Wolves howl, kitties prowl and when the Moon is full, beware....


The Moon

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.


But all of the things that belong to the day,
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.

( Boris Karloff, King of Horror)




From ghosts to goblins, werewolves and phantoms to the present day hauntings of Edgar Allen Poe, Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. To the Science Fiction writers of Moon tales, from Jules Verne to Arthur C. Clarke; to Loony tunes and just plain lunacy, the Moon's allure is a nightly drama.

Moon lore is so ancient, casting shadows into our sleeping hours, striking fear, awe and wonderment in nearly all who hear the tales, as the primordial chord it strikes reaches into our very psyches. The archetypal images cut deep as the nocturnal wanderer absorbs all that is good or all that is evil, returning it to us in legend, tale, poem and song.

There have been many legends of werewolves throughout the centuries depicting human beings changing into werewolves by the light of the Full Moon. In 1941, Maria Ouspenskaya wrote her famous book "The Wolf Man," which brought the first Hollywood Werewolf movie to the screen. The Wolf Man was released in 1941 with a run time of 70 minutes, and was directed by George Waggner. The "Wolf Man" cast included Maria Ouspenskaya as well as Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Warren William, Fay Helm and Forrester Harvey.

Legend tells that, if in the moonlight of Hoshana Rabbah, on the seventh day of the Sukkot, an individual casts no visible shadow from their forehead upon the Earth, then it is their destiny to die during the approaching year.
--An Ancient Jewish legend

Writing seems the perfect medium to translate and describe the various tales, phenomenons and transitions of life under the Moon, either from legend or truth. In literature, the writer strives to make these tales endure by encompassing the flow of life in both its imaginary and literal aspects, setting the stage again and again; The nightly drama unveils eternally in all its horrific or benefic glory.


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