Today’s post is a little bit different. I’m introducing Talking to the Moon, and experimental piece that I’ve been sitting on for a few months.
I wrote this short little fable with a goal in mind: create a short backstory for a different spin in werewolves. I created it for a group project that didn’t get off the ground, but I liked it enough to let it rattle around in my Dropbox until now.
The thing is, I really love werewolves. It almost doesn’t matter what lore or style; I can find something I love about any werewolf. That said, there are lots of common threads. Your typical werewolf story focuses on the transformation element (usually symbolic for puberty or some other relatable body change) or the ‘pack’ element, and there is usually some sort of commentary on the wilder side of human nature.
All of that stuff leads to great stories. I dig it – but I wanted to try a different angle. Not to say that others haven’t, either! There are tons of cool and unique spins on the werewolf out there. For this project, I wanted to go outside familiar territory, too. I imagined a secluded, scholarly culture of werewolves tasked with keeping ancient knowledge, forbidden magic, and unspeakable secrets.
Talking to the Moon is an origin story for this culture, so to speak. It’s meant as a short introduction, not a complete guide. But I created it, and even though the project didn’t go through, I want to explore it some more.
What do you think? Do you like scholarly werewolves, or should I get back to the basics?