Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, reviewed by BL Kennedy

The Last Werewolf

Glen Duncan

Random House

New York, NY


ISBN: 978-307-59508-9

Alright, alright, alright; I admit that I’ve been a sucker for werewolf stories since I was a kid. From Guy Endore’s Werewolf of Paris to Lon Cheney Jr. in “The Wolfman”, I just cannot get enough werewolf. I admit I have watched the film version The Howling more than 127 times. As a kid, I wet my pants watching Oliver Reed in Curse of the Werewolf. I guess I’m just a lycanthrope kinda guy. So you can imagine my delight when I walk into a well-lit bookstore like Barnes and Noble and right there on the shelf with all the new releases is a werewolf novel.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan is a totally unique and dark humored approach to lycanthropy. I mean you’d never suspect it, but those inflicted with the problem of being a werewolf have nonstop sex, healthy diets, and get lots of animal protein. This book is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend. It is mesmerizing and incredibly sexy. The protagonist is Jake. He’s a bit on the elderly side, a Pisces, who was about to turn 201. He has problems with horror fiction and suffers from depression. At one point in the novel, he actually contemplates suicide, but the real power behind this original, audacious and terrifying novel is the story. Simply put, somebody has been killing off werewolves, and our man Jake, although physically healthy, is deeply distraught and lonely, because he has learned that he is the last werewolf in the world. The book is sexy, funny, and blisteringly intelligent. The author, one of the cleverest literary horror merchants since Bram Stoker.

I loved this novel. It’s a howl, a rager, a scream. Let’s just hope they don’t fuck it up by making a movie. The heart of the book is not a thoroughly humorless as those overwritten vampire sagas Twilight. Duncan is smart, original, and completely absorbing, and I highly recommend this book. A magnificent novel, brutal and indignant, and full of genuine suspense. So if you have the chance to find The Last Werewolf online or at your local box bookstore, grab it. Start reading and trust the words of Glen Duncan. You’ll be happy you did.

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