one that shapeshifts
In Bredbur, near Cologne, lived a dozen or more aging men who horrifiedly had seen a captured wolf turn back into their neighbor, the damnable Peter Stumpf. Gilles Grenier, prisoned in a Franciscan friary at Bordeaux, would cheerfully tell any visitor his adventures as a devil-gifted warlock, shape[-]shifter and cannibal. But times and beliefs have changed.
These Doth Lord Hate in Weird Tales Jan. 105/1–2
Old Shape-shifter up to her tricks! We might have guessed the weight of the matter had we but known she was behind it!
Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1967) 72
‘And your appearance… It was altered on a number of occasions when I saw you walk the Pattern. How? Also, why?’ ‘All whose origins involve Chaos are shapeshifters.’
in Galaxy Nov. 11/2
They're shapeshifters. They have a kind of mental control over their bodies.
Eye of Cat (1983) 29
1992 Locus June 58/3
Book 1 has some of the best fiction, against a shared background of alien shapeshifters (with a strong element of werewolf) older than humanity and scattered throughout human history.
1993 Science Fiction Age Jan. 16/3
Newman’s exploration of exactly what Jago’s followers are trying to do brings in everything from shapeshifters to the famous tripodal Martian war machines of H.G. Wells.
1993 Science Fiction Stud. Nov. 400
Their nemesis is a shapeshifter capable…of dissembling itself as any of the life-forms it has assimilated.
He vanished…the same way the shapeshifter vanished from this room a few minutes ago. I think Mobrellan is the wizard who was helping Jonystra, and I think he’s the shapeshifter who pretended to be Daner.
Raven Ring (1995) 214
A symbiotic shape-shifter. Intuitively, they understand your needs and morph into the shape that most pleases you.
Last Human 170
Shapeshifting is frequent amongst both WERES and MAGIC USERS. The most usual form taken is that of a WOLF (see also WEREWOLVES), but lions, eagles, serpents, owls and cats are common too. In all cases the rule is that the Shapeshifter cannot stay too long in ANIMAL form without actually becoming that Animal and losing touch with his/her human thoughts.
Tough Guide to Fantasyland 170
The book is set up with each chapter being a different animal form. I give history, any well-known shapeshifters of that form from history, then a personal profile of a present-day shapeshifter.
Lunatic Cafe 120
1997 2000 AD 28 Oct. 27/1 (caption)
This brave new world is a bizarre mixture of aliens and anachronisms with bio-weapons and shapeshifters just as common as Imperial concubines and duels over the hand of a Lady.
As if some shapeshifter had taken Spock’s form.
Avenger xxvi. 224
The shapeshifter staggered forward a few steps. Someone hit it a glancing shot with a fireball.
Soldiers Live 137
2001 Cult Times Feb. 56/3
Liz goes off with Max, little realizing that she is being abducted by the shapeshifter, who hopes to lead Agent Pierce to him.
‘I’m a Katagari Tsakali.’ Urian was the first to snort. ‘You say that as if we should have a clue as to what it means.’ He cast a disdainful smirk toward him. ‘Means I’m a shapeshifter. You don’t get out much, do you?’
Manly Wade Wellman, writing as "Gans T. Field"
Research HistoryThere is a single cite of 1887 in OED, referring to Norse mythology. Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1983 reprint of Roger Zelazny's "Eye of Cat".
Apollo Crum submitted a cite from a reprint of Roger Zelazny's "The Courts of Chaos"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the original 1977 magazine publication.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1967 reprint of Alan Garner's "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen"; we would like to check the 1960 first edition.
Imran Ghory submitted a 1995 cite from Doug Naylor's "Last Human".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Laurell Hamilton's 1996 "Lunatic Cafe".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of Patricia Wrede's 1994 "The Raven Ring".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2000 cite from Glen Cook's "Soldiers Live".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1939 cite from M. W. Wellman.
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