But I didn't stop thinking there! (I know, scary stuff, my thinking!)
I thought about all those shifter stories people miss out on because they aren't really hitting mainstream print. So, here are 13 shifter-types that I've read, some with examples. All from lesser known titles or ebooks, though I know some of these shifter-types show up in mass market print.
- Werewolf. My paws down favorite. No real way to narrow it down cause I've read many, so I'll just list the last one I read, a novella from Samhain by Keith Melton. Run, Wolf. A very different take on weres & recommended.
- Large felines. I have a friend and sometimes critique partner who writes a lion/panther shifter series for Cerridwen. Frances Stockton.
- Cats. These tend to be different, the type of stories for a cat versus a larger shifter, so I broke it out here. For some reason, these always seem to include a veterinarian as a protag. :)
- Raven. OK, gotta plug myself here and say, yes, my upcoming Samhain release, The Forbidden Chamber, includes raven shifters. But, I also adore the story Kiss Me Deadly by Shannon Stacey. If Raven shifters in a Gothic setting rings your bell, really can't recommend this highly enough.
- Eagles and other majestic raptor types. I couldn't lump these in with Ravens because the character types are usually presented as more noble, not as dark as the Raven.
- Selkie. So it's not an ebook series, but I love, love, love Virginia Kantra's selkies.
- Skinwalker. This one is frequently portrayed as either really dark, or the bad guy as this comes from several different Indian legends of a type of witchcraft that was taboo.
- Vampires. Several stories include vamps that can change shape.
As for werewolf stories, one of the books on my keeper shelf is Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. If you've never read a werewolf romance, you must start there.
OR...if you want to read an erotic werewolf short story, leave a comment in my previous blog post about my story, Wolf-Bitten, available on Fictionwise this week. I'm giving away a copy to a random commenter.
What interesting shifter stories have you read?
Do you get turned-off by the thought of one of the main characters turning animal? Don't like the hero to go all furry? Or does it make you want to scratch him behind the ears?