“Gender issues, psychology, landscape, mythology and folklore… the mesmerising story is wrapped upon layer of exquisite literary narrative”Tim Clark, 1000 words
Was the Werewolf of Allariz a woman? In 1853, Manuel Blanco Romasanta was tried for the murder of 17 people: he confessed to nine of them but declared himself not guilty because he was suffering from a curse that turned him into a wolf. Although this defence was rejected at trial, his death sentence was commuted to allow doctors to investigate the case. Thus, Romasanta has become part of Spanish folklore as the Werewolf of Allariz or less commonly as the Tallow Man, so named for the rendering of his victims fat to make high quality soap. More than 150 years later, this case still haunts our collective memory and baffles criminologists, psychologists and historians. According to recent forensic theories, the killer, who was named Manuela at the time of his birth and raised as a girl until the age of 6, could have lived with a rare syndrome of intersexuality.
“A remarkably sophisticated and tightly balanced product, even with the gotcha gender twist at the end. Like any well plotted horror story, it sets the stage, builds up suspense, explodes in wash of violent (offscreen) action, and then circles back to pick up the pieces and settle our jangled nerves, leaving just enough loose ends to keep us wondering.”Loring Knoblauch, Collector Daily
Winner 2016 Images Book Award
Shortlisted Photo España Best Book of the year
27 x 20.2 cm
Published by RM Verlag, 2016