Answering my own question about original werewolf movies or novels, I’ll name Whitley Strieber’s Wolfen, which was a pretty good and inventive novel, and a tolerable horror film (even if the film diverged from the source material quite substantially.)
For those who asked or commented…yes, I’m toying with the idea of a novel in the genre. I’ve had a good idea for a story hook, and when I finally sit down to start writing it, I think it’ll be an original take on the subject. That’s a little while in the future, though…first on my list is the follow-up to the MilSF novel, and then I’ll decide which of the half dozen novel ideas percolating in my noggin gets the next slot on the production schedule.
Someone mentioned the TV show “Werewolf” from the late 1980s/early 1990s, and I do remember that one. It had a werewolf hunter as the antagonist, tracking our Good, Misunderstood Werewolf through an entire season. I don’t have anything like that in mind, but I was discussing the subject with someone via IM the other day, and the talk naturally drifted toward the technical side of a Werewolf Hunter job, specifically the firearms used for such a hazardous occupation.
(Warning: gun nerd content follows. Proceed at your own risk.)
What kind of armament would be a prudent choice for someone who hunts lycanthropes?
I think our intrepid werewolf hunter would want to pretty much carry the same sort of boomstick used by people who hunt non-supernatural dangerous game–lions and tigers and such. He’d opt for a double rifle with express sights, in a caliber sufficient to flip a lion nose over ass. Make it a .416 Rigby at minimum, and preferably a .600 Nitro Express. If he wanted more than two rounds, a Marlin guide gun in .45-70 with brisk loads would probably do the job as well.
For a backup sidearm, he’d want a revolver in a “grizzly repellent” kind of caliber–a .44 Magnum at minimum. No self-loaders, of course–the nature of the quarry means reliability and power are much more desirable than high capacity and fast reloading speed.
That only leaves the problem of explaining the silver bullets to any cops or game wardens he may encounter on his nighttime adventures without looking like a total nutcase. Getting stopped with an elephant rifle loaded with silver bullets in the middle of the night out in the ‘burbs may require some advanced persuasion skills. (That would, however, make for some interesting dramatic complications in the story.)
So, which long gun/sidearm combination would you take along if you had to hunt a werewolf?
Assume your quarry places on the Dangerous Game scale somewhere between a cranky tiger with a toothache, and a grizzly bear supercharged on PCP. You’ll probably not get any clean 300-yard shots, but very fast and decisive encounters at very close range, in the dark.
(Try to limit yourself to stuff you can realistically acquire from your local gun shop without Magic Paperwork, and legally carry around without attracting undue attention from your local SWAT team. That means no belt-fed stuff, no submachine guns, and no .50-caliber Barrett rifles.)
Let your gun geek off the leash, and post your choice in the Comments, if you dare.