Horror / Occult

A Teen’s Life – College, Family .. Shapeshifting

September 21, 2012
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Indie author J. Bridger

Caleb Byrne is a bright high school senior who has plenty to deal with – choosing a college, taking care of his single dad, dealing with his headstrong girlfriend Joanna, and with an eccentric set of cousins in California.

And he was managing to get by until the day he woke up as a Cocker Spaniel.

We meet Caleb in J. Bridger‘s debut novel “Shifted Perspectives.”

Even if it only happens monthly, and is more embarrassing than painful, this so-called “ability” is something that Caleb is anxious to be rid of.

He didn’t realize his transformations would drag him into a hidden society of canine and lupine shape-shifters, as well as a family legacy he hates.

To make matters worse, after moving to Los Angeles to learn more about his heritage from his aunt and cousin, Caleb now struggles through life-and-death matters.

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Shapeshifting is a timeless theme in literature. According to Wikipedia, the concept geos back centuries:

Shapeshifting is a common theme in mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. It is also found in epic poems, science fiction literature, fantasy literature, children’s literature, Shakespearean comedy, ballet, film, television, comics, and video games.

Cocker spaniel – Photo by Ronnie Meijer


Caleb turns into a cocker spaniel in J. Bridger’s book – but it appears that in general, we’ve settled on a favorite few shapeshifting conventions:

Popular shapeshifting creatures in folklore are werewolves and vampires (mostly of European, Canadian, and Native American/early American origin), the Huli jing of East Asia (including the Japanese kitsune), and the gods, goddesses, and demons of numerous mythologies, such as the Norse Loki or the Greek Proteus. It was also common for deities to transform mortals into animals and plants.

And J. Bridger says her inspiration for “Shifted Perspectives” reaches as far back as the ’80s hit movie “Teen Wolf” — here’s its trailer:

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