Top 5 Scariest Werewolves In Literature


Werewolves! We love them, don’t we? And I’m not sure whether it’s far to posit
the question–are you a werewolf person, or are you a vampire person–because as horror
fans, we don’t have to choose, do we? The truth is, similar to their cinematic counterparts,
werewolves in literature have also had a bum deal when compared to the vast abundance and
intricacies of vampires in literature. I mean–it’s the age old battle for a reason,
right? HOWEVER–thankfully for us, compared to their
silver screen companions, werewolves of the page have seen a myriad of hidden gems–some
of which may take you by surprise. So let’s take a look, shall we? Hello horror fans, what’s going on–and
once again, welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Werewolves In Literature. Roll the clip. Ahhh! Damn I love that movie–and for the curious
amongst you, that clip was from 2004’s Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckingsale–and
you know what? I don’t care what anybody says, that movie
was awesome. Also, it’s absolutely insane how good the
werewolves were in that movie–they well and truly nailed it, from both the physicality
of how they moved–and their primal half-man half-wolf homogoney. Yeah, so there we have it. Van Helsing–oh yeah, and then there’s the
whole Dracula thing–but you know that already. Anyway, on with the show. Kicking off at Number 5–The Pack from… The Pack And yeah–’cos I’m not sure what else
we should exactly call them. The thing is, I think it’s best that we
kick off this list with an otherwise undiscovered gem, because for the most part when it comes
to werewolves in literature, you have to do a little digging to find anything that’s worth
its salt. Or–fur. I guess. In The Pack, written by Paul Hinton and released
back in 2013, werewolves–although still depicted in their traditional form, kind of–are an
entirely different force of nature. If you’d like an idea as to the bones of
this novel–picture 30 Days of Night, but put werewolves in it–and then stick it in
a small town in England. The Pack tells the tale of a fictional town
called Whitchurch, tucked in the idyllic landscape of rural England. However, in this little town–it has a very
bizarre history, soaked in blood and the misfortune of an ancient curse. You see, every fifteen years–a vicious pack
of werewolves–that are genuinely terrifying in parts may I add–are unleashed upon Whitchurch
to feast upon the locals. And yeah–as you may imagine, that’s exactly
how this novel kicks off. Listen–I can’t exactly heap a huge amount
of praise on the actual technical construction of this novel, because for the most part–Hinton’s
style is incredibly simplistic–and the dialogue heavy nature of the novel is dragging in parts–BUT!–honestly,
the werewolves in this novel are awesome, and it’s worthwhile just to experience them. They’re unlike pretty much every other werewolf
in literature–they’re like a force of nature–more akin to the vampires of 30 Days of Night than
anything else. Also, if you enjoyed Neil Marshalls awesome
movie, Dog Soldiers, then you will adore this book. It’s got the same British charm to it–and
a similar set of true Grit characters. Yeah. The Pack–it’s worth a read. Swinging in at Number 4–Reverend Lowe, The
Cycle of the Werewolf And yeah, we can’t really make this list
without giving reference to the main main himself, Stephen King. You see, out of all of the entries on this
list–Stephen King’s The Cycle of the Werewolf is perhaps the most traditional depiction
of lycanthropy. And yet–I’m not exactly sure how he does
it, because much like with the vampires in Salem’s Lot–King manages to turn such a
traditional horror trope into a completely different vessel for fear. But hey, I guess that’s why he’s the King
of horror, right? For those of you that haven’t yet read The
Cycle of the Werewolf–please do–it’s a fantastic read, it’s short enough to get
through in a single sitting–and conceptually speaking, it’s the definition of what being
a werewolf is. Also, yes–this is the King novel that 1985’s
Silver Bullet starring Corey Haim was based upon–so if it seems familiar, that’s why. Written by Stephen King and illustrated by
Bernie Wrightson, The Cycle of the Werewolf is told across 12 chapters–each of them depicting
a month of the calendar in the small town of Tarker’s Mills, Maine. The story is told through the eyes of a 10
year old boy, Marty Coslaw–who is paraplegic and wheelchair bound–and also, the only one
in his town who knows that a ravenous werewolf is murdering people every full moon. It doesn’t take him long to realise that
the werewolf is none other than Reverend Lester Lowe–the towns priest, although he himself
isn’t exactly aware. The thing is, the story is actually really
sad–and King manages to walk a fine line between the beastial rage of the werewolf–and
the tragic realisation of Reverend Lowe’s curse. The origin of his lycanthropy is never explained–and
that serves to hammer home the tragedy of his affliction–juxtaposed by the genuinely
gut-wrenching physicalities of his killing spree. Yeah. This is werewolf 101. Next up at Number 3–The Lupine Theriomorph,
The Dresden Files And yeah–something that isn’t werewolf
101 at all–because who better to completely reinvent the werewolf on several different
levels, than Jim Butcher himself. Now, listen–you may be aware that we’re
big fans of The Dresden Files over here at Top 5 Scary Videos–but if you know, then
you know, because the Theriomorphs of The Dresden Files are awesome–and also, we have
to hammer down the specifics here–because there’s quite a few versions of the traditional
