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On 2015-02-11, the Den Theater in Chicago, Illinois will have a stage performance about otherkin, Glick's Kin Folk. As far as I know, this is the first stage performance about otherkin, by that name. Description from The New Colony Side Stage:

"Staged Reading of Kin Folk
"February 11, 2015, 7:29PM
"Written by William Glick
"Directed by Evan Linder

"After being recently orphaned, Lucy must reimagine her life. She decides to come out of the closet and reveal her true identity to her family: a dragon named Kreeka. After the announcement, Lucy is more alone than she has ever been, and she must ultimately choose between her family and a new community known as Otherkin. On her journey, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort, and a werewolf from Montana who shows her what it means to lead a life driven by a belief in the fantastic.

"Featuring Kate Carson-Groner, Chris Fowler, Sarah Gitenstein, Andrew Hobgood, Steve Love, Liz Sharpe and Stephanie Shum."

Hopefully some otherkin in the Chicago area can see this performance and tell how they feel it represented them. In the comments, please give links to any forum threads, blog posts, or reviews of this event.
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Content warnings: The Bhaskar's article contains graphic descriptions of violence.

October: The Indian newspaper Daily Bhaskar ran an article titled "Ten people who claim to be VAMPIRES and ALIENS!" This is limited to famous people from the past four years, most of whom are violent criminals. A few claim to be werewolves. Here's the list: Stephanie Pistey, Omnec Onec, Thomas Stroup, Jonathon Sharkey, Josephine Rebecca Smith, Cynthia Crawford, Wolfie Blackheart, Jujuolui Kuita, Lyle Monroe Bensley, and Andrew Whiteman. The Bhaskar article gives a bio and a photo of each one.

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"Ten people who claim to be VAMPIRES and ALIENS!" 2013-10-17. Daily Bhaskar. http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/WOR-ten-people-who-believe-they-are-monsters-or-aliens-4406394-PHO.html?seq=1
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A historical anthropologist named Willem de Blécourt published an academic article on common problems in studying werewolves. In "Monstrous Theories: Werewolves and the Abuse of History," he points out that researchers tend to misrepresent this subject because they focus on werewolves only within one field: historical witch-trials, folklore, or fiction.
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Content warning: Dubious business.

August: A business called Haunted Curiosities not only claims to interview vampires and werewolves, it also shows what it claims to be an authentic video of a physical shape-shift into a wolf-man-like creature. The business also sells expensive supernatural “transformations,” which require the buyer to be flown to another country in person. For more information, see the exposé at Disinformation.

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Frater Isla, “Haunted Curiosities’ Guide to Duping Goth Kids and Twilight Fans.” 2013-08-15. Disinformation. http://disinfo.com/2013/08/haunted-curiosities-guide-to-duping-goth-kids-and-twilight-fans/
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Content warnings: Witch trial (not graphic).

August 14: EsoterX, a blog about monsters, posted an article about the history of werewolves in Livonia (a region in Europe). The most famous of these is Theiss, who in his unique 1662 werewolf trial testified that he was one of the good "Werewolves of God," now understood to have been a shamanic secret society. EsoterX's article isn't new research, but it's a decent introduction to an intriguing part of history.

Several therianthrope authors connect Theiss to their own experiences. Wolf therianthrope Rosalyn Greene, in her argument for the worldwide antiquity and supernatural abilities of therianthropes, gave Theiss's spiritual practices as an example of astral shifting (Greene, The Magic of Shapeshifting, p. 137-138), comparing it with similar traditions elsewhere. Another wolf therianthrope, Wolf VanZandt, included Theiss in his Therian Timeline, which offers more sources on Theiss.

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EsoterX, "I Saw a Werewolf Drinking a Piña Colada in the Duchy of Livonia, and His Hair was Perfect." 2013-08-14. EsoterX. http://esoterx.com/2013/08/14/i-saw-a-werewolf-drinking-a-pina-colada-in-the-duchy-of-livonia-and-his-hair-was-perfect/
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Content warnings: The linked article is about mental illness and witch trials.

Journal cover.
This September's issue of the academic journal called the History of Psychiatry has an article about medical responses to the condition of believing that one is a werewolf (lycanthropy). In "Battling demons with medical authority: werewolves, physicians and rationalization," Metzger "attempts to construct a conceptual history of werewolf beliefs and their respective medical responses." Metzger focuses on early physicians' categorization of lycanthropy as a melancholic disease, in contrast with demonologists' beliefs about werewolves as recorded in werewolf trials.

