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The Hollywood Record

November 3, 1953



Wolfman Mania!

Hundreds report sighting of mythical monster men across the US

By Joe Shepherd, the Record's Official Court Jester

Halloween might be over, but it seems that monsters didn’t get the message.  In what can only be a sign of doomsday (or too many trick-or-treaters using the wrong kind of glue to attach their makeup) there have been hundreds of alleged sightings of the dreaded werewolf across the United States, prowling under the light of a full moon... or half of one anyway.  From the Iowa cornfields to the Louisiana bayous, from smoky Detroit to the redwood forests of California, it seems that werewolves are taking the country by storm.  Not even Hawaii is safe from these evil beasts, with sightings of wolfmen dancing the luau in grass skirts!  As usual, most sightings have come from crazy kooks and mischievous teenagers with wild imaginations, but they’re not the only ones suffering from lycanthrope lunacy!  Police officers, doctors, housewives, an entire little league team out in Pittsburgh, and even Peter Mandich, the mayor of Gary, Indiana, all claimed to have encountered wolfmen last week (granted, Mandich's sanity must be called into question on account of him being someone who chooses to live in the city known as America's armpit).  In this reporter’s opinion, it’s only a matter of time until someone in Tinseltown with sharp eyes sees hairy, fanged men outside of sound stages and cinemas.  Perhaps one will even interrupt filming and walk right into the frame of a camera, giving conclusive film evidence that the ancient myth is true...

But more likely, we should expect a veritable barrage of blurry photos and wild, unfounded allegations.  And why not?  This is Hollywood and nonsense earns fame and fortune!  So get those cameras and typewriters ready because this fearless reporter is going to blow the lid off this werewolf story!  Send me as all of your dark and grainy photos, send me all of your wild, rambling stories about ten feet tall furry goliaths that no one else happened to see, and most definitely send me all of your reports of werewolves that just so happen to look exactly like your granny in her fur coat after too many gin and tonics!  Send 'em all to old Joe Shepherd and I'll respond with a badly worded form letter and an official certificate proving you to be a lupine lun-a-tic of the highest order!  In addition to being great conversation starters, these certificates make excellent coasters, paper airplanes, and kindling.

So write in today and get infected with the dreaded... WOLFMAN MANIA!

One caveat, dear readers: if you've got a story, send it to me - don't go crying wolf to the authorities.  Due to the terms of my parole, I must inform you that filing a false police report with the Hollywood Police Department is a crime and may prevent police from responding to real emergencies such as when granny runs out of gin.
Promo material for Werewolves Versus Issue 5: Werewolves Versus Hollywood!  You can visit the official Werewolves Versus website for further information: werewolvesversus.com/ or follow the Werewolves Versus Twitter account: twitter.com/werewolves_vs

In coming days, expect further material, which will delve deeper into the setting.  But never fear - no spoilers here!  All promo material is brand new and spoiler-free!
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Will-Reierson Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017   Writer
This. Is. Amazing.
Seriously, this is SO well done. I don't know about what you're promoting, but on it's own this is a spectacular piece, mainly because of the voice you gave the reporter. You also did a brilliant job of capturing the whole 1950's aesthetic with the alliteration and wordy style. This is going in the favorites :D
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
Aw shucks... thanks!  It's just something I whipped up really quick as promo material for Werewolves Versus.  I'm planning a few others between now and release day on September 6th.

Werewolves Versus is a semiannual art and literature 'zine with a werewolf theme.  We actually have four issues already out plus a special issue.  Info here: werewolvesversus.com/

I've contributed to every issue aside from Issue 1 - and much, much more refined material than this!
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Will-Reierson Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017   Writer
Awesome! I'll check back for sure ^^
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
And thanks for the fave!
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No problem :D
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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2017
"of werewolves that just so happen to look exactly like your granny in her fur coat after too many gin and tonics"

Ok, you got me with that one. It had me thinking of Grandma Sweet-Tooth. Ironically, she would be alive during this time frame, though much younger. Come to think of it, she hadn't even become a werewolf yet during the time of this report. She and Henry didn't adopt Toby until 1959 and it wasn't until a few years after that she had become a werewolf.
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
I realized that about 15 minutes after I submitted it!  Though at this point in the backstory, werewolves aren't formally known to exist, though that's obviously on the verge of changing (pun intended).

The next promo will delve a bit more into the specifics behind these werewolves.
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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
"Pun intended" LOL.

Well in her backstory werewolves weren't really formally known to exist either save but a select few (most likely Gregory Winston). Speaking of werewolves and Hollywood it's ironic this was picked since Esmerelda did some roles in acting, though at that time her lycanthropy was a secret. After the Miasma it has become known to the public, though as of how that happened I am still thinking about, not to mention how it affected her fanbase.

And while she isn't exactly Hollywood related, Granny does have some experience in entertainment. Sometimes I did wonder how people would react when they found out that the wolf-lady "Rosalina the Lunatic" wasn't just some girl with a lot of makeup and a body hair problem who performed and baked goodies for her circus crowd.

Is the next promo the new thing you submitted? I will have to check that one out.
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017
Yup, yup.

Yeah, I knew about that, though I didn't know that Esmeralda was an actor.  What kind of films did she make?

