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Self-published novelette from Gareth Barsby of The Otherworld Anthology and Daryl and Susie . Set in Victorian London, this story revolves around the titular asylum, where two men, an unnamed narrator and his assistant Dr Harlston, work to help lycanthropes suppress their nocturnal transformations, while also searching for a more permanent cure. One evening, they find a special type of werewolf - one permanently stuck in a wolf/human hybrid form - and take her back to the asylum to study and treat her. 'Martha', however, believes her form is due to her being a Messiah to her brethren, and wishes for the other werewolves to embrace their condition, which could be a hindrance to the two doctors' goals.

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The Werewolf Asylum contains examples of:

  • Our Werewolves Are Different - The werewolves in this story transform at night per se, rather than just at the full moon, but their transformations can be repressed with enough willpower. The condition can also be inherited at birth, and Martha is apparently the way she is due to a birth defect.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome - Most of the werewolves note  just want to be normal again.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild - Martha is described as being in her 20's, but displays childlike curiosity and naivete, as well as utter insanity.
  • Shout-Out - The book's style is deliberately modeled after Dr Seward's journals in Dracula.
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