Presumably, Metzger's article also touches on modern psychological definitions of clinical lycanthropy. (Unfortunately, I don't have access to academic databases at the moment, and therefore I lack the full text of the article. I'm working on that problem. In the meantime, would any scholars please help me out by summarizing more of the full text?)

- O. Scribner



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Nadine Metzger, "Battling demons with medical authority: werewolves, physicians and rationalization." History of Psychiatry 24, no. 3 (2013), 341-355. doi: 10.1177/0957154X13482835 http://hpy.sagepub.com/content/24/3/341
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July: A cryptozoologist named Nick Redfern opined in a blog about why werewolves aren't usually studied in cryptozoology. (Cryptozoology is the study of reports of animals whose existence hasn't been confirmed. That means animals that are so rarely seen that people have some question about whether they have all died out, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker, and the Tasmanian tiger. Usually, though, it means bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster.)

Redfern says that there are reported sightings of creatures who could be considered werewolves. He says cryptozoologists don't want to study those, because of the association with Hollywood movies. They see that as "embarrassing." Redfern says the reported werewolf-like creatures fall into one or both of these categories:

"(a) a type of wolf-like animal that is unknown to science and which has the ability to walk on two legs as well as four; or (b) a creature of definitively paranormal proportions. But, mainstream Cryptozoology cannot bring itself to fully embrace the study of either 'possibility (a)' or 'possibility (b)' and the solely paranormal crowd aren’t excited by the prospect of investigating something that may be purely zoological. So, what happens? Well, this is what happens: a topic that is undeniably important, and which is supported by large amounts of witness testimony, ends up languishing in a realm filed with confusion and lack of direction."


The werewolf sighting reports aren't cryptozoologists' favorite topic of study because it's thought of as undignified, and because the researchers disagree about what the sightings could signify.


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Nick Redfern, "The problem with werewolves." 2013-07-29. Mysterious Universe. http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2013/07/the-problem-with-werewolves/
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Trigger warnings: None.

June 18: The House of Chimeras created a video, "History of the Therian Community: Part 1 - 1993 to 1995," shown above. The Chimeras are a multiple system that includes therianthropes and otherkin. As a personal project and labor of love, the Chimeras researched, illustrated, and narrated this documentary about the origins of the therianthrope community. It focuses only on the therianthrope community, not on otherkin, which shows the difference between those communities.

In my opinion, the Chimeras' research is solid and highly detailed, and the illustrations are communicative and beautiful. It shows that a lot of work went into this. It's good to have such an engaging educational resource for newcomers who aren't clear yet about the history of therianthropy. Thank you all for making this wonderful video, Chimeras.

- O. Scribner


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"History of the Therian Community: Part 1 - 1993 to 1995." 2013-06-18. http://youtu.be/H9Y-YaRS0Go or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Y-YaRS0Go
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Trigger warnings: The linked article talks about menopause symptoms, paranormal phenomena, and extreme violence in history and in horror fiction.

An article in the Huffington Post Blog talked about real people “who think they’re vampires, or werewolves, or witches […] a merman.” The humorist Donna Highfill interprets these as fantasies for coping with the boring or tragic parts of life.

Highfill wrote, “I must admit that I'd prefer to believe that I'm becoming a werewolf rather than accept the fact that, in my menopausal years, I now have to shave my face. How much cooler would it be to know that as the facial hair comes in, it brings with it tremendous power? […] So, maybe we forgive ourselves the need to be fantastical creatures. But, let's also keep our feet on the ground. Being human isn't that bad.”

Thanks to Merticus for pointing out this article in a post to the WereList Media Center.

- O. Scribner


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Donna Highfill, “Am I menopausal or a powerful werewolf?” 2013-04-23. Huffington Post: The Blog. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-highfill/am-i-menopausal-or-a-powe_b_3132315.html
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Trigger warnings: violence, crime, trolling (harassment). Not described in graphic detail.

The following post uses excerpts from my newly updated free e-book, Otherkin Timeline, as well as excerpts from earlier posts on Otherkin News. This isn't a complete overview of everything on Otherkin News in 2011, just a selection of relatively significant events. During the latter half of this year, I became very active with researching current events in or related to the otherkin community, and began posting regularly to the Otherkin News blog. As a result, I have more information about events during the latter half of 2011 than the early half. Would you please help fill in some events from the first half of 2011?

