Back in the 18th century, a werewolf named "Old Stinker" was reported by locals in the northern England town of Hull. Over the last few months, it might have resurfaced. Will it attack? Or will it die away? All we can do is sit, wait, and prepare for the worst.
A little background on the English werewolf is required to understand the magnitude of this discovery. See, the animal was largely eliminated from England under the Anglo-Saxon kings hundreds of years ago in an effort to protect the citizens. So why is it coming back now?
According to literary accounts, the werewolves have a habit of reappearing throughout history. But this is largely due to psychological factors since, you know, werewolves aren't real or anything. One explanation is that when humans are confronted with weird, unknown factors (especially pertaining to darkness and mystery) they tend to rationalize their fear of violence by conjuring up a "monster" of sorts. Not just a monster, but a cannibalistic one.
Werewolves have always been a fun character to imagine in the realm of unknown entities, especially in Europe. Remember the case of Peter Stumpf? He was the guy executed in Germany for being a werewolf back in 1589. As you can imagine, this kind of soured people from the idea of werewolves, and understandably so.
But with this reemergence of potential werewolves, English scholars are licking their lips in excitement. Dr. Sam George, a scholar of gothic and literary studies, proclaimed, "I often get asked what causes belief in werewolfism, but what is most pertinent and magical about this latest folk panic is that 'Old Stinker' is thought to inhabit a landscape which saw some of the last wolves in England."
The alleged sightings have picked up steam in the media, prompting English celebrities to weigh in, like rock star Alice Cooper.
More than anything, this new/old phenomenon hits home at the notion that humans like to conjure up imaginative stories. It's in our DNA. Whether it's about werewolves, big foot, or the boogeyman, there will always be some violent figure used as a weird sort of scapegoat. We'll see how this unfolds, and if it truly is an actual werewolf. If it is, then all of the naysayers will be eating their words.