What was a loup-garou? Oh, well, it was the most terrible thing in the world. Sometimes it was a wolf, and sometimes it was a man, or a woman either, whichever it felt like in its wicked heart. And always it could take your heart out, and then you died, because you could not breathe without your heart.
—Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Marie (1894)
From deep within the murky bayous of Louisiana comes the legend of the dire lycanthropic creature known as the Rougarou. Rougaroux are found in French-speaking areas of North America such as Québec, but most particularly in Cajun Acadiana (in and around New Orleans), where its legend has proliferated from those of the werewolf-like loup-garou of medieval France—loup is the French word for wolf, and garou is a French word similar in meaning to werewolf. Cajun lore uses the terms loup-garou and rougarou interchangeably. A major difference between the Rougarou and the creature we more commonly think of as a werewolf is that the Rougarou has agency over its transformation, and maintains the consciousness and intelligence of its human form throughout that change. Continue reading
“Red Meat” isn’t the usual fare for Supernatural. In Season 11, Episode 17 we get an adaptation of what’s become a Supernatural trope involving death and sacrifice. Sure, we’ve seen the Winchesters die many times before. We’ve even seen them die in a couple opening scenes. We’re no longer shocked when the Winchesters die or come back to life. Supernatural throws us a curveball by giving us an imitation of death and a failed attempt by Dean to play out his sacrificial role. It’s like a version of Romeo and Juliet in which everybody lives—except for the monsters. Continue reading
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Gift-buying is always hard, but when it comes to getting something for the supernatural creature in your life, it can be a nightmare. Finding the perfect present, that won’t cause a monstrous rampage, can create a lot of pressure. Here are some gifts to please the most surly of supernatural beings. Continue reading
Do you love the supernatural, but have a short attention span? We can relate. There are lots of fantastic short films and videos with a supernatural theme available on the internet. Some are seriously spooky, while others are hilariously fun to watch. Some of our favorite short films about the occult available right now include: Werewolves, Bundle of Nerves, Francis, Dji Death Fails, and The Vashata Nerada: A Shadowplay. Who can’t take five minutes out of their day for a little paranormal activity?
Home is where the Impala is
“Paper Moon” is a good old-fashioned Monster of the Week Supernatural episode. The boys’ development as hunters and brothers is shown during the opening montage. The reference reminds us why we love Supernatural so much: hunting provides excitement and suspense, while the characters’ relationships provide meaning and investment for the viewer. We get a chance to revisit Sam and Dean’s previous dealings with werewolves—mostly involving Sam or Dean killing them, but also showing how their relations with lycanthropes became increasingly complex over the course of their hunting career. Werewolves have been a staple of Supernatural’s terrestrial monster repertoire from the beginning.