During this year, an otherkin community blossomed on the blog-hosting site Tumblr.com. This includes the creation of a blog called ’Kin Speak, which people can post to anonymously. In the last couple of months of the year, the otherkin community on Tumblr came to be frequently vandalized and trolled (harassed), but the otherkin there didn't falter in their high level of activity. Meirya wrote about how the otherkin community on Tumblr differs from any before.

2011-01: Someone claiming to be from a casting department spammed the otherkin and therian forums to search for someone to interview for a purported documentary TV show about otherkin that would air on the Animal Planet channel. So far, nothing has come of it, but members of the WereList forums are researching it, with trigger warnings for that link: adult topics. Currently, it looks like it's a genuine casting call, not a phishing scam, but the show would also feature some adult topics.

2011-08-14: The first annual Mer-Con 2011, the world’s largest mermaid convention. Some of the attending self-proclaimed mer-people described a lifelong desire to become real mer-people, or assert that they are now real mer-people. Recently, a participant called Mermaid Shelley reflected on this and other events in the mermaid community during 2011. The mermaid community isn’t connected with the otherkin or therian communities, and is news to me and to the rest of the otherkin I've talked to.

2011-08-13?: A vampire crime. Lyle Monroe B., 19, broke into a stranger's apartment and injured the woman living there, and then told the police that he was a 500 year old vampire, but denied it later, claiming that he’d been under the influence of a drug. I haven’t found any follow-up articles explaining what the authorities concluded about him.

2011-08-29: Media. A polite article introducing otherkin to outsiders is published in a Polish-language women’s online magazine, We-Dwoje, which is otherwise mostly about fashion and health. The article is “Otherkin – a quirk, or a fantastic way to live?

2011-09: A vampire/werewolf crime. Stephanie P., 18, was charged with accessory to the murder of Jacob H., 16 in July. One of six suspects for involvement in the murder, Stephanie told the news station that she believes herself to be part vampire and part werewolf. Later, she was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial. For a collection of all news articles on this topic, see the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) Media Center forums, with trigger warnings for what the articles describe: murder, rape, violence, blood-drinking, teenagers in a cult, animal sacrifice, some of which is described in graphic detail.

2011-10-04: Media. On Sweden’s channel 5, a TV series titled Outsiders aired an episode about the furry fandom. This includes at least one furry fan who is also a therian. Later, in acknowledgment of this episode, a newspaper editor publicly blogged a joke about killing a child who comes out as trans-species.

2011-11-13: Media. A TV documentary airs on Channel 4 about the Crimson Blood Wolf Pack in Texas, some of whom identify as werewolves, some as vampires. Soon, the vampire community condemned it for showing unsanitary and dangerous blood-drinking practices.

2011-11-17: An early group of elf people called the Silver Elves return one of their books to print: An Elfin Book of Spirits: Evoking the Beneficent Powers of Faerie.

2011-12-05: Ashlyn Nafina prints To Dream, Perchance to Soar, an urban fantasy novel with intentional themes of the otherkin experience.

2011-12-20: The Forest Voice, an independent magazine “for those among us who are nonhuman in nature,” releases its first issue.

- O. Scribner
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Trigger warnings: paranormal events and creatures. The linked article includes a disturbing photo of people dressed as blood-covered zombies.

Lincolnshire, England, 2011: According to the International Business Times, a member of the public named Alexis D. interviewed the Lincolnshire police to collect data on what kinds of emergencies of a paranormal nature had been reported to them from 2006 to 2011. He found that during this time, there were “nearly 1000 ‘paranormal’ activities reported to Lincolnshire Police over the past five years, with nearly two-thirds of these cases listed reports of ‘demons.’”

These included “2 reports of werewolves” and “5 reports of vampires,” by far in the minority.

The reports aren’t described in detail, but still provide some documentation of paranormal activity in the United Kingdom.

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Just published this year: a new expanded second edition of Steiger’s The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings. The first edition (from 1999) included a paragraph about the therianthrope community of the newsgroup alt.horror.werewolves in the entry for “Howls,” but didn’t mention anything about the therianthrope philosophy that originated in that group. I do not know whether Steiger includes anything about therianthrope philosophy in the second edition.

