WEREWOLVES IN FICTION :The Phantom Ship “The Flying Dutchman”
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What does a seafaring adventure involving a man trying to save his father have to do with werewolves ? Well a lot .
The 1838 Gothic Novel by Frederick Marryat which explorers the legend of the Flying Dutchman, a tale about a ghost ship interestingly also includes not only other supernatural components but a whole chapter about a werewolf.
This Chapter about a werewolf was even expanded and serialized into its own short story called The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains.
Cleverly and remarkably written it told the story of Kratz who leaves to the mountains of Germany with his three children after killing his wife and lover.
He distracts himself with hunting wolves in the mountain but one day is intercepted by a man and his daughter. He takes them back to the cottage where his three children are. After three weeks of knowing the woman he accepts her hand in marriage from her father. However he really doesn’t know who he has married because it is soon revealed the girl is a werewolf.
There is more that happens but I liked it for a werewolf story and to me it sort of had like a Moby-Dick vibe to it. Give it a read and let me know what you think .
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