one who can shapechange
Shadows, illusions, That the shape-changers…have cast into his mind.
Shadowy Waters in Poems, 1899–1905 63
And things moved, shapes that were clear as crystal in the fogginess. They were changing shapes. Sometimes they enlongated [sic] and wriggled, like fish or snakes. Sometimes they sent out streamers or arms, to perform some sort of studied action. [...] Gardestang felt he could not understand now. He wondered again, what the shape-changers did as their life behavior.
Strangers on Heights in Startling Stories Summer x. 42/2
A strange kind of folk, bright but always in the background, with built-in nostalgia and cynicism, as adaptable as Centaurian shapechangers but with memories as long as a Lunan’s six arms, a kind of Change People, you might say, the cream of the damned.
Big Time (1969) 33–4
The berserks in the stories are frequently said to be shape-changers,and sometimes to take on animal form.
Gods & Myths N. Europe (1973) 67
He was also the ancient one-eyed god, crafty and skilled in magic lore, a great shape-changer, and an expert in the consultation of the dead.
Gods & Myths N. Europe (1973) 140
‘What—what are those things?’ ‘Dikri,’ said Karsten. ‘Shape-changers. You have, on your Earth, legends of werewolves. The dragon-shape is their true shape, but they can adjust it to pass as human among men.’
Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 137
It is also possible that the Enterprise is playing host to a shape-changer.
Entropy Effect v.137
What kind of shape-changer is it?
Bimbos of Death Sun xiv. 210
If these people were more of those shapechangers, they wouldn’t be staggering up to us so hesitantly.
Midnight . xxxvi. 453
1990 Thrust Winter 6/3
Megaships with minds destroy ringworlds. An energy superspecies cordons off planets of the dead. The escapades of the shape-changer hero recall certain events in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
1991 Locus May 25/3
Their big job is to care for the odd tribe of albino shapechangers who inhabit the mountain.
1992 Locus Aug. 19/1
There aren’t really any…literal shape-changers transmogrifying into werewolves down in City Park.
1995 Interzone Feb. 62/3
Whereas a shapechanger is usually a receptacle of evil instincts, Charnas has created a beast that represents the wildness of youth, a vivid, vicious, amoral expression of one person’s feral appetite for life.
1996 SFX May 12/2
Originally, this was going to be the definitive book of shape changer movies, but we had to squeeze about a third of it out.
When you are actively fleeing alien pursuit and being hunted by shapechangers and diving into unknown worlds, you don’t have any choice about the matter. They’re coming after you, so you run.
Dreamwalker xx. 215
W. B. Yeats 'Poems, 1899-1905'
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2014 cite from C. S. Friedman.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1944 cite from Manly Wade Wellman.
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