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Trigger warnings for this post: bad publicity is coming, mention of disturbing ritual using dead dog. Personally, I feel faint just thinking about either of these, let alone in combination. Very likely to disturb. Links are safe for work.

According to Channel 4 press releases, a TV documentary will air on November 13, 2011. This documentary will be about the Crimson Blood Wolf Pack, which is a handful of teenagers in San Antonio, Texas, some of whom identify as werewolves, some as vampires.

This is the same pack that includes Wolfie Blackheart, who was involved in a scandal over a year ago. The scandal involved her ritual use of the remains of an already-deceased dog. She posted photos of the process online. People who were angered by this display made sure that the media found out. Ever since then, the Crimson Blood Wolf Pack has frequently received, welcomed, and reached out for much media attention. This includes numerous news articles and a short news story on TV last year.

In my opinion, media attention for Wolfie Blackheart and her pack is far from the ideal way for the public to find out about therianthropes. The scandal involved an act that is unique among therianthropes. The Crimson Blood Wolf Pack doesn't and shouldn't represent the therianthrope community. Publicity of this kind will likely bring recognition without respect.

- O. Scribner

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Trigger warnings for this article: mention of murder. Not graphic.

In September in Panama City, Florida: According to CBS, MSNBC, and other news, Stephanie P., 18, was charged with accessory to the murder of Jacob H., 16 in July. One of six suspects for involvement in the murder, Stephanie told the news station that she believes herself to be part vampire and part werewolf. At the time of arrest, her Facebook and Myspace described this as well.

The news articles conflict with one another a lot. Apparently the story has changed a few times.

I do not know whether any of the people mentioned in these articles have any involvement with the vampire or otherkin communities. The articles do not mention any such thing.

Just to reiterate from my earlier article on a different vampire criminal: People who call themselves “vampires” and/or are part of the vampire or otherkin communities are not necessarily violent criminals. From time to time, a criminal claims to be a vampire, and then the vampire community gets a lot of undesirable attention. Generally, these criminals weren't involved with the vampire community themselves. The vampire community strives to develop a respectable public image, and encourages development and discussion of ethics and safety.

For a collection of all news articles on this topic, see the thread on the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) Media Center forums, which I highly recommend for following any vampire-related news. Here’s a link to that thread, with trigger warnings for what the articles describe: murder, rape, violence, blood-drinking, teenagers in a cult, animal sacrifice. Some of which is described in semi-graphic detail.

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Trigger warnings for this article: none I can think of. Work-safe, too.

According to a North Virginian news site, InsideNoVa: on October 17, 2011, an unnamed resident of Woodbridge, Virginia contacted the police. The resident reported a werewolf sighting in the woods at 10:05 PM. No other witnesses came forward. The Prince William County police searched the area and found nothing.

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Trigger warnings for this article: loss of information. Work-safe.

From its foundation in 1994, and until its shut-down in 2009, GeoCities was a popular free host for personal web sites.1  Among these, there were some sites about otherkin and therianthropes.  Before they disappeared, I searched for those sites and archived them, as detailed in my first and second articles on the topic.2,3  Now, the next step: I’ve tried to contact all the site authors to find out where—or whether—their content will migrate.  If you’re wondering where to look for them now, check the list in the rest of this post.  I’ll update the list if I hear anything new. 

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Trigger warnings for this article: description of intimidating creature. Work-safe.

          From the Birmingham Post: A paranormal researcher's study on sightings by region shows that in the past 25 years in the UK, 21 werewolf sightings have been reported.  I'm surprised; that's not all that rare.  I expected that there would be lots and lots of ghost stories and UFO sightings, but I would have thought there would be maybe only two or three werewolf stories.  The study includes a supposedly famous creature called the “Cannock Chase werewolf.”1
          This is subject matter quite at home in the cheesy supermarket tabloids (since it is a comment upon them), so I might as well take a look at The Sun's article about this study.  It which has a (simplified) map of the sightings by region, and has a little more to say about the creatures in question here: “Werewolves have turned up 21 times - all but one on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. A paranormal group visited Cannock Chase in 1975 - and several of them claimed they saw the snarling beast rear up on its hind legs and run into bushes.”2  That sighting might have been one described in Nick Redfern's Memoirs of a Monster Hunter: A Five-Year Journey in Search of the Unknown, but I don't have a copy on hand to check.  Anyone familiar with this?

- O. Scribner

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