Finally after lots of hard work, editing, revision, and formatting, the final copy of book one of “The Gay Guy’s Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts” is available for purchase online at my online bookstore: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/melmystery
It should be available online at major booksellers such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc. within the next 6-8 weeks. I encourage folks to buy directly from my online store as I will get a better profit back from direct sales.
I will be hosting an official book launch party near the full moon in July. By then it should be available at these major book retailers.
What are the ancient mythical and real world connections between homosexuality, shapeshifting, and shamanism?
This is a book about werewolves and other shapeshifters written from the perspective of a gay, Pagan male. This first book in an anticipated trilogy of gay werewolf books starts with an overview of werewolf lore and then traces the histories, folklore, and mythologies of werewolves and shapeshifters through a number of cultures. Wherever possible links between werewolves and homosexuality are made.
Themes include: gender variant gods, goddesses, and heroes with wolf / werewolf associations; homosexual initiations and shapeshifting practices among ancient all-male warrior bands; gender-shifting among shapeshifters; shamans who changed both shape and gender, including many who were gender variant to begin with; animal-human hybrids; and gay and bi positive cultures with stories of werewolves and shapeshifting.
While most of the book focuses on male werewolves, information related to lesbian and transgender folks are scattered throughout the book. Additionally, there are chapters devoted to she-wolves and gender-shifting. Since an entire segment of the gay male population identifies with “bears,” a section on were-bears and ancient bear worship is included. There’s a section on Christian werewolves too. To round things out there’s a chapter on other types of were-beasts and human-animal hybrid creatures.
Future books in the trilogy will include information on wolves and werewolves in real life and as totem animals; werewolves as a metaphor for homosexuality and as archetypes for modern LGBT folks; LGBT werewolves in popular culture; modern manifestations of werewolves and shapeshifting; how to create your own wolf pack; and holidays and rituals for the modern werewolf.
The next podcast episide titled “The Gay Werewolf Connection” will be up in a few days. I was hoping to have it done by Samhain / Halloween, but it will most likely be finished this weekend.
I’ll be talking about the links between homosexuality and werewolves in both mythology and modern culture.