"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
Well, that may be true, but in order to do so, you first have to grow out of a beast and into a man.
The first eleven stories to be collected here under the title Werewolves of Jersey (as well as many others that were either scrapped or incorporated into Fresh Green Beast) were written and rewritten between 2004 and 2009. Those years correspond with my mid- to late-twenties. Unsurprisingly, the characters featured here are also borderline adults, and many if not most end up confronting less than flattering epiphanies about themselves and/or their peers, often running smack into them at full speed, fueled by all the arrogance that springs so naturally from the prime of life.
The titular story, "Werewolf of Jersey," may capture that best; hence the collection drew its title from that one tale, as did this site. However, that choice has resulted in some confusion from visitors who expect to find stories about literal lycanthropes rather than a metaphor meant to describe a cast of man-children who wake up in the morning only to rediscover what horrors they've wreaked during the night.
Sorry about that.