werewolf as far as Butcher is concerned–much like with his varying depictions of vampires,
as is the case with the Four Courts. In the world of Harry Dresden, there are several
types of werewolves–otherwise known as lupine theriomorphs. There are the classic werewolves, which function
exactly as they do in gothic literature–terrible magic curse, you get the drift. But then there are the Hexenwolves–a type
of lycan magic that allows a person to transform into a wolf-like beast through the use of
a magical talisman imbued by another user. To transform, a person makes use of a talisman,
which can be worn and activated–and then, yeah–instant werewolf. Usually it’s a wolf-hide belt, which are
a pretty important resource in the world of Harry Dresden. Then there are the Loup-garous–which are
also incredibly similar to the classic werewolves–but instead are created by a much more powerful
type of magic, and are reliant on the old adage of the silver bullet variety. The Loup-garous are essentially the resulting
creation if you make enemies with really powerful sorcerers. And then–there are the lycanthropes–which
are essentially the anamorphic feather in Butcher’s werewolf cap. As depicted in Fool Moon, lycanthropes are
not born–but created, and for all intents and purposes, are perhaps the most powerful
lycans in the series. However–we’re irking on spoilers here,
but there are a few more versions of were-things in Butchers series–which, you know, is reason
enough to give it a read. Coming in at Number 2–The Wulfen, Warhammer
40K Okay guys. Talk about diverging from the path of classic
werewolfism. Of course, it had to be the staggering canon
of the grim darkness of Warhammer 40K to deliver us a completely insane depiction of the stereotypical
werewolf. Because what happens when you cross an ancient
race of lycan-men with a space marine? Yeah. The Wulfen. That’s exactly what you get–and if you
know anything about the vast lore behind Warhammer 40K–you’ll know that these guys are one
of the most savage and frighteningly efficient fighting forces in the whole of the Space
Marines. And also, the creation of The Wulfen is something
else entirely–so much so, that I’m pretty sure there is nothing else like it in werewolf
fiction. Although, it is kind of close to the Trial
of the Grasses in the Witcher series–which is pretty cool, actually. As described by texts of the Terran Empire–The
Wulfen are members of the Space Wolves Chapter, who have succumbed to the Curse of the Wulfen
and thus transformed into savage, malformed lupine mutants. Genetically engineered creations, within every
Space Wolf’s gene seed is a specific genetic sequence known as the Canis Helix–which unleashes
the acute predatory sense of race of creatures known as Fenrisian Wolves, the native species
of the Wulfen’s homeworld–Fenris. Yeah, exactly–because how do you get an army
of genetically engineered and technologically superior Werewolf Soldiers in the Warhammer
Universe? You create an entire planet of them. Now, obviously, if you’re familiar with
the series–you’ll know that the Space Wolves are an incredibly powerful sect of Space Marines–and
by extension, a critical arm of the Empire–but in this case, Space Wolves is very much indeed
taken literally. Space Werewolves. There we have it. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–Carcaroth,
The Silmarillion Because yes–there is one werewolf that all
others tremble at the very mention of. And surprisingly enough, it comes from an
incredibly well known series that isn’t exactly renowned for its depiction of gothic
horror tropes. J.R.R Tolkein’s legendary work of fantasy,
The Lord of the Rings, was built upon by a very important side-compendium, his 1977 posthumous
novel, The Silmarillion–and we have that to thank for fully fleshing out Tolkein’s
world of Arda, and the incredibly rich and in depth lore of the First and Second Age. In many ways, The Silmarillion is considered
to be the Prose Edda or the Bible of the Lord of the Rings–and any such creation story,
in turn needs to have it’s villain. That villain is a figure known as Morgoth,
the progenitor of all evil in Arda–and the one responsible for creating some of the most
vile evils in the whole of Middle Earth. One of those is Ungoliant, the Giant Spider
and mother of Shelob–and the other is Draugluin–the first of the werewolves. But in this case, they both pale in comparison
to the power of Carcharoth, offspring of Draugluin and the greatest and most powerful werewolf
to have ever lived. Otherwise known as the Red Maw and the Jaws
of Thirst, his eyes burned like red coals–and his teeth were poisoned as the spears of the
Orcish legions. He was reared by Morgoth as a line of defence
against Huan–the white wolfhound of the Valar, and was charged with defending the gate of
Angband–where he eventually went on a madness induced warpath–slaying everything and anything
that stood in his path. You see, the thing is–although Tolkein’s
depiction of werewolves aren’t exactly in line with many of the other mechanics of the
creatures–they are the literal definition of the primal rage and beastial wrath that
werewolves represent. These werewolves aren’t trapped men–but
instead they’re servants of evil itself, bred by Morgoth from wolves–and then inhabited
by spirits of pure evil. And Carcharoth? Yeah, he’s the baddest of them all. Well, there we have it horror fans, our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Werewolves In Literature. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from today’s video though,
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100 Replies to “Top 5 Scariest Werewolves In Literature

