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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 warnings: For this article, comparison between therianthropes and transgender people. The horror novel in question has scenes of very graphic violence.

August: Prolific writer Adam Pfeffer self-published a book titled The Incredible Tiger-Man. It’s a horror novel about a cursed man who physically shape-shifts into a tiger and kills people. In the introduction, Pfeffer compares the fictional hero's situation to some of the beliefs in the non-fictional world about animal shape-shifters. In this, Pfeffer mentioned real people who identify as therianthropes:

“Some say a person identifying with an animal is somewhat similar to gender dysphoria and transsexuality, and is known as species dysphoria and transspeciesism. The species of non-human animal with which a therian identifies with is called that person’s theriotype or phenotype” (Pfeffer, p. ix)

Pfeffer is familiar with the real therianthrope community’s jargon, and uses it correctly. If Pfeffer was involved in the therian community, he doesn’t mention it here. This is the only mention of therianthropes or any of those terms in Pfeffer’s book.


Adam Pfeffer, The Incredible Tiger-Man. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2013.
The selection in question is visible in Google Books:
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Content warnings: Misrepresentation, or at least semantic drift. If you look for a preview of the book in question on Google Books, be forewarned that it contains graphic sex scenes.

Last December: Another paranormal romance novel was published that uses the word "otherkin" to mean a supernatural creature that can change its physical shape. (This is different from what “otherkin” means in real life.) As far as I can tell, Elle James's Demon's Embrace only uses the word "otherkin" twice, but it's there.


Elle James, Demon’s Embrace. Harlequin, 2012.
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The Shifting Hearts romance anthology has been published.  This anthology by Good Mourning publishing describes itself as:

"It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but what if the soul that looks back isn't as human as you first thought?

These seven captivating and unique love stories shine a spotlight on otherkin— people who spiritually identify as being something other than human. From non-human mystical creatures to ravens, coyotes, cats and dogs; each tale is a fresh and exciting window into the otherkin subculture. Go on a journey where love isn't always where you thought to find it, or who you thought to find it in."

At this time it seems to only be available as a Kindle ebook.
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Dragonkin by Lavie Tidhar, published by Tor Books, is a work of fiction dealing directly with the otherkin community and our beliefs, and what would happen if something happened which allowed us to take our true forms.  It deals with aspects of the otherkin community from awakening to headmates and otakukin.  Some liberties have, however, been taken with the addition of speculative additional kintypes not typically represented among the real otherkin community.

I'm not personally a fan of mixing genuine otherkin terminology and beliefs with fantasy in this manner, I think it makes it that much harder for people to find non-fictional information, but it is quite well written and worth a look. 
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In an interview last week with author Anna Silver, she explains that her young adult urban fantasy novel, Otherborn, was partially inspired by what she'd read about real people who call themselves otherkin. In the interview, Silver said,

"Two things came together to inspire OTHERBORN. First, I read about the Otherkin subculture, people who relate more closely to being nonhuman than human. These people believe they were or are actually nonhuman beings, i.e. fae, vampires, elves, animals, etc. Some express having vivid memories of past lives as these different beings. It just seemed like a great character idea. The second was my research on dreaming."

Apparently, Silver's fantasy novel uses the word "otherborn" instead. That's fine, because it's about a different supernatural concept than otherkin anyway. It's the first book of the "otherborn" series, and her next book is already in progress.


Cherri Northcutt, "Interview with author Anna Silver." 2013-04-11. Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-author-anna-silver
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Ashlyn Nafina's urban fantasy novel that intentionally contains themes of the otherkin experience, To Dream, Perchance to Soar, has been available in print format since December 2011, but recently Nafina has also made it available as a free ebook.

(Thanks to Tsu for telling me about this!)
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Guest reporter Avia/Tsu here, updating with a couple of news posts with [livejournal.com profile] waywind's permission.

To Dream, Perchance To Soar is the first published novel by Ashlyn Nafina, known to the otherkin community as [livejournal.com profile] ccfeathers. Ashlyn has been writing since childhood, creating a number of stories for her friends inside the community, and this was not her first long story, but, it is her first that had been written and edited for publishing, with the hope that it will reach the otherkin community as well as others who might identify with the metaphor of the story.

Set in an alternate France, the story stars Parisian girl Aile Molyneaux, who has always known she was not complete without wings. When a strange aurora opens in the sky above her home city, and alien visitors, nicknamed les volants ("the flying ones") by the local people, arrive bringing tales of another world, all she can think about is the possibility that magic is really real... and that means she might too be able to become one of les volants.

But transformation is just the beginning of her story, because les volants, known as Ka'aulele in their own musical and magical language, see transformation as more than just a one-time thing. It shapes you and changes you in spiritual ways. And though Aile does not realise it, her desire to transform placed her in the center of a much bigger quest for change... maybe, related to the reason the Ka'aulele are there at all.

The story is deliberately designed to be sympathetic to the feelings of otherkin, while being at the same time an enjoyable spiritual adventure story for young adults and older.

To Dream, Perchance to Soar, nicknamed by its author as "Soar", is 412 pages long and $14.99 in print, available from Lulu (see Sources). An ebook version should be available in about one week from the author's website (see Sources).

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All in good humor and admiration for our therian friends

Ask A Vampire: Merticus Guest Reviews The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
By Julie Miller of Movieline - November 18, 2011


"The therianthrope (were/therian) community are not enemies with the real vampire community...."

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