I imagine that someone in the freak show being a real monster is a shock to anyone over the age of 10.  Or at least in a conventional freak show.  Jonas was worried that he might be kidnapped for display to werewolves as captive royalty.

Yep!  And there's another one.
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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017
Esmerelda mostly played minor roles in movies, be they romance or horror and she lent her voice for cartoons and video games. She also would sing where a movie required her too, be it a scene or just simply a song for a film. 

I am still trying to flesh her out a bit but I am imagining part of her story went like this:

A few months after the Miasma, werewolves were becoming more and more known to the public. Some ambitious paparazzi tried to sneak some photos of her and by mere chance he managed to catch her in her werewolf form. After photographing the evidence, the man tried to blackmail her in private for around 2 million dollars. While she wasn't too happy being backed into a corner like this, she did agree to his demands on the condition he handed her the evidence. While the deal had been made, it had become apparent to Esmerelda that he had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain after an associate of the paparazzi tried to send a text to him but by accident, sent it to Esmerelda's phone instead. Angered and desperate to protect her life and career, she then attempted to kill the paparazzi but ultimately failed. After she lycanthropy had become public, rather than run away she turned herself over to the police believing there was a way to save her career or at the very least her life. She had been detained for a few months as she was under investigation both because of her lycanthropy and the attempted murder, which of the latter she was ultimately acquitted since they had no evidence to prove she tried to kill him. She was released but her career had took a major blow and she ultimately left the city and fled to the East Coast. She lives more a quiet life now with what money she has. I do think she did get back into singing.

As for that paparazzi, I remember you mentioned you wished I had gone into more of those two cannibals in "The brother and the other." Well, I had just thought of this at this very moment but I thinking that "Baldy" or "Tony" as he was called was the paparazzi. The 2 million he and his associate made off with was spent unwisely, and at the worst time they could do something so foolish since the city took a major economic and civil collapse, to the point where the military abandoned it. Ultimately, they were killed by James.

She's much older now but I think Granny could still pull off the circus routine if she felt inclined to for old time's sake. I do recall you mentioned Jonas had a dream of something like that happening.
Adam would see Jonas as a potential political prisoner should he get his hands on him, though I also recall you said the Stildolphs would not negotiate though would expend any available resources to get him back if possible. It would be interesting to see how it would play out between Adam and Jonas.

I don't think James or David would handle being a prisoner very well. David especially considering what he went through at the hands of his own dad. And James is already psychologically damaged as it is. I've watched prison documentaries and some of the footage I have seen of inmates in solitary confinement is rather disturbing.
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017

That sounds fine, though I suppose I have a question: if Esmerelda was a bit player at best and a voice actor, why would she be a target for the paparazzi?  Those guys really only go after actors who are A-listers and wouldn’t bother spying on a B-movie actor unless they knew that they were going to find something really juicy.  Also, B-movie actors don’t really make that much money.  Acting is such a wildly unstable career that actors’ first big paycheck is usually spent on the piles and piles of debt they’ve run up.  Bryan Cranston and Bruce Campbell both wrote autobiographies about just how hectic their lives were before becoming famous.  Both held a vast array of menial jobs for decades.  Cranston worked at a warehouse that almost exclusively employed actors trying to make ends meet (one of his co-workers was Andy Garcia).

I’m not sure how I feel about tying the paparazzi into that story, since James doesn’t even know who they are.  Really, if someone’s going to deal with them, it should be Esmeralda.

Jonas… really doesn’t do well with confinement or being told what to do.  But he does know how to be a jailer and would be a problematic prisoner.  He'd probably have little trouble with solitary confinement.  He'd be more afraid of being tortured since he's very vain.

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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017
To be honest, looking back I was beginning to rethink all of that bit with Esmerelda. I may need to rethink her background.

Yeah, maybe I shouldn't tie that part in with that story. May just scrap that whole idea.

I didn't think so. Though I guess it should be of little surprise to me Jonas knows how to keep someone prisoner given the time he spent around his aunt. As far as Adam is concerned if Jonas was co-operative, he would lock him in a fancy bedroom specially designed to house a prisoner, something that would not even seem like a cell. If Jonas gave Adam a problem, he would probably lock him in an empty room, possibly a cold concrete cell with nothing more than a mat and a hole in the floor to go to the bathroom in.

Adam's form of torture is more psychological rather than physical. As a supernatural being he has his own ways of getting under someone's skin or even totally breaking them. It's hard to describe but try to draw a comparison from some of the supernatural scenes in the LOTR movies, most specifically when Pippin grabs the palantir and sees Sauron in Return of the King. Adam has ways of "burning into the mind" which makes him a very terrifying enemy to face.
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
I hope that I wasn't a big buzzkill!

Jonas actually manages a prisoner in the most recent story I wrote.  He's familiar with a lot of the various techniques for manipulating prisoners for information.  I generally don't think of Jonas as being a particularly cooperative prisoner, at least not if his captor was male.  I think that he'd repeatedly try to escape too.

Yeah?  I guess I remember that scene.  I'm surprised that Adam has that power.
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LoneLycaon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017
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Well done, well done! Wolfmen dancing in grass skirts, that was the best.
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
Well... it's just a writer being silly.  Unfortunately, the follow up article is deadly serious.
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LoneLycaon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
Yep, just read that one too. Cold War werewolf threat FTW
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