe Lunenburg Werewolf: And Other Stories of the Supernatural by Steve Vernon

The Lunenburg Werewolf: And Other Stories of the Supernatural

bySteve Vernon

Paperback | September 15, 2011

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Spanning the length and width of Nova Scotia, these 25 blood-chilling yarns make perfect campfire fare. Some stories are so terrifying that they have been told far and wide, such as "The Ghosts of Oak Island" or "The Haunting of Esther Cox." Others, including "The Murder Island Massacre" and "The Caledonia Mills Spook," might be lesser known, but are no less scary. These stories of the haunted, the supernatural, and the inexplainable are part history, part folklore, and a lot of old-fashioned, frightening fun.
Steve Vernon learned the storytelling tradition from his grandfather, and as part of the Writers in the Schools program he now teaches it to Nova Scotia children. Steve is the author of more than fifty published short stories as well as the books Sinking Deeper, Halifax Haunts, Maritime Monsters, Wicked Woods, and Haunted Harbours. Ste...
Title:The Lunenburg Werewolf: And Other Stories of the SupernaturalFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:148 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.38 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.38 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Nimbus PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551098571

ISBN - 13:9781551098579


Rated 4 out of 5 by from More monsters in the Maritimes I had no clue--none--that Nova Scotia had a werewolf legend. This is why I appreciate Steve Vernon's work: he has an innate ability to dig up these folkloric gems and relay them through written word as if his audience is sitting round a campfire. This book isn't just about a werewolf, though a novel about a Maritime lycanthrope would have been welcome. It's a collection of over twenty legends and local myths that lay scatted across this humble province's rocky shores. This is actually old hat for Steve with other collections already under his belt including Haunted Harbours, Wicked Woods, Halifax Haunts, and Maritime Monsters. The stories stretch from the northern inlets of Cape Breton to the southern shores of Yarmouth. And, as a Nova Scotian, it's always a treat to stumble across a tale that reference not only a place you know, but a place that's walking distance. The stories also demonstrate the vibrant imaginations and superstitions that provide the roots for these local legends. Every region has their fair share, especially in history-rich rural sections of the landscape. Three of my favorites from this collection would have to be: "Murder Island Massacre," a story of thousands of skeletons beached on Murder Island, with connections to my own hometown and a beguiling woman who may have played a darker role in the fates of those who died; "The Quit Devil," a coal miner’s deal with the Devil and a legacy left to his son; and "The Capstick Bigfoot," about a fabled beast roaming the Cape Breton wilderness and doing good deeds. The stories are brief and to the point, at times begging for a broader canvas on which to be painted, allowing readers to whisk through a couple tales at a time on coffee breaks, or wading through the entire book in a couple of evenings. Any Canadian should read at least one of Steve's collections, and as far as the rest of the world is concerned these stories are a fantastic inroad to the culture and kookiness--and sincerity--in my region of the world.
Date published: 2011-11-12