  1. I think between being a vampire or werewolf, werewolf wins due to diet. True as a wolf you're bound to eating raw meat; but as a human you can have pizza, tacos, ice cream, etc. Vampires on the other hand have quite the limited choices.

  2. You should check out the Werewolves from the Mercy Thompson series. Bran and Asil would qualify although they are more like anti-heroes.

  3. I don’t like werewolves because they smell like wet dogs. And I don’t like vampires because they hiss like cats for no apparent reason.

  4. I cannot recommend enough the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey. One of my all-time favorite magic realism novel series out there. And yes, Carey touches on lycanthrope.

  5. If you consider light novels literature then my top pick is of course Holo from spice and Wolf ( man i love that story ❤️). Oh and of course Sgt Angua from Terry Pratchett's guards series, she's awesome.

  6. You can't make a difinitve list without the werewolves from the Lilith Mercury series. "Red" by Tracey h Kitts i (first in the series) is worth checking out.

  7. yes!! i was obsessed with van helsing when i was younger. finally, someone else appreciates its greatness and those epic werewolves.

  8. As soon as the video started, I thought to myself: "Self, you shouldn't delay; go straight to the comments and suggest The Cycle of the Werewolf." Then, before I could embarrass myself, you delivered in pure T5S fashion and spoke the truth. Well done, Jack. I should have never doubted you. Cycle of the Werewolf is great. Plus…it's got pictures in. Cheers!

  9. A couple of suggestion s for any follow up videos….
    Jack Williamson's DARKER THAN YOU THINK
    S P Somtow's MOONDANCE.

    Think you may enjoy these novels. They are classics.
    A bit obscure, but so, so worth the effort.

  10. Anne Rice is another one and this video reminds me of the teen wolf on the news that believe their are teenager wolf 🐺😏💛

  11. de Montour in Wolfshead by Robert E. Howard is much scarier than Carcharoth. I love Tolkien, but the man was much too pragmatic and rigid to have a flair for horror and the macabre. And considering that Carcharoth doesn't appear in any definitively finished works by Mr. Tolkien himself, i would disqualify Carcharoth. The potential concept of this character within the tolkien mythos is the sole reason it's on this list, rather than any substantial literary work.

  12. Speaking of ‘wer’ things, Dragon Ball’s Great Ape transformation is basically the Saiyan form of a Werwolf. Saiyans with tails will transform into the beastly and berserk Great Ape when exposed to earthly moon beams. The Saiyan while under the moonlight triggered Great Ape state loose all sense of self, are unyieldingly violent and driven by blood lust. Once back to base form said Saiyan has no recollection of their behavior or actions while transformed.
    Just ya know… in case ya didn’t know. 😉💖🐉😈

  13. good I wish they still made decent werewolf movies, sadly they don't.. Also a good read for werewolves was whitewolfs werewolf the apocalypse, thought it maybe hard to get ones hands on a copy of that series as whitewolf hasn't been a company for a couple decades now.

