Like my last MetafeminineWatch, this article will look more closely at the metafeminine aspects of a publication. This time we’re zooming in on WEIRD TALES – September, 1947. You can read my buddy’s full review of it over at Exiern.com.
Expect spoilers here as well.
There are a couple of items to touch on, the first being the novelette Mrs. Pellington Assists by Seabury Quinn. It features an impossibly beautiful witch, Countess Czerni, who magically seduces men. One of the ways she does this is by creating tiny duplicate statues of herself which look like stone but are actually made of her own ectoplasm. There is also a passage where a very sexualized full-scale statue is described in great detail.
Next item of interest is The Girdle of Venus by Harold Lawlor. This 1947 story brings us a tale where a magical little man, admitting that all he is seeking is mischief, sells a young woman a mystical item for much less than it is worth. I’m sure there are earlier examples, but this is the oldest “woman buys cursed item from magic man” story that I am aware of.
The young woman, Baby, has bought the titular Girdle of Venus, which when worn makes her completely irresistible to any man who looks upon her. Since this is a widely published story from the 1940s all the men who fall under her spell politely respect her boundaries and requests, so the domino effect lustful chaos one may find in a similar story today does not transpire. But Baby does get quite saucy – and lucky – with her husband.
There’s no actual transformation of Baby, and all the mind control is on the male side, but overall it is a very funny and entertaining story.
Saving the best for last, there is Eena by Manly Banister. I also have to point out – how awesome of a name is Manly Banister?
Eena is a werehuman – she was born a wolf, and when she reaches her age of heat she begins transforming into a beautiful-yet-wild woman when the full moon casts upon her. There’s even an illustration of her wolf form and of her womanly form – her crossed arm covers her breasts and a grouping of leaves obscures her privates (again, widely published story from the 40s, what did you expect illustrated?) but she is still quite fetching.
The thing that surprised me about this story is that Eena’s transformation from wolf to human is undeniably orgasmic. Here’s the first sentence from the paragraph describing her first change;
The change shook her with ecstasy.
It goes on to describe “bubbling ecstasy” as “sensual pleasure engulfed every nerve and sinew.” She comes out of her change lusting for a suitable mate, which she does find eventually (although we’re not given many details of their evening).
Unfortunately for one man, the change back to wolf form has the opposite effect, turning her pain and temporary torture into frightened violence when all her teeth and pointy bits are done growing back in.
Eena completely took me by surprise for its frankness in how a creature could sensually experience a transformation into the (clearly) superior human form. On top of that, from a dramatic standpoint, Mr. Banister’s story is an amazing piece that really had me eagerly reading to the tragic end.
So, if you can find WEIRD TALES – September, 1947, certainly pick it up. It has some wonderful metafeminine moments, and beyond that the stories over all are quite enjoyable.