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The Hero as Werwolf

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The Hero as Werwolf

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Author: Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991
Harper & Row, 1975

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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"The Hero as Werwolf" combines SF, surrealism, and horror tropes, producing an unusual and unique concoction. Wolfe uses the original spelling of werwolf because that spelling describes a man who is to be feared because he became like a wolf, rather than someone who literally transforms into a wolf.

This short story originally appeared in the anthology The New Improved Sun (1975), edited by Thomas M. Disch. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5 (1976), edited by Terry Carr, Aliens Among Us (2000), edited by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann, and Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002), edited by Gardner Dozois. It is included in the collections The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (1980) and The Best of Gene Wolfe (2009). A chapbook editon appeared in 1991.


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