I think I can trace my love for all things wolf shifter and werewolf to when I was a child. I had a book – a carousel pop up book – of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. This book was so beautiful. It had a ribbon at the top to carry it around – and each page contained detailed pop up scenes. The best thing about it though was that you could open it up to make a circular storyboard and tie it together that way with the ribbon.

I adored that book! It went everywhere with me. I used to spend ages looking at the drawings and the story fascinated me no end. I think even as a child I picked up on the possible Freudian overtones – the warnings to girls not to talk to strange men and never to stray from the path!

Instead of scaring me, though, it drew me in and began a life long love of all things werewolf, and wolf shifter. I would be much older before my love of vampires would begin, and I have Anne Rice to thank for that! But my fascination with all things werewolf can be traced back to that childhood book that I used to drag with me wherever I went.

If you want to see some of the different versions of Little Red Riding Hood – the University of Southern Mississippi has the Red Riding Hood project where they have collated various versions of the story. You can find it here: http://www.usm.edu/media/english/fairytales/lrrh/inventt.htm

My favorite is this poem version: http://www.usm.edu/media/english/fairytales/lrrh/lrrhb.htm which carries some of the undertones of sexuality that Angela Carter highlighted in her works such as the Company of Wolves.

Happy reading ūüôā

And don’t forget to check out the latest stories in the fantastic House Of Manlove blog hop:

14th: Jena Wade and Heloise West

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16th: Kimber Vale and Shiloh Saddler

17th: Eva Lefoy and Azalea Moone

18th: Dakota Trace, Jade Crystal, and Crane Hana

19th: JT Hall and ND Wylders

20th: Evelise Archer , Kate Lowell, and Skye Jones