  14. So happy the Dresden Files hot a shout out here always love the series also Van Helsing clip awesome i love this channel

  15. Jack, you are very handsome. This is the first time I’ve ever commented on your channel…just wanted you to know. Carry on with the great content!!

  16. I agree with you on the Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman it's one of my fave werewolf vampire movies but should check if we have the Stephen King book I know we have such like Misery and IT and few other titles I can't recall but if I have to choose for Vampire or Werewolf……well I would go with Werewolf…..at least I have to deal with being a wolf monster once a month and not have to deal with well ^^; I can't say but let's just say I get very low blood iron and get more sleepy than normal

  17. How about the Incryptid series werewolves?

    It's a form of trans-mutational rabies that shapeshifts you against your will into a near rabid killer with very little self control until the strain of the transformations kill you

    Not only is there multiple types of base change on top of wolves like rhinos, it can infect other mammals.

    One was a rabid horse that uncontrollably shapeshifts into a werewolf-horse until it kills you or you kill it

  18. The werewolves from Gary Bradner's novel "The Howling." The early 1980s movie of the same name was very loosely based on it. It was very scary, and I think it's back in print.

  19. Love, love, LOVE the Dresden Files! I find the sub categories of 'were' beings fascinating too. Jag- weres and the like. I've even read a YA novel that revolves around were-thylacines and were-Tasmanian Devil.

  20. Van Helsing… Nice start 2 a video, love that movie 2. Cycle of the Werewolf, great choice. King at his best. Werewolves 4 the win! 🐺🐺🐺😄😄

  21. How about top 5 scary Werewolf alternate species? I know the story of the Brazilian Dolphin people is terrifying… Going to a dance and end up being drowned?

  22. Can you do a top 5 on horror comics? There's a lot of great horror comics from the bronze age era. My three favorite titles from that time were Frankenstein Monster (Marvel), Tomb of Dracula (Marvel), and Werewolf by Night (Marvel). Horror comics were eliminated in the Silver age era after psychiatrist reported that such comics were the cause of delinquency in society. This ushered in the Comic Code Authority to put rules and regulations for publishers. Which put a good majority of horror comic publishers out of business.

  23. Theres two lacking on that list, at least as mentions.
    1) The Howling, yes that one it was a book before it became a movie.
    2) The Wolfen, what is scarier than an entire breed of predators that have evolved solely to prey on Humans and remain undetected, read W.S. book or see the movie which has a killer sound track and really good cinematography (Special effects where not up to re-created the predators from the book)

  24. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones. Not for this list because it wasn't frightening, per se, but great writing and great family coming-of-wolf story.

  25. love the list definitely checking out the pack, sounds awesome. When you guys do a part 2 could you possibly put Wolfgang von Uberwald from the Discworld books, I know its not horror and more fantasy He has been read as a Nazi in lupine form: determined that werewolves are the pure-breeds and is the leader of a pack of vicious werewolves, who try to take over the power in Überwald. They have re-installed the game, in which a man has to try to outrun the werewolves. If he can't, he will be killed. Wolfgang is cunning though and doesn't play the game by the rules. People seldom have a chance against him. Definitely lines up the brutal savage nature of someone lost to the animal

  26. If you ever decide to do a part two for this topic, I highly recommend THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER by Christopher Buehlman.

  27. Thanks for reminding me of a great movie. I loved Prison and Viggo Mortenson. This is a fantastically scary movie. Just stay away from barb wire.

  28. Please do a part two of the scariest werewolves in literature I’m sure there are more you just have to come through everyNook and cranny

  29. I've read nearly all Stephen King works pre-2000, but I somehow missed Cycle of the Werewolf. And hats off to including Carcharoth! Ask Beren One-hand about him…

  30. I love horror movies and I love reading, however (aside from Clive Barker and James Herbert) I never really read horror books…but i'd read me some good werewolf books! Part 2 pls

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