The Last Werewolf
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|Published In: ||UK, 06 October 2011|
A veil of melancholy has fallen over Jacob Marlowe. He's the last of his kind. Hunted by his enemies and haunted by his past, he is worn out by centuries of decadence and debauchery, and by the demands of his lunatic appetites. He decides to submit to the authorities at the next full moon. However, as Jacob counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life. THE LAST WEREWOLF is a wickedly original hybrid of noir and horror, a thrilling take on our relationship with the wild side, and an exploration of the transformative possibilities of love.
About the Author
Glen Duncan was born in Bolton and studied philosophy and literature at Lancaster University. His first novel, Hope, was published in 1997, and has been followed by five further novels: Love Remains; I, Lucifer, shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Weathercock; Death of an Ordinary Man; The Bloodstone Papers; A Day and A Night and A Day; and The Last Werewolf. He lives in London.
'A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre to create something that stands rapturous and majestic and entirely on its own.' - NICK CAVE
'Sexy, funny, blisteringly intelligent ... Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker.' The Times
* Like an updated version of Dracula, only for werewolves, and as rewritten by Bret Easton Ellis. Guardian * Playfully brainy... wry, world-weary Jake Marlowe would make a fabulous dinner companion. Just not during a full moon -- Justin Cronin, Author Of The Passage New York Times * Loaded with beautifully constructed lunatic ravings ... A sublime study in literary elegance. It is bloody (and) brilliant. Independent * A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre to create something that stands rapturous and majestic and entirely on its own. -- Nick Cave * Sexy, funny, blisteringly intelligent ... Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker. -- Kate Saunders The Times * Duncan's monstrous narrator makes for memorably rambunctious company Times Literary Supplement * A brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human. Word Magazine * The Last Werewolf is written with such scandalous ferocity and such grizzly humour it feels like the literary equivalent of howling at the moon. Not since Lon Chaney and John Landis has lycanthropy been such a blast, and Glen Duncan offers more danger, gristle and lunatic brilliance per sentence than any writer I can think of. -- Matt Haig * Remarkable for its humour, eloquence and self-aware intelligence. A deeply human narrative about the nature of story itself. -- Stella Duffy * Absolutely brilliant. A surreal, dark and unsettling tale that really did put the bite back into the supernatural. In short, I got a real kick out of it. -- Russel McLean * I could say that The Last Werewolf is smart, thrilling, funny, moving, beautifully written, and a joy to read, and this would all be true. But it would also be a woeful understatement of what Glen Duncan has accomplished with his extraordinary novel. The only useful thing I can offer you is a simple admonishment. Stop reading my words, and start reading his. Trust me: you'll be happy you did. Scott Smith, author of A SIMPLE PLAN and THE RUINS * Okay, no hyperbole, just an admission: I loved this novel. It's a howl, a rager, a scream. May The Last Werewolf put a stake through the heart of humorless, overwrought vampire sagas. Two big thumb-claws up! -- Chris Bohjalian, Author Of Secrets Of Eden, The Double Bind, And Midwives * A sharp, sometimes savage observer of the human condition, whose talents are as many as the legions of Hell. (On I, Lucifer) -- Matthew Baylis * One of the hottest literary properties of the new century. (On I, Lucifer) Independent on Sunday * Duncan's harrowing story raises the question: Is it time to kick vampires to the curb? USA Today * Duncan's take on the werewolf tale is rich and black and refreshingly novel. Time Magazine * Carnal and edgy, with gallons of gore, Duncan's smart horror novel about a werewolf who falls in love while trying to evade capture reworks lycanthropic tropes with a hallucinogenic vividness Daily Telegraph * Dense with literary allusion as well as thrills and spills, it's the antithesis to Twilight -- Justine Jordan Guardian * Duncan's gothic satire posits an intruiging suggestion that reality TV has obviated our psychological need for the beast -- Alfred Hickling Guardian * Carnal and Edgy, with gallons of gore, Duncan's smart horror novel...reworks lycanthropic topes with a hallucinogenic vividness Sunday Telegraph * An enjoyable horror-thriller with a literary touch Sunday Herald
At the start of British author Duncan's fine supernatural thriller, centuries-old lycanthrope Jake Marlowe learns he has become the last known werewolf on earth. Soon Jake is on the run from not only WOCOP, an antioccult agency that wants to hunt him down for sport, but also vampires, who have discovered that a werewolf bite can desensitize them to the ravages of sun exposure. After escaping horrible torments at the hands of both parties, Jake is shocked to discover that he may not be the last wolf standing, and that it's crucial he survive to propagate his species. Duncan (A Day and a Night and a Day) keeps the pages turning with hairbreadth escapes that have Jake globe-trotting for dear life from Europe to the U.S., but the true allure of his tale is the poetic and evocative prose by which Jake relates his transformations, kills, and thoughts. Savvy and exceptionally literate, this is one smart modern werewolf tale. 100,000 first printing. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
|Publisher: ||Canongate Books Ltd|