And werewolves were about losing yourself to your “beastly side,” which must have been terrifying if you were a Victorian.
Red Moon accounts for nearly everything one could imagine when considering a world where werewolves are among us.
I mean, I feel like werewolves and vampires were invented to talk about something that was frightening us as a culture.
late Old English werewulf "person with the power to turn into a wolf," from wer "man" (see virile) + wulf (see wolf (n.); also see here for a short discussion of the mythology). Cf. Middle Dutch weerwolf, Old High German werwolf, Swedish varulf. In the ancient Persian calendar, the eighth month (October-November) was Varkazana-, literally "(Month of the) Wolf-Men."
Legendary human beings who are magically transformed into wolves. Werewolves supposedly prowl at night, devouring babies and digging up corpses, and cannot be killed with ordinary weapons. They are particularly associated with the full moon.