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Our Werebeasts Are Different: Literature
  • Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, in addition to werewolves, has wereleopards, werelions, weretigers (including blue, red and black tigers in the recent books), at least 3 weredogs (their abilities are inherited not infection), weresnakes (at least 2 species cobra and anaconda), wereswans (some are cursed others inherit their abilities like the weredogs), wererats, werebears, and werehyenas.
  • Tad Williams Bobby Dollar Series has Fatback who by night is a pig with a human mind and the reverse by day.
  • Spider Robinson's "Lady Sally" stories have a were-beagle.
  • Fred Saberhagen's novel Dancing Bears features, guess what, ursanthropes.
  • Mordred in The Dark Tower is a werespider.
  • James A Hetley's novels Dragon's Eye and Dragon's Teeth have a family with the hereditary ability to turn into seals.
  • In The Dresden Files, while Harry Dresden is researching werewolves, Bob also mentions that there have also been such things as werebuffaloes and weregoats.
  • Golden Dragon Fantasy Gamebooks has a werecat and a weretiger.
  • The Hobbit features Beorn, a "skin-changer" who can shapeshift into a bear at will and uses this ability to kill orcs. The Silmarillion also features some magical shapeshifting, which requires the skin of the monster to be imitated.
  • Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle series includes several characters who are referred to as werecats, but the novels describe werecats not as shapeshifting humans, but as a separate magical species.
  • In the Blood features werecats.
  • The Fayth Hunter series Jane Yellowrock features a Skin Walker named Jane who is technically a classic shifter who can assume any form but prefers (or is forced to) take cat form mostly.
  • The Jargoon Pard by Andre Norton features Kethan who can become a pard with the aid of a magic belt. He initially thinks the belt is somehow cused. It's not: he's the child of a wererider featured in 'Year of the Unicorn' but was switched at birth and placed under spells so his innate shapeshifting would be repressed; the belt acts as a key to unlock his powers.
  • Mary Janice Davidson's Jennifer Scales series has weredragons as well as werearachnids (some into giant spiders, others into giant scorpions).
  • In Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels books, the leader of the Pack is a werecat. He can change into a lion. Additional werebeasts include werebears, werebuffalos, wererats, werehyenas, werebadgers, etc.
  • The Kitty Norville novels have a number of different types of werebeast, including a were-jaguar and a were-seal. The rule is that the were-creature is always a predator, as Kitty explains to a caller on her radio show who suspects he is a were-alpaca.
  • The Lost Years of Merlin features deer-people, who, as their names suggest, can transform between humanoid and deer form. The most notable example is Hallia, Merlin's friend and Love Interest.
  • The short story "Lusus Naturae" by Margaret Atwood centers on a young woman whose parents fake her death to hide the fact that she is a werecat.
  • Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series features Mercy, who is a 'Walker' (were-coyote).
  • In the first novel of the Merry Gentry series, A Kiss of Shadows, Merry's lover is a selkie named Roan Finn who has temporarily lost his ability to change shape.
  • People who can turn into animals are one breed of Other in Night Watch. Werewolves are always Dark, but the rest can apparently be of any alignment.
    • Specifically, Dark shapeshifters can only take on a single animal form, chosen when they initiate. Meanwhile, Light shapeshifters are actually Magicians who are gifted with shapeshifting magic and can take on numerous forms along the same theme. As Light Others, Tiger Cub can shift into various big cats, while Bear can take on bear forms.
  • In the book On the Edge, by Ilona Andrews, the heroine's brother is a werecat. He can turn into a lynx at will.
  • Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos has a weretiger. Because Anderson's laws of magic insist that mass remains constant, he is a very large, fat man in human form.
  • In The Otherworld Series by Yasmine Galenorn, one of the main characters is a werecat named Delilah D'Artigo.
  • The children's novel, Prince of Pirates, features an enchantress named Leonora, who can turn herself into a panther at will.
  • In Robert E. Howard's "Queen of the Black Coast" Conan fights werehyenas who are the minions of the story's Big Bad.
  • The River of Dancing Gods series has, in addition to werewolves and other common types of werecreatures, a variation simply called a "were", which transforms into whatever animal is nearest when the full moon takes effect.
  • The fantasy novel The Shattered World takes a more true-to-folklore approach: its various werebeasts are humans who acquire their shapechanging powers through a spell, so they can take the shapes of animals. One of the protagonists is a werebear, and must periodically "release" the bear within, fearing it that will force its shape upon him if denied its freedom for too long. Werebeasts in this Verse are vulnerable to normal weapons, suffer Transformation Trauma, and can never be cured if they've been shapechangers for longer than a few weeks.
  • The Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent features werecats who change at will and live in lion-like prides.
  • The Turning by Helen Ellis has werecats. It's genetic, starts sometime during puberty, then lasts for two weeks every year for five years before stopping permanently. The 'turning' is brought on by contact with a cat (real or 'turned'). There is a cure, but it only works before the second time you 'turn'.
  • Silicon Wolfpack includes multiple types of hereditary werebeasts. Including weresnakes.
  • A.E. van Vogt's SF novel The Silkie features genetically modified people who can transform into aquatic, seal-like creatures or into living spaceships.
  • In The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, there are a wide variety of "were's" able to turn into an assortment of animals. At least once a buffalo and an owl are seen. There are also "shifters", who are true therianthropes and can change into any animal form, but have a preferred default form they must change into on the full moon. Sookie's brother Jason is abducted and bitten by a were-panther, so he turns into a sort of panther-man at the full moon.
  • In Sunshine by Robin McKinley, there are all kinds of were-animals, and wolves are said to be comparatively rare.
  • The book series Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind includes a werecat.
  • Railrunner in Miranda Leek's Twisted is a were-roller coaster.
  • Warwolf: The Centurion Warrior Book 1: The Warriors has mentions of werecats and even a werecobra, in addition to the more typical werewolves. It's hinted there are other types of werebeasts, but thus far only the wolves, cats, and cobra have been shown in this setting.
  • Curtis Jobling's series of fantasy novels Wereworld has all sorts of werecreatures, not limited to mammals.
  • Wers in Tanya Huffs Wizard of the Grove duology come in both wolf and mountain lion form. They were created by Wizards. They turn into very large versions of their respective species and their change isn't linked to the moon but to their emotional state. Which makes pregnancy and especially delivery very dangerous for both mother and child. This is fixed by the Wizard Crystal who gives the women control over their change. She however is not able to do the same for the men.
  • Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton features the wereriders: a group of all-male humans altered by an adept that can become a specific animal more or less at will (wereriders include a bear, boar, eagle, snow leopard, wolf and horse). They can take other, more monstrous forms as well, but these forms seem to be mostly illusion while the animal shape seems to be real.
  • In Amalie Howard's The Aquarathi series, the title aliens natural form is a giant spined seaserpent with clawed fins who can change into both human and humanoid (basically human but with multi-colored skin, Anime Eyes and sometimes fangs and claws depending on the individual) forms. There are also genetically mutated hybrids that, again dpending on the individual can sometimes shift into full Aquarathi form bot others can only make a partial shift.
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