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I'm trying to find out the name of a children's horror story collection that I read in the US in the early 80s, which would put the publication date sometime in the 70s or possibly 60s. The story I have in mind is apparently a retelling of an old folk tale: a medieval kingdom is being ravaged by a werewolf, and a hunter is hired to capture or kill the monster. He meets the werewolf one night and in a struggle, severs the paw of the creature, which runs off. Picking up the paw, the hunter finds that it has transformed into a woman's hand. I believe the hand had a signet ring on it, which doesn't make logical sense, but in any event he goes to the castle where he discovers either the queen or princess in bed and missing her hand. I seem to recall a black and white drawing of the stricken woman lying in a castle bedroom.

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    It's worth noting that the "paw cut off translates to a missing hand" goes all the way back to the historically accused "werewolf" Peter Stubb. (mydarlingletswander.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/…) – FuzzyBoots Jun 24 '20 at 15:51
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    Also, not the story, but Angela Carter's "The Werewolf" uses a similar theme of a chopped-off hand identified by a ring in her take on Little Red Riding Hood as per biblioklept.org/2012/06/03/… – FuzzyBoots Jun 24 '20 at 16:06
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    It's also referenced in the 2011 movie version of "Red Riding Hood" but it happens offscreen and is related by one of the characters (the witch hunter). – DavidW Jun 24 '20 at 16:13
  • The most frustrating part of trying to find the answer through Google is that the particular retelling I'm trying to find is being 'screened' by the history of the fable itself. – Raven13 Jun 24 '20 